I couldn't possibly have thought this was how the book was going to be. I think its supposed to be set in North America but I can't pinpoint where exa...moreI couldn't possibly have thought this was how the book was going to be. I think its supposed to be set in North America but I can't pinpoint where exactly, and of course Saba wouldn't know. Most of the past is forgetten. What her dad has told her about the past seems unbelievable, and the way she makes it sound I can see why.
The purposeful dialect with the misspelled words didn't bother me. What I got bothered at was the absence of quotations. I got over it of course but I would've rather had them there.
Saba is well, tough is the first word that comes to mind, she has her flaws and all but she is a darn good fighter let me tell you. Not only in combat but in not giving up. Honestly, she never gives up until she finds her brother. And first starting out, she hasn't got much to go on but she feels as if she has no choice and sets out anyways. She expects help from no one, cares about nobodies' business except her own and her brother's (seriously, not even her little sister's) but than she does something kind and redeeming.
One character I could really love was Saba's little sister Emmi. She is every bit as determined as Saba for such a small person. Her unforgiving attitude and loyalty made my heart go out to her. To be pushed down so much by someone you look up to, that has got to be tough, but just like Saba she perseveres.
One thing I felt could've been better was the relationship between Jack and Saba. The two are obviously drawn to each other and Saba knows this but she keeps staying in denial. Not that I actually wanted them to hit it off right away (that would not be in Saba’s nature and I don't like rushed romances) I just thought that Saba's whole problem with it was kind of, I don't know...forced. I think they could be a good pair though. Jack doesn't take her crap and he provides some comic relief.
I can't wait for the sequel. How many times have I said that, but it's always true.(less)
The book starts right were Divergent left off on the train. Things are pretty on edge now. The Erudite are not just threatening to the Dauntless but a...moreThe book starts right were Divergent left off on the train. Things are pretty on edge now. The Erudite are not just threatening to the Dauntless but also the other factions.
I really wanted to love this book because I loved the first but really I couldn't love Tris. She has some problems ((view spoiler)[after killing her friend (hide spoiler)] for Divergent) but I thought Four would make up for it, he didn't. They have trust issues-both of them. But I liked that it was basically the relationship that was the problem, not some love triangle. I still think the relationship is going too fast but *shrug* there is nothing I can do about it.
What was different about this book was that there is still action and a whole lot of tension but this time Tris isn't just struggling with fitting into the Daughtless. Tris has inner struggles as well because of her guilt and she realizes how much her choices can change her and others around her. Now I may not have liked the way she went about dealing with it or even all the choices she made, but I could understand it.
I was hoping that there would be more background story on the society (such as why are there different factions?) but I know there is going to be more information in the next book. I'm a excited of course. I'm not sure these books are good for my health. Sometimes I can tell that my heart rate speeds up a little. So I've got to give it to Roth; she sure has me invested.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Here we have a super tough girl named Deuce, after her naming. This story is dystopia but not in the way you expect. I think of course you can still c...moreHere we have a super tough girl named Deuce, after her naming. This story is dystopia but not in the way you expect. I think of course you can still compare it to other dystopia and find similarities but I don't really ponder on that too much. You know how some compare everything to star wars, harry potter, pride and prejudice, twilight, and now the hunger games, etc.
The story about a girl living in a society where the elders are 30 years old and the rules are strict. There are three things you can be: a Breeder, Hunter, or Builder. Deuce is a going to be a hunter and the darn best one there is. The setting is in the tunnels post-apocalypse and I could feel it, the tunnels are an intricate part of their way of life.
Deuce is an interesting character, she is tough, practical, and has a great need to prove that she belongs with the hunters. There is a guy named Fade and he of course has a dark past. They are partnered up to kill as many freaks as possible, as well as feed the brats. I did not know freaks were supposed to be zombies in the beginning, for some reason I thought that they were wolverine/human type beasts.
Something that I never get about girls who are supposed to be good at fighting is that they always mention how the girl has to compensate strength with speed. I'm kind of short and somehow I'm usually the slowest walker, runner, or slowest whatever you can think of, so I wonder about the merit to this.
