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'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
This would have received a four-star rating from me if it weren't for the constant switching back and forth between first person and third3 1/2 Stars
This would have received a four-star rating from me if it weren't for the constant switching back and forth between first person and third person narrative. There were times the switch happened so quickly that I had to re-read passages because of the confusion caused by the switch. The story would have read more smoothly if the author had stuck to third person throughout.
This took me a bit to get into as we followed the drug-addled brain and life of the main character. I didn't get a real sense of depth in the MC. In fact, I felt like a got to know a couple of the side characters a lot more than the MC.
Once we moved forward to the actual story, though, it became interesting and full of exciting developments. The world-building was well done and the dystopian world was quite easy to picture. The technology, even though far advanced, felt real -- and more importantly, the sense that everyone was buried in the techno-gadgets read as frighteningly possible.
Which is one of the main draws in dystopian stories. Is there a possibility that the present we live in could turn into the future being drawn out in the tale? In this case, yes. The techno-gadgets have become more important than the world around them for many people. More so, the extreme surveillance described in the novel is not all that far-fetched in many countries, now, including ours.
Despite my above complaints, I do look forward to where the author is taking our characters. I hope that many of the issues, i.e. the narrative switching and the typos will be dealt with prior to publication of the second novel.
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads....more
I picked this up for free, because the concept interested me. This is a short story/prequel to a series that I believe I will add to my TBR list.
TheI picked this up for free, because the concept interested me. This is a short story/prequel to a series that I believe I will add to my TBR list.
The author gives us a brief glimpse into the MC's life on a space convoy and her and her parent's journey to a new planet. The emotional impact of the journey and what occurs on the journey is described very well. ...more
Wow! I understand that this is G. Valentine's first novel. I sure hope she considers writing other novels. She had me enthralled from the f4 1/2 Stars
Wow! I understand that this is G. Valentine's first novel. I sure hope she considers writing other novels. She had me enthralled from the first page on, even though she did something I usually detest in novels. The narrative switches from second person, third person and first throughout the novel. Most authors do that so poorly that it detracts from the story. In this novel, it adds layers of complexity, making this one of the most interesting novels I've read in a while.
The characters were interesting and mysterious, as well as the vehicle used to move the story forward, the circus. What kept them together, despite all the conflicts, personal and otherwise? Why did they continue on in a world pretty wiped out by war? Valentine asked and answered these questions through her characters, weaving their tales, mostly through the eyes of Little George, a young man who travels with the circus.
Sometimes the writing seemed disjointed, yet it was that very writing that drew the world out for this reader. I got more of a sense of the era, the people and the world, than if the author had painstakingly tried to describe it. Kudos to the author for taking such a brave stance to break some of the rules of writing and making it work.
I have to say, this was probably one of the strangest books I've ever read. It is hard to say I actually liked it, but I couldn't stop reading. I hadI have to say, this was probably one of the strangest books I've ever read. It is hard to say I actually liked it, but I couldn't stop reading. I had to find out where these disturbed, lunatic creations of the author were going to end up.
There were a few issues that could have been fixed in the novel with tighter editing, but for a first novel, published by a small press to boot, this was not a bad start to what may be a lucrative career for Chris Genoa....more
Doctorow has created an interesting world and we observe this world through the microcosm of life in Disney World. Death has been virtually eliminatedDoctorow has created an interesting world and we observe this world through the microcosm of life in Disney World. Death has been virtually eliminated. Everyone is wired into the Net. There is no lack for manufactured goods, etc.
It took me a little bit to get into this, as I attempted to surmise what some of the made-up terminology meant, but once I got past that, the read was quick and entertaining. Doctorow's writing sometimes has an awkward turn of phrase, which is one of the reasons I'm not giving this 4 stars.
Another reason I'm not giving this four stars is that the secondary characters felt a little flat, which seemed a little odd coming from the viewpoint of someone who has been around for over a hundred years. The protagonist seemed to have been a bit stunted in his emotional growth, more like an immature early-20-something year old, instead of someone who had created symphonies and had all the experiences he had. Maybe this was supposed to represent another aspect of this world where immortality was the norm. Could a world that holds no real dangers turn its inhabitants into constant Peter Pans? If so, that could explain why the protagonist never looked beyond the surface of this friends.
I hope Doctorow chooses to write more stories involving the world he created here. I would like to see other aspects, such as life in space, and what some of the other inhabitants are doing with their lives, and how others deal with all the options they now have....more
The premise of the story was interesting, yet I don't think Patterson fleshed it out as well as he could have. Ditto with the characters. A3 1/2 stars
The premise of the story was interesting, yet I don't think Patterson fleshed it out as well as he could have. Ditto with the characters. After having read the Maximum Ride series, I had high expectations for this. That series had great characters, with depth, and intriguing story arcs. This fell a little flat in regards to those aspects.
The novel does provide a quick adventure, though. The short chapters makes for an easy read, one that should appeal to younger people (about 12-14 years) and others who enjoy books for younger people. There is none of the graphic violence and sex that can be found in many of the young adult books aimed at the later teen years....more
I'm torn between giving this 3 1/2, 3 3/4 and 4 stars.
I didn't feel as though there were any deep, interesting insights about humanity to be gained byI'm torn between giving this 3 1/2, 3 3/4 and 4 stars.
I didn't feel as though there were any deep, interesting insights about humanity to be gained by reading this, which in my opinion, are something most good dystopian stories provide. Even in dystopian stories centered around the act of survival only, (such as The Road), the moral judgments made gave us a hint of what type of people the characters were and whether humanity had any hope of surviving with their humanity intact. Sadly, this series seemed to have fallen from a story with much potential to a story of a group of people trying to survive senseless violence.
Despite that, the story promises lots of fast-paced adventure, which it delivers and lots of heart-wrenching scenes. If you like stories where the characters are broken, mutilated, and then possibly redeemed, then this won't disappoint.
The MC wasn't quite so strong in this novel as she was in the first. I'm not so sure if that was to make more space for the other characters to stand out, or not, yet it was her strength and determination in the first novel that made it so compelling. Also, she made a decision toward the end of the story which felt out of character, without a satisfactory reason given for this break from character. It didn't ruin the story, but it was something that I saw as a minor detraction.
Seeing some of the other characters in situations very different then when we met them in the first book, provided some interesting scenes adding creative complexities to the story-line.
I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a quick, entertaining, not-very-deep dystopian read.