Edit: I read this again in December 2013, to prepare myself for the next one, and I really do still love love love it :)
MAN, I loved this! I can't bel...moreEdit: I read this again in December 2013, to prepare myself for the next one, and I really do still love love love it :)
MAN, I loved this! I can't believe I waited this long to read this thing (all the reviews my friends posted should have made it clear, don't you think?) and I'm so happy I finally did!
A broken world, filled with uncertainty, death and doom lurking around every corner.... Awesome! -fist pump-
Although it's something similar but very different, I couldn't help but be reminded of Dark Angel. I used to love that show (watch it if you can pretend to be oblivious to Miss Alba's amazing acting skills (yes, that was sarcasm, kids!)) We rely so very much on electricity and the safety of our own homes... Just imagining living in a broken down world is already scary enough. Seriously, think about it.
I could never stomach this if this ever got turned into a movie. There a lot of gore involved and I don't think there is a single scene where there isn't somebody who is bleeding (Raffe mostly).
I can't help but like Penryn. Looks like she had a hard life and things aren't exactly getting any easier. She is a bit slow on the uptake, I mean an angel with that kind of introduction who tells her his name is Raffe? I'm not into religion, but that probably would have been my first question. I just feel so bad about his wings, and his sword :( Gah, poor baby.
One thing did bother me though: the world broke down about 6 weeks ago, and it's too big of a wreck to be believable. I think more time should have passed for things to get that bad, but I can understand why it was written that way... I just hope certain things will be clarified once we get to read the next book. (can't wait! ♥ )(less)
In less than a day, the world dies, when it gets taken over by zombies. Yes, zombies. The idea alone...moreI absolutely loved this book. Love, love love it.
In less than a day, the world dies, when it gets taken over by zombies. Yes, zombies. The idea alone made me laugh as well. Until I read this book. My smile faded pretty quickly.
This is the story of two different women, who come from different worlds, who somehow manage to from a bond that runs deeper than blood. Together, they are stronger, smarter, and better. I feel about as fiercely protective of Katie and Jenni as they do of each other, despite their many flaws (god, I love flaws).
I've been on the edge of my seat for this entire book, a constant roller coaster of emotions. I felt scared, anxious, nervous, relieved, happy, thrilled, angry, sad, everything. This book exhausted me emotionally and I can honestly say there isn't a single dull moment within these pages. Not one!
This is not for the fainthearted. Heads get blown of, intestines are used as accessories, rotting flesh, walking undead,... Full on zombie shit. The author does not gloss over it and it fits the story perfectly.
The characters felt very real. They react the way humans are supposed to, by making selfish decisions, as well as very brave ones. Relationships get built fast, but in a way that can only happen in exceptionally extreme situations.
What surprised me the most was a scene near the end of this book. The zombies crave the flesh of the living, and will stop at nothing to get it. They are mindless killing machines, who try to get to their goal, whatever the cost. And still, that idea is less horrible, less horrifying, and less disgusting than what a few surviving humans did. It made me sick to my stomach, and that's saying something, if you've been up to your elbows in intestines. I won't say more about it, because I want you to experience this yourself.
I recommend this book to everybody. Yes, it's gory, yes there are some pretty disgusting things going on here, but this is a really good story. Please, just read this.(less)
I don't know why I waited so long to read this book. Maybe it's because of the ugly cover. (I'm sorry, I don't like it, but it's just an opinion). Cle...moreI don't know why I waited so long to read this book. Maybe it's because of the ugly cover. (I'm sorry, I don't like it, but it's just an opinion). Clearly a case of "never judge a book..."
What was inside surprised me. It's been a week and I'm still thinking about the content. I keep trying to find something thoughtful to say, or something deep, but nothing seems to come to mind.
You'll spend less time reading this little gem will than you will thinking about it.(less)
I don't think there will be a lot of spoilers in here, but there might be some small ones, so be warned.
The most difficult reviews to write are about...moreI don't think there will be a lot of spoilers in here, but there might be some small ones, so be warned.
The most difficult reviews to write are about the books I liked. This is no different. I mean, what is there to say? So much and yet so little.
I've been spending months and months without reading a single page, feeling no need to read. My Kindle was feeling sad and lonely, constantly giving me those "don't you love me anymore?" looks and to be honest, it only made me feel worse. But my good(reads) friends managed to change that for me by recommending me this book. I loved every page of it :) and I'm really glad it helped me rediscover how passionate I am about books.
I'll be honest and tell you that for some parts of this book, I had no idea what was going on, or at least that's how it seemed. I feel like I understood nothing, and yet I adore this book, I don't know how that happened. (I can't explain it any better than this, and I do realize that what I am saying is pretty confusing too)
I could rant a little bit about how I don't really understand what makes Retra/Naif so special that everybody focuses on her. I know she's the main character, but there are at least 8 people fawning over her, and that was before she got "famous". But I loved the transformation she went through.