A tad gruesome but really want to read the next one.(less)
The world and plot of the book were without a doubt amazingly done. The writing wasn't lyrical but it had something about it that I could experience t...moreThe world and plot of the book were without a doubt amazingly done. The writing wasn't lyrical but it had something about it that I could experience the events well. There was enough description of the scenery, telling of the actions, and enough of Tris's emotions that I didn't feel robbed of anything or cheated in any way.
Tris I think is what people probably have the most problems with, though that could just be me. She is judgmental, definitely not selfless, and actually kind of insensitive. But I didn't hate her. She had high highs and low lows that threw me off sometimes and it would take me a while to catch up with her feelings.
The writing was especially appreciated in the action scenes. Though there aren't as many as I first thought it was more than enough. The book has more to do with the fact that Tris has to figure out how to fit in the Duantless, who she should trust, and figure out why being what she is is dangerous. Lots of tension here and I'm not even including the crazy Dauntless initiation and training.
The world is what I really want to know more about. The different factions were fascinating to learn about. Yes, I know they aren't real but I couldn't help wondering if I took the test what I would get. Honestly, I don't think I could handle any of them; it's too much one way of thinking I believe for almost anyone now a’days.
I don't like the way the romance is going in this one. It's the first book and going way too fast. I just have a feeling that either one of the two (probably Tris) is going to do something stupid later on and things are going to get nasty between them for a while, or they'll get separated (like kidnapped and tortured or something). But gotta say I think the leading guy seems pretty good.
Bottom line why I loved the book was that there was so much suspense while I was reading it. My heart actually pounded.(less)
This book caught my attention after clicking on one link after another on goodreads. I can't honestly remember how I got to Shadoweyes and normally I...moreThis book caught my attention after clicking on one link after another on goodreads. I can't honestly remember how I got to Shadoweyes and normally I wouldn't give a graphic novel (or is this a comic?) another thought. I've read maybe two or three in my life and they weren't bad so I thought maybe this one would really get me into it-it did not.
Though I did find some aspects of the plot interesting I was confused quite a bit during the beginning and middle. It shifts scenes and points of view abruptly and there are definate holes and gaps that I thought should've been filled. Maybe this was because it's a graphic novel but the few that I've read didn't give me this kind of trouble. Really the only reason I finished it was because it is a graphic novel and I knew I could finish it fast. If it were a full fledged novel and it had as many holes in it as this I would've stopped reading it half way through.
(view spoiler)[Also, Scout kept talking and talking to this one girl Sparkle that she saves and keeps asking if she is feeling alright and how she is feels guilty for letting the kidnapper go instead of killing her. This I thought was weird because Scout is a vegan but she beats up people and thought of maybe even killing one. The conversation with Sparkle, who is a 17 year old who is into pony cards, takes maybe 7 pages or more when it could've been used for something else. (hide spoiler)]
It isn't horrible or bad just not what I was looking for. I don't think I'll be giving the other books a try. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
There were times I absolutely loved the book, but there were other times when I felt the characters were forced to make things more complicated by Cas...moreThere were times I absolutely loved the book, but there were other times when I felt the characters were forced to make things more complicated by Cassandra Clare. I've said it time and again, I hate love triangles and this one is particularly excruciating. Clare stays true to the characters while still making them develop, which was really great. I'm not angry at Tessa because she really does try to stay away from Will after what he did to her in the last book. Usually I get annoyed at the girl in the middle of it all but not this time. No, I'm angry at Cassandra Clare. She couldn't have made it worse for the trio. She made the situations collide at just the right moment to make for optimum awfulness. This is not fair to Tessa, Will, Jem, and worse of all me.Oh, I have a horrible feeling about the next book.
I know people love the romance, and I am truly a romantic at heart but what is it with Jem and Will acting like they can't live without Tessa? I understand that people don't want to live without the person they love but whatever happened to being strong on your own? The best couples are the people who are also the best individuals. Aren't they? It's what I always believed. Really the only problem I had with the book was the love triangle which was actually a big part of this installment but there were times when I liked their interactions.
