So I was super surprised at how much I loved this book. I was also mildly surprised that this was the second in a series, mostly because I never feltSo I was super surprised at how much I loved this book. I was also mildly surprised that this was the second in a series, mostly because I never felt lost with the character's back stories I should have known before reading this. Which really goes to show how amazingly Bracken seamlessly wove her first and second installments together.
Ruby's transformation from fearing her ability to being forced to use it to survive was a very palpable struggle. This book really sucked me in, but didn't have such a hold on me that I couldn't relax and enjoy it. Ruby's new responsibilities and coming to love those under her in the League against her will was poignant and just so real.
There was so much action and so many twists, most of which I never saw coming. The book never lulled and never lost its constant momentum which I was only too happy to be swept away by. I loved it so much I'm going to be reading the first book of the series and buying this book when it comes out!
The only real problem I had with it is that one of the new character curses like a sailor literally every bit of dialogue. It was good character building, until it was just too much and I got tired of the f bomb being dropped like it was a space filler. I think I would have liked this book better had there been a bit more discretion with that character. However, overall I really did enjoy myself and devoured this book!
I received a free ebook copy from NetGalley. I am not receiving any recompense besides the free text....more
Unfortunately, this is one of those books that you imagine is so much better than it actually is. Sadly, my imagination and reality weren't even on thUnfortunately, this is one of those books that you imagine is so much better than it actually is. Sadly, my imagination and reality weren't even on the same planet. That's not to say this isn't a good, solid book because it is. But it is just so... well bland.
It starts out a little shaky but solid, with Dez and her friends the triplets and everyone is about to have their world shatter with their enemies hunkering down in the same city, yadda yadda. But then it turns and becomes a sort of forbidden romance (very VERY watered down romance) and BAM there's the war tearing people apart, etc. It was so very much like reading a book made for elementary students in that there's main events but hardly anything linking the events together and plot twists are almost entirely missed because you're so confused on how the story had gotten to that certain part in the first place. I was being 'told' and not shown much of the time and it just felt so off.
Even the characters felt like they had a huge major chunk missing. It felt like it was more important to have a good solid page count rather than solid characters. I know I've said before in my prior reviews that characters are the most important part to me of a story and I felt like I got nothing from any of the characters than I did from their introduction in the beginning.
Plus the folklore of the guardians of Egyptian pharaohs or whatnot was nonexistent. There's a mention of the 'ancient ways' in passing maybe a handful of times throughout the book. I felt that it was odd to not have the premise of the book actually in the book. That may be part of what made the book very unbelievable to me, but it was unfortunate because so much could have been done with this idea.
I wouldn't recommend buying this book to anyone really just because I am more neutral to it than anything. I'd borrow it or buy it used simply because I was so indifferent I'm not sure if it was worth it for me to buy it full price. I love the cover though, it's very stunning. ...more
I picked up ACROSS THE UNIVERSE at a Borders closing sale and thought 'Hey, why not? The cover is very pretty and it sounds like it's right up my alleI picked up ACROSS THE UNIVERSE at a Borders closing sale and thought 'Hey, why not? The cover is very pretty and it sounds like it's right up my alley.' I was fairly impressed, felt that it had a good premise but I wasn't in love. I bought its sequel and I really wasn't wowed anymore than the first time.
The characters are the same, no one of significance is added, so I had to rely on the first book to showcase the characters. I felt that this book was ABOUT the characters but the characters themselves were static and didn't move very much either in development or romance. I was indifferent to them, though I tried hard not to be. But fiery Amy felt dimmed and mischievous Elder, though he was supposed to evolve, really didn't. The story evolved without the characters, like a piece of tapestry caught on a sharp edge while the tapestry itself is yanked in the opposite direction. It was awkward, but didn't make the entire story crash down.
I highly enjoyed the mystery aspect of this book, how more of the ship is stumbled upon, a people without phydus, and a world more aware of Amy were dealt with by the people of Godspeed. There were enough pieces to keep me hooked despite the characters having trouble keeping up with the story.
Plus, the book is an entire crescendo and you want to ride the wave until the very end. Instead, it's more of a gentle wave pool than the crashing ocean. You bob to the top of a tiny wave expecting it to go somewhere and it slowly levels out again.
