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message 1: by Shveta (new)

Shveta Thakrar Did you get this from NetGalley? I can't wait to see what you think.


message 2: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I don't think NetGalley offers it.


message 3: by Ceilidh (new)

Ceilidh Looking forward to your review on this. It's the only major dystopian YA release of this year that's garnered mostly positive reviews. Well, that I've seen.


message 4: by Crystal (last edited Feb 23, 2011 08:39AM) (new)

Crystal Oh I want to read this one! I can't wait to hear what you think!! *iz jealous*


message 5: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I've only seen good reviews of it as well. Now I need to finally sit down and read it myself:)


message 6: by Emily May (new)

Emily May I'm so jealous, can't wait to read this!


message 7: by Gabry (new)

Gabry I'm very excited for you to read this, hopefully it's good!


message 8: by Eve (new)

Eve Davids Oh boy, only 3 stars? Cant wait to see your review.


message 9: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana 3 stars means "i liked it," so it's not bad at all.

Review tomorrow. Too sleepy...


message 10: by Tina (new)

Tina Hm, good enough to be interesting for me. :)

And I totally agree with the Unwind recommendation. That is definitely one of the good dystopias out there. :)


message 11: by Ceilidh (new)

Ceilidh I'm glad there's a dystopian novel of 2011 that isn't hopelessly mediocre.


message 12: by Kelly (new)

Kelly OK, this is really nerdy of me, but I'm getting hung up on the House names. Er, I mean faction names. I'm wanting them to all be the same part of speech. LOL


message 13: by Cory (new)

Cory Sounds interesting. I'll probably pick it up after Blood Red Road. I'm just glad it's more interesting than Matched.


message 14: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Much more interesting, Cory.


message 15: by Eve (new)

Eve Davids Nice review Tatiana. You know something I noticed even with all the troublesome world building and too much inner monologue, Delirium still made its way to one of my top YA's this year. Something about Oliver's prose just sends me into fangirl mode and I thought Lena was pretty sympathetic. I really hope I like this once I get into it since I went through a lot to get an ARC of it.


message 16: by Eve (new)

Eve Davids Guys, have you heard of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, apparently they are touting it as a post apocalyptic Romeo and Juliet and it has sold for six figures in over 20 countries. No joke, six figure in every country! Of course there is a movie deal also. I am hoping this isnt hype at work again.


message 17: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I never even heard of this book, Duchess. I am so tired of baseless hype:(


message 18: by Eve (new)

Eve Davids Lol @ Tatiana. I like the term "baseless hype."
I wonder if Suzanne Collins will write another dystopia because it seems we are going to be stuck with more dystopia after dystopia these days. The queen of reviving the genre might as well bless us with something else. Also, thanks for recommending Unwind. Been procrastinating reading it, but will do now.


message 19: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I am very curious what Collins has in store next. I just hope it won't be for kids.


message 20: by Megan (new)

Megan I wonder why this world bothered with a series of grueling tests when they could have simply consulted the sorting hat? ;)


message 21: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana LMAO! Great question.


message 22: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy LOL, Megan! Hilarious!

Unwind is truly brilliant. I think my adoration of it grows more and more every time I remember it.


message 23: by Mariel (new)

Mariel I love Neal Shusterman.


message 24: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin Great review. :)


message 25: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Two years later, I am still scared of opening Unwind again. That books scarred me as much as Mockingjay.


message 26: by Vi (new)

Vi Vi Great review! This one seems very interesting, but I'm so burnt on dystopias, particularly because they're so obviously trying (and failing) to capture at least some of the brilliance of the Hunger Games - it just rubs me the wrong way. I'm trying hard to steer clear of bandwagons :(


message 27: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana This one was a bandwagon book, that's for sure. I prefer original works myself.


message 28: by Gabry (new)

Gabry Mm, seems that when the time comes, Where She Went will be read first before Divergent~


message 29: by Vinaya (new)

Vinaya Wow, I can totally see why you have dystopia burn out, if you've read ALL of these books! Thank you for warning me away from Delirium and Matched and Wither; I'm a little scared to get started on Unwind, but I'll do it once I've gathered up enough courage. If you've recovered from dystopian disenchantment by April, you should totally try Bumped, it's very... different! :)


message 30: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I'll think about reading Bumped. Maybe in a couple of months I feel better about reading another round of dystopias clearly written by authors who never expressed any interest in genre before HG's success.


