I didn't enjoy reading it, so it remained below a three star, but it wasn't really you belong in a dumpster worthy either. To me**spoiler alert** Eh.
I didn't enjoy reading it, so it remained below a three star, but it wasn't really you belong in a dumpster worthy either. To me, it was just so-so.
There wasn't much that I enjoyed, but there were unfortunately a lot of personal pet peeves, such as...
What's with the colored font?
Is there something wrong with the good ol' black? Yes, I understand that it did help distinguish between the two POVs. But isn't a simple font change good enough? Why the color? I physically had trouble reading the gold font. (I also know that Shiver/Linger/Forever had font changes. They were blue/green/and even red. Who wants to read red font?). That was an instant turn off when I first opened Legend. I really hope that color changing doesn't become a new fad.
Such is an example of Forever's red font. It kind of looks like someone bled onto the pages... I seriously hope this doesn't spread.
- Dual POV in first person.
I know that some people really enjoy the first person dual perspectives. I don't really... In Legend, it really just wasn't working for me. I felt that there was no actual point for the changing perspectives. I feel that Legend would have felt much more mature without the dual-first-person perspectives. She could have stayed with just June, because she had access to most of Day's information in the first place, so his perspective didn't feel needed. It didn't advance the story much at all. (Or maybe, third person and then switch?? There's a reason for third person...) I don't like first person switches because it feels unprofessional.
Another thing I dislike about this whole POV thing is that it removes any mystery between the two love interests. I personally enjoy having no idea what the other is thinking. We get to who the girl is going to end up with.
Oh, how I want to strangle you, insta love. I find insta love lazy and extremely dull... And unrealistic. June and Day's chemistry was nonexistent. I wast actually rooting for some Thomas+June! I imagined him kind of like this... (view spoiler)[But then he turned out to be a bad guy, so that didn't work... (hide spoiler)]
World Building and Age
The world building was, I think, the weakest point of this book. What's with the Republic? What's with the colonies? The diseases? The motives? (view spoiler)[Why would you disease your own country? It doesn't seem to profit the Republic in any way. (hide spoiler)] I felt really stuck inside of June and Day's heads, peeking out of a hole in a box and trying to see what was in the outside, except I'm on a train. So I can't see anything at all, really.
Also, why are ten year olds taking tests that determine their lives? Really? Ten year olds?? That doesn't make sense. Why are fifteen year olds torturing each other? Why are fifteen year olds searching undercover for most wanted criminals? And...why is Day a most wanted criminal? Why is a FIFTEEN year old a most wanted criminal?
Just no. He's fifteen. Fifteen year olds aren't most wanted criminals. Never. When have you EVER heard of a most wanted criminal who's fifteen? Please, raise your hand!
I looked it up. In our history, only one person is a legible criminal mastermind in his teen years. And that is Artemis Fowl. Artemis Fowl is also fictional.
Anyways, for a story like this, fifteen didn't feel a suitable selection for June and Day's age. I don't think anyone my age is capable of becoming a criminal mastermind. There actually aren't any 'criminal masterminds' in their teen years in real life. Yes, there are druggy teens and vandalism teens, but there are not teens who break into high security banks. (Except Artemis Fowl hehe). The reason why Artemis can get away with being a pretty wonderful criminal is because of how darn CLEVER he is. Eon Colfer is genius. Eon Colfer takes serious time to convince the reader how plausible it is that Artemis Fowl is a genius.
Legend doesn't. It EXPECTS you to believe, without any work put into the nonexistent convincing. Legend is not clever. It's kind of bland, and Day's breaking into high-security places isn't believable like how Artemis is, it's instead cheesy. It wasn't portrayed realistically. He just somehow gets into some security-tight location, and then steals some stuff effortlessly (without any clever thought and explanations). It was annoying and corny. June and Day were just a little too magical and wonderful and splendid at what they did. There are limits.
Seventeen or eighteen would be a far more realistic selection, because fifteen is such an iffy age range. When one is fifteen, the romance is also pathetic. Everything feels like Romeo and Juliet. Two young teenagers think that they've fallen 'in love'. When they're older, the romance seems a lot more logical and a lot less R & J.