Despite the mystery I was very unimpressed by the cliff-hanger left for me. When I finish a book that I enjoyed more than average, generally I can see when the next one is coming out and get moderately excited to see where the author goes with this. Whether I adored it or not, I still want to see where these characters will end up. I got to the title of the last in this trilogy, SHADES OF EARTH (coming in 2013), and was neutral. I didn't much care either way whether or not I'd buy it, read it, or what could even happen with the story. I don't know if it's because the characters never connected with me or the pacing was strange or the fact that I never did have a connection with the story back in ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, I just didn't have any feelings evoked in me.
I decided on four stars because it was a good, consistent sequel to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and because the author did a good job sequencing events with some thrill of puzzle mysteries amidst the action. It just continued to not click fully with me....more
This was like a cross between the new TV show Alphas and a typical dystopian novel. Be warned right off, there's a lot of use of the F bomb in odd plaThis was like a cross between the new TV show Alphas and a typical dystopian novel. Be warned right off, there's a lot of use of the F bomb in odd places which broke up the prose for me. But whatever, as long as you know.
This book was a little confusing. So many different people with different names and different statuses and yet I still couldn't keep them all straight. The one off putting thing for me was the changing of P.O.V. because I had a hard time transitioning from each story. But they do come together at the end. Sorta.
This novel is more about the premise and less about characters. The only character that's really "fleshed out" (I mean that in the loosest sense) is Lucas. Everyone else, especially Threnody, was vague and underdeveloped. Not flat, just not important in the sense that you don't know backstories. You know what you need to know at the time. Which is fine, but too complex with too many loose ends.
In the end, I am not entirely sure if I understood everything that happened. I will wait for the next book and see if I can make more sense of things. ...more
It was an interesting concept, the main character was snarky and funny, but I just felt like it was pieced together. Which was probably the point, seeIt was an interesting concept, the main character was snarky and funny, but I just felt like it was pieced together. Which was probably the point, seeing as it's on tapes that aren't complete being listened to at an undetermined point in the future. I was excited about this book up until the end, and then I just felt uncomfortable. Up until then I was like "I am so keeping this book! What an inventive way of doing things!" And then it just... stopped. I was left more confused by the last 50 pages than I was at the beginning.
Which, again, was probably the point. But even if you leave me MAJORLY hanging, at least have the courtesy of giving me SOME answers. Something that made me feel like I just didn't waste my time going through this amazing story to find a lump of coal at the end. So, in a way, I loved the book and in a way it frustrated me. I feel like I kinda wasted my money getting it. Like I should have waited for the paperback.
Four stars for the concept. Probably 3 for the execution. But interesting. I just didn't like it personally....more
This book was an interesting blend of historical-ish, sci-fi (biology-wise), and love. Camille hunts werewolves with her guardian. Her sister lives inThis book was an interesting blend of historical-ish, sci-fi (biology-wise), and love. Camille hunts werewolves with her guardian. Her sister lives in a psych ward, but there's nothing wrong with her. And she falls in love with boy who will be her victim on the next full moon. Enticing right?
Well it actually was pretty enticing. Although it is essentially a "werewolf" book, the story didn't give any indication that werewolves were anything but feral (unlike many popular books today where it's okay to date/mate/marry one) and it was more realistic in that way. Even though Camille did some very, let's say, wimpy things for a heroine, she was always strong and didn't ever let her emotions rule her more than her logical side. She was a likable character. A bit eccentric, but that made her all the more real.
Nathaniel Strider was enticing, but I don't think he'll have a very big "fangirl" gathering. He was appropriately bland, yet with facets of intrigue. Of course, he was also a bad boy orphan, who stole from corpses. He didn't "wow" me, but he didn't falter under the aura Camille exerted throughout the story, which was a feat.
Camille's sister, Emily, didn't appear very much but was mentioned a lot. She added an interesting depth to the story, a thorn in the picture. It never was explained clearly why she was in the mental facility to begin with, other than the fact that she just "could no longer face the outside world", which I thought was odd for someone who wasn't ill, but maybe she was and I missed it. Either way, I kind of liked her, both whimsical and moody alike.
The biology aspect of the whole story really appealed to me. The details were a little sketchy on how the Doctor described things, but then again, I'm pretty sure this was set back at least a good 70 years or so and they wouldn't know half as much about blood cell intricacies as we do today. As a molecular biology major, it bothered me slightly, but it probably won't be noticed by anyone other than me. Plus it was technically historically accurate.
All in all, the story was decently paced. I never really lost interest. The action starts right away, but it doesn't quite pull you all in like some other thriller books. It's more of a lazy read, or to have your Kindle read it to you while you drive back and forth from Nashville to Atlanta. It was fairly decent and not too shallow development-wise for some enjoyment to come out of it.
