I wasn't a big fan of the story but the writing style was different enough that it kept me reading. That being said, there were times where the writinI wasn't a big fan of the story but the writing style was different enough that it kept me reading. That being said, there were times where the writing became redundant and the use of characters' full names (first and last names) slowed the story down. I give it three stars because it was worth the read just for the different style and the fact that the characters actually seemed like real teenagers to me. I will note that caution should be given as it is a very mature read (in my opinion) and is not suitable for young readers. However, older young adults will probably find it easy to relate to and show them that they are not alone in their thoughts. ...more
I loved Legend. I was disappointed by Prodigy. I really, really liked Champion. I'd give this a 4.5/5 stars. The only thing that's keeping it from theI loved Legend. I was disappointed by Prodigy. I really, really liked Champion. I'd give this a 4.5/5 stars. The only thing that's keeping it from the perfect 5 is the fact that it didn't show the end of the war and instead told the reader about it. That's something that annoyed me with Mockingjay and this trilogy unfortunately followed that formula. When I spend three books with characters in a world, I want to feel the victory and success. That just wasn't the case here. Other than that, it was a great book. ...more
This is an amazing trilogy that keeps the reader invested from start to finish. The characters are so well developed that they become real to the readThis is an amazing trilogy that keeps the reader invested from start to finish. The characters are so well developed that they become real to the reader. The action is gripping and the plot twists are inescapable. I loved everything about this trilogy. Here's how great it really is: I'm obsessed with The Hunger Games but The Ascendance Trilogy has one upped that trilogy because the ending of The Shadow Throne is FAR better than the ending of Mockingjay. Jennifer Nielsen has written a trilogy that will not disappoint...at any point...ever! 5 stars for each book and 5 stars for the trilogy as a whole. A must read!...more
A typical James Patterson fast paced read with chapters that end quickly. The story kept me reading. However, I knew what was coming from the very begA typical James Patterson fast paced read with chapters that end quickly. The story kept me reading. However, I knew what was coming from the very beginning because I questioned the setup immediately. The conclusion made by the characters and the police at the beginning of the story didn't make sense and that allowed me to predict the ending right then. Also, the main character, Tandy, who was supposed to be really smart and observant missed a lot of details until after I noticed them. That took me away from the story because I was no longer able to believe that she was as smart as she was supposed to be.
I would've given this 2 stars but it did intrigue me and keep me reading. I'm glad I borrowed this from the library instead of buying it. If there is a sequel, I'll probably read it but it won't be a priority. ...more
Loved this book as much as, or maybe even more than, The False Prince. The characters are "real" people you care about. The writing style is descriptiLoved this book as much as, or maybe even more than, The False Prince. The characters are "real" people you care about. The writing style is descriptive, visual, and engaging. The plot is fast-moving. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the 3rd book!...more
I was really looking forward to this book after I read Legend in the first month it was released. Legend is still one of my favorite books. UnfortunatI was really looking forward to this book after I read Legend in the first month it was released. Legend is still one of my favorite books. Unfortunately, this one sits on the likeable but disappointing part of my book list.
Positives I liked that Marie Lu gave us more information on how the world ended up the way it did and we got to see more of the world than in Legend. There were some shocks and twists that made the book somewhat enjoyable. The twist with Metias and Thomas took me by surprise but made that situation one where more information is needed (maybe in Champion). Overall, I do like the characters in this series--though I like some of them less after this book.
Negatives For me, Prodigy was a very slow read. I couldn't get into it and get motivated to read it. Whereas with Legend, I couldn't put it down and read it in a few days. The love stories involved were annoying. There were too many possible romances (more than a love triangle) and the on/off again made the book seem like it was filled with teenage angst. I don't mind some romance in a story (as a background) but I choose read fantasy, dystopian, and sci-fi books--not romance novels. When the world is falling apart and on the verge of revolution, and the main characters are at the heart of it, I highly doubt there would be that much angst and it gets really annoying to me. Do they really have time for all of that drama when they're fighting for their lives? Plus, some of the writing was awkward--something that I didn't find in Legend (or maybe I was too engaged to notice). Finally, I hated the ending--and not in the good way that you're supposed to hate the ending.
