**spoiler alert** I thought this was just a zombie novel. Silly me. At some point early on Mary tried to melt into Travis as she was drinking his swea**spoiler alert** I thought this was just a zombie novel. Silly me. At some point early on Mary tried to melt into Travis as she was drinking his sweat. I realized then that romance novels are not for me.
Every third page someone was crying. Most of the time it was Mary. Near the end of the book Mary said, "I want to cry but I can't find the tears." What!?! I laughed out loud. She found them shortly afterwards. The zombies were not her biggest threat, it was dehydration.
I found myself hoping that each character would suffer some form of dismemberment, except for Jacob the little arsonist and Argos the puppy (who I kept calling Aggro for some reason). I really, really wanted to hit Mary.
The words "as if" appeared far too often within sentences. Not sure why that bothered me. Made me want to hit Mary some more.
**spoiler alert** This second part was not nearly as entertaining as the first offering. I'm glad two more of the Garde were introduced, Seven and Nin**spoiler alert** This second part was not nearly as entertaining as the first offering. I'm glad two more of the Garde were introduced, Seven and Nine, and then a bonus round was added in Ten. Since I saw the movie before I read the first book, I was stuck with their faces, this is who I saw for this book (as usual ignoring any descriptions given or even age):
Seven – The Dominican girl from the TV show Heroes, Maya, played by Dania Ramirez.
Nine - John Carter star, Taylor Kitsch, with his hair long and black. Built like Brick from the Borderlands video game.
Ten - Dakota Fanning, who pretty much looks the same as she did when she was seven and eleven. Perfect for Ella. To me anyways.
Setrakus Ra & Mogadorians - They don't look human at all in my mind, but like the Yuuzhan Vong from Star Wars.
And now some thoughts about the book...
The pace of this book was just like the first one, once it got going, it didn't stop. So I found it hard to put it down.
I didn't like this love rectangle thing. The idea that Loriens had one love in their lives was a pretty neat idea from the first book. This book obliterated that completely.
Mark James was a great character in the first book (unlike the douche they made him in the movie), I wish he made a brief cameo. Sam is a good character too, I'm glad he stuck around and I like how he's being developed. A little too unbelievable that his dad happened to be a Loric ally, but I like the hope that Sam now has. Pre-possible torture, of course.
I really don't like how all the Cepans are being killed off. And Hector, come on, was that really necessary? His mother was just cured from a terminal illness, so now she's going to die from a broken heart.
What was the point of the Olivia? She squashed maybe six Mogs and then died. Very disappointing. An army of Chimaera though, that I am looking forward to, even though I'm sure the authors will have some equally fierce opponent for the Mogs to kill them all off.
A second ship with a tenth all-powerful Garde was nice. And Ella was likeable.
An item of Loric origin, that stone thing (can't remember if it had a name) Six used to transfer powers to another Garde, would have no reason to last exactly one Earth hour. That just doesn't make sense. It was such a tiny detail but it bothered me so much. Still does.
And finally, while running from a small army of Mogadorians during a severe lightning storm, why would you run and hide in a lake? Yes, the storm was controlled by Six, but the runners didn't know that at the time. Did those old G.I. Joe PSAs teach us nothing?
I am looking forward to the third book and the rest of the Garde to be introduced....more
**spoiler alert** I want to rate this a 3.5. Can there possibly be too much action? This book doesn't really let you take a breath through its 576 pag**spoiler alert** I want to rate this a 3.5. Can there possibly be too much action? This book doesn't really let you take a breath through its 576 pages. Far more brutal than The Hunger Games.
I liked that chapters alternated the focus to almost all 42 of the students in the program. I liked that a lot of the violence came unexpectedly. "Whoa that was horri... WHAAATT?? Damn, didn't see that com... HOLY BABY JEBUS' TRAINING WHEELS!!!"
I didn't like half of the personalities of the students. "Really!? How can you be so stupid/shallow/paranoid/cold/etc...?" Several times I found myself imagining how I would kill a character in a certain instance because of the frustration I felt. Then again, I am fully aware that at 15 years old I did a lot of stupid things and my personality probably caused older people around me to want to hurt me. I did love Shogo and Kazuo. Scary that as soon as Kazuo started playing the game, he reminded me too much of one of my friends.
Hilarious was the fact that one of the government supplied weapons was a fork. Seriously.
I loved Koushun Takami's interview at the end of the novel. He's such a geek. He explains the influences from some English writers like Stephen King that inspired him (The Long Walk), how the idea of his story evolved out of a conversation with his friends, and interesting little tidbits like how he seemed to be drawing from sources like Terminator 2 as he was writing (Shogo + shotgun as saviour = Ex-Governator, Kazuo as unfeeling killing enemy = Robert Patrick).
I can see why some 'hardcore' fans of The Hunger Games would not like this book and in particular the comparisons that are constantly made between the two. The Hunger Games = Michael Mann movie. Battle Royale = Michael Bay movie. That may not really be fair to Michael Bay or Koushun Takami, or even giving The Hunger Games too much credit - my point is, know what kind of movie (or book) you're going into and you'll enjoy it a lot more. :)...more
I think I was in grade 3 or 4 when I first had this story read to me. My teacher also showed the class a movie version of this on Halloween. My youngI think I was in grade 3 or 4 when I first had this story read to me. My teacher also showed the class a movie version of this on Halloween. My young mind created horrible images of a mutilated young man knocking on my bedroom door every night for a long, long time....more