The Kindle edition does have its fair share of typos (like, GLARING typos) so be warned. ...more
This book is a whole lot better writing-wise compared to the second of this series. Which actually doesn't mean a lot, since both were written fairlyThis book is a whole lot better writing-wise compared to the second of this series. Which actually doesn't mean a lot, since both were written fairly poorly. It's written in the alternate universe created in Star Trek: 2009 (in case you didn't notice the very obvious cover). I am unsure whether or not this occurred before or after Kirk had his adventure on the Enterprise. I want to say it's a year or so after he joined the Academy, before the events of the movie.
I liked the characterization in this book better than SA: "The Edge". The characters were slightly more dynamic, and Kirk's "girl" this time was likable and three dimensional. McCoy actually had more than a few pages in this book, and Uhura and Spock's "romance" was explored in the early stages of it. The problem was pretty neat for a biologist like myself and plausible as a good Sci-Fi novel should be. HOWEVER. This novel suffered from the same problem as the last novel which was: Researching problem, encounter problem, more research,... 30 pages until the end "SOLVED!" and that was it. All of a sudden the problem was solved. But it WASN'T solved. I understand that you need to have a future baddie to pit against our beloved Trek characters, but come on!! Lame! It's like the author didn't know how to finish it so he didn't!
Plus, this book and the one that comes after it, "The Edge", don't go together. This is supposed to be a series, at least get the canon right! Kirk and girl in this book are together at the end, but at the beginning of "The Edge", said girl doesn't exist. Uhura and Spock are intimate-ish in this book and in the next book it's like they haven't said more than two words to each other!! These authors clearly need to read one another's books before publishing a series. Take a hint from the many authors who coined "The 39 Clues". That flowed so much better!
Things I liked about this book: accurate (sorta) scientific knowledge, good Kirk characterization, interesting "villain", and good Kirk love interest.
Things that irked me: No real ending, how badly characterized McCoy was, the strained relationship of Spock and Uhura (both of whom were characterized poorly as well), and the fact that this novel was halting in how it flowed.
Pick it up only if you're a die hard Trekkie who can overlook horrible glaring mistakes in the AU verse....more
Fantastic! I had no idea it was so centered around genetics, which was pure bliss for the biologist in me. The book moved fairly fast, with a new twisFantastic! I had no idea it was so centered around genetics, which was pure bliss for the biologist in me. The book moved fairly fast, with a new twist practically ever chapter! I never knew where this book was headed!
It had alternating chapters of Elder and Amy. I loved the earth shattering revelations coming to light with another on its heels! It's hard to say anything really without spoiling something, but all I can say is I got some things right and a lot of things wrong. A great read! I tore through it in less than two days!
Also, loved how the dust cover for the hardback edition has a map of the ship on the inside that acts like a reversible cover. Just makes it all the more awesome! A whole world at the tips of your fingers. It had the feel of Star Trek only as far as the ship and hierarchy but then takes it in a whole new direction that is a mix of sci-fi, romance, dystopian, and murder mystery. Blends all so well! ...more
All I can say is wow. So I was taken through a winding labyrinth of expecting to know what is going to happen, and BAM another twist. Most of the twisAll I can say is wow. So I was taken through a winding labyrinth of expecting to know what is going to happen, and BAM another twist. Most of the twists were subtle and you didn't realize the significance until later. But I didn't predict ANYTHING!! It was fantastic.
I think I would have liked it better if I could connect with the characters more, but I didn't as much as I wanted. My favorite character was Gracie. Too bad she didn't play a bigger role. But I liked Alex too.
I loved how the author made careful note of colors in the book. The color of Alex's hair is autumn. His eyes sparkle gold. Her favorite color is gray. I love how the symbolism of color in this book played such a big role. That and I loved the random attention to detail that is brought to our attention.
The story was pretty fast paced in that it always changed. There wasn't action per say, but more like maturation happened and then some action. A little rebellion here, breaking a law there. Plus, I loved how the author took famous stories of love, like the Bible and Romeo and Juliet and turned it to fit her world. That and the odd pieces of "history" and nursery rhymes that she created. It was well made, like stepping into a world. Not all authors accomplish that.
One of the best dystopian fantasies of the year, I'll bet! A lot like the Hunger Games and Matched put together. Great read! Plus the cover is pretty awesome too!
