Last week my family and I went on a cruise through the Caribbean, and my recently acquired book, The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher, seemed like the pLast week my family and I went on a cruise through the Caribbean, and my recently acquired book, The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher, seemed like the perfect choice to read on the boat. The book has everything I look for: a great description, a story line about the a post-apocalyptic society, and a gorgeous cover. However, what I found between the covers was extremely disappointing. In the first chapter of the book we meet our main characters Vera, Will, and Kai and a world in which fresh water has become so scarce it's more precious than gold or any money. Those who control water, control the world. And for the first 50 pages I went along with the story. Vera and Will are common people, with little money and a dying mother. Through coincidence they befriend Kai, a rich kid with enough wealth that he can afford to spill water on the ground. This, however, is where the story both plateaus and become completely implausible. After Kai is kidnapped by unknown armed assailants, Vera and Will embark on an unlikely journey to save their new friend. They meet friendly pirates, battle an evil corporation and uncover a secret water supply that the aforementioned evil corporation is forcing the world's governments to hide. While I could suspend my disbelief for all of these things the world was flat and all events highly convient. Vera happens to meet pirates who are looking out for Kai's best interest, happens to survive a huge disaster which kills most of her party, happens to meet a rebel who volunteers her services to sneak her into the evil corporation's building... no resistance, no impossibilites. Beyond her commitment to Kai and her family, Vera has almost no character. I think the story concept is original and had potential but the execution falls short.
What do you say about a book series that started out so promising and then just ... ends. I loved Hunger Games and my main complaint then (and even peWhat do you say about a book series that started out so promising and then just ... ends. I loved Hunger Games and my main complaint then (and even perhaps now) was I could not see the need for a sequel. I thought Hunger Games was perfect, and an amazing stand alone. I rescinded that sentiment after Catching Fire - I liked the second book a lot, not as much as the first, but it was a worthy sequel. It also filled me with hope and anticipation for Mockingjay. Sadly, the third and final book in the series has left me ... underwhelmed. I liked it well enough, and the way Collins ends the story was satisfactory. However, it also forced me to recall my earlier sentiments - Were the sequels really necessary? Would Kaniss have been better left to my imagination? A place where she could have been with whom ever I wanted, a place where 13 remained mystery. I understand the story Collins wanted to tell, and I understand that The Hunger Games weren't really the point, the rebellion was... The Games were just a means to an end. Stagnation (felt heavily by both me, the reader, and Katniss) followed by raucous violence (much a kin to the experience of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) was disquieting and made for an uneven read. All in all - It's okay, not as good as The Hunger Games, but then again few books are. ...more
Read this book. Don’t ask questions – I promise you won’t regret it.
Ryan does a perfect job of keeping the story on the edge of being horrifying; it'Read this book. Don’t ask questions – I promise you won’t regret it.
Ryan does a perfect job of keeping the story on the edge of being horrifying; it's terrifying without being full-out scary. This is no horror movie - the characters are too real and what they go through is not so much scary but more thrilling and stomach twisting. The mystery and race against the undead keeps the story moving along. The cantor of Ryan's story telling is soothing, and Mary's strong narrative voice keeps the horrifying truth about the Unconsecrated at a comfortable distance. Mary feels closer and somehow more connected to the Unconsecrated than the other characters, making Mary a little less human (which is okay) and the undead a little more "alive" (which is an astonishing feat on the behalf of the author).
On the back cover is this quote from Scott Westerfeld, "A post-apocalyptic romance of the first order" and while I agree that that the story is an amazing look at what like in a post-zombie world where most of civilization has eroded, I would in no way call this a love story. There are elements of lust for sure and the main character, Mary, obviously wants to think that she wants or is in love but overall Mary has a greater destiny, and like for many heroines before her, she cannot have both greatness and love.
This was one of the first books I can ever remember reading and really loving. This book had a huge impact on both my reading habits and my main areasThis was one of the first books I can ever remember reading and really loving. This book had a huge impact on both my reading habits and my main areas of interest. I fully believe that this book is the reason I love science fiction novels and have a great love for (read: obsession with) the end of the world and post-apocalyptic fiction.
Invitation to the Game follows a group of characters who have recently graduated with highly specialized degrees but most of whom are unemployable because of the growing number of jobs that are given to robots. These unemployed children are shuttled off to the middle of a ghetto and told society has no use for them. Life is dull and very nearly unbearable until the group receives an invitation.
I haven't read the book in about 12 years but the characters and story still stick with me to this day. This book is hard to find, but hunt it down. I promise you won't be sorry....more