June: Let's all bow down to June, because she's oh-so-intelligent, and she's oh-so-athletic, and she's 0h-so-beautiful. **Rolls eyes.** Puuuuhleaze. Do you have any flaws, other then vanity and loving thou self, miss June?
Even worse, I feel that this is becoming an increased trend. Only self-confident heroines are allowed!! Seriously. Is there something wrong with having insecurities? I am positive that most teenager girls are insecure about their appearance in some way or other. All of these heroines who are blessed with unworldly beauty aren't helping. They are fully aware of their attractiveness. Which ticks me off. I know for a fact that girl's my age are not this secure. We fret constantly over whether or not we're good enough. And now YA seems to portray the message that "if you're not gorgeous, you're not going to have a boyfriend."
I believe that girls should be more concerned with their personality than with their physical appearance. It's the heart that ought to be attracting the perfect guy, right? If some dude is attracted to you because of your face and bod, I really don't think you should be with him in the first place. I say all of this because the whole beauty factor is popping up a lot in YA novels, and though I know that it's reasonable because most teenage gals are concerned with this, I just don't think that it should be so heavily relied on for romance. Okay, I'm finished with that rant.
Day: Day is boring. He's very similar to June. In fact, he's like her replicated into a boy body. He's oh-so-intelligent, oh-so-athletic, and oh-so-attractive. Oh, and apparently he's a blonde and blue-eyed Mongolian/Caucasian. (But dominantly Mongolian). I've never heard of such a thing, but maybe it's just me. I don't know how a Mongolian person can have blonde hair and blue eyes and be mainly Mongolian... I'm pretty sure that genes don't work that way.
Metias: I liked Metias, since I adore that Older Brother complex. But he died. So I couldn't really love him for that long.
Thomas: Despite Thomas (view spoiler)[ending up as a baddie, (hide spoiler)] I still really liked him. I liked him from the very first scene.
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There are two kinds of books: Ones where minor mistakes are excusable, and ones where minor mistakes are the end of the world. I feel as if some booksThere are two kinds of books: Ones where minor mistakes are excusable, and ones where minor mistakes are the end of the world. I feel as if some books (such as Cinder ) can get away with it.For Darkness Shows the Stars is apart of the second category. Each little mistake feels inexcusable, because nothing else really... makes up for it. It's not really enjoyable... It's not really fun... Parts of it are clever, but... Something's missing.
I actually found myself comparing this to Nightlight: A Parody, which is a parody to Twilight. The name changing only made me snicker... Especially Wentforth. Not Wentworth. WentForth... I don't think the author's intention was to make me think of Bell Goose or Edwart Mullet...
Cus that's just awkward.
Being a fan of Persuasion, (I am destined to marry Wentworth in the nearby future) I was pretty excited for this book. I mean, I was expecting all of this....
Combined with this:
To become this:
But alas, it was not. In fact, this book doesn't even take place in space. Which was a mega heartbreaker, for me. I believe that there should be more YA fiction in space!! Pleaaase!
I guess that I was misled by the cover, so I'm sorry... Anyways...
Things that I did like:
I felt as if Elliot (snicker...sorry) was very realistically portrayed. She represented the insecurities that most young girls face. I, being insecure myself, felt that I could relate to her struggles and the way she felt as if she was not good enough. It's tough when this guy
doesn't want you anymore. (or thinks that he doesn't want you anymore)
With that said, I have to argue with those readers who want Buffy-style, kick-butt heroines who are constantly brave and noble in the face of danger. Sorry, but not everyone is buffy. There are different kinds of people around the world. There are girls who are insecure (in fact, I believe that the majority of girls face some sort of insecurity), and there are girls who don't believe in themselves. Not everyone is Buffy. I like how Peterfreund portrayed that, and I felt myself able to relate to Elliot's insecurities, as I'm sure many other's will be able to do so as well.
So yay! In the end, I say that this is at least worth a shot. This book does not take place in space, but is instead a post-apocalyptic novel. Don't be fooled!! Even though I was not satisfied, I know that many other's were. It's not horrendously bad, it just felt bland to me. I don't know why...