Ah, I wish the first third of the book lasted the whole first novel! That would have made for a much more flushed out state of "The Last of Us" terrorAh, I wish the first third of the book lasted the whole first novel! That would have made for a much more flushed out state of "The Last of Us" terror!...more
What the heck did I just read? This book was just all over the place, and I am not nearly interested in reading any more to tie up every single looseWhat the heck did I just read? This book was just all over the place, and I am not nearly interested in reading any more to tie up every single loose end. If you're hoping Pickett will answer the government's role in the PODs, the conspiracy of the PODs, the disease, the mutated disease, the cure, the nature of the monsters, how these kids could possibly think they are "the ones" for each other... you will be very disappointed. I'm sorry, but if the world was going to hell, the LAST thing on my mind would be my wonderful, oh-so-true romance with the hunky dude I just met. And I lost count of how many times Eva and David ALMOST have sex, and then opt out. So ridiculous. "OMG, we shouldn't because sex = babies!" Oh, children. How cute....more
Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin -- April 24, 2012 -- Hardcover, 319 pages, Harper Teen (Greenwillow Books) (97Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin -- April 24, 2012 -- Hardcover, 319 pages, Harper Teen (Greenwillow Books) (9780062107794)
"The charcoal sky spits cold rain as we rumble to a stop at a crossroad. A black cart blocks the road, and even in an armored carriage we know better than to force our way past."
Araby Worth is not just watching her own life crumble around her after the death of her twin brother, she is also living in a city infested with plague and falling into despair. She opts to forget her troubles by spending her nights in the Debauchery Club, an aristocratic hangout where anything and everything is available for your pleasure. She unknowingly stumbles upon a rebellious plot brewing in the halls of the club, and everyone seems to be holding secrets, including the handsome club worker, Will, and the devilishly sneaky aristocrat Elliott. Araby finds herself thrust into a life of rebellion, giving her hope in a seemingly hopeless world.
Harbinger is the story of a young girl's struggle to supress the horrific images she sees when looking into other people's eyes, and her inability toHarbinger is the story of a young girl's struggle to supress the horrific images she sees when looking into other people's eyes, and her inability to cope with the reality of everyday life in a world nearly destroyed by humanity. Her parents decide to send her away to Holbrook Academy, a boarding school for misguided youths, under the guidance of the head caretaker, Dr. Murdoch. Feeling betrayed and abandoned, Faye must accept the help Holbrook Academy has to offer, or face the abuse of the sadistic groundskeepers called Takers. However, she soon learns that there is more to this mysterious institution than the cookie-cutter facade presented in the brochures sent to her family. Now, Faye and her "family" of misfits at Holbrook, including the elusive and brooding Kel, find themselves involved in an ancient ritual involving crude talismans, symbols drawn in red, hidden rooms, and a foreboding prophecy predicting the end of life on Earth.
Great book! I really appreciated Roux's writing style, and I loved how each chapter took it's name and tone from different novels. Allison Hewett is aGreat book! I really appreciated Roux's writing style, and I loved how each chapter took it's name and tone from different novels. Allison Hewett is a wonderfully relatable character who struggles to find her place in a world gone to hell....more
I bought this book 13 years ago and just now sat down to read it. Harpman writes a hauntingly realistic science fiction story set in a post apocalyptiI bought this book 13 years ago and just now sat down to read it. Harpman writes a hauntingly realistic science fiction story set in a post apocalyptic world where a group of 40 women are imprisoned for unknown reasons. They live out their lives behind bars guarded by masked men who will not speak to them or let them know why they are imprisoned. The story is told from the point of view of the youngest resident, a girl on the cusp of puberty who has no name and no recollection of a world before the bars. It is from her eyes that the reader is pulled into this isolated world full of fear, longing, questions, and what it means to be human in a world where no one knows you even exist....more
I didn't really find myself as entranced with the story as I was with the first book, nor did I find myself caring too much about the characters, so II didn't really find myself as entranced with the story as I was with the first book, nor did I find myself caring too much about the characters, so I gave this book 3/5 stars.
The story picks up years after where "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" left off. We're introduced to Gabrielle, Mary's daughter, who lives in the city of Vista bordering the ocean that Mary washed ashore at. An innocent childish game quickly takes a turn for the worse when Gabrielle and a group of friends are attacked by the Mudo. Now, Gabrielle must decide where her allegiance lies: with her friends and family in the town of Vista, or outside the safety of the borders where a new kind of enemy lurks....more
"Is there fear in the Unconsecrated? Is there loss and love and pain and longing? Wouldn't a life without so much agony be easier?" (Mary, p. 51)
As th"Is there fear in the Unconsecrated? Is there loss and love and pain and longing? Wouldn't a life without so much agony be easier?" (Mary, p. 51)
As the title suggests, this is a horror novel. What I was surprised to find out was that this is a ZOMBIE novel, and a pretty good one at that. Mary lives in a post-apocalyptic world sheltered in the sanctuary of her people's village. Those who have survived the Unconsecrated have made refuge in the confines of a gated community. Those on the outside, in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, are the rest of the world- the undead. When tragedy strikes Mary's family, she is forced to choose between joining the mysterious Sisterhood, the guardians of the village and the keepers of knowledge, or following the stories of her mother and searching for the isolated and safe shores of the ocean, where the infection may have not reached. The choice she makes impacts the entire village, and her world is turned upside down when she finds herself fighting for her life and that of her forbidden love Travis.