I could go on and on about how difficult it is for me to understand the world where Retra came from and the one she went to. They are both so different from our worlds and it's scary.
I'm going to give up on this nonsense so-called review, with just one last thing: Lenoir, what is your deal?(less)
I often wonder what life will be like in 10, 15 years from now. If I look in the past, it seems like nothing has really changed, besides the fact that...moreI often wonder what life will be like in 10, 15 years from now. If I look in the past, it seems like nothing has really changed, besides the fact that I grew up. But when I look more closely, I see technology evolved in ways I didn't think were possible. 15 years ago I would have laughed if somebody would have told me people would be online, constantly. Computers, laptops, phones,... The possibilities become more and more endless, the opportunities become bigger and bigger, the future is looking so bright it hurts my eyes. Things just only get better, right?
This books is set in a world where technology is used to control people's lives, not to enrich it. We already feel slightly threatened when people ask you for your email address in a random store, so imagine what it would be like if everything you did left a trace somewhere. From when you wake up, to stores where you buy your clothes to the conversations you have with people.
Face to face interaction is nearly extinct in Maddie's world. You can do everything while sitting in front of your computer screen: going to school, walks on the beach, workouts, anything. When we meet Maddie, she's perfectly okay with the way she's living her life. The only downside is the way her father treats her. A few years ago she went through a rebellious period and because of that, her father nearly went to prison. Ever since, his leach on her has been extremely short, keeping a close eye on her every digital movement. He is the inventor of the most influential program in history called Digital School, which makes if possible for people to study at home. The amount of power he has is almost endless.
Things suddenly change when Maddie meets Justin Solvi online, who convinces her to come to a real life tutor session. He puts her world upside down while trying to convince her people shouldn't be shut off from the real world, but live in it. Everything Maddie believes in gets questioned. I liked the interaction between Maddie and Justin, but his motives for not wanting to get close to Maddie are a bit on the hollow side. He has is own parents to show how it can work, if you put some effort into it. There is no way he can keep on doing this without having somebody to be close to. I hope he realizes this soon.
I really liked this book, it has a good flow and the buildup is well written. A lot of the characters are interesting and likable. This story makes you think about the direction we are headed in and wonder if it's the good one. I can't wait to find out what happens next. (less)
These books are really not what I expected. For some reason the titles made me think of ~elite high school clubs with bitchy fake blond girls (lollipo...moreThese books are really not what I expected. For some reason the titles made me think of ~elite high school clubs with bitchy fake blond girls (lollipops included) who make regular people's lives a living hell.
Boy, how wrong was I. ^^
Right now I'm on Team Zane and I want to punch Shay (bitch!) in the face many many many times. I understand how Shay feels, but that doesn't mean I have to like her. I hope Specials lives up to my expectations.(less)
So... This book is strange for many many reasons. And I recommend it to everybody.
I know this is fiction, but the ideas are so... The concept of unwi...moreSo... This book is strange for many many reasons. And I recommend it to everybody.
I know this is fiction, but the ideas are so... The concept of unwinding is... I don't even know what to think. How could a society allow such things to happen? Who even came up with such an idea? Sure, if I ruled the world, there would be a lot of people I dislike that would suddenly find themselves stuck on a tiny deserted island, with 6 sharks circling around it while they were wearing nothing but a hot pink tutu and a pair of those over sized plastic glasses. But sending your offspring away to die while comforting yourself in the dark with bogus arguments like "but they live on and they save lives" is a completely different thing.
They kill their kids, period. No need to sugarcoat it. Who can be that heartless? If you have a serial killer/rapist/criminal as a kid, then I can see it as some alternative form of death sentence. But 'just because you feel like it' isn't a good reason. Neither is religion by the way.
I know I've given this way too much thought, but let's face it: there are certain parts that are more in demand than others. What do they do with all the extra spare parts? Do they just keep them on stock somewhere? Cause it seems to me like they just 'unwind' kids on a daily basis en masse. What do they do with all the parts that keep piling up? What about people who don't take good care of their bodies? And how exactly do they keep +/- 100% of a person 'alive'?
I'm ranting and my mind is all over the place and I still have a ton of other questions swimming around in my head, but I don't want to keep anybody from reading this book. It's good.
Oh and the scene with Roland... Pretty intense. I was horrified.(less)
I don't know what that says about me, but I adore every book with some sort of "there can be only one" theme, where people kill each other because the...moreI don't know what that says about me, but I adore every book with some sort of "there can be only one" theme, where people kill each other because they have to.
This book is no different, I think it was amazing.(less)