Oh my gashhh, I am so tired of this type of book. To be fair, this is a few years old and I might not have thought so when it immediately came out.
BuOh my gashhh, I am so tired of this type of book. To be fair, this is a few years old and I might not have thought so when it immediately came out.
But here in 2016, I am more than done with the "training montage" and the "teen girl leader of an army" and of course, the "hot, wealthy, heartthrob who has a thing for plain girls". And honestly, it's all because I'm definitely over the feminist slant.
It's one thing for girls to be empowered, and realize they can maneuver and influence in a "man's world" but I don't agree with the philosophy that men and women are equal in every way. Physiologically, they are clearly not. Emotionally, they are definitely not. Women are different, not better or worse, and I'm tired of female heroines who don't think they can compete unless they're doing what the men can do.
Women trying to meet male standards are reinforcing the concept of male superiority. Why aren't these women embracing their femininity and rocking it so hard that the men wish they could wield a woman's power? Why aren't we showing that this is a woman's world? Or that women are superior? We know we are, so why are we still posturing to be equal to these inferior men? I don't really think this, but I want to know why this isn't a thing.
Half the conflict in these kind of books, is the girl emasculating the guys, and fighting against her natural inclination to be a WOMAN. They want to kick enemy butt, but be cradled in her man's arms afterward. Equality doesn't mean that we show women are as physically adept as men and men are as emotionally competent as women.
"But we're a team" was one of Becca's hang-ups in this book, but who decided the team has to consist of two alphas? That never works-- for any kind of gender pairing. A worthwhile partnership is about complementing each other through their different strengths and weaknesses. They're not equal in talents, they're equal in WORTH.
I'm not saying I want all heroines to be girly, emotional, and conniving, but I want to see more of what makes women awesome. The My Fair Assassin series is a possible example of this, showing how women can use their innate skills to be powerful, in ways the men can't comprehend, let alone employ. Instead of trying to beat the men at their own game, they often win the hand by subtler means.
I really do enjoy the warrior girl, don't get me wrong, but at this point, it's been worked to death. We desperately need a new brand of heroine.
Between 3.5 and 4 on this one... It's a fast-paced, engaging, thriller and there were some aspects of the setup that I found particularly intriguing.
TBetween 3.5 and 4 on this one... It's a fast-paced, engaging, thriller and there were some aspects of the setup that I found particularly intriguing.
The mysteries and subsequent revelations weren't patently obvious, so that's always a plus, and I was definitely surprised a couple of times.
The lack of something-something that I'm feeling is where I'm a little confused, though. I kind of suspect it was the rather robotic narrator of the audiobook, but it's hard to know.
I was, however, thoroughly convinced I would need to track down the rest of the series immediately, until I got to the end, where things were wrapped up so well that I don't feel as desperate to see where things go. There must not have been a very strong hook at the end.
Even though I gave this 2 stars, I have to admit that I've been flip-flopping between half a dozen books right now because none are keeping my interesEven though I gave this 2 stars, I have to admit that I've been flip-flopping between half a dozen books right now because none are keeping my interest for very long. Desperate for any kind of cheap thrill story to get me by in the meantime, I turned to Revived and found a satisfactorily engaging enough book to finish. But was it good? Ehh, not particularly. It was ok, though not nearly as bad as many others. Maybe I'll bump it up to 2.5....more