Decent enough John Green fare, but certainly not his best. If I hadn't already read The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, I'd probably be morDecent enough John Green fare, but certainly not his best. If I hadn't already read The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, I'd probably be more impressed, but they are just so much better....more
I'd actually give this story a 4.5 out of 5... it starts out feeling a little too young for the teen/young adult title, but the ingenuity of the worldI'd actually give this story a 4.5 out of 5... it starts out feeling a little too young for the teen/young adult title, but the ingenuity of the world and the big ideas that are somehow simplified enough for children to understand and enjoy quickly turns it into a page turner that's impossible to put down. Allie is a fabulous heroine and I found myself utterly enthralled by her - this is the kind of role model I want young girls to emulate, not some romance-obsessed airhead.
Shusterman has created a world so compelling that I'm sure I'll be picking up the next book in this series as soon as I can get my hands on it....more
**spoiler alert** When I read the first two volumes of The Runaways, I could feel the series becoming an obsession. The art is great! The kids were al**spoiler alert** When I read the first two volumes of The Runaways, I could feel the series becoming an obsession. The art is great! The kids were all interesting! The story was fun and action-packed!
And don't get me wrong, this volume was still beautiful, fun, and action-packed. But I have to say that the wrap-up to this storyline left kind of a sour taste in my mouth. Not because of the deaths of The Pride - though they WERE mostly interesting as far as a supervillain collective go, especially in regards to their love for the children - but, well... time to get political.
One of the first things that drew me to the series was that they had nonwhite characters in prime roles. Alex was obviously the leader of the group, and Nico was the main love interest. How refreshing! A black character and an Asian character, front and center. Sure, okay, there were still way more white characters than POC, but it was something. And then, OF COURSE, Alex turns out to be the traitor. Goddamn it. Here was a black character in a central role, with his abilities being tied mainly to intelligence and strategy rather than brute strength, and he's the mole. How typical. So now the remaining characters are 80% white, with the apparent main love story being between two of the white characters.
This... annoys me. Because even while I can accept that the writers didn't really intend to fall into the stereotype of "the black guy dies first," they did. And somebody, somewhere, should have examined that. I was already getting my side-eye on when his parents were "The Thieves" (as compared to "The Wise Men, "The Colonists," etc), but that just cemented it.
I'm still probably going to continue the series as I do love the art and the personalities of the characters, but my good opinion took a real hit here. One way to get it back would be with a Karolina/Nico love storyline... maybe?? PRETTY PLEASE?...more
I heard so many great things about this book, but after having read it... I'm not really sure why. The idea is a good one, and the book starts off faiI heard so many great things about this book, but after having read it... I'm not really sure why. The idea is a good one, and the book starts off fairly solid, but it all devolves fairly quickly into something formulaic and often even dull. The characters who are meant to shatter stereotypes somehow seem more stereotypical than ever (the intelligent, distant Indian girl is actually, like, a total Valley Girl! Like, oh my God, total shocker! That totally makes me like, respect her more! <- how the character actually talks), which dilutes their voices into so much meaningless preachy patter. None of the girls feels like a real person at all - they're just an obvious collection of symbols crammed into evening gowns.
The part of the book that really jumped the shark for me is when the pirates show up. Of course, no book about teen girls would be complete without some teen boys for them to have romances with. I do appreciate that the boys are obvious facsimilies - there really is nothing to them, like most female love interests in male-dominated novels - but I'm not sure if that's because they're supposed to be that way or if it's just shoddy writing. Given the rest of the book, I just can't tell.
It's just... silly and implausible. And I get that it's SUPPOSED to be, but that doesn't make it any more funny or interesting for me....more