Partials was a bit of an unsteady read... I'm still not even sure if the rating I gave it was the right one. Don't get me wrong, it was a really good...morePartials was a bit of an unsteady read... I'm still not even sure if the rating I gave it was the right one. Don't get me wrong, it was a really good read, and I'm glad I picked this book up, it was just somewhat inconsistant. I remember reading the first page and tweeting that I was already sure I was going to love the book. Then I read a few more chapters and promptly lost interest for a few weeks. Once I muddled through the first half of the book, things started to pick up again and once I reached the home stretch, there was no turning back--I had to read until the end!
The dystopian world that Dan Wells created for this book was interesting, but not all that original. People make robots - robots rebel - war devestates life as we know it. There were some areas that can definitely be further developed for the rest of the series, which I think will go a long way toward making this world a memorable one. I did really enjoy the political side of the story and getting a bit of insider information into how the government functions, which is something you don't see much of despite the slew of dystopian sci-fi options out there. The additional complication of the human's war with the Partials having left the humans unable to bare children made for an interesting addition to the story, though I never quite felt the urgencry of 'oh crap, we're going to die out if we don't get this sorted'.
I'll probably be reading book two in this series by the end of the summer as I really am curious to see what happens next to Kira and her friends.(less)
Seriously, I cannot think of one good reason why I kept putting off reading this book. Fairytales, futuristic, androids. It’s just su...more I lovvvveedd it!
Seriously, I cannot think of one good reason why I kept putting off reading this book. Fairytales, futuristic, androids. It’s just such a cool concept, and author Melissa Meyer was able to combine all of these elements wonderfully. New Beijing comes to life in everything from the plague that’s tormenting its people to their unsteady relations with the moon colony. I really cannot recommend this book enough.
Cinder is an android, and instead of a slipper she’s got a robotic foot. She’s also a mechanic, and an unwanted ward of her adopted-mother, who (surprise, surprise) is kind of awful. Cinder is not at all the kind of heroine you’d find in the fairytales of olde. She’s headstrong, she’s talented, and she’s someone who is incredibly easy to root for. But it’s still fun to read this book and see as elements from the original story pop up, as well as reading all of the bits and pieces you never thought could work with a classic fairytale. Seriously… androids.
I’ve actually seen lots of other bloggers tweeting about how they haven’t read Cinder yet, even though they know they should. I’m not sure what it is about this book that makes readers think twice (the cover is great, so that’s not it), but I guess it makes it that much easier to gush about the book when you were reluctant to even read it in the first place.
I’ve already got Scarlet (book two of this series) ready to go, but I’m actually holding off on reading it just because I know then I’m going to have ages to wait before I can come back to this world. And what can I say, I’m in love.(less)
In The After grabs you from the very first page, and manages to keep you on the edge of your seat (or curled up under your blanket in fear) from begi...more In The After grabs you from the very first page, and manages to keep you on the edge of your seat (or curled up under your blanket in fear) from beginning to end. This book was everything I was looking for and more, seriously… I loved it. Demitria Lunetta did a great job of balancing suspense, sci-fi and character elements all while keeping the reader engaged with Amy’s perspective. There are even some dystopian elements throughout, so there’s something for everyone here.
The big bag race is mostly just referred to as Them. They showed up one day and started devouring the human race, with no thought of world domination beyond their own hunger–you can definitely draw some zombie comparisons here (love!), but they manage to be a whole new kind of scary that keeps you holding your breath any time Amy encountered one of Them. They can’t see very well, but have great hearing, so you can be standing right beside one and be a-okay, so long as you don’t even breathe. Hence the supportive breath-holding. *shudder*
Besides Them, Amy has only been sharing her world with one other person–Baby. Amy found Baby as a toddler, and has raised her in the years since the initial attack. The two of them rely on each other 100%, even communicating silently through sign language in order to avoid attracting unwanted attention. Baby is a pretty good kid but has her mood swings like any other. I actually really enjoyed seeing Baby evolve as Amy’s sister, and then eventually try to figure out how to interact with other people.