So now for the parts that didn't make me want to glare at Clare from hundreds of miles away. The characters development played a big part but not in the way that it doesn't seem plausible. Will is given a great deal of spot light which I knew would happen. You can't have a jerk (especially a love interest) in a story without a back story. Jem on the other hand is also given a lot of time...a lot of time with Tessa that is. I like it that we saw a little of the other characters as well. Charlotte and her husband add a bit of odd sweetness to the story, and I like the new maid. I hope she plays a bigger role in the third book. Tessa is a good heroine, she is not an idiot who puts herself into situations for feeble or senseless reasons. And lastly I like the setting. At times I felt it was a little too informal but I think the time period gave it a good atmosphere, especially with the Institution.
The ending is done in a oh no she didn't cliffhanger kind of way that just makes me want to read the next installment so bad. It set up the third book perfectly for some high emotions, hold your breath suspense, and rip roaring action. My expectations are high. (less)
Well, Deryn and Alec get in a pickle this time. Not that they didn't have a knack for getting in trouble before but it seriously gets complicated betw...moreWell, Deryn and Alec get in a pickle this time. Not that they didn't have a knack for getting in trouble before but it seriously gets complicated between them with all the secrets they have to keep and tension mounting. Our two brave heroes are destined for a disaster.
The course of the Levianth : New York. The mission : stop WWI.
It was good to see Alec and Deryn again; above all I think they are great friends though Deryn likes Alec more than that. Alec is a character who gives it all he's got. If he feels destined to save the world than by golly he is going to save the world. Alec is also just so loyal and earnest; you've got to like him. And Deryn is the kind of girl who lands on her feet. Certainly one you would want on your side. Plus her sarcasm and wit contribute some great dialogue and nice action scenes. Compared to the other two books I think there is less action in this one but more tension.
I didn't know how it was all going to work out in the end but there were a few things that I thought might happen. Sometimes I was right. I'm afraid to say more because I forget what happened in this book and what happened in the last one, Behemoth.
So…Does Alec stop the war, gain his throne, and save the world? And how does it all turn out for our girl in disguise? Well you'll just have to read it.(less)
This is very different from Hale's other stuff and different from what is out there right now, at least what I've read. It's sci fi which is not uncom...moreThis is very different from Hale's other stuff and different from what is out there right now, at least what I've read. It's sci fi which is not uncommon but this is neither dystopia nor a series. Just a different all around book than what you would expect from Hale or sci fi.
Maisie Danger Brown is a home-schooled girl that who happens to win a sweepstakes to go to a space camp. While going to this space camp she discovers that the world is in danger *wink* and she and her friends are the only ones who can stop it. She and her friends however are in grave danger until she is the last person standing between earth and total destruction.
Now that is vague but just be sure to know that Maisie starts out pretty sheltered. I felt like it was a middle grade the first couple chapters or so but make no mistake there is a darker side to the book, or at least darker than expected. Maisie questions her role and who she should trust. You don't even figure out the mission until more than half way through the book. Tons of suspense and action before that though.
So I did have some issues with the romance and I've come to realize that I'm kind of picky about romance in books. I like it there but I don't like it being a huge focus and I don't like there being a huge drama going on about it. (view spoiler)[There is definitely distrust and a love triangle. Neither of which I like. I had a problem with the fact that Wilder was willing to kill Maisie just for the token. Now I know he decided not to and instead tried to kill himself which is romantic and all if you're into that. However, he was half crazy when he decided all of this and then he started he fell in love with Maisie. I seems like a toxic state of mind to fall in love with someone. Though I don't mind the fact that she didn't end up with Luther at last he was somewhat clear minded when her decided he loved Maisie. (hide spoiler)]
Getting to the good stuff. I liked Maisie as a character. Like I mentioned earlier, she is sheltered but not completely ignorant and naive. That being said, she had to grow a lot throughout the book. Her family relationship I liked, there is a quirky bond they have. As for the plot itself...a hole lot of twist and turns, suspense, and some action. The sci fi aspect of it was strange but definitely interesting and I liked it that it was very sci fi but not in the typical way. Oh I did I mention she gets a bionic arm which was so cool. It actually makes me giddy thinking about it.
