I thought I had picked Stargirl off the shelf, but I actually got this sequel instead. Kind of a snore of a book. She's "different" and all that jazz,...moreI thought I had picked Stargirl off the shelf, but I actually got this sequel instead. Kind of a snore of a book. She's "different" and all that jazz, but big whoop. The storyline seemed to forced and trying to be all look how unique and special she is, and didn't really go anywhere except keep dragging on her being lovesick over her ex.
This book was blah. Maybe you need to read the first one to appreciate it more? Although other reviews seem to point out the character isnt totally true to that of the Stargirl from the first one.(less)
I thought the concept was really interesting, but each book in this trilogy just went downhill for me.
Why is it that authors insist on ending books wi...moreI thought the concept was really interesting, but each book in this trilogy just went downhill for me.
Why is it that authors insist on ending books with such crazy swift endings. Like, bam, the last five pages have to be crazy or from out of nowhere. I REALLY hate that!
It was a quick enough read with a decent pace to it, but I felt like this book was all over the map. They are all over the place too quickly, and it seems like things should develop more in each plot turn but they always seem to get cut off rather quickly.
I would recommend other books like the Uglies series or Feed over these if the concept of the story intrigues you.(less)
This book definitely was interesting because of the cultural aspect to it, which is exactly what the author intended. My grandparents used to live in...moreThis book definitely was interesting because of the cultural aspect to it, which is exactly what the author intended. My grandparents used to live in Lakewood NJ, which is a hub for Chassidics, which is what made reading more about orthodox jewish culture more interesting for me. It's definitely not a cheery story, but I found the inside story of this world captivating. It is loosely based on true events from the authors own life, and I don't think it could have been written any other way.
I only wish I had realized the glossary was there, or had thought to check for one because of the many unfamiliar words which I knew I was not pronouncing right in my head. So be aware there is a glossary in the back to help you out!(less)
This book had me sucked in and guessing right from the start. Memories wiped, mysterious maze, magical moving doors, monsters. And not enough question...moreThis book had me sucked in and guessing right from the start. Memories wiped, mysterious maze, magical moving doors, monsters. And not enough questions getting answered.
The adventure really picked up in the second half, and I finished the second part in one sitting. Several twists you don't see coming, some you do, but I think that's ok. I'm not sure the arrival of the girl was the best way to introduce the plot twist, but it serves it's purpose.
I feel like the biggest disappointment with this novel was James Dashners serious lack of creativity for the slang curse words. Gee, what rhymes with shuck-face and slinthead? I wonder what he means with those! It's not that the slang bothered me being in the book, which sometimes can bother people in sci-fi books, I just really think he could have come up with something better!
Another thing that I forgot that bothered me that I'm adding is the night Thomas and Minho spend in the maze. I thought all that could have taken place in the span of and hour or less, and it was supposed to be the whole night. It was too easy, and not all that scary. There was alot of build up to the maze being awful, especially at night, and I thought the whole scene was a bit of a disappointment.
Despite some flaws, I definitely enjoyed it enough to keep reading the rest of the series.(less)
**spoiler alert** You know what I hate. When a book is about to leave me satisfied and entertained, decent enough story, good plot (except for the slo...more**spoiler alert** You know what I hate. When a book is about to leave me satisfied and entertained, decent enough story, good plot (except for the slow start in this case) with a somewhat original idea and no stupid extras like weird overused slangy "future society" language etc, really wanting the characters to "win" in the end, and then in the last like 5 pages they kill off a main character.
Too many YA books that I have been reading lately have done this. Or even non YA. It is driving me absolutely batty. For that reason I had to take stars away from my rating. It kind of ruined the whole point of them wanting to leave in the first place, if they don't both make it. Sure society lied, but wouldnt she want to forget it happened at that point? They left to be together, because they couldn't be without each other... why cant we get a book where the characters stick it to the man and escape/conquer/win the battle in its entirety for once?
Sigh. Killing off main characters last second just REALLY irks me!(less)
While I thought this storyline really could go somewhere, with the whole idea that teens are having children as surrogates because everyone (in the fu...moreWhile I thought this storyline really could go somewhere, with the whole idea that teens are having children as surrogates because everyone (in the future) becomes unfertile after around age 18 or so, I felt like the whole "Churchies" religion thing was a huge slam against Christianity, almost like the author has a personal opinion to prove through this book.
Christianity and anyone with faith in general is portrayed in a very unrealistic way in this book, although the author was going for the extremist position, I didn't like the way the Harmony character is portrayed (all due to her religious convictions) She is seemingly uneducated, uniformed, closed minded, and weak.
In general, although this book is very much about pregnancy and the like, I found some of the sexual language/innuendo a bit much for a young adult novel. As another reviewer said, the book is too sexualized for the tween/young teen audience, but the writing is too young for anyone older.
I thought this book had a lot of potential going, even with the religion vs secular views on sex etc, but the whole thing just fell short for me.(less)
I was utterly disappointed in this book. I loved Ember, liked Sparks, and HATED this. Duprau seems to have a simple writing style, which perhaps it's...moreI was utterly disappointed in this book. I loved Ember, liked Sparks, and HATED this. Duprau seems to have a simple writing style, which perhaps it's because it's geared towards younger readers, or maybe that's just her. It really worked for her in the other of this series because of the characters/limited education of the characters/type of world they were living in. But in this one, something was just off. There we also other times I found myself saying, "a 12 year old would never use that kind of vocabulary" So overall I didn't think the style of writing fit the time period of the book or the character very well.
I forced myself to finish this book to see how it would tie into Ember. I had to keep reading, and keep reading, and keep reading.I put it down for a long while and for me it was not a "have to know what happens next!" kind of story.
Finally,the relation to Ember it is pitifully put in as almost an afterthought in the very last pages of the book, the last 5 or so. This really irked me!
I thought this prequal really had amazing potential, and it would have been much more interesting to hear the story of the builders, than a dragging plot of the random adventured of a young girl during a time of potential war.(less)
This story, while having really great potential, I feel like could have been so much more, so I'm a bit disappointed.
This book could almost use a preq...moreThis story, while having really great potential, I feel like could have been so much more, so I'm a bit disappointed.
This book could almost use a prequel, it's lacking so much of the information I'm sure many readers were hoping for.
Alot of the background story is missing from this novel. How did the society come about? What happened to the old society? And the lack of information keeps you wondering, like the war you only find out about two thirds of the way through the book. This was particularly annoying to me because it's part of what I thought really made the Uglies and Hunger Games series...getting more insight into civilizations history and how things came to be the way they are.
Also, the story didn't seem to flow well as far as the main character, Cassia's, rebellion. She seems to float along happy as a clam and then bam all of a sudden one day she's all, this is allll wrong! I hate everything! It just doesn't make sense timing wise. Alot of things don't make sense or just aren't explained well enough. The story is predictable (the red pills, no shock there) and apparently not all that original, according to other reviews.
I started out really intrigued but there just wasn't the kind of intensity or detail/history to the story as I would have hoped. Was still pretty good, but like I said, just not quite "there" for me.