The only reason this book did not qualify for five stars was the choppy writing (it didn't flow well at all in the beginning). I'm also not a big fanThe only reason this book did not qualify for five stars was the choppy writing (it didn't flow well at all in the beginning). I'm also not a big fan of the third person narrative. I read this book in one sitting, but before that, about thirty pages into it I was about to give up. I never try to abandon a book and I'm glad I stuck with it, because I would have missed out. So hang in there...
Anyway, the redeeming quality of this book was the intriguing storyline and the characters. That's why I didn't give it three stars. I'm also not happy with overly predicable plots, and I'm pleased to write that this book took me by surprise. It wasn't just about a girl entering other people's dreams. There were a few great twist and turns, ones I for sure didn't see coming.
I also appreciated that Janie, Carrie, and Cable were not glamorous or the unattainable, mythical characters that are out there right now. They had flaws and were realistic (well, beside Janie's abilities to enter dreams). The protagonist and the plot makes this series well worth reading, so I look forward to the next book and the third coming out next year... Sweet Dreams! ...more
I actually really liked this book. It was full of cliches though. I love witty banter and sarcasm, which makes for great elemental writing in my opiniI actually really liked this book. It was full of cliches though. I love witty banter and sarcasm, which makes for great elemental writing in my opinion. I would also like to read a sequel...maybe my wish will come true. Hoping. Possibly. (well, crap. I just found out this book is actually the sequel to a first book. I'm usually very careful in not doing that, especially after I've made fun of some friends for making that mistake. HA! Now, I also discovered there is a third book. I'm totally exited!)
Anyhow, I thought the writing was good and the story was interesting. The characters, besides Justin and Maggie, were okay. Not quite developed for my taste. That's why I prefer a series over a single story, because series help to stretch and strengthen the characters and the plot. (Since my recent discovery this is a series, everything makes more sense, but I didn't want to delete my review).
Oh...actually I do have one criticism. There were times, when the writing was a little confusing. The chapters were split into sections sometimes, which I've seen before, but the splits didn't always flow well. For me it was like I was reading half way through a thought. Like I talk sometimes, I start half way and expect people to know what I'm talking about. Well, that's how it felt sometimes, like I was coming in the middle. I thought is was me, but it happened again, so I knew it was the writing, not my late night reading. Boy, did I just digress or what...HA!
Over all, I liked the book and would read more from this author.
More after thoughts...It sucks that I read the second book first. I'm over it, really. Anyhow, thinking about this book and the knowledge that this is a series, I'm actually loving this author's writing even more. This is why, since I read the second book first, I noticed that there were references to a back story, moving on now. Anyway, this all proves what a great writer Rosemary Clement-Moore is. I had to order all three books online. Like I said, I love series; however, some series writers tend to repeat themselves a lot. I know it is done to keep the reader up-to-date on the whole story and remind the reader of previous stories, but it tends to get to redundant and annoying.
Rosemary, didn't do this. She repeated little snippets, but didn't give too much away. I believe I can read the first book without knowing everything or without feeling like I already know the story. I'm excited to read the first and third book. I hope the third book is like the second, where there are small references, but not over done.
There, I think I've said all there is to say. ...more
I think this series by Michail Grant is Science-Fiction at is best. I loved it and can't wait for book three... there has to be a book three. I checkeI think this series by Michail Grant is Science-Fiction at is best. I loved it and can't wait for book three... there has to be a book three. I checked his' website, but didn't see any announcements, but the book couldn't have ended the way it did without a book three. Anyway...
Hunger wasn't the thrill ride from page one, that Gone was. However, there was still plenty of action and hero types coming to the rescue. Violence and the struggle to make sense out of a crazy world, prevailed in each page. Kids dealing with adult concepts and concerns proliferated.
What I liked about this book was the increased character development. We got to know some in Gone, but we were introduced to more characters in Hunger, ones I love too. It was interesting to read from the various narrations from at least six different protagonist. I felt like Hunger was a bridge between three books. In Gone, we were introduced to the FAYZ and all the kids 15 an under. In Hunger, we went on a journey to "what next?" Life after the main poof. How to live in a crazy world and make sense out of the situation that was dealt. How to survive and grow up?
Each book in this series is a page turner, but with the added weight of thoughtful questions and meaning in each word. When parents are gone and you really don't have anyone to answer to, how would you act? Or, would you feel the responsibility of guilt? ...more
Amazing. Insane. Crazy. Full of action and suspense. Some times predicable. Smart. Funny. Sweet. I think I used enough adjectives.
I loved this book aAmazing. Insane. Crazy. Full of action and suspense. Some times predicable. Smart. Funny. Sweet. I think I used enough adjectives.
I loved this book a lot. I wanted to burn through it, but I also wanted to take my time and enjoy, just reading a really imaginative story. So, I slowed down and took my time. Now I'm ready for the second book. I can only image what is to come.
I liked the element of good verses bad. Brother against brother and a fight between who'll win and who will lose. You don't want any of your favorite characters to die, but you hold your breath through every turn of the page...waiting for what will come next. I liked how, when I asked question to myself, "like how and why," Grant answered throughout the story. There is still more to discover and questions to be answered. I can't wait to see how this story continues to unfold and what will happen in the FAYZ. HA!
I also liked a lot how the story was told from different characters points of view. It wasn't confusing or disorienting. I think that is a statement to great writing skills.
While I best get started on the second book...yay. ...more
I liked this book. I thought the concept was intriguing... basing the story on a ballad. The book did remind me of another story though, but I can't qI liked this book. I thought the concept was intriguing... basing the story on a ballad. The book did remind me of another story though, but I can't quiet put my finger on which one, yet.
I'm glad the book ended the way it did, however it was a little predictable. How could it have ended any other way, without it being bad...right?
I was a little shocked about the rape though. Taboos, I guess are hard to get over. I was looking forward to reading this story and it didn't disappoint. It was a fast pace read, with interesting characters. I also liked the love element (I'm always a sucker for love stories) and the sense of family and togetherness. ...more