Fun read. I did find the narrative sort of confusing to follow for some reason though. Maybe it was just the double space for time breaks. I often had...moreFun read. I did find the narrative sort of confusing to follow for some reason though. Maybe it was just the double space for time breaks. I often had to back track when I lost my grip with what was going on. (less)
I enjoyed this. The last hundred pages felt a bit underdeveloped, but didn't bother me enough to think any less of the story. Will definitely continue...moreI enjoyed this. The last hundred pages felt a bit underdeveloped, but didn't bother me enough to think any less of the story. Will definitely continue the series. (less)
This book started off really strong. The voice was so edgy--a real breath of fresh air from most of the NA I've read. I was, hands down, ready to dive...moreThis book started off really strong. The voice was so edgy--a real breath of fresh air from most of the NA I've read. I was, hands down, ready to dive into some twisted stuff.
While Ana's voice was really great, she also kind of doomed the book for me. I think this is because the majority of the time I couldn't tell if her thoughts were sane or crazy ones. Like the fact that she falls into insta-love with Mark after he fingers her in the sculptor's studio.
Ana, honey, sex =/= love. Mark's a creeper. The end.
So is Ana just dumb or straight-up crazy? See, I would have totally been into this if I knew that it was the craziness that was making her act this way. But we're never given a solid answer. Actually, the deeper into the book, the more the reader realizes that Ana is less crazy and more just haunted by her even crazier sister, Julia. So what's up with this whole sex-love-lust thing? And it's just not love interest the insta-love-sex is happening with, folks, but two. I know guys are horny, but the likelihood of two guys having insta-love-sex with Ana and really be into her and not just her vagina?
So yeah, the voice was great, and the idea was promising. But the romance? I kind of felt like this book started me off with a hot soak in a jacuzzi, a nice foot rub, some chocolate covered strawberries... and then dumped a large bucket of ice water on me.
Sexy hide and go seek in a mansion!? AWESOME. Short, sweet, and fun read. Really loved that the whole thing took place in a manor. Also loved that Cal...moreSexy hide and go seek in a mansion!? AWESOME. Short, sweet, and fun read. Really loved that the whole thing took place in a manor. Also loved that Calder wasn't glorified as being perfect. (less)
I could not stop reading this thing! Great pace that pulled me all of the way to the end of the book. I really empathized with Parker and liked Addie...moreI could not stop reading this thing! Great pace that pulled me all of the way to the end of the book. I really empathized with Parker and liked Addie a lot. Kind of wondering why Parker didn't just become a day-napper though? Lol. Very curious as to what the next one is going to be about. Hope Parker learns how to use his Watcher power to be like a super hero or something. (less)
I’ve never read any literature based around EMPs before, so the more I read, the more intrigued I was abou...moreSTATE OF EMERGENCY was a quick and fun ride.
I’ve never read any literature based around EMPs before, so the more I read, the more intrigued I was about the situation and how Cassie was going to solve her dilemma.
It was interesting to see how Lane chose to build her world. I’m glad that California was where the story was built around, because of the variety of landscape to work with. The escape from the city of LA and the travel all of the way to Squaw Valley is a pretty unique experience considering the grapevine must be involved, and I enjoyed uncovering how Chris and Cassie were going to wield the landscape to use to their advantage.
I loved how Cassie handled all of her situations. Even though she was paired with a hot ex-soldier, she still has the guts to attempt to take control of her situation. She definitely seemed like the daughter of a doomsday prepper to me–all preparation training and no actual experience–so I could definitely believe many of her choices.
What was missing for me in this book was an overwhelming sense of danger. While Cassie and Chris wound up in some pretty dangerous situations, I didn’t necessarily sense the fear within the characters. While, as a reader, I was told there was danger, I couldn’t feel it.
I think that a lot of this has to do with the lack of survival detail. I hardly felt Cassie’s and Chris’s aching feet and thirst or worry for their families, and every group of “bad” people these two encounter, they almost seamlessly escape. Somehow, in the midst of an apocalypse, the stakes just weren’t high enough.
Cassie’s voice also didn’t ring nineteen to me, therefore, I couldn’t buy this novel as a New Adult book. This book read a lot like a YA, which isn’t a bad thing, I just wish that Cassie would have been aged down a bit. I mean, that might have been a problem with Chris and the whole too-young-to-be-legal thing, but I didn’t see a huge point of him being ex-military, so perhaps Chris should have been aged down as well.
My last beef has to deal with the landscape of Squaw Valley and Kings Canyon. Since I’m from the area, I’m very familiar with the weather and length of the road actually leading up into the park. First of all, in mid-December during most years, there would be at least five feet of snow starting at 5k feet. Considering the park entrance is around 7k feet, there is no way that Cassie would be able to make it all the way up to Sequoia NP in one day.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon in December. Yeah….
On top of this, hiking conditions would be next to impossible. This brings me back to the issue of stakes and survival. Cassie simply didn’t struggle enough with her situations (We are told it’s cold but I can’t feel it). In fact, the only time I sensed danger within the National Park was when Cassie was held hostage by Bree and company, but even then, the entire group of them were complete morons, so I had a good feeling that Cassie would escape eventually.
Overall, STATE OF EMERGENCY was a fun read, as I am always a fan of good survivalist literature. I do wish that Cassie’s voice was more mature or that she would have been aged down, and I would have liked do be engulfed more in an overwhelming sense of danger as a reader. That being said, I’m looking forward to the sequel.(less)