Well, that was one of the odder books I've read, and I read quite a lot! It's a strange combination of foodies, the chefs turned mobsters in a dystopiWell, that was one of the odder books I've read, and I read quite a lot! It's a strange combination of foodies, the chefs turned mobsters in a dystopian world in which the chefs rule by violence, and a sushi chef who stirs up trouble between the leading mob/chefs ala Yojimbo-style.
The artwork is wonderful, making for a very visual dystopian world, which is the reason behind the 3-star rating. The dialogue was a bit stilted, and the characters and plot-line were just okay....more
I enjoyed this one a bit more than Volume 4. The antagonist, (view spoiler)[the desert (hide spoiler)], was interesting, and I was looking forward toI enjoyed this one a bit more than Volume 4. The antagonist, (view spoiler)[the desert (hide spoiler)], was interesting, and I was looking forward to what tricks he was going to pull next on our intrepid hero and those that followed him in this volume....more
I think I've become more used to the writing style of this author and the translator, as this volume flowed easier for me. These stories are written tI think I've become more used to the writing style of this author and the translator, as this volume flowed easier for me. These stories are written third person omnipresent, yet they have a different flow than many of the modern novels. The author and the translation (and it is my understanding that the translations are very well-done) reads more like someone that is describing scenes as they are played out, i.e. as though their describing the anime as it's running, including the questions that may arise while watching a show. It almost breaks the "show, don't tell" rule, yet this author handles it rather well.
This volume is full of action, mystery, intrigue, and interesting characters. The world-building is fascinating, and well-developed, making it easy to see and sense the world that our characters are moving through....more
The story continues to become more disturbing. Ganta, the MC, befriends a young girl, wanting to protect her, but she has some very dark secrets of heThe story continues to become more disturbing. Ganta, the MC, befriends a young girl, wanting to protect her, but she has some very dark secrets of her own. Her secrets may well prove to be his downfall while he is battling for his life.
Meanwhile, we learn a little more about Shiro and we learn some of Yo's history, and why he really ended up in prison.
The artwork continues to be both beautiful and horrifying. The action scenes were a little difficult for me to follow, but I suspect that was more a result of me being tired, then a fault in the drawings. ...more
A dystopian horror that begins with a bang! This early in the series, most of the characters are mysteries, waiting to be unwrapped. The only characteA dystopian horror that begins with a bang! This early in the series, most of the characters are mysteries, waiting to be unwrapped. The only character I'm not really happy with is Shiro. I didn't care much for her in the anime, and I'm not finding her all that intriguing in the manga, either. ...more
I saw this on the shelves at the library and couldn't resist picking it up. How could I resist! A book about libraries and the issue of censorship!
OnI saw this on the shelves at the library and couldn't resist picking it up. How could I resist! A book about libraries and the issue of censorship!
On the whole, this seems to be a good start to an interesting series. The MC is typical of the cutesy, somewhat ditsy girl, who will triumph in the end. She butts heads with just about everyone, yet the other characters can see there's more to her than she lets to the surface.
The premise centers around a futuristic dystopia where censorship has taken hold and the only bastion left for freedom to read what one wants to read is the library. Librarians have stood up to the militant members of the Media Betterment Committee by forming Library Forces, an even more militant group to protect and enforce The Library Freedom Act....more
I have some really mixed feelings about this final book in the Divergent series, and at the moment, it's the more negative thoughts that rise to the sI have some really mixed feelings about this final book in the Divergent series, and at the moment, it's the more negative thoughts that rise to the surface.
The first issue I had was the switching of viewpoints between Tris and Four. Very few authors can carry this off with any real success, and I can add this author to the list as one who didn't carry this off very well. If I had been doing this as an audiobook, I would have gotten lost far too often. As it was, I had to go back to the beginning of a chapter on occasion to find out who I was following, which is something no reader should be made to do. When a reader has to do that, it totally breaks the flow of a story. Also, since this was not the direction the author took in her first two books, it felt like a broken promise to the reader.
If the two voices sounded significantly different, as they should have, this might not have been an issue. Yes, they both came from Abnegation. Yes, they both chose Dauntless. Their reasons, though were completely different, which should have been reflected in their separate points of view. Tris chose Divergent to escape *into* something that she saw as exciting, different from her sheltered, protected, "grey' life. Four chose Divergent to escape *from* a terrible background. These backgrounds would always color how they see the world, and how they react to it. Somehow, this was totally lost in the 3rd book.
