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This review can also be found at The TDISCLAIMER: I received The Testing as a publisher ARC through Houghton Mifflin in exchange for my honest review.
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My Rating: 4 Stars
The Testing follows Cia, a bright young girl, when she embarks on The Testing, a series of trials designed to weed out the weak. By finishing The Testing, Cia can go on to the University and become one of the country's next leaders.
Charbonneau does a great job of keeping The Testing separate from other dystopian novels. Yes, it has the same plot line as a lot of others, but when you actually read the book, you get a different feel for the characters and trials as with other books.
Cia was an interesting character. I'm not sure if I liked her, she did seem a bit weak. When it came down to it, Cia was not someone who could kill another human being. However, she had her wits about her, she kept a level head in hard situations and always thought the best about people. Tomas, however, annoyed me. Cia is supposed to trust him unconditionally because he loves her, but I never got that feel from him. Saying something and actually feeling something are two very different things and I just didn't get that feeling from Tomas.
The writing in this book was very well done. Things were well explained and while interesting things were expanded on, no time was wasted on the boring parts. My only issue with the writing was that there seemed to be too much of it. I found myself easily distracted while reading and ended up reading the same paragraphs multiple times. There was too much to read about each thing and it overdescribed the novel.
This was a good read, it was slow to start, but after the first hundred or so pages, it was hard to put down. I would say if you try it and are having trouble, keep going, give it about half the book before you put it down....more
When I first finished Zenn Scarlett, I rated it in at 3 stars. The book was good, don't get me wrong, but it didn't really stand out to me at all. It was very typical for my tastes. But here I am, 3 days later, and every time I've tried to pick my next book to read, I can't find anything that peaks my interest. Apparently, Zenn Scarlett had a stronger effect on me than I thought.
It's one of those books where you get so involved in the story that you forget you are reading a book.
Zenn Scarlett starts out with Zenn, a hardcore teenage girl, if not a bit anti-social. She is an exoveterinarian novice, meaning she's training to become an veterinarian for alien species. She lives on a compound, or cloister, with her uncle and a few workers where they take care of the animals.
I don't know what I was expecting, Zenn to go on some crazy adventure to save the cloister? Zenn to get kidnapped away, and have to fight her way back? The entire book took place at the cloister and it was incredibly refreshing. It's not an adventure book, it's a creative look into a futuristic veterinarian life (with, of course, some exciting conflict).
Zenn is a refreshing and bold character. She's smart and knows it, but also has her faults. She's got passion and will do anything to be what she wants in life.
The cloister was very fun to read about, along with all of it's alien inhabitants. It was hard to picture some of the creatures at times, but as Zenn continued to work with them, the images slowly came to mind.
I would recommend this book for the younger crowd, it's a bit juvenile in that there's not much romantically going on. It's a really easy read, and I think anyone on the younger side of YA fantasy will really enjoy it....more
The blurb for this book is a bit misleading, not so much in a bad way. Don't expect a book from the point of view of an android, that's not what this is about. This book is about a young girl's growth from adolescence to adulthood. It follows Cat in her journey to find herself and figure out who she is in the midst of normalcy.
Catarina Novak is a tangled woman cursed with the burden of beauty and an icy heart. Living a life of denial and empiness, she struggles between being happy and doing what society demands of her. She acts out to make herself feel human in a world running rampant with robots.
She's the daughter of two scientists, raised so that she discovers herself instead of having someone else discover who she is for her. She is tutored from age six by Finn, an android her father has attained. Finn is more realistic than any other androids, and has the ability to think and feel. Cat spends her life as if floating through a dream, she conforms for the sake of conforming. She considers the opinions of her parents before her own, and it ultimately leads her into situations that knows she will regret. It isn't until Cat is almost 30 that she discovers what it is that she really wants, and decides to pursue happiness.
I do not like romance books. If I had known before I read this that it was mostly a romance novel, I never would have requested the ARC. I can't believe how close-minded I can be sometimes. This book was amazing, it was better than most science fiction, dystopian, or romance novels put together. It had me pulling my hair out, crying, and laughing with joy.
There are two things I want to point out before you pick up this novel that accounts for the half a star less than perfect on my rating.
