Feed has been on my tablet for ages, but I just never got around to reading it. And when I started reading this book, I didn't intend to write a revie...moreFeed has been on my tablet for ages, but I just never got around to reading it. And when I started reading this book, I didn't intend to write a review. I was just going to mark it as read, rate it, and move on. But Feed was just so good, that I HAD to write a review.
I picked this up at 4am this morning because I couldn't sleep, and I wanted some light reading to pass the time until I was sleepy. But I just kept reading. I couldn't stop. And now that I'm done, I have a huge book hangover.
When I read a dystopian, apocalyptic, or zombie novel, I look for world building. I want to know what the catastrophe is, how it happened, and why it happened. I want to know why the society that the author builds is the way it is. And Mira Grant does this. In detail (but not so much detail that it's annoying). She gives us a beautifully detailed explanation of exactly what contributed to the zombie outbreak of 2014 and how the United States adapted. And I love her for it.
But Grant doesn't stop with good world building. She writes a plot that's unpredictable, interesting, and engaging enough to keep me reading. Georgia, Shaun, and Buffy are following a presidential candidate around the country. Conspiracies abound. Chaos ensues. And it unfolds in such a darn compelling way. I even teared up a bit in places.
And Georgia, Shaun, and Buffy are interesting characters. Their reactions to the events of the novel do a good job at explaining their characterization. (Although, I will admit I was a bit creeped out by the closeness between Shaun and Georgia. But that's probably because I'm an only child and don't get the whole sibling thing anyway).
Seriously, this book was well worth my time, and I'm only a little sorry that I didn't put this down and work on my dissertation today. And if I were't seriously broke, I would have already bought Deadline from the Nook store and I wouldn't have written a review because I'd be too busy reading Deadline. But, alas, I will have to wait until its my turn to read the library's copy. (less)
The Maze Runner, unfortunately, is not one of those books that has fully developed interesting characters, which perhaps is the purpose since the char...moreThe Maze Runner, unfortunately, is not one of those books that has fully developed interesting characters, which perhaps is the purpose since the characters' memories have been erased. However, the nature of the novel's plot makes up for any flatness of characterization.
From the book's first page, we are just as in the dark as Thomas, and we discover what's going on in the Glade and in the Maze as Thomas discovers it. And this is what makes the book so readable. I kept going, page after page, because I wanted to know what was going on as much as Thomas does. And it's difficult because Thomas's companions are reticent to tell him everything they know, and once Thomas arrives at the Glade, nothing predictable happens. Suddenly everyone, not just Thomas, begins to question what's going on with the maze. And by the end, some of the mysteries are solved, but we're left with just as many questions as at the beginning. But by the end of The Maze Runner, I want to know the answers to the mysteries just as much as Thomas and his companions. Unfortunately, I'm 15th in line at the library for the next book, so here's hoping those other 15 people tear through the second book like I did the first.
It's not your typical YA dystopian triolgy fare, for which I'm incredibly thankful (no love triangles, yay!). (less)
tl;dr--first half is so-so, second half is compulsively readable
When I began reading The Long Earth, I was a bit annoyed. There were so many different...moretl;dr--first half is so-so, second half is compulsively readable
When I began reading The Long Earth, I was a bit annoyed. There were so many different story lines to keep straight, and I find that cumbersome. However, as these different story lines began to coalesce, I found myself more and more drawn in to the story, so much so that I read the last half of the book in the last few hours.
Though I'm usually quite interested in the idea of multiple earths, the concept of The Long Earth was a bit bland for my tastes. To me, the other earths lacked excitement. However, what Pratchett and Baxter do so well is their exploration of how the people of Datum Earth react to the being in the different worlds of the long earth, as well as what they do once they get to these other earths. And I suppose that's why I found Joshua, Lobsang, and Sally so intriguing. They just kept exploring, and the earths, animals, species, and people they encounter, as well as their reactions to what they experience, is just so interesting because of the sheer number of possibilities they present. And the further they travel on the Mark Twain, the more they begin to wonder about the possibilities and different paths that evolution takes on the different earths and what that means for humanity and our development. (less)
Hands down, the Punisher meets Archie is the strangest crossover I've ever seen. The story was okay, but I give the strangeness of their encounter mak...moreHands down, the Punisher meets Archie is the strangest crossover I've ever seen. The story was okay, but I give the strangeness of their encounter makes up for a lot.(less)