So after falling in love with Matt Fraction's Hawkeye, I was on the lookout for another Marvel NOW! to fall in love with. Then I found out the librarySo after falling in love with Matt Fraction's Hawkeye, I was on the lookout for another Marvel NOW! to fall in love with. Then I found out the library had this beauty. It's kinda the perfect sampler of what Marvel is putting out there right now. And now I'm finishing it with a list of new comics to look into....more
I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as The Delta Anomaly, but it was still enjoyable in its own way. I always have fun with prequels. It was especiI didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as The Delta Anomaly, but it was still enjoyable in its own way. I always have fun with prequels. It was especially nice to get some insight on how Spock and Uhura might've hooked up.
I did have one problem, however: there seemed to be an odd emphasis on gender roles scattered throughout the book, especially revolving around Kirk and his love interest. Comments about Lynne being a "modern woman" and Kirk not doing the "gentlemanly" thing, etc. Nothing major just little things that made me hope like hell that the same gender hangups we have today don't exist so far into a future that's apparently able to eradicate poverty but not get rid of basic sexism. *sigh*...more
So I'm a little torn on how I feel about this book. I didn't hate it, but I kept feeling like it should've been something more and it just…wasn't.
I liSo I'm a little torn on how I feel about this book. I didn't hate it, but I kept feeling like it should've been something more and it just…wasn't.
I liked most of the characters but I felt like there was some sort of weird inconsistency going on. Nothing I can really put my finger on, just something that made it hard for me to narrow down character traits. And even though we followed Thomas around, I don't feel like we ever really got to know Thomas. And Teresa just felt forced. I would've rather there not been any female characters at all if what we got was her. There was something too Mary Sue-ish about her. And the whole telepathy thing just made me go :-/ She wasn't around enough to really develop into anything. (view spoiler)[(Also, do we need to talk about how f-ed up it is that the only kids with above-average intelligence are apparently boys? I'm just gonna hope that Group B referenced is a group composed entirely of brilliant girls.) (hide spoiler)]
I really only read this book because an actor I enjoy is going to be in the movie adaptation. I think this might be one of those rare occasions where the movie could actually be better than the book. We'll see how that turns out.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I don't always pick up movie novelizations because a good chunk of the time they're just word-for-word what you see in the movie. But I really enjoyedI don't always pick up movie novelizations because a good chunk of the time they're just word-for-word what you see in the movie. But I really enjoyed this one...maybe even more than the movie itself. It seemed like there was a fair amount of dialogue in the book that didn't happen in the film anywhere and I can't help but wonder how much better the film would have been if those instances were included (and I thought the film was pretty awesome to begin with). One of the better novelizations I've read in a long time, I definitely feel like reading the novelization to the first reboot film now....more
I really enjoyed this book; it's probably one of the best tie-in novels I've read in any fandom. The characterizations were great. The plot was intrigI really enjoyed this book; it's probably one of the best tie-in novels I've read in any fandom. The characterizations were great. The plot was intriguing without being overly complicated. And I love the look at Starfleet training. Definitely everything I look for when I reach for a tie-in. I look forward to reading the other books in this series (especially the other one written by Barba)....more
I wish we could give partial stars because I'd probably actually give this one a 3.7. I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Blood Oath, but it was stI wish we could give partial stars because I'd probably actually give this one a 3.7. I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Blood Oath, but it was still a good read. I'm still enjoying the dynamic of Zach and Cade and Farnsworth succeeded in making me feel more for Tania. I actually look forward to seeing her in future books now.
My one complaint: I could've done with fewer instances of the random "outsider" POVs. One or two can add to a story, but I feel like there were just a few too many in this book. I found myself skipping over the last few because I just didn't care. For one, you can pretty much bet the random character that has no other part in the book is going to die. And by the middle of the book, it's pretty much already been explained how and/or by what people are being killed so the "on-screen" deaths really serve no purpose in furthering the plot. So basically they just turn into filler-paragraphs that are quite easily skipped over. (And, honestly, I just want to know what Zach and Cade are up to.)...more
This book gives me feels. [Beware that this "review" is being written under the influence of cold medication and will likely be incoherent.] I wasn'tThis book gives me feels. [Beware that this "review" is being written under the influence of cold medication and will likely be incoherent.] I wasn't all that drawn in by the actual romantic storyline...but the meaning attached to it, the need for the main character to belong was definitely well-presented and easy to identify with.
I was initially drawn to the book by the concept of a main character that is genderless, raceless, essentially everything-less. And though the social scientist in me can recognize brief moments of author bias, A is an amazing attempt at a fluid character that still manages a consistent personality (as consistent as any teenager's personality, anyway).
The character development in A is interesting. At first, A doesn't really judge the people ze wakes up in. They're just people and ze is just a guest. But as the story progresses and A becomes more aware of the fact that ze cannot be with Rhiannon in the way ze wants, ze becomes slightly more critical of the people ze inhabits. Still, most of the judgement is reserved for those people A observes as not taking care of themselves (perhaps out of bitterness that ze does not have a body of zir own and these people are taking their own for granted?). For the most part, A maintains the "live and let live" sort of philosophy and only in the most extreme of cases does ze step in to significantly alter their lives.
Basically, I like a lot of this book. The fact that the main character is in a different body every day keeps the book moving at a good pace without providing an opportunity for stagnation. Despite being genderless/raceless/etc, Levithan creates in A a character that isn't hard to identify with and universal in zir desire to belong. It works particularly well as a YA