If you are a fan of Hale's writing I say give it a try or even if you are not. The book may be different than her other stuff but her writing is spot on like always. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
There is a space race! Did you think it was between the Americans and Russians? Then you'd be mistaken, it’s really between the Canadians and the Fren...moreThere is a space race! Did you think it was between the Americans and Russians? Then you'd be mistaken, it’s really between the Canadians and the French. Starclimber starts out a few months after the last one ended. Matt is in Paris with Kate doing what he loves, flying. It seems like it's going pretty well for a not even 18 year old young man. That is until trouble finds Mr. Cruse, which it always does.
Matt Cruse has a chance to go into space but first he must prove himself. As he goes into training and testing and so forth things with Kate are not at all well. The whole ‘I'm not good enough for her thing’ is still kind of there which annoyed me. It partly has to do with Kate's parents' accepting a poor boy but also Kate herself. She is way more into her specimens than Matt (at least that is the impression I got from her).
Now for the stuff I liked, Matt for starters. A good protagonist is always an excellent sign. He has a little (really minuscule) fault here or there but really an all-around good guy who is trying to follow his dream. Who wouldn't love that? Next is the fact that it all seemed believable. The science that Oppel presents is understandable and well described without being exceedingly boring or completely unbelievable because almost everything that is mention we know about. These books have always had a great sense of atmosphere to them and this one was no exception. The whole time I pictured them floating around in space.
It’s been so long since I read the last books but the story picks up on what happened fairly well. I forgot about quite a few things like how the books could actually be funny. The professor was definitely the funniest character. It's not a comedy book—it’s not meant to be—but there were a few times that I laughed.
It was a thrilling ride through space because, as you can guess, things don't always go according to the plan but if something goes wrong it's always a good idea to have Matt on your side. Lastly, I enjoyed space immensely but I think Matt said it best "I missed my sky."(less)
This is not the last book in the series but I was am kind of tempted to just leave it like that. I had mixed feelings about the ending becuase I think...moreThis is not the last book in the series but I was am kind of tempted to just leave it like that. I had mixed feelings about the ending becuase I think this is the end of Tally's story. Extras is supposed the have another protagonist.
In the beginning I hated Tally's voice, she was so...mean. I kept thinking come on Tally change your mind, rewire yourself, come on you can do it. The whole mentality of the Cutters feels very toxic.(less)
I handled waiting for this book terribly. I kept reading reviews and discussions before I actually read it. I do this all the time and usually it's fi...moreI handled waiting for this book terribly. I kept reading reviews and discussions before I actually read it. I do this all the time and usually it's fine, but this time it didn't work. Most of the time the reviewers knew to forewarn me when they are about to spoil something and that was good. However by reading a comment from a none-spoiler review I got two HUGE spoilers and one thread gave me the result of the love triangle. After I read the comment I squeezed my eyes shut and told myself you didn't read that, you didn't read that, you didn't read that! But of course I did and it was ingrained in my brain from then on. Then I went into denial and thought Of course that doesn't happen, Collins wouldn't do that. But she did. So I basically only had one or two things that surprised me. It’s my own fault I guess, I should’ve known better. Ah well, I’ve learned my lesson.
What I think: Everyone already has their own opinion on this book and I must say that I agree with some of the complaints. I felt one or two things were put in partly just to make the story more tragic. I don't like how the love triangle was handled. The way Katniss acts after the climax isn't exactly ideal, but really the pure power Katniss's story makes it an amazing trilogy. (less)
You really could read the description or blurb of the book and basically get the whole story. Of course you don't get the same feel of it and this boo...moreYou really could read the description or blurb of the book and basically get the whole story. Of course you don't get the same feel of it and this book gives the same message as the first two. The description gives you most of the plot except for the big decision that Miranda has to make.
The whole book was put in Miranda's point of view and I was somewhat disappointed about that. Out of the other Last Survivor books I liked Alex's point of view better than Miranda's.
As for the relationship between Alex and Miranda I could not enjoy as much because it wasn't really believable for me. Over a third of the book is over before Alex even comes into the picture. There first few encounters are alright. Miranda is excited to see someone around her age that isn't a realtive but then all of a sudden it seems they love each other. Miranda and Alex hardly know each other and haven't spent that much time together. Don't (view spoiler)[ Alex never even told Miranda he had another sister who died and that is pretty darn important if you ask me. (hide spoiler)] if you haven't read the second book. After the twentieth kiss I just rolled my eyes. Never thought I would do that while reading this book.