I'd give this book 2.5 or 3 stars only because I did like the world building, some of the twists, the action/thrills, and some of the characters remained likeable. I can't rate it higher because of the teenage drama in the middle of a war, the slower pace (in my opinion) that couldn't keep me engaged, and some of the characters becoming less likeable. Not to mention that the ending frustrates me--and not in a good way either. If Lu had ended the book about a chapter earlier (right when Day was given the information about his future) I would have loved the ending. I would've been anticipating "Champion" to find out how that was going to be handled. But the extra conversation between Day/June just added to the teen angst that frustrated me all through the book. And because I now know that will be the focus of Champion, I'm hesitant to read the final book in the trilogy. Not to mention that I really have no idea which direction the series is headed and it makes me think the author doesn't know either. Where is this going to go? I'm not sure I even care enough to find out at this point.
The False Prince is a great book with a very likeable main character. Sage is a real character who you want to get to know and you appreciate the factThe False Prince is a great book with a very likeable main character. Sage is a real character who you want to get to know and you appreciate the fact that you can take part in his journey. Jennifer Nielsen definitely has a talent for keeping the reader turning the pages. Every chapter ended with me wanting more. The plot for the throne was mysterious and compelling. The mystery can be solved before it is revealed but that doesn't take away from the story.
If I had to pick one thing that I thought could be better, it would be that I wish the book had ended on a little more of a cliff hanger. I anxiously await the next book in the trilogy but I think that a cliff hanger would've made the sequel much more urgent and made it unbearable to wait (which could be a really good thing). That being said, it was a very enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to Sage's (trying not spoil anything) next journey.
Fans of medieval fantasy will especially enjoy this book but I think it will appeal to a wider audience as well. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy a good young adult book with interesting characters and a fast moving, engaging story.
Tom Tancin, author of Hippocampus (Book One of the Atlantis Revolution)...more
I really love YA dystopian novels so I decided to read Article 5. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. It took me a really long time tI really love YA dystopian novels so I decided to read Article 5. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. It took me a really long time to get through (in fact I put it aside to read other books in between).
Positives: Fairly interesting plot, typical dystopian world, full of action, cliff hanger ending.
Negatives: Annoying main character that couldn't make up her mind--loved the boy, hated the boy, loved the boy, hated the boy, wanted him to stay, wanted him to leave, wanted to stay, wanted to leave, he was a hero, he was evil. There was way too much teen angst wrapped up in a character that had more important things to worry about. And while Chase was an OK character (he remained mysterious, which worked for the story) I wanted him to leave Em because she was so annoying. I couldn't believe he put up with her. The fact that he stayed with her even through all of her tirades made me not care for his character by the end of the story.
I also got tired of the fact that every time Em ran across an MM soldier, it was revealed that pretty much all the soldier wanted was sex and violence. Surely not all of the soldiers wanted the same things and I would have thought they would've had various motives for being in the MM. But we weren't really given any ideas of why they wanted to be in the MM in the first place--or if they even did want to be part of it. I had no way to understand the MM soldiers other than to see them as criminals (murderers, violent individuals, and rapists/sex offenders). Surely in a world of moral standards, the country wouldn't allow those individuals to be soldiers. This made it difficult for me to understand the true nature of the country/world around the characters. Why would the higher ups allow for that? And if they "didn't know" then obviously they weren't as strict as they'd want us to believe.
Finally, there were moments in the writing where I had to stop and reread a page or two because it pulled me out of the story. For example, in one scene, Em and Chase are in the woods and it is described as being dark and impossible to see anything. On the very next page, still in the same scene, Em sees an emotion (I forget which one) in Chase's brown eyes. How could she see anything about his eyes if she can't see anything? I know things like this happen in writing, I'm sure I've read (and wrote) stories like that before. However, when you get pulled out of the story, that's a problem. I think that's the first time that writing like that stopped me in the middle of reading and stayed with me through the rest of the book and after I finished.
I'll end this review by saying that I don't mind when dystopian stories contain romance and sexual tension. I loved the Hunger Games, enjoyed Divergent, Legend, etc--at least we got some sense of the world in those books. However, I can't stand when the story is really all about a romance and sexual tension but billed as a dystopian to capture a popular trend. Article 5--which didn't let me get a true sense of the world around the characters but was more focused on teenage drama--was surely the latter. ...more