1. This book is very slow. It takes a long time for anything to happen, but that in no way means that it is boring. I enjoyed every minute of it, but it can get frustrating waiting for the obvious to happen. 2. Catarina is frustratingly selfless. To the point where it was hard to believe she would sacrifice so much of her happiness to make her parents and society happy.
I loved Cat's character. She was ballsy, and she stood up for those she loved. She is impulsive and stubborn, but she never really knew what she wanted. As the reader, of course I knew what she wanted, but we had to watch Cat figure it out, and she also had to figure out that it was okay to be different in order to be happy.
This novel is a beautifully written, incomparably powerful love story. I loved and hated it for how it made me feel. My heart broke (along with Cat's) multiple times. The perspective throughout the book as Cat ages is impeccable. In the beginning, I felt like I was reading through a five year old's thoughts, in her teenage years, I felt exactly as I did as a troubled young girl, and in her older years, I felt her passion and contempt for the life she had chosen more powerfully than anything I've ever felt about my own life.
This books contains sexual situations, I don't recommend you let your 9 year old read it, but it's a great Science Fiction novel (though lacking a bit in the actual sci-fi department, it doesn't take away from the story at all). If you love romance novels, and want romance with a twist, it's a must read....more
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Rating: 5 Stars
I picked this one up because I had read the amazing reviews about it and I needed a good audiobook to keep me awake during the traffic I sit into on the way to work. Most of the audiobooks I'd listened to did nothing more than give me a migraine before I got into the office, and I was about ready to give up on the idea all-together, when I got Code Name Verity.
I'm a big science fiction fan. If it doesn't have an aspect of fantasy in it, I'm probably not going to read it.
But I'll be damned if I wasn't enthralled for every word of Code Name Verity. This book is my enemy. It is my best friend. It made me laugh, cry, and hate myself. I have never been so touched by a story until I read this book. I can't stop thinking about it.
I even listened to the author's note in the end of the audiobook and, if I hadn't, I would have believed every detail in Code Name Verity happened exactly as it was stated. This book is fiction, but it doesn't feel like fiction. If it's not true, why do I feel so torn up by it?
Elizabeth Wein has an amazing talent. She brought the characters in her novel to life so vividly that I'm still having a hard time believing they never actually existed.
My heart broke 100 times over while listening to this book. I believe having the audio made it that much more powerful.
Please don't pass up an opportunity to read this book. Please give it plenty of your time and attention. It deserves nothing less....more
A Conspiracy of Alchemists follows air-pilot, Elle, and her warlock companion, Hugh on a quest to find her kidnapped father. Elle discovers that she holds powers she never even imagined in this adventure that takes place in a magical, historical, alternate universe.
This book starts out interestingly enough, pushing us straight into this universe with no explanation. I was able to pick up enough from the setting and character description to figure out some of the mythology going on throughout the book, but it took a while for me to fully understand what was going on. I ended up googling different mythology just to get an image in my head of certain characters.
The characters were very in-depth, I enjoyed the people I was reading about. Consistency could have been better. In the beginning of the novel, Hugh was a hardened gentleman with a snarky attitude but by the end of the book he had turned into a useless boy pining for a girl's love.
Everything seemed to move slower in this world too. Elle is determined to find her father (who she fears may be dead), but only after she's had her breakfast. Hugh and Elle travel to Venice to speak to the only people who can help them, but the first thing they do is check into a hotel. Once Elle is kidnapped, Hugh visits a few friends and checks into a hotel for a few days before finally freeing her. They just seem really calm in the situations they're in. Panic should be their first reaction.
And then, of course, in the end we have the inevitable 'bad guy reveals entire plan because, hey "you're going to die anyways"' cliche, that I did not enjoy from such an original novel. And we wouldn't miss the Prologue designed only to set up for the next novel. (which I really think it could have done without. This book would have been a great standalone novel, I fear the sequels will only bring it down.)
I was not overly impressed with the novel, but I didn't hate it. The world building was fascinating, if not a bit overwhelming. It's a good read, but not the top of my list....more
When books end in a way that makes me hate myself for being alive... I normally hate them in return. I hate the writing, I hate the author, I hate the plot, the characters, the dialogue. Basically, I wish the book had never been written and in that, I had never read it.
