Despite my strong dislike for Bumped, I picked up this book, once again out of curiosity. I feel like Bumped was really there to introduce the twistedDespite my strong dislike for Bumped, I picked up this book, once again out of curiosity. I feel like Bumped was really there to introduce the twisted world, and Thumped is more direct in addressing and resolving the issues that Bumped was written to discuss in the first place. This book also didn't feel nearly as overloaded with slang and useless junk, which really helped to focus more on the actual plot and point of the story.
I don't know how I ended up reading this, quite honestly. I'm just not a huge fan of tons of sex in my books, or tons of religious stuff, and so logicI don't know how I ended up reading this, quite honestly. I'm just not a huge fan of tons of sex in my books, or tons of religious stuff, and so logic says that this is THE book to avoid. But I picked it up anyway, because I was kind of curious. A satire dystopia about teen pregnancy and the power of media? Intriguing for sure!
But the whole novel just rubbed me the wrong way. It was really easy, yet hard at the same time, to remember that it was meant to be satirical, because of the overbearing nature of it. It seemed like the author was trying so hard to get her point across, that the message was more important than quality writing.
The characters were sort of weird. Melody and Harmony were such polar opposites. They both seemed pretty two-dimensional, but they almost seemed like real people when compared with the male characters. Just overall they were flat, and it was fairly obvious that they were meant to be nothing more than pawns in the story.
I honestly do appreciate the message this novel was trying to send about media and sex and choices, but this didn't seem to be the right medium for me personally....more
A Long, Long Sleep puts a futuristic spin on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty and the result was a beautifully deep story that will stay in my mindA Long, Long Sleep puts a futuristic spin on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty and the result was a beautifully deep story that will stay in my mind for a long time.
I went into this almost completely blind. I knew it was a sci-fi Sleeping Beauty and that’s about it. Turns out that was horribly inaccurate. It takes place in the future, where technology has advanced, but it’s not really sci-fi. It’s about a girl who wakes up from a prolonged sleep, but it’s not really Sleeping Beauty. More than anything it’s a story about human relationships. A girl who has spent a lifetime sleeping needs to figure out who she is, and still needs to sort out her relationships with people who had long since passed. It makes you think about different types of relationships and what a healthy relationship is.
Rose was a character that I wasn’t sure about initially. She’s been out of the loop for 60 years, and didn’t really leave her past on a good note. She’s confused, but adapts well. She’s forced into new circumstances with new people, and isn’t sure exactly what’s going on and who to trust, only that everything might not be what it seems. Luckily she’s smart, and has a strong head on her shoulders. There were times when she came across as a bit whiny, but in the end I liked her a lot.
It was interesting to see her life from the past, especially her relationships with her parents and Xavier. They both turned out to be a lot more complicated than they initially appear. Rose’s parents had her trapped in an abusive, manipulative relationship, and had brainwashed her in ways that had me almost agreeing with them, which just goes to show how excellently this was written. I did have some issues with Rose’s relationship with Xavier that I can’t discuss in lieu of spoilers, but those who’ve read it will probably understand (and if I think about it, the big issue I had was a direct result of her abusive relationship with her parents). But all that aside, I liked him a lot as a person and a friend.
I really enjoyed the ending to the story, where things were left open enough for readers to imagine what could happen next, but with enough closure that it would do well as a standalone. I’ve heard rumors of a sequel, but I hope that doesn’t happen.
As I read this during Fairy Tale Fortnight while reading three other Sleeping Beauty retellings simultaneously, I found myself searching for elements of Sleeping Beauty, but I struggled to find any beyond her initial waking up to CPR with an attractive boy, and the occasional reference to her being a “Sleeping Beauty”, so that part was disappointing.
All in all I was deeply satisfied with this beautiful, thought-provoking story....more
Stung was dark, gritty, and disturbing on so many levels. It's the kind of book that sends chills up your spine and sets you on the edge of your seat,Stung was dark, gritty, and disturbing on so many levels. It's the kind of book that sends chills up your spine and sets you on the edge of your seat, and in the mean time your heart is pounding and you can't turn pages fast enough. Not many book can do that to me, so that just goes to show how great this book was.
The premise stands out in the giant pool of YA dystopia. Can you name another book about ‘the honeybee issue’? Let alone on as dark and thrilling as this one. I didn’t think so. It definitely does share several aspects with other dystopias, but on the whole, it’s completely original.
Fiona was a surprising character. She’s been in a coma for several years, and so waking up in the body of a sixteen year old is a little disorienting. But she’s quick on her feet, and soon begins learning how to survive. I think there’s a good balance between displaying her innocence and naivety, and also showing how quickly she’s learning and maturing in the dangerous world she’s living in. Now, so many times there are characters that fall into this kind of situation who will whine like crazy! But Fiona isn’t a whiny. She puts her time and energy into what’s important: staying alive.
I didn’t really like the romance much, though. It felt kinda insta-lovey, though apparently Fiona and Bowen had known each other before as children, but the romance still came on too quickly. And if you keep in mind that Fiona still has the mind of 13 year old, and Bowen is 17/18 (can’t remember), you start to worry a bit. And there was one scene in particular that made me really hate Bowen, though only briefly.
[Bowen and Fiona are in an abandon hotel. Bowen had gathered all the clean water he can find for Fiona to bathe in, and a suitcase with clothing in it. Fiona bathes and decides to put on a dress because she wants to feel girly. When she comes out Bowen freaks out because she’s not supposed to dress like a girl because since women are so scarce, men can’t control themselves and will usually kidnap and/or rape them. That’s all fine and dandy, but then Bowen says that he can’t control himself either, which I think is crap. He’s not some wild dog! He is capable of controlling himself, and there’s nothing wrong with wearing a dress! So then Fiona goes to change into boy clothes so that Bowen can “control himself”.]
Now…I’ve heard rumors that this was a Sleeping Beauty retelling, but I can't find anything “official” confirming it. If I hadn’t heard that from someone (can’t remember who) I wouldn’t have guessed, because the book doesn't follow Sleeping Beauty at all except for a girl waking up from a coma (and something small at the very end). But whether it’s true or not, this book can stand on it’s own two feet.
A powerful, gritty, and ultimately thrilling story that’s a scary prediction of what our world could become, Stung is a must-read!...more
I'm not quite sure what I think of this book. The idea behind it is really interesting, and it was well written, but I think the execution was lackingI'm not quite sure what I think of this book. The idea behind it is really interesting, and it was well written, but I think the execution was lacking a bit. I'll need to mull things over in my head a bit more. Still, a fun read!