This was just awful. Such a disappointment after the first book. I couldn't remember clearly what had happened in the second book, so at first I was lThis was just awful. Such a disappointment after the first book. I couldn't remember clearly what had happened in the second book, so at first I was lost. Who did what bad thing again? This book desperately needed some sort of recap at the start. I kept getting bored while reading this, and would do things like put it down while I was in the middle of an action scene. I finished it only because the library was about to suck it back off my kindle. I will say the last bit kept me reading, but otherwise it didn't keep my attention. Other problems: normally I like books with multiple narrators, but that is not a device that works if your narrators' voices are exactly the same. It was impossible to tell whose perspective each chapter was from - I kept flipping back to check. Four had lost all interest as a romantic hero and was just whiny and boring. The whole premise of genetic damage made no sense scientifically. Also, the plot had holes big enough to drive a truck through. There is the big thing at the end - which I had been spoiled on, so wasn't surprised about - but honestly it just didn't work. It wasn't a brave decision by the author, it was a lame one. (view spoiler)[Dying didn't suit Tris' character's previous actions, it didn't prevent anything truly terrible, (most importantly) it didn't give Caleb the chance to redeem himself, and it would have been FAR more interesting to have Tris struggle with the consequences of her actions and deal with the difficulties of her relationship with Four. I know people die senselessly in real life, but this death just really didn't work for me. It really seemed like the author just wanted the shock value of OMG she killed the lead. I know she thought Harry should've died too and that would not really have made sense in the context of that series either. It's just juvenile writing and her editors should have known better. (hide spoiler)] Definitely not worth the money - if you must read, get it from the library. Actually, I bet there's fan fiction out there that creates a better end for the series than this book. This really ruins the series for me. Mostly because of the total illogical science. ARGH as though this country doesn't have enough junk science going around. ...more
This was decent, but I liked the first book (Cinder) much better. I felt like the pacing was off in this one and the action scenes were confusing. MayThis was decent, but I liked the first book (Cinder) much better. I felt like the pacing was off in this one and the action scenes were confusing. Maybe it's just that I was reading quickly to find out what happened, but most of the action scenes went by in a blur or were just otherwise confusing. Scarlet was a great new character and I thought the way Meyer brought together the two stories worked really well. However, I really have a problem with new character Wolf: (view spoiler)[ WHY is he presented as a good boyfriend prospect, and WHY do readers think he's so great and awesome and perfect? he's worse than Edward Cullen! He kidnaps and tortures Scarlet's grandmother, lies to Scarlet about his intentions (why not bring her in on his plan?), almost kills her, and then tries that old abusive trope "you're so special, I couldn't do anything to hurt you, you're so good you'll save me from myself". None of his behavior is sexy, it's creepy and Scarlet should run away. (hide spoiler)] Yeah, Kai did not handle Cinder's cyborg reveal all that well, but a. he got over it and b. he's actually doing the best he can to save his people. Not sure why readers find him a less appealing romantic interest. As with the first book, I'm really into this dystopian future with robots mashed with old fairy tales - I think it's a great idea. I'll read books 3 & 4 (wish they were out already!) but I hope they are more like the first one. ...more
Great updating of Cinderella, with a plague, robots, and a huge conspiracy. The lead character is great--I loved how her main trait was how capable shGreat updating of Cinderella, with a plague, robots, and a huge conspiracy. The lead character is great--I loved how her main trait was how capable she is. Almost all of the characters are women, and they're varied, some good and some bad. The writing is pretty good; the "twist" (and I put that in quotes because it was too obvious to be a real twist) was apparent within the first sentence of being set up, but the pace was good, the descriptions were evocative, and the characters interesting. This isn't on the level of Code Name Verity (will I be reduced to comparing everything to CNV, forever???), but it's a great addition to the dystopian-future-with-kick-ass-girl-lead genre. I liked it!
Be warned though--it ends on a MAJOR cliffhanger. Luckily book 2 is out now and I'll be reading it soon, but I'd be annoyed if I had to wait a year to find out what happens next.......more
Amazing. Chilling. Griping. I couldn't put this down (literally--I read it in a single day, only stopping when forced to) and now that I've finished iAmazing. Chilling. Griping. I couldn't put this down (literally--I read it in a single day, only stopping when forced to) and now that I've finished it I can't get it out of my head. It's fairly violent, and much more towards horror than what I usually like/read, but I love distopian future novels and I also love books about weird diseases, so I got really into this. It reminded me of a blend of David Brin's the Postman, Children of Men (the movie, have not read the book), and the Hunger Games, except creepier than any of those. I also loved the end. Highly recommend, although perhaps not for an evening when you are home alone! (disclaimer: I am on a book distribution list for the publisher, so I received a free ARC)...more
Rambling, duplicative, clunky, not much plot. Honestly, a half-decent fanfic writer could have done a better job with this! Is she paid by the letterRambling, duplicative, clunky, not much plot. Honestly, a half-decent fanfic writer could have done a better job with this! Is she paid by the letter or something? Or was she just obligated to churn something out to meet a contract? Is there any need to repeat the multi-page mother song or Ayla's list of titles over and over again? I still finished it, though. At least I didn't pay for it.
I just wanted this to be so much better than it was. ...more