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 deI 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 callThis 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"]>...more
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'3.5 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....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 n**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, II 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 :)
This book was very frustrating to read. The constant switch between past and present narration was confusing. The present narration left me with so maThis book was very frustrating to read. The constant switch between past and present narration was confusing. The present narration left me with so many questions, many of which were not answered until near the end of the book (but at least they were all answered-praise for Atwood for tying up all her loose ends). Oryx's character frustrated me to the very end, though. Her unusual way of thinking about her life never gelled with me. I wanted to slap her so many times and tell her to snap out of it (as I'm sure Jimmy wanted to do as well).
Oryx and Crake was definitely an interesting read, but I'm not sure I can handle the sequel. Who knows, though? I might get to it some day. ...more
I read this book in the 7th grade and LOVED it! I think it only took me a couple days to finish. It's definitely due for a reread. The plot blew me awI read this book in the 7th grade and LOVED it! I think it only took me a couple days to finish. It's definitely due for a reread. The plot blew me away, and I really admired the main character. She is such a strong female lead. Her ideas did seem a bit too mature and wise for a 12-year-old, but it wasn't that far-fetched. Some 12-year-olds really are that smart and resourceful, and you really never know all your strengths until you're put into a tough, life-or-death situation like all those kids were.
I recently reread this book for a Dystopian Literature class and I decided to change my rating from 3 stars to 4. When I first joined goodreads, it haI recently reread this book for a Dystopian Literature class and I decided to change my rating from 3 stars to 4. When I first joined goodreads, it had been a little over a year since I had read The Road when I rated it. I can understand rating it 3 stars because not a lot in this book sticks in your mind and it's easy to recall it as bland with little happening in it. However, now that it is fresh in my mind, I know that's not really true. This novel is brilliant. The impassive narrative voice is very intentional and effective. It's a quick read because the writing is simple and it is impossible to put down. There are no chapters, just many short paragraphs, so there never seems to be a safe place to stop (just as there is never a safe place for the man and the boy to stop as they are travelling to the coast). I also love the matter-of-fact narrative and dialogue in this book and the way that the man and the boy take their life in stride (sort of). It makes the horror moments of the novel that much more shocking, like an unexpected punch in the stomach....more
For the first two-thirds of this book, I was pretty sure I was going to give it a three, which is what I rated the other Atwood books I had read in thFor the first two-thirds of this book, I was pretty sure I was going to give it a three, which is what I rated the other Atwood books I had read in the past. I really love the stories she has to tell, but I don't like the way she tells them. She opens everyone of her books in an unknown place that makes you ask yourself a billion questions about what's going on. Then she very slowly reveals the answers, little by little, throughout the 300 pages or so of the book. It is so frustrating! I hate feeling lost and confused when I'm reading. It sucks the fun out of it.
Luckily, most of the more pressing questions I had about Gilead in this book were answered in the first half and I was able to really enjoy the last 100 pages or so, of which I would give 5 stars. I love how she ended it with The Historical Notes. I thought that was so creative and it made me think over the entire story of The Handmaid's Tale in a whole other way. I actually felt more connected to the narrator, which I didn't feel so much while I was actually reading her story. I don't know why I couldn't feel much for her in the beginning. Maybe I distanced myself in preparation for the horror story I knew was coming when I opened to the first page.
What made me really mad was how easy Atwood had this society come into creation. You take out the President and you take out the Congress and bing bang boom, you have a nation now ruled by a fanatic religious group and a society of oppressed women. What really ticked me off was that there was hardly a struggle among the citizens to prevent this from happening! At first, I thought that Atwood had cheated the story by writing it this way, but after some reflection I realized how plausible it all was. People can be shamefully apathetic, especially during times when we most need to stand up and fight....more