After reading a string of rather mediocre books, I was so happy to have finally picked up Cinder. I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but I really loved it....moreAfter reading a string of rather mediocre books, I was so happy to have finally picked up Cinder. I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but I really loved it. It had so many different elements I love (a touch of Asian influence, dystopia, sci-fi, fairytale retelling) and tied them together in an intriguing way. I did have most of the plot figured out within the first 100 pages, but I'd like to see where the book goes from here.
There is a lot going on in Marissa Meyer's Cinder world, and I would have loved this book even more if it had explored some of these other aspects of the world. Unfortunately, with the YA genre and limited length, there is not a lot of room to explore. I would've liked to see more on the whole entire cyborg vs. human debate and what does it mean to be human? Sadly, Cinder barely blemishes the surface of these issues but the story captivated me (maybe I'm just a sucker for fairytale retellings) so I forgive it all.(less)
They are creepy. I like to describe them as the author putting a bunch of kids into a bubble, then scre...moreI’m going to be blunt; these books aren’t good.
They are creepy. I like to describe them as the author putting a bunch of kids into a bubble, then screwing with their lives just because he can. Nothing is forbidden in the world of the FAYZ. Anything can and will happen.
The writing isn’t amazing. The characters aren’t amazing. There’s nothing amazing about it.
But for some reason, you just can’t stop reading.
I found only two things of note in this book. First off, Brianna makes a weapon out of an E-string from a cello. Cellos do not have E strings! (Minus 1000 points.) But then, later on, Lana makes a Twilight reference when talking to Sanjit. That amused me to no end. (Plus one point.) But that’s all there is of note in this book.
I will be reading the next book, but not because I want to. Maybe the Darkness is guiding me. (less)
I enjoyed Crashed while I read it, but it ended on an "ugh" note for me. I find the whole concept and debate on what it means to be a "person" or even...moreI enjoyed Crashed while I read it, but it ended on an "ugh" note for me. I find the whole concept and debate on what it means to be a "person" or even a "human" very interesting. But I felt a bit uncomfortable reading Crashed. It made me want to squirm in my seat.(less)
Genesis is one of those books you read and go, “Wow.” Because it does what good dystopian novels are supposed to do; it makes you think, makes you won...moreGenesis is one of those books you read and go, “Wow.” Because it does what good dystopian novels are supposed to do; it makes you think, makes you wonder, and shows the chilling possibility of what the future holds for us.
Genesis takes place over the span of four hours, during which the main character Anax is giving a presentation to a panel of Examiners as she attempts to enter the illustrious Academy. Anax’s presentation is on a hero of the past named Adam Forde. The whole of the novel centers around a transcript of Anax’s presentation, in which she tells us the story of Adam and what comes to pass.
There is a very philosophical spin to Genesis. It makes you think and wonder about what it means to truly live, to truly be human. What defines and determines consciousness and spirit? Genesis challenges all these ideas.
The ending adds an unexpected twist that makes the impact of the novel so much deeper. It’s chilling as everything suddenly comes to light. Genesis is a fabulous book—particularly for those who enjoy the dystopian genre—that is a worthy read.
I expected a lot from this book—I won’t lie. I liked the concept and I thought there was a lot of potential. But sadly, I Am Number Four was a bit of...moreI expected a lot from this book—I won’t lie. I liked the concept and I thought there was a lot of potential. But sadly, I Am Number Four was a bit of a disappointment. It ended stronger than it began, but only because the plot became more intriguing and less high school cliché.
From the start, the writing style threw me off. The book is written in this bizarre first person present style that lacks any sort of real style. It’s very straightforward, very flat writing. Too much telling. Then throw in some equally flat characters. Sarah and Mark and pretty much everyone else feel like they’re walking straight out of some high school cliché. All the scenarios felt too stereotypical, and don’t get me started on the Sarah-Four love story. There was no development at all. He walked into school, saw a pretty girl and BAM they were immediately in love.
The whole entire real-life-famous-people-actually-descended-from-Loric angle also felt so . . . I don’t want to say cliché again, but it was. I’m tired of that all-too-easy explanation. Give me something new.
At first, the superpowers seemed sort of silly as well, but I’m always a sucker for magical power goodness, so I liked it a bit more later on, especially once they started fighting with it. But the fight scenes in the beginning felt so pretentious. Four seemed really full of himself.
All in all, I Am Number Four was a mix of flat writing, flat characters, and a flat plot that somehow got interesting. So I’m looking forward to the next book, really. I want to see what it’s all about. I think my favorite character was probably Bernie Kosar, the dog.(less)