I really enjoyed this book. I fell in love with the world that Falls created--I've always wondered what it would be like to live under the sea. Her de...moreI really enjoyed this book. I fell in love with the world that Falls created--I've always wondered what it would be like to live under the sea. Her descriptions of subsea life were very detailed. I loved reading about the jellyfish-shaped homes and the various underwater activities/hobbies that the settlers did. It sounded like a place I would love to live at.
Ty was a great narrator. For some reason, I had been under the impression that he was twelve (maybe from reading a typo in a review?), and I was a little apprehensive about that because I don't usually read books narrated by someone that young. Needless to say, I was relieved to learn that he was actually a quite mature fifteen-year-old. Right away he meets up with a fifteen-year-old girl named Gemma who came from the Topside (what they call the tiny space of land left after much of earth fell into the sea) who was searching a deserted sub for her brother. A friendship immediately grew between them and they went through a number of adventures while searching for her brother and avoiding the Seablite gang (a group of outlaws that rob government ships, and lately, subsea settlers' homes). The novel was very action-packed and I loved every minute of it. There was also a surprising twist at the end that blew me away. I especially liked learning about the Dark Gifts. I won't spoil that part for you, but I'll just say that this first book is a very promising start to an interesting series. I'm really looking forward to the second book.
This was a really amazing story, and I immediately added it to my favorites shelf after finishing it. One author described this story the best by call...moreThis was a really amazing story, and I immediately added it to my favorites shelf after finishing it. One author described this story the best by calling it science fiction, romance, dystopia, and a mystery all rolled into one. I would even add thriller into the mix. Seriously, this book is great.
The main story line began later than I expected, but I couldn't say that it started out slow. I thought the build-up in the beginning was really interesting. I loved how Revis included tiny bits of information, such as including made-up words and having the ship residents have different accents than Amy. Of course, being a part of a completely different society from Earth for centuries would cause big changes in the way a person thinks and speaks.
I would love to see this book turned into a movie, which is a rare thing for me to say. Usually, I can't imagine a book I enjoyed being changed and adapted for film, but this book had such amazing visuals all throughout it. I know it would make an incredible movie series.
*Major Ending Spoiler* (view spoiler)[I know that the doctor said Amy can't be frozen again, and of course it isn't plausible for Elder to be frozen with her since he is the only living Elder/Eldest now, but I still hope that somehow things will work out that they can be frozen together at some point in the series. I really want to see Centauri Earth! It would be a shame if the whole series was stuck in the ship. I feel like the residents, getting all clautrophic and dreaming of a new planet and the open sky! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
When I first started this novel and realized it was written in diary entries, I was a little unsure how much I would actually enjoy it-I don'...more3.5 stars
When I first started this novel and realized it was written in diary entries, I was a little unsure how much I would actually enjoy it-I don't really like epistolary-type novels. However, the writing didn't really come across as a teenage girl's diary. It was very detailed and had full dialogue. This certainly ruined the effect of reading a diary, but that proved to be a good thing for me.
It started out kind of slow, but once I got halfway through I zoomed through the rest. The entire concept of the moon being knocked out of orbit and causing numerous natural disasters (tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions) was very realistic to me (It surprised me that no one, according to Miranda, had thought of this possibility when they all first discovered that the meteor would hit. No scientists/astronomers ever seemed to consider how it could affect the earth. I think if I was ever told that a meteor would hit the moon, I would be a little more worried than any of the people in this book appeared to be. Miranda actually thought the whole thing was rather boring-until the meteor actually hit and caused all the disasters of course).
I liked how well Miranda's relationship with her Mom was written-all of the tension, heated arguments, and bonding moments mixed in together-it all felt very true to how a teenage girl and her mother would act with one another. And I disagree with Miranda's belief that her younger brother Jonny has the best chance of surviving. Miranda seems like the real survivor in her family, and I'm really rooting for her (for all of them).
The second book in the trilogy sounds amazing. I'm excited that it takes place in NYC because I've been curious about how things are in other places in the country/world. I wish the last book went on to focus on a third person in another location so I could get an even bigger picture of what the world was like but it will be nice to continue Miranda's story, so I won't complain that the author decided to finish out the series in this way.(less)
**spoiler alert** This was an interesting plot. I've never read a zombie book before and I was excited to read this book. I liked it well enough but n...more**spoiler alert** This was an interesting plot. I've never read a zombie book before and I was excited to read this book. I liked it well enough but not as much as I was expecting to. It started out really slow. I didn't enjoy the part in the village that much. It was so weird knowing that this book takes place far into the future but that everyone is living like people from the 1800's because they don't have the technology anymore and even the old fashioned male and female roles were being played out from that time.
I didn't care for Mary that much. She got on my nerves a lot of the time. It was annoying how everytime she was starting to get what she wanted she would change her mind and want something else or something more. It reminded me of the Rolling Stones song "I Can't Get No Satisfaction". *SPOILERS* First she wanted to be with Travis but his brother Harry asked for her hand instead and she was all upset. Then when she was told she had to join the Sisterhood she regretted not accepting Harry right away. Then when Harry asked for her hand again a few months later she instantly hated him and was unhappy with his proposal and on and on and on. It just annoyed me. Even when she finally got Travis, she wasn't sure she wanted to be with him at the expense of giving up her dream to see the ocean.*END SPOILERS* She was just never happy with what she got, no matter how much she had wanted it before.
Since the second book focuses on Mary's daughter rather than Mary, I may actually read it someday. I didn't think the writing in this book was anything special, though, so I'm not sure how compelled I'll be to read more of the series.
I began this book with all of rave reviews about it still in my head (my reason for reading it) and though I didn't think it was the best read ever, I...moreI began this book with all of rave reviews about it still in my head (my reason for reading it) and though I didn't think it was the best read ever, I did find it very good. I gave it four stars, in any case. Katniss is a great female protaganist and I could completely understand her hesitancy in feeling anything for Peeta (which I'm sure many female readers were frustrated about). IMHO I don't think they belong together. They make good friends, but not a good couple.
I'm also satisfied with how the first book ended and I'm not all that interested in reading the rest of the trilogy. The amazing plotline of the Games is what interested me the most,and now that that's over, I don't really care about continuuing the story.
Tell me if I'm missing anything important from the last two books :)