Giving this on 3.5 stars...in the end this MC annoyed me less than the ones in the first 2 books. I am ever thankful for the lack of a love triangle a...moreGiving this on 3.5 stars...in the end this MC annoyed me less than the ones in the first 2 books. I am ever thankful for the lack of a love triangle as I am getting tired of those. For me this one started off slow but it definitely picked up by the end. Although I could have done without the convenient plot devices. Supposedly this is the end of the series but I could see how things are left open to allow for the possibility of more. In many ways I hope that's not the case because I do so hate when a series is overly dragged out. Not a favorite book but you won't waste your time on it either.
When I first heard that there was going to be a follow up book to Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth (FHT) I was so excited. I loved FHT, I t...moreWhen I first heard that there was going to be a follow up book to Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth (FHT) I was so excited. I loved FHT, I thought that the world building was brilliant and there was so much tension and suspense in what was really a very simple premise. And even though I really didn't like the main character, Mary, I did stay up late in order to finish as I needed to know what happened. At first I was disappointed to hear that Dead-Tossed Waves wasn't going to be a direct sequel but a companion novel. What did that mean exactly? Would Mary be in it? Would the story be told from Cassie or another FHT character? Or would it be from a whole new point of view (POV)?
So you can imagine my excitement when I was able to snag an advanced copy of the book. All my questions would be answered.
The story is told from Gabry's POV a 16 year old girl still living in a post-apocalyptic world were the unconsecrated, or mudo as they are called in this book, still roam the world. Gabry lives in a town that is more populated than the one that Mary grew up in and there is more contact with other inhabited places. But where Mary was a really strong character Gabry is weak. She's shy and retiring and is afraid of what is outside the fences. One night though, she caves under peer pressure and to be with the boy she has a crush on and goes over the fence into an abandoned amusement park. The first time that she has ever broken the rules. And in the process she receives her first kiss.
Then all hell breaks loose.
WTF is up with that?!?!?
I don't like the message that it sends. You break the rules and your entire world comes crumbling down. Yes if you break certain rules their will be dire results but you can't be constrained by them that you don't live. Gabry was weak and there were time in which I almost wished the mudo would get her. I also didn't really feel there was much spark between her and Catcher. She claimed to be falling in love with him but there were times she'd seem to forget about him completely. I did like Elias though and think that his kiss should be nominated for the next Smoochies.
In the end there were some questions answered that were left open from Forest of the Hands and Teeth and many that were left open from this story. I would love to list them out here but I won't as I don't want to spoil anyone about this book. There will be at least one more book planned in this world and its my hope that it will continue Gabry's story so that some of those unanswered questions will get some answers. In all, I enjoyed Dead-Tossed Waves but I didn't love it. I like FHT better. I thought there was more suspense to it and that DTW seemed to follow too many of the plot devices first seen in FHT. There weren't many surprises in this book or moments that made me gasp. But despite that I still think that its worth the read.
As originally posted on my blog Ticket to Anywhere(less)
I have always been a lover of dystopian fiction, I can't quite explain when these books draw me so but they do. You should see me in a dystopian/disas...moreI have always been a lover of dystopian fiction, I can't quite explain when these books draw me so but they do. You should see me in a dystopian/disaster flick movie - nothing makes me giggle more. So I am so excited to see the rising trend in dystopian books...move over sparkly vampires because 2010 & 2011 may just be the years you get knocked off your pedestal. I was also really excited to get my hands on an advanced copy of Teri Hall's The Line...the premise just sounded so full of win!
Overall I enjoyed this book but I think that it could have been better if the world was fleshed out a bit more. I never really got a feel for the the landscape of the world. Yes, we got a history of events but I couldn't close my eyes and picture what people looked like or the how the town of Bensen appeared during Rachel's visits there. I also felt that that it was a bit slow to start and then just as I was really getting immersed in the story it ended. Now I have to admit part of that slowness in getting into the story could have been the result of the ick that was attacking me as I read the book. Sadly when I am attacked by the ick my reading is affected. I tend to find it difficult to focus on the words and often don't read anything at all until I am well. So the fact that I still managed to read The Line while suffering form the ick should be a point in its favor.
The main character of Rachel seemed to be a bit underdeveloped but I hope that she is fleshed out a little more in the next book. I do admire her bravery but would just like to see a little more about her. I also want to know more about the key cards that work only one way. I mean what is the point? It just didn't make sense to me. The Line is a short book and should be easy for most people to read through it quickly. Its not the best dystopian that I've ever read but its certainly not the worst either. I am definitely intrigued to see where things are going. So Teri Hall if you are reading write faster!!! I want to learn more about book two, Away, and I want to learn it now!