It was a little hard for me to get past the whole village thing, which was too much like the movie The Village in that it was isolated from the outside world, there were monsters outside the village line, the "elders" knew the secret of the world, etc. Even the color red was prominant in the story. The book did raise a lot of interesting questions though, particularly about whether or not surviving is enough in a world overcome with death and despair. I did find the zombie aspect to be intriguing, and the overall story had me hooked from beginning to end. It's a great mystery and horror story, and I can't wait for the next one.
*** SPOILERS BELOW ***
There were a lot of mysteries that didn't get resolved in this book that I hope get explained later on:
- how/when did the infection start? - what's the significance of Gabrielle - who built the fence line and where do all the numbered paths lead? - why were the sister's documenting Gabrielle and how did she end up with a different infection than everyone else? - where does Mary end up at the end of the book? - what happened to Harry, Cass, Jacob, Ted and Argos? - who lived in Village XIV and where did everyone go?...more
Finally a book worthy of 5 stars! I borrowed this from a friend after she insisted that I read it, and being a fan of the zombie genre, there's no wayFinally a book worthy of 5 stars! I borrowed this from a friend after she insisted that I read it, and being a fan of the zombie genre, there's no way I was going to pass it up.
The story is told in interview format, beginning after the end of the Zombie War. The world has been ravaged by an mysterious plague, and the infected are beginning to outnumber the living. Max Brooks, the author and interviewer, goes from country to country to gather people's prospectives of the war. It's very gritty, very violent, and goes as far as offering footnotes to elaborate on certain details (military, scientific, etc.)
The writing was done well, the author seemed to do his research for the most part. The most compelling thing about this novel is that it had no main characters. Everyone got a chance to voice their opinion, and so the reader gets a glimpse into the lives of many different people and how they reacted to the world falling apart around them. The underlying theme of this book is the survival of the human spirit. It's the core of any disaster situation, and Brooks manages to capture that through the heart wrenching stories told by the people who lived it.
"I've heard it said that the Holocaust has no survivors, that even those who managed to remain tehcnically alive were so irreparably damaged, that their spirits, their soul...[were:] gone forever. I'd like to think that's not true. But if it is, then no one on Earth survived this war." (Brooks, 340)...more
A series of horrific, and seemingly unrelated local murders strikes fear in the hearts of those living in the area. Among th**spoiler alert** Summary:
A series of horrific, and seemingly unrelated local murders strikes fear in the hearts of those living in the area. Among them is Danny McCoyne, a guy working a boring job, living a boring life, who begins to suspect that there is some greater reason behind the recent crimes of the people dubbed "Haters".
Danny McCoyne- He's a typical everyman. He works a dead end job, barely makes ends meet, lost his passion for his wife, and doesn't seem to even enjoy being around his kids. In a way, he reminded me of Shaun from Shaun of the Dead... until about halfway through the book when he starts to loose interest.
Lizzie McCoyne- Danny's wife, she's a stay at home mom who's stuck taking care of their three kids day in and day out. She want desperately to go out and live a more eventful life, also similar to Liz from Shaun of the Dead, but she too has lost interest in her husband.
This book really struck me as exciting, as I havn't read a good horror book in awhile. The premise sounded very similar to the movie 28 Days Later, but this book fell just short of capturing emotion from me at all. I count this as a zombie book, even though the enemy is not of the undead variety (think again 28 Days Later). Don't get me wrong, it started decent, and I was really hoping the story would move along at a nice pace. You can also totally relate to the main character in the beginning, but he looses interest about halfway through the book.
It was good up until about 3/4 of the way through, when we discover that Danny is, in fact, one of the haters, and in the course of 3 pages, kills his father in law and attempts to kill his wife and kids (with the exception of his daughter, Ellis). He then meets a band of fellow haters, and is subsequently captured by the army who attempts to systematically "dispose" of the infected. Then the book takes a bizarre sci-fi turn, and suddenly another band of army members, these guys haters, saves them and tells them the truth of the haters. They all possess a dormant "kill" gene, that was recently triggered and now they must start a war against those who aren't infected to stay alive. I had no idea that there would be more than one book, and you can imagine how pissed off I was when I came to the end and saw the "To Be Continued" at the end of the chapter. Seriously, I am still so mad.
I think this might make a better movie than a book. I think it tackles the problem with hate in a tasteful way, and attempts to make a social comment about violence, like most zombie genres. I don't know if I'll even want to read the rest of the books.... we'll see. All in all, it was just sort of meh, and I was left desiring much more....more