In the first two books, the characters made sense, their development made sense, even if we readers weren't always happy with the direction the characters took. This includes the minor characters. In the 3rd, it almost felt like character development didn't matter to the author. The minor characters became just flat imitations of themselves, and provided little, other than to give the two main characters someone to talk to. Unfortunately, when any of the minor characters died, those deaths became rather meaningless. What attachment we might have developed for any of these characters in the first two books was non-existent in the third, and all the new characters we are introduced to in the third book are never given enough substance for us to grow any empathy toward. This made all the violence and death seem gratuitous, instead of the author moving the plot along to some kind of satisfying ending.
The main characters, where do I start with them? Four learns some "devastating" truth about himself and then just turns into a weaka**, pansy, who can no longer think for himself. WTF? Tris has now become a character who is always right, which of course means that anyone who disagrees with her is always wrong, including Four. I don't mean that she thinks she's always right, I mean that she *is* always right, about nearly everything. Meh.
One thing I have mixed feelings about is the outside world and the world inside the city are really nothing more than reflections of each other. It makes sense, yet it seems that some more depth, could have been added, or some more diversity, something to make it not feel like I was re-reading the first books. That feeling, I think really rose from the fact that the minor characters in this book, felt like copies of the original minor characters, i.e., David is just a copy of Jeanine, and a much flatter copy, at that.
***I'll have to return to edit this to include the things that made me want to continue to read this book. ...more
I'm wavering between 3 1/2 stars and 4. Four stars because it was well-written with an interesting concept. Three and a half stars because of a few niI'm wavering between 3 1/2 stars and 4. Four stars because it was well-written with an interesting concept. Three and a half stars because of a few nit-picky things that bothered me.
This suspenseful novel is fast-paced and packed full of action.
One of the real winning points for me was how the author handled the pro-choice/pro-life issue. The author could have easily used his story to push an agenda leaning toward one side or the other. Instead, he took a middle approach, maybe not a perfect approach, but at least one that didn't make this reader feel beaten over the head with his moral beliefs.
I would have liked to have seen a little deeper character development of the MC and Carole. In many suspense novels character development tends to be overlooked for the sake of the action and thriller aspects, but I think this story could have even been more powerful with a deeper sense of why the characters got so involved.
I enjoyed the story and thank the author for providing me with a copy of the book to review. ...more
What an incredibly intelligent and interesting read! The world building was well-developed and very believable for a possible future. A fut4 1/2 Stars
What an incredibly intelligent and interesting read! The world building was well-developed and very believable for a possible future. A future completely controlled by corporations in which citizens are classified by how useful they are to the corporation they are tied to. A future where everyone's perceptions of the world they live in are closely monitored and manipulated by the ruling corporations. A future where the corporations are the ruling power; governments have been long since wiped out as inefficient. A future where everything, including the rainwater and the air are commodities that each citizen must pay for.
The protagonist, Charlie Thatcher, has been working for one of the ruling corporations as one of their perception manipulators. He is your Everyman, the one who goes to work, spending his days in a cubicle, trying to stay ahead of bills, etc. He has fully bought into the system until a small story of a woman accused of stealing (rain)water falls into his lap. This story, the inciting event, changes Charlie's world forever.
The characters feel wonderfully human. There are none that are flatly good nor flatly bad. They are all just doing what they believe is the right thing to do.
There are several factors I look at when I rate a book 5 stars. I found this book hard to put down, which is one of the primary factors. I also consider character development, world building and whether I feel there was some type of growth and/or change. This novel certainly fulfilled those criteria. It is, also, very well-written. The only reason, albeit a minor one, that I'm not giving a full 5-star rating is the editing could have been run through one more time. There are a few errors that made me have to stop and reread a sentence or two.
I received this book from the author through Smashwords for free. I thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read and review this.
Chilling and exciting YA tale that takes place in the near future. The MC, Fi, learns that life as we all know it is about to take a disastrous turn.Chilling and exciting YA tale that takes place in the near future. The MC, Fi, learns that life as we all know it is about to take a disastrous turn. Genetic Modification of our world's food goes awry. In a short time, food supplies pretty much disappear.
What makes this dystopia chilling is the sense that the future represented within, is possible. The author uses her knowledge to create a very believable scenario to take her characters, and her readers, through.
I like novels with strong, female characters, and Fi does not disappoint. She has to grow up fast and hard. The only stretch for me was that the adults were so willing to abdicate any and all control over their lives and the lives of their children to her without question.
The other characters complimented the story well. There are friendships that evolve, romances, deaths, survival struggles and a touching relationship between Fi and her father - even after he passed.
I only had one real issue with the story. The early introduction of Asher was very distracting and destroyed the flow of the story. The salient points could easily have been shared with the reader, later.
I received this book from the author through Smashwords for free. I thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read and review this....more