I simply cannot bring myself to hate this book. In fact, I can't do anything but love it. It is simply amazing, and I don't think I've ever read such an original, creative, lovely piece of work.
Pantomime has a little bit of magic, a little bit of steampunk, a little bit of kick-ass, and a whole lot of secrets.
The book follows both Micah Grey, a runaway in search of a new life in the circus, and Gene Laurus, a noble young girl who has yet to find her place in the world. The two come together in the most unexpected of ways, and must hide the fact that they are not what they appear. The novel is set in Ellada, an alternate society in which magical things can and have happened. Traces of magic are left behind in the cities in the form of Artifacts and giant domes of Penglass, a mysterious material that cannot be removed nor broken.
The world building in this novel is, in the simplest of words, perfect. There is not an overwhelming amount of time spent on describing the setting, but not a lax enough description that we are left completely to our own imaginations. Lam has captured the world that was created in her imagination and presented it to us with such descreet detail and vigor that we do not even notice that we have been transported to another world until we are there entirely.
Micah and Gene's story's are intertwined in a way that you would never expect. The author is brave and original in the way that secrets are revealed to us. I never would have guessed when I began reading that these plot points would unveil so seamlessly in the novel.
Once you really become a part of the book, it is difficult to put it down. I got to the last few chapters right when I ran out of time to read, and I couldn't properly focus on anything the rest of the night and into the next morning until I was able to pick the book up once more and let it engulf me.
The way the novel is written is completely original and invigorating. It inspires you to think outside of the box, and come up with creative new ways to tell your own stories.
Yet, throughout the entire novel, we are nagged with reminders that all of this is part of something bigger yet to come. By the end of the book, plot lines are left open to be elaborated on in the future of the series. There is so much left open and, while you have a small inkling of where this story may be headed, there is a plethora of ways it could be taken. I eagerly await the upcoming sequels and strongly urge new readers to take on this book. You'll learn so much about yourself and open bits of your imagination that you never even knew you had.
I applaud Laura Lam for such an amazing debut novel.
I recommend this book for: People who enjoy any or all of the following: Steampunk, science fiction, mystery, circus's, great novels. Favorite character: Aenea and Micah Least favorite character: Bil
P.S. The memory of the last solid copy book I purchased doesn't even grace my mind, but (even though I've read it already) I guarantee that this one will be the next....more
I'm not big on Graphic Novels, so I don't have much to go off of to review it.
However, there is a reason I'm not big on Graphic Novels, yet I enjoyedI'm not big on Graphic Novels, so I don't have much to go off of to review it.
However, there is a reason I'm not big on Graphic Novels, yet I enjoyed this one anyways.
That should tell you something.
I would never suggest this book for anyone under the age of 18. It delves into extremely controversial stuff that even most written novelists won't touch. But therein lies the charm.
The Novel is so weird and crazy, but totally realistic in how these people would react in a zombie apocalypse. It focuses more on people's mental capacity to absorb what is happening to them instead of just the zombie warfare that most other zombie stories tell....more
I have to say, The Best of all Possible Worlds may be the breakthrough novel of it's time.
With a slow start, this book shoots forward with a booming magnetism, embodied in beautiful writing and exquisite world building. As soon as the plot begins rolling, you are dragged into this exhorbent love story between two unlike beings in a scientific future.
In the aftermath of their home world being destroyed, a human race must reorganize and rebuild while avoiding infringement of the hospitality of the world they have chosen to inhabit. Our story follows Delarua, an assistant biotechnition with an affinity for languages, who is assigned to be the Sadiri's liaison to the citizens of Cygnus Beta. They set out on a journey to find taSadiri descendents so to help rebuild this forsaken race's bloodline.
The depth that Lord delves to better help the reader understand the world she has created is breathtaking. You are drawn into the novel with a fervor of which is hard to come by. I haven't experienced world building such as this since I read the Lord of the Rings many, many, years ago.