As originally posted on my blog Ticket to Anywhere(less)
***As originally posted on my blog Ticket to Anywhere***
Trapped by Michael Northrop has been on my radar since I first heard about The Contemps Challe...more***As originally posted on my blog Ticket to Anywhere***
Trapped by Michael Northrop has been on my radar since I first heard about The Contemps Challenge. Growing up in New England I know just how crazy some of the storm systems can be and how quickly they can form. The weather men tend to be disliked because there really is no predicting just what will actually happen. Such is the case in Northrop's Trapped, the snow starts like most snows do, just a few flurries nothing to really worry about. But as with the Blizzard of 78 (and if you are from New England this is burned into your soul even if you weren't born yet) its not so much HOW a storm starts....or how innocent it may seem...its all about how FAST the snow comes down.
In Trapped, like in the Blizzard of 78, the rate of snow falls faster than the plows can keep up. Vehicles then get stuck on the roads and the plows have an even more difficult time until there really just is nothing to do but bunker down and wait it out. A blizzard will blow itself out in a few hours, 12 at the most, and then you grab shovels and start to dig your way back to normal and wait for the next storm to hit and then repeat. Only in Trapped the snow doesn't stop. It just keeps falling in fat, heavy flakes that cover up single story homes as foot after foot piles up. Trapped is a short book and probably can be read in a single sitting, however, this book took me several to get through because ever time I picked it up it snowed. After getting 20+ inches the first time I picked it up and several more the next, well I just knew the book was cursed and it made me wary. *lol* Reading Trapped while its snowing probably isn't the best of ideas but I also can't recommend reading it any other way. The added realism to the story as you watch the snow falling outside your window just ups the creep factor and lets you know that its a story that could potentially happen and makes the reader wonder would THIS storm be like THAT storm in the book?
The book is narrated by Scotty Weems who is a teenager who gets trapped in the school with 2 friends and 5 other random souls. Of all the kids that were trapped that day I think that Scotty was the best choice as he doesn't mince words, he just tells the story straight and to the point, exposing everyone's flaws...including his own. The kids are all different from one another and in the end its these differences that save them as they all bring different strengths and skills to this horrible situation. Where there things I would have done differently? Absolutely. But I am not them. I was not there. If I was, who knows what I might have done. I do know that I probably would have found a smaller, less windowy room to sleep in as a group. I do know that I would have been more worried about the roof than they were. All that snow, foot after foot after foot, piling up on the flat roof, weighing it down? Yeah....I'd have been so paranoid! But that would have been my father's fault and the stories of bad winters he'd tell when I'd ask why people were shoveling snow off a roof while driving places after a storm in the winter.
Trapped was well written and with the main story itself I find few flaws but for me it ended way too soon. When I turned the last page was I confused and had many thoughts running through my head. What happened next? What happened to the kids? To their parents? To the town? I really would have loved this story to got one one more chapter to sum up the after affects of the storm. Because without that the story just feels unfinished. Like all this tension was built up but instead of a bang on release there is just this little poof and it left me unsatisfied as I expected more. You won't be wasting your time if you read this book and I really can't stress enough how one should read it while there is snow around because I just don't think it would have the same feel to it if read on a beach in the middle of July. I liked Trapped, I didn't love it, but I liked it and now I think I'm going to have to find where I stuck Norhtop's other book, Gentleman, and add it to my must read sooner rather than later section of Mt TBR. Really, that clone I ordered can come any day...
That said, I must now go out and shovel off the additional 12 inches of snow that fell last night. off my balcony...I'm telling you this book is cursed and every time I touch it, it snows. *sighs*
***As originally posted on my blog Ticket to Anywhere***(less)
Prior to BEA 2011 I had never heard of this book and I only stumbled upon it as I attended the book signi...more**Originally posted on tickettoanywhere.net**
Prior to BEA 2011 I had never heard of this book and I only stumbled upon it as I attended the book signing of another author and afterwards we all got to talking over at the Flux booth. Nick started to describe his book but once I saw the blurb by James Dashner I knew that it was something I had to check out. I'm not usually one to be swayed by blurbs (and to be honest I don't usually read them) but I've met James several times and so he's an exception.
From the start of this book all the way until the last page I was sucked into the story. I love the world that Nick created which was a bit sci-fi with a wee addition of dystopian mixed in. I loved how he gave a brief history of how the world came to be what it was without being dry or weighing down the story. He made a believable futuristic world where resources are scarce and humanity has been divided into factions as they fight for survival.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book as well. This was very much a boy book with the majority of the main characters being boys. There was a couple of token girls tossed into the mix but they didn't always come across as very girly to me and were a bit stiff and awkward at times. But overall I really enjoyed all of the characters. I liked how Jessie was more your typical boy then anyone overtly special. He wasn't the best in his class, he was more likely to be the one who was messing up. But given the circumstances that he was thrust into he came into his own and turned his ordinariness into something more.
I really enjoyed this story and all the possibilities that it raised for the rest of the series. The writing was strong and I was really invested in the story. I wasn't surprised by some of the twists and turns. And there were times when I thought some events were a bit far fetched. I liked how there were active adults in the story - although their were times where they came across as a bit stiff as well. But what I like best about the book is the potential for what is to come. As a first in a series it hit all the right notes in building a world and characters that you want to know more about. I am really looking forward to the second book and you will as well once you give this one a try.(less)