The feel of the book is very similar to the first Life As We Knew It. Maybe because of this I wasn't as consumed as much by the dooming feel of it. It's hard to find food, the weather isn't cooperating, will there be a tomorrow, more people are dying, and all those things that where presented in the others are in this one. This is what I had expected but I also expected something more and it wasn't there.
Some of the other characters I was disappointed in like Matt who I had liked so well in the first book. He acts like a jerk now. I will grant that all the characters are realistic/desperate. The ending had the same feel as the first two -it left you hanging. Now I didn't expect the moon to be put back in place but I would've like some sort of finality to it. Actually it might even have less hope than the other two. And it looks like there is not going to be a fourth.
YA steampunk (I finally figured out the name of this genre) is engaging. We see Istanbul get quite a bit of notice here. Even though I can't remember...moreYA steampunk (I finally figured out the name of this genre) is engaging. We see Istanbul get quite a bit of notice here. Even though I can't remember hearing too much about Istanbul in history I think it fit pretty well. Most authors I think pick places like Germany, France, and Great Britain as the setting in their books for the WWI era but Istanbul is a place I've neither seen nor heard much about. I knew it was in Turkey *shrug*. And even if Westerfeld changed some of the history (so to speak) I think he tried to keep the culture of the place intact. I could enjoy the culture without it getting too cumbersome to the story.
Now for the stuff I really read the book for. The Action, Deryn, Alek, the beasties, and machines. Plenty of action for both Deryn and Alek. Some new machines and creatures are presented. I don't think I'm spoiling if I say the eggs hatch. The Behemoth doesn't show up as much as I thought it would-it being the title and all. But we get some real Clanker action in the last part of the book. The climax left no disappointments for me.
Deryn is moving right along with her secret but now she is starting to feel a little guilty about keeping it from Alek when he trusts her so much. Alek is his trusting, (or gullible whichever you prefer, I like trusting) and a bit more humbled self. Where Alek is earnest Deryn is clever. Things are getting a bit more complicated between them though Alek doesn't know it yet.
Love the illustrations. I think there might be more of them in this one than the first but I could be wrong. They help people like me with small imaginations and they are nice to look at.
Now I have some suspicions about the Count and the Dr but I'll keep them to myself and just wait for the next book Goliath, which of course is not coming out soon enough. Expect for one small part I think the book is just right.(less)
The style came easily to me even if it is my first historical sci-fi book. I usually avoid sci-fi for the reason that they usually have long series. I...moreThe style came easily to me even if it is my first historical sci-fi book. I usually avoid sci-fi for the reason that they usually have long series. I read somewhere that there is a sequel to Leviathan but I forgot. I probably would've read the book anyway though because Deryn is a girl disguised as a boy and that in and of itself would hook me to almost any book.
Absolutely loved the whole Darwinist v. Clanker bit. The fact that Westerfeld really made it fit so easily without making everything overly complicated was greatly appreciated. I haven't read a book with pictures in it in a long long time and I have to say that I actually thought it was great. Usually when I struggle with creating images I just keep rereading it, but the drawings really helped and I could tell the illustrator thought through his illustrations.
The characters Deryn and Alek are well developed. At first I didn't like Alek because he seemed so immature for a 16 year old aristocrat but he grows throughout the book. Deryn’s point of view is what I was looking forward to and she is what I hoped she would be. She is tough and smart even without the education that Alek has. Alek’s immaturity lessens and his feelings of entitlement do too. As the book progressed I could like both characters equally. I also enjoyed the secondary characters: some are funny, some are just so darn loyal, and some are mysterious.
But I couldn't get rid of the nagging feeling that these two characters seem younger than 15 and 16. The book was more juvenile than I thought it would be -though that alone probably would not have stopped me from giving it 5 stars. The truth is that I really have no other complaints, it just didn't grip me completely. But I'm definitely going to read the sequel. I just gotta know... (less)