Sociology is a large basis of the story, experiencing the social aspects of how these different versions of human society react. The characters, at times, impress distress over a misunderstanding of each other's social norms. In a way, the novel is comical in how we get to envision firsthand, the thought process that comes to understand another's social patterns.
The Best of all Possible Worlds is thick in plot development and character growth. If it is any indication, I hope to read many more electrifying builds from Karen Lord....more
I read this book so long ago that I forget how old I was, I just know it affected me tremendously.
I love horses, and I thrive from my sister-rivalry,I read this book so long ago that I forget how old I was, I just know it affected me tremendously.
I love horses, and I thrive from my sister-rivalry, this book related to my life so much I couldn't put it down.
(view spoiler)[In all my years of horseback riding, the one memory that always sticks out to me is when Lily is training Pegasus to jump into water, and she smashes her nose against his neck and it starts bleeding. For some reason, I never forget that. (hide spoiler)]
This is not a bright book. It does not have a happy ending. It will leave you feeling hopeless and sad in your own life. But, it is amazing....more
I just finished this book. I had resolved to write my review in a few days, I like to let the book sink in for a bit before reviewing, butRating: 4.5
I just finished this book. I had resolved to write my review in a few days, I like to let the book sink in for a bit before reviewing, but this goddamn book won't get out of my head.
Admittedly, this book was not as good as Unwind. But I read Unwind and then dove right into this one without a break.
I loved the way Shusterman alternated between, not only storylines, but different characters within the storyline. Most authors will give us a shocking discovery and then jump to a completely different plotline in the next chapter, but Shusterman jumps between different characters in one interaction. Absolutely genius.
I spend my work days reading, since I don't usually have enough "real work" to do. This book took 2 full days to read and I barely noticed the time flying by.
The way the author captures the personality of each individual, without letting them merge, without losing the story to senseless babble is amazing.
And then the moments... the big moments where something completely life-altering happens. He frames those so perfectly.
Then there are the deaths. (view spoiler)[ Each character that dies is given their own individual accounts of the incident. We follow Trace through his drowning, which is said to be the most horrible way to die, and we know his feelings, his experiences, his coming to terms with the way in which he is about to die. (hide spoiler)]
This book is commendable. I can't wait for the next....more
Break My Heart 1,000 Times was one of the best books I've read all year. Keep in mind that I am on book 80 of 2012.
The main character, Veronica isn't your typical Sci-fi protagonist teenager. She's pretty (and knows it), flirty (and proud of it), and extremely moody.
In short: she's not perfect.
Her love interest, Kirk is nerdy and cute, but nothing compared to his tall, muscular friend, James.
Romance Lets start with the love triangle in this novel. Because, of course, a YA novel needs to have a love triangle.
This love triangle is perfect and creepy. You think it's going to be between Veronica, Kirk, and James, but in reality, you'll soon find that James is not even a runner. Brian is Veronica's other love interest. And Brian is a ghost.
Maybe I should have started by mentioning that this book has ghosts. Oh well.
Brian is one of the super rare ghosts who is coherent. He cannot speak to Veronica, but he can look at her. He can think, and he tries his best to protect her. Veronica has never spoken to him or seen him do more than brush his hair in the mirror, but she has this pull towards him that she doesn't understand.
Throughout the novel, I was rooting for Kirk because logically, he is the only one actually alive. Brian couldn't interact with Veronica, and we find out from delving into his mind that he is madly in love with the deceased, Mary.
Ghosts Veronica's father is a ghost. He sits every morning at the kitchen table reading the paper and drinking coffee. Then he looks up, smiles, and disappears.
I love the ghosts in this novel. They are everywhere, images of their past selves and hauntingly beautiful. The ghosts in Veronica's world have no purpose. They are what they are and no one knows why they're there.
My favorite part of the novel, I think, was the detective work that Kirk and his professor did. They classify certain ghosts by why their images show up at a certain place or time. It's interesting to hear about the different types of this mystery. This book is a puzzle that never fully gets solved.
Why was one ghost able to grab someone's hand? Why was one ghost able to point at her murderer? Why was one ghost able to make a phone call?
It's all a mystery, because we don't know any more than the characters in the novel.
Mystery A large focus in the novel is on Mr. Bittner, Veronica's History teacher. He is a murderer (no, this is not a spoiler).