Just as a side note, this isn't a romance book really. Sure there's romance, but it's fleeting and a little... background to me. The fact that they were sneaking around was more important to the book than the actual romance. It was just sorta so-so, but sweet regardless....more
This wasn't a bad read at all. It was one of the books I listened to on my Kindle on my way to and fro from Nashville to Atlanta. It had a good premisThis wasn't a bad read at all. It was one of the books I listened to on my Kindle on my way to and fro from Nashville to Atlanta. It had a good premise, fairly gripping from the beginning, and had a lot of things that you remembered in passing and had a HUGE part in the story towards the end. That was more of a con since I was listening to my Kindle read it, but I don't think it's a big deal if you're ACTUALLY reading it.
Johnny is a great character, but Ketheria was my favorite. I might just have a thing for silent but strong characters, but to me, though she didn't say a word, she was the best. His friends Max and Theodore were okay, but I was more interested in the ability he has and why he has it. Pushing into computers was described so that I could literally feel what that might be like. It wasn't like four to ten pages of description, but tiny bits comparing it to normal senses humans have really made the whole process real.
The world was an interesting blend. It didn't come to life for me quite like some other books have, but then again, the world wasn't what J.T. was exploring; it was the characters he encountered. They were done well, twisted even. The bullying got a little old, I must admit, but this book is aimed for children who are probably experiencing something like it not for college students who are die hard sci-fi fans.
All in all, I thought the world was done well and the characters were likeable. Not awesomely loveable, but you can't expect to love every book you come across. Story moved fairly well too. The end seemed just the tiniest bit rushed, but was satisfying. Took me about 6 hours to listen to the whole thing. ...more
This was more of a 3.5 star read. And not because the characterization was poor. It wasn't too bad actually. It was because the writing was so... averThis was more of a 3.5 star read. And not because the characterization was poor. It wasn't too bad actually. It was because the writing was so... average. Boring. Unexciting.
This book takes place in the "alternate universe" created by the movie Star Trek: 2009 (in case the cover wasn't a dead give away). The synopsis says that Kirk is saving McCoy from being blamed. Well, the problem starts right away, but drags its feet until over half-way through the book when McCoy is "detained". In fact, there is little to no McCoy actually IN the book. And surprisingly, there's a lot of Uhura and Spock. Quite honestly, I kept reading only to see if they'd do anything more interesting with the characters, not because the story line intrigued me.
Once McCoy is detained, there's a lot of nothing for 50 pages or so and then suddenly, as if in passing, the mystery is solved and resolved in under 30 pages. The end.
The "love interest" for Kirk is nothing more than two-dimensional. Really quite lame actually, I didn't connect with her at all. I wouldn't have connected with anyone in the book if I hadn't already had an avid love for the characters.
Worth your time? Maybe. But more than likely you will not finish it. Like I said, I only finished it because I kept hoping that futile hope that something, ANYTHING, would happen. And even though it didn't, I think I'm going to hold onto this book. Just for sentimental reasons....more
So, I really hate zombies. That being said, I really liked this book. It may just be the biologist in me, but Amanda put enough scientific fact aboutSo, I really hate zombies. That being said, I really liked this book. It may just be the biologist in me, but Amanda put enough scientific fact about zombies to make me not totally cast the whole idea aside.
This book, although it has much about zombies killing and being killed, is mostly about the characters (like a good book should be). It starts with action on page one and doesn't end until the (HUGE) cliffhanger at the end of the book. I couldn't put it down. In fact, I will probably fail my immunology test because I was reading this instead. But it's about viruses, so that seems appropriate, doesn't it?
I connected with all of the characters. I liked Remy a lot, because she loved and was loved but she wasn't overly weak or overly strong. She was real. I liked Lazlo as well, but I think Blue takes the cake even though he was a minor character comparatively. Maybe I just have a thing for doctors with hippie names. I love to imagine "what-ifs" and this book definitely gave me a lot to think about.
Now as a small warning, there is sex for like two pages. Very, very few curse words, which I appreciated. Sometimes I feel that too many curse words takes away from the core of the book. Now because I'm a horribly moral person, I can't convince myself to put this on my favorites shelf simply because I'm horribly moral. But if I weren't, it would be there. In fact, it might still show up there the more I try and convince myself that enjoying zombies, killing, etc. isn't a bad thing.
Fantastic read! Plus, as of March 1, 2011, Amazon.com has a $0.99 download of this book. You can't go wrong!!...more