message 31: by Eve (new)

Eve Davids Wow, reading this book and re-reading your review really makes me see why you are one of the top reviewers here. You really captured everything wrong and right with this book Tatiana. Kudos. Most stinging with me was the lack of justification for the violence or heart pumping trials. I felt as if someone was purposely trying to overwork my emotions with these scenes. Still, I do like her prose.


message 32: by Tatiana (last edited Mar 03, 2011 04:30AM) (new)

Tatiana Thank you.

I think Roth has a lot of potential, she just needs to grow and mature as a writer.


message 33: by Aaron (new)

Aaron White Can't WAIT for Unwholly! Unwind is very underrated, amazing and scary.


message 34: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Nice review. Now I'm doubting about buying this book though I've been waiting for it for months. Unwind was very good. :] Enjoyed it very much. Can't wait for the next book.


Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead I agree w/ you about Unwind. Everyone should read that book. And you know how I feel about Blood Red Road, loved it. Now I have to go see about Ship Breaker!


message 36: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I have a feeling you will like Ship Breaker too. So far we have been in sync re: dystopias. We shall see...


Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead Tatiana wrote: "I have a feeling you will like Ship Breaker too. So far we have been in sync re: dystopias. We shall see..."

Well, you haven't led me wrong up until now so I actually purchased Ship Breaker this morning (yes, my restraint on buying books only lasted a few weeks but oh well).


message 38: by Melissa (new)

Melissa It's because you recommended Unwind that I bought it. :] And I loved it. I'm gonna see if I can get Ship Breaker. :D


message 39: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Wow - I think you and I have VERY similar tastes. I gave this 3 stars and did like it more than Matched, Delirium (which disapointed me so much!) and Wither. I read Unwind years ago and it remains one of my favorite YA dystopias. Thanks for your review!


message 40: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey I love the way you evaluate dystopias on their most important values and especially your understanding of how they essentially written to draw in The Hunger Games crowd. I am going to try this one because I am a danger junkie, but you managed to help me steer clear of Wither and Matched, which was probably for the best. I will be following your reviews from now on.


message 41: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Whats 'the' trilogy? Is it the hunger games?


message 42: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Yes, The Hunger Games


message 43: by Ekram (new)

Ekram I totally agree with your review. Also, Unwind is my favorite dystopia as well! Ship breaker is sitting on my shelf right now, waiting to be read. I think I'll get on with that.


message 44: by Amanda (new)

Amanda What a great, thorough review! I just purchase Unwind based on your recommendation. Thanks so much


message 45: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I hope you like Unwind, Amanda:)


message 46: by Annette (new)

Annette Great review! Thanks. "Makes your heart contract in that sweet, painful way" - awesome description. I rarely feel that way though, and that is how you can tell an exceptional book (like Richelle Mead's VA series).


message 47: by Aaron (new)

Aaron White I really liked Divergent. In fact, it was just a notch below The Hunger Games for me and I feel like it has the potential to equal that series. Unwind was definitely one of my favorites in the genre and I'm glad that you've been giving it more publicity! Maybe that will help encourage Schusterman to finally start working on Unwholly. ;)

As for Ship Breaker, that's next on my list, as soon as I finish Delirium. I prefere dystopias that are close enough to reality that I can believe in them and also that don't solely focus on "love/romance/teenage dating."


message 48: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Aaron wrote: "I really liked Divergent. In fact, it was just a notch below The Hunger Games for me and I feel like it has the potential to equal that series. Unwind was definitely one of my favorites in the genr..."

Aaron you seem to have good taste in books. :] Unwind is one of my favorites as well.


message 49: by Klymene (new)

Klymene I get why you'd say it's a hunger Game wannabe book. But it's totally different. I loved it intesnsely. I thought it was better than Hunger Games. The writing style was better and so was the story.


message 50: by Tonya (new)

Tonya I totally agree with you Klymene. I only a few chapters into this book and I noticed right away how much better the writting is. I am loving the book so far :)


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