One of the reasons this book interested me so was because we knew the entire time who the murderer was. Because of this, we were able to understand his complete thinking. We were able to see his reasoning.
This novel, at times, had me yelling out "No! Don't do it! The voices aren't real!". Everyone at the office gave me weird looks.
The Writing Daniel Waters' writing in this novel is poetic and beautiful. The way he can jump from one character to another without losing their personalities was breathtaking. It is not easy to write a multi-view novel without all of the characters sort of merging into one giant protagonist, trust me, I've tried.
The book was mysterious. We aren't just told things, we are shown them. We don't find out Veronica's father is a ghost until he just happens to disappear. We naturally assumed he was just her dad, sitting at the table before going to work. Then poof, he's gone.
The Event Oh, the Event. A term used by many a novel as we are thrust into their post-apocalyptic world.
We are told a few things about the Event, but not what actually happened. It's a mystery in itself that is never fully explained.
Conclusion All in all, I rate this book 5 stars. Everything was impeccable. It has earned a place on my 'Favorites' shelf. I am completely impressed, and upset that it is not the first in a series.
I have only just started reading this book and already have tons of ideas on how to improve my writing. I am excited thinking about how I will incorpoI have only just started reading this book and already have tons of ideas on how to improve my writing. I am excited thinking about how I will incorporate it into what I am currently working on.
It's a great book, and I know I will use it as a reference in the future. I definitely recommend that any aspiring writers purchase a hard copy of this and keep it around while they read....more
This book was breathtaking. Literally, I must have held my breathe for at least half of it.
Unwind was... woah. I can't even write a huge review for it because I can write longer reviews when they're negative.
Tip: When you're reading my reviews, the shorter the review, the better the book.
This book contained the most well developed characters I've read since Harry Potter. The world was beautifully built and believable. The world was so similar to the one we live in today, it was easy to imagine.
Unwinding someone seems like such a ridiculous idea, and it explains in the book that ridiculousness was what they were going for. Unwinding was never supposed to be a real thing, it was invented to shock people into coming to a peaceful decision about abortion.
I totally believe that in 50 years, people would be so conditioned to it, that they would see it as an everyday thing. This scares me, how easily a world could accept such a heinous idea.
The Maze Runner is the story of 50-60 boys thrown into a Maze together and forced to build a society. TThis review can also be found at The Title Page
The Maze Runner is the story of 50-60 boys thrown into a Maze together and forced to build a society. They work together to live, and figure their way out of their prison. Everything is going fine. That is, until Thomas and Teresa show up.
The game is ending, monsters are set out on the boys and they are unsure how to survive. It is up to Thomas to figure out how to get these boys out of their hellhole and back to their real world... if the real world still exists.
This book is a difficult read at first, it's a little slow, but you won't be disappointed if you stick to it. There are some inconsistencies throughout, but most are explained away by the end of the novel.
The writing is not amazing, I wasn't able to connect with any of the characters on any level and that left the book feeling a bit empty. It is completely plot-driven, there's barely any character development there.
I enjoyed the book, it could have been written better, but when the plot got started the pages flew by. A definite read for dystopian fans.
My thoughts throughout the book;
32% - "This book is starting to pick up a bit, it did take a while for the story to get going. I do like it so far, definitely something you want to stick with if you are getting a little bored."
39% - "While Dashner keeps things consistent by mentioning that Thomas's memory has been wiped. I feel like pointing it out every single time he does something noteworthy is slight overkill."
54% - "I can't believe I'm only halfway through this novel, I feel like so much has happened, yet I'm not bored nor ready to stop reading. I would really like to see some sort of picture or map of the Glade. It's getting a bit hard to picture it in my head when Dashner keeps adding buildings that weren't there before."
83% - "This book just got really confusing. We find a lot of information all at once and it is explained very quickly.(view spoiler)[ It would have been better if we had seen what Thomas has seen for ourselves instead of just hearing him explain it to the Keepers." (hide spoiler)]
98% - (view spoiler)["It seems strange that when the Gladers are (finally) back in the real world, Dashner doesn't spend any time explaining what they are seeing. These kids are seeing the destroyed world for the first time, why aren't they awed? Why don't they even look at their surroundings? Why don't they care that the only world they've ever known (even if they don't remember) no longer exists?" (hide spoiler)]
One thing that is never explained in the book; Why was Teresa the only girl?