I cannot recommend this book enough. In The After is a fantastic YA/sci-fi blend that will leave you feeling both satisfied and desperate for more.(less)
This is a book of pure scifi awesomeness. False Memory is about four teenagers who have been engineered to emi...moreReview originally posted at ReaWrite.com
This is a book of pure scifi awesomeness. False Memory is about four teenagers who have been engineered to emit fear that can affect people around them. Miranda and her friends have frown up in a special training facility, it’s all they’ve ever known. Or at least it was, until Miranda wakes up somewhere with no memory of who she is or where she comes from.
Miranda is a great female scifi character, made that much more fun as she was written by a male author. Dan Krokos Really did a great job here. He also managed to put an interesting twist on a fairly standard love triangle, which I really enjoyed. The farther you get into this book the more unexpected twists you’ll come across. For example, adding memory loss as a side-effect of having a supernatural ability, love it!
I hate how difficult it is to say things about books I really enjoyed, I never want to give too much away. Plot, great. Characters, interesting but with room for growth. Setting, fairly current as far as I can tell. Backstory, standard but engaging. I am super, super impressed with Dan Krokos and wouldn’t mind carrying his imagination around in my pocket, in case of emergencies.
Overall, a great story and I can’t wait for the next book. There was definitely a BIG ending but it left a lot of interesting questions to be tackled in the next book of the series. If you want a great YA scifi read, this is the one.(less)
Minder is the first book in the already large Ganzfiend series, and I feel like I’m going to have a lot of cat...moreReview originally posted at ReaWrite.com
Minder is the first book in the already large Ganzfiend series, and I feel like I’m going to have a lot of catching up to do. I am a sucker for the ‘school for the not quite human’ storyline so it was a pretty safe bet I would like Minder, and I absolutely did. The main character, Maddie is put into a really tough situation right away that forces her to use abilities she did ‘t even know she had. This brings her to the attention of Ganzfield, a school for an interesting collection of kids with the potential for amazing abilities, from fire control to mind control.
Minder very much felt like it was setting up the building blocks for the rest of the series. Most of the book was focused on learning about Ganzfield and the types of people it holds. There was a great ending, but that came on fairly suddenly and wasn’t what I had been expecting based on the rest of the book.
One thing I did notice was that in some cases things came a little too easily. I think this goes back into needing to get all of the pieces in place for the next books, but some of the story lines could have been explored a bit more before they reached their conclusion.
Ganzfield is a pretty harsh place and the social hierarchy is very much high school with a deadly twist of super powers. Maddie makes it her mission to shake things up a bit and try to make things better for everyone, which tells you a lot about her character. She’s one tough cookie and will probably never be content to just sit back and see what happens. She also comes off as very genuinely teen-aged, as all of her thoughts (especially boy related) are likely what many of us what have been thinking at her age.
It will be interesting to see how book one fits in to the overall series arc as the ending left open a lot of possibilities and it looks like there could be some tough times ahead for Maddie and company. I will be reading book two as soon as I can manage.(less)
There are dark times aboard the Empyrean in this fantastic sequel to one of my favorite reads of last year. The first book was exactly what I wanted i...moreThere are dark times aboard the Empyrean in this fantastic sequel to one of my favorite reads of last year. The first book was exactly what I wanted in a space opera type novel (I love the genre on TV but can never find what I’m looking for in a book) and while Spark was definitely a bit different from the first book it still gave me what I was looking for. Spaceship- check! Awesome plot- check! Believable characters- check!
All of the relationships in this second installment were complex and interwoven. If you’d asked me where I thought Kieran, Waverly & Seth were headed while I was reading the last book I never would have been able to predict any of what happened here. Sometimes that can indicate an author who is just jumping around of the sake of a wild ride but here I felt as though each major twist was a natural progression.
I feel like I’m reading a lot of books with political aspects to them (or I am just over analyzing that part of pretty much everything I read) and Spark is no different. I loved watching the power struggle between most of the older kids on the Empyrean and how loyalties shifted over the course of the book. One action could have a big effect on public opinion which in turn had an effect on all of the major players.
The only thing that stopped me from giving this book five stars is that for some reason it took me a few days to really get into it. Once I was hooked I devoured the rest of the book in a day but something was missing for me at first. Maybe it was just the usual growing pains of getting back into a series you’d been away from for awhile, but really it had only been six months or so, so I’m really not sure. Either way, once I was really in there was no turning back so I wont hold it against the series in the long run.
Minor spoiler, but near the end there is a big change that will mix things up a bit for the next book and I’m curious to see how everything will play out. The power struggle is sure to be hardcore and the characters are going to be outmatched and have a lot going against them. Pretty much, a recipe for awesome. Can’t wait for book three!(less)
While I was in Ireland I had the chance to read a Dollhouse graphic novel that I didn’t even know existed, and I lovveeddd it. For any Dollhouse (a TV...moreWhile I was in Ireland I had the chance to read a Dollhouse graphic novel that I didn’t even know existed, and I lovveeddd it. For any Dollhouse (a TV show by the creator of Buffy) fans, this fills in some of the gaps between the big Rossum break in episode (semi finale) and Epitaph One. You get to see a little bit of what all the characters got up to, there are some crazy action scenes and overall, just great story telling.
I loved the art as well, there was rarely any question of which character was which and the horrible, end of the world setting came across beautifully. I would love to go into more technical detail but all I can really say is that the art compliments the story well and that the colours were really vibrant and matched well to each individual scene.
Even if you’re not a fan of the Dollhouse series this is worth checking out for some seriously cool futuristic apocalypse action. It also leads into the TV series really nicely without giving much (if anything) away.
One thing that caught me by surprise is that it ended on a cliff hanger. I will have to look into that as I would absolutely read more. Sigh, I’m into graphic novels now? Never thought I would see the day. I have never been much into comic books but I love the idea of continuing the stories of my favorite canceled TV shows and Dollhouse was really one of the best.(less)
This is Beth Revis's debut novel, and it's getting quite a bit of hype. We got quite a few copies at work, and the cover is pretty spectacular so I fi...moreThis is Beth Revis's debut novel, and it's getting quite a bit of hype. We got quite a few copies at work, and the cover is pretty spectacular so I figured it was worth a read. And it was... ish. Alright, it was actually a bit of a let down but still a decent book. It was a good debut novel, but it still left a fair bit to be desired.
What is it actually about? Across the Universe focuses on two characters, Amy and Elder. Amy was cryogenically frozen on a spaceship in order to make the 300 year journey to a new planet. Elder is one of the few thousand people who are living aboard the ship, Godspeed, while it makes the journey. Elder is on his way to being the next leader of the ship when Amy is mysteriously unfrozen, starting a chain reaction of events aboard the ship. Crazyness ensues!
This book combines the building blocks of a dystopian sci-fi novel with a fairly basic murder mystery. Now, I won't tell you what it is... but I figured out the big twist pretty quickly (and I'm usually pretty slow on the uptake) so I never really got that "Whoa, what an awesome ending" moment that this book was obviously working towards. On the opposite end of that argument though, I do like that there were clues throughout the novel that hinted at what was coming rather than just throwing something at us out of left field, I just feel that more subtlety was needed.
The characters are like able but a little two dimensional, plus it feels like the book could have benefited from a bit of a sense of humor. For awhile I actually found myself rooting for Amy to be interested in Elder's artistic best friend, Harley romantically rather than the more awkward Elder. They make a point that the masses on this ship are fairly mindless and empty, while the "weird" characters are the ones who are more free thinking. But I found that the Doctor, who was fairly key was pretty empty as well. He doesn't seem to think much or make his own decisions. Or even when he does, there doesn't seem to be any real reasoning behind it except as a plot device. Argh! I'm going to have to get better at saying what needs to be said about a book without giving too much away. I wanted the doctor to explain his actions or non actions better. There.
The writing itself was actually pretty good. The scene where Amy is watching her parents being frozen before doing the same is really vivid and a little horrifying. The world they live in is described well enough to give you an outline and let you fill in the rest for yourself, which is just the way I like it.
I wish a few more of the lose ends had been tied up as some points that seemed pretty ominous initially ended up looking pretty pointless. That being said, I'm curious where this series will go next, as some of the factors that made this novel "dystopian" aren't in the picture anymore. I'll definitely pick up the next one if I happen to come across it, but I can't see myself holding my breath until it comes out. That being said, I seem to be in the minority here. A lot of the reviews I've been reading are raves, people seem to love this book. On Goodreads I'm seeing oodles of 5/5 stars, which is odd because this is in no way a perfect novel, but the series has potential and for a debut that is saying a lot.(less)