This book was a fascinating blend of science fiction and horror, all told through a "found objects" conceit. Inside the covers of ILLUMINAE is a dossiThis book was a fascinating blend of science fiction and horror, all told through a "found objects" conceit. Inside the covers of ILLUMINAE is a dossier of "top-secret files" containing all the details about a battle between several ships on the outer fringes of space. Two interstellar mega-corporations' rivalry becomes war, and when the government steps in, things go from bad to worse. Caught up in the middle of it all are teen exes Kady and Ezra. As refugees from a planet that was attacked, they are sent to two separate ships under the custody of the government. Ezra, a good-natured guy who just wants to get along, is quickly recruited to become a fighter pilot and rebellious Kady resists conscription and becomes a brilliant hacker. When the artificial intelligence goes haywire on Ezra's ship, Kady must figure out a way to save him. My only complaints: the "found objects" format does become a little tiresome as the reader makes their way through the 600 pages of various "files," and it feels like the authors threw in every stereotypical plot device from every science fiction book or movie they could find. It's a real kitchen-sink of a book. However, I absolutely loved the first huge plot twist toward the end of the book, it really took me by surprise! The other twists at the end kind of piled up in the last few pages, but I guess the authors had to set the stage for Book 2. This is a great read for anyone who enjoys horror or intense thrillers set in space....more
This might be my favorite John Green book so far. I really enjoyed the different themes woven throughout the book, based on Whitman's LEAVES OF GRASS,This might be my favorite John Green book so far. I really enjoyed the different themes woven throughout the book, based on Whitman's LEAVES OF GRASS, and the "meta" aspect of seeing Quentin come to terms with understanding Margo as her own, complete person, rather than as a character or "paper" girl. These themes were a bit repetitive throughout the book, but not enough to take me out of the story. I liked the light-hearted spirit of the book and the coming-of-age changes in Quentin's group of friends as they approached the end of their senior year....more
I was sucked in to this before-and-after story of twin aspiring artists, Noah and Jude, and their charismatic mother, and the story didn't let me go uI was sucked in to this before-and-after story of twin aspiring artists, Noah and Jude, and their charismatic mother, and the story didn't let me go until the end. This is one of those few books that I actually could see myself reading a second time, to pick up clues to some of the mysteries in the characters' lives now that I know the ending, and just to enjoy the lush visual imagery that the author uses to express what the twins see in their imaginations. I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN is written in a unique style with dashes of magical realism that feel just like bright brushstrokes of paint on canvas, which was somewhat jarring at first but felt fine and ultimately rewarding by the end - especially if you can remember what it was like to be a teenager with a too-vivid imagination and artistic inclinations. Though I could see some of the plot twists coming from far away, I still enjoyed the journey of Noah, Jude, and their family toward a more honest and open future. This was a beautifully written book with characters that you won't forget for a long time (Brian - so crush-worthy!!)...more
Reading a book in the House of Night series (or in my case, listening in my car) is exactly like watching an episode of The Walking Dead. There's an aReading a book in the House of Night series (or in my case, listening in my car) is exactly like watching an episode of The Walking Dead. There's an action-y, violent scene at the beginning, then people stand around and talk, argue, and feel angsty for the entire middle section, then there's a little more action/violence at the end and a cliffhanger that leaves you waiting for the next installment.
But despite this formula, you keep reading/watching, even though a lot of the characters annoy you, because there are a few (OK, maybe only one or two) that you really like and you want to find out what happens to them. You've stuck with them through all their adventures (and the MANY boring scenes in between) and need to find out who survives (and who gets eaten).
This particular "episode" was a little bit better than Book 10 so I feel a bit more positive about sticking with the series. ...more
Wow, I had heard the audiobook version of this was good but I had NO IDEA. I can't wait to listen to the rest of this series. I have a feeling this isWow, I had heard the audiobook version of this was good but I had NO IDEA. I can't wait to listen to the rest of this series. I have a feeling this is going to land right behind Harry Potter on my list of alltime favorite audiobook series, the ones I could listen to again and again. Great story, full of adventure, awesome heroine. Tons of fun....more
I loved this book and sped through reading it while I was sick and couldn't do anything else. Readers will immediately be pulled into the story becausI loved this book and sped through reading it while I was sick and couldn't do anything else. Readers will immediately be pulled into the story because Miranda takes many of the cliched tropes of a "paranormal" teen book and turns them upside down. After Delaney falls through ice on a lake in her Maine hometown, she's technically dead for 11 minutes. After waking from a 6-day coma, she discovers she has a supernatural power. She's torn between her lifelong male best friend and a mysterious new guy in town. It all sounds pretty generic but you won't believe how all those plot elements play out! Delaney's mental state after waking from her coma, her recovery, and her depression are all deftly handled by the author as well. A quick, dark, and satisfying read. I don't think this book necessarily needs a sequel....more
This sequel to "Across the Universe" amps up the action and politics onboard the spaceship Godspeed, which carries a crew of humans toward their new hThis sequel to "Across the Universe" amps up the action and politics onboard the spaceship Godspeed, which carries a crew of humans toward their new home, Centauri-Earth. Amy and Elder continue their romance and partnership as Elder struggles to control the ship's population now that they are off of the influence of the mind-control drug, Phydus. While Elder attempts to quell mutiny and revolution, Amy is sent on a treasure-hunt following clues that lead to revelations about the true status of Godspeed's settlement mission. While the treasure-hunt and the clue-following plotlines get a little tedious and unbelievable, (the pair still spend hours chasing clues while the ship is being overthrown by the would-be revolutionaries?!? There wasn't another way to allow them to find out the truth about the ship?!?) That's why it doesn't get 5 stars for me) the big reveals about the ship's status in its course toward Centauri-Earth are pretty mindblowing. I won't include any spoilers in my review but let's just say the end of A Million Suns will definitely leave readers anticipating the next book, as everyone's lives will change! Can't wait for Part 3 : )...more