The Epilogue was a great addition, it definitely set it up well for the next book.
But I do feel that comparing this novel to the Hunger Games is totally pointless. They are two different books centering around different ideas. The only thing I saw in common was that they are both YA Dystopian.
I have changed my review from 4 stars to 3 after reading the sequels. You may ask why I didn't just leave this one and rate those lower, my answer is simple: the plot.
By the end of the first book, you are still blindly ignorant of the entire plot. Once you find out why the maze happened, it just doesn't make any sense. I was disappointed and frustrated. Thus, I changed my rating....more
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What can I say about Partials?
First off, I must point out that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and while there were certain aspects of it that annoyed me, I don’t regret one minute spent on this novel and have to mention that it’s one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a long time.
Kira is a sixteen year old nursing intern who has grown up an a post-apocalyptic safe-zone. The leaders of their community have passed the “Hope Act”, a pregnancy requirement for woman of 18 years and older, in hopes of regenerating the population. The only thing is, all of the babies keep dying.
Mankind was wiped out by a specialized virus, created by “Partials”, robotic super-soldiers that took over the world in a bid for their freedon. This virus lies stagnant in the air, but kills all newborns within days of their birth. Kira and her community are the last surviving humans, immune to the virus.
When Kira’s best friend becomes pregnant, she is forced to action in hopes to find a cure for the virus and save her friend’s unborn child. Partials is a tale of Kira’s journey into Partial territory on her mission to cure this murderous disease. On the way, she makes unlikely friends and discovers things about herself that she never would have guessed.
I had read nothing of Partials when I began the book, I didn’t even read a review. I saw the description and in my post-apocalyptic fandome, had to give it a shot.
My first thought is: Wow.
This book is well thought out and researched, and while there were some things that wouldn’t make sense to most readers, I enjoyed the experience that came from reading this book.
Going into it, red flags instantly went up when Jayden entered the novel. I worried that it would turn into some sort of love triangle between him, Kira, and Marcus, but as I continued reading, nothing developed so my worries were shushued.
I had a hard time picturing the characters because any sort of physical discriptions were only hinted later in the book. It took until 14% into the book for us to find out that Kira was of Indian descent.
A few things bothered me about the time setting as well. We were never actually told what time this book takes place in, and at one point, a memory was described as the ‘40’s, but did not fit the description of the 1940’s at all. This makes me think that maybe it took place after the 2040’s, but I feel like the world would have changed more than it does in the novel by that time.
The giant twist we find out about four fifths of the way into the book was easily discernable early in the story. I guessed it at 25%. Some giant events will happen within paragraphs which also got on my nervs. The scientific aspect of this book interested me greatly. I am not a scientific person, I tend to get lot easily in those type of things, but the scientific explainations in the novel were specific, yet easy to understand. It definitely showed how well researched the book is, and made easy to understand. I have to thank the author for that.
One thing that I feel is super important to point out is if you don’t like reading Kudzu every seven chapters, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. If you can handle the repetitive nature of this (out of place) plant, then go ahead :)
A lot of things go unexplained in the novel, but I see this as leaving plots open for the following books.
Overall, I would suggest this book for anyone interested in any sort of post-apocalyptic setting or dystopian future. It was also a really good break from the normal dystopian-running-from-the-government plots we see all the time, this one had more of a political POV.
Please don’t take my review to be negative. Sometimes when I take notes on a novel, I nitpick, but I have to say, this book summed up really nicely and I recommend it completely.
Overall, I enjoyed Starters. Yes, there were a lot of things left unexplained, but I didn'tCheck out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page
Overall, I enjoyed Starters. Yes, there were a lot of things left unexplained, but I didn't expect a 16 year old girl to know everything about the world she was living in, so that is understandable.
The characters were pretty fleshed out, I really got to know and relate to them, to the point where I was cheering or booing them throughout the book.
The idea was really intriguing and did not let me down. All of the bases seemed to be covered so as to not leave any plot holes that couldn't be followed up in the next of the series. The writing was good, it wasn't juvenile or difficult to read.
Overall I would give this book 4 stars and definitely recommend it to anyone interested in dystopian fiction....more
Like the first one in the trilogy, there arCheck out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page
Just finished this book and... here is my review.
Like the first one in the trilogy, there are some grammatical errors, nothing I can't overlook. I've noticed that (like a lot of my attempts at writing) that there is a lot of useless and immature dialogue. Fitting for the characters ages, but not so much worthy of mentioning in the actual book.
Another thing I noticed is that it will have entire chapters dedicated to every little thing that happens, and then have a paragraph explaining the next few days. It gets me thinking "What was the point of explaining all that uneventful stuff?"
One thing I do like is that, while the book is full of adventure, not much that I don't like has happened (at least so far). In most other novels of this sort *SPOILER* the obvious beginning of this book would be Hayden dying. I love that he lived and I love that so far everything has worked out okay. No one ever writes a story about keeping up a quarantine compound, it's always about the protagonist finding a quarantine, and then that being overrun in a short time from then. I like how this book is more about living in a zombie apocalypse than ending one (or ending in one).
I'm not gonna start about the giant cliffhanger endings the author loves so much, everyone else has pretty much expressed their disappointment with that enough for my taste.
That being said, I do definitely suggest this book for Zombie fans and Post-apocalypse fans alike. I love it so far and look forward to the next installment.
One thing I do have to mention is that I hate, Hate, HATE the cover art for all 3 books. It looks so obviously photo-shopped and it's difficult to figure out what it has to do with the books at all. Blech.
I read Eragon when I was 15. And again when I was 17. Then again when I was 21.
The moment ICheck out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page
I read Eragon when I was 15. And again when I was 17. Then again when I was 21.
The moment I opened this book, it whisked me away. Picture Lord of the Rings, but YA. God knows, I've read Lord of the Rings enough times, but when I was younger, getting through that book was like getting through my long period American History class where I had a blind teacher. Droning, really.
LOTR is amazing, but it's a lot to take in for a kid. Thus, my relationship with Eragon was born.
Eragon is a poor farmer's nephew, born of unknown legacy. He finds a mystical egg that contains his new dragon and life partner, Saphira. Saphira is one of two (view spoiler)[that we know of (hide spoiler)] living dragons in the land of Alagaesia. The other is paired with the evil king of Alagaesia. Madness ensues, and Eragon is left alone with his dragon, everyone he cares about and every worldly possession stripped from him. He sets off to fight the Empire (very Star War's, amIrite?) alongside an old storyteller from his village. This books tells the story of his journey, his finally joining the allied forces fighting the evil king, and his first entry into battle.
I enjoyed the first of the quartet of books the most, as most people usually do. It was full of adventure and magic. The other three focus more on war and battles, not my cup of tea.
I don't consider Eragon a rip off of LOTR. Yeah, it's another world with different languages used throughout the novel. And it has it's share of mythical creatures. It's got the war for control of the land, with one main protagonist holding the key for the good guy's victory.
For as much as Paolini struggles with originality, he makes up for it with the imagination and skill with which he fleshed out this magical world.
Everything is completely thought out. This is one series I've read where there are no loose ends. You're never left wondering. And after you're done with all four novels, you are left feeling completely satisfied. (hehe, maturity glitch)
Eragon is also a coming of age story. I strongly related to Eragon as a teen when I first read this. Living out your normal life, waiting for something extraordinary to happen. No, I didn't grow the standard main character crush on him like I did with Fred Weasley (view spoiler)[ I'm still heartbroken (hide spoiler)], I saved that for Murtagh (view spoiler)[upset about his fate as well (hide spoiler)] who is a supporting character in the novel.
Paolini does a great job world building as well as character building. I could feel the different character's personalities. I had an emotional attachment to each character through the novel.
I recommend this book for: sci-fi fans, dragon lovers, and LOTR fans. Favorite character: Murtagh and Saphira Least favorite character: The Twins
P.S. The author is quite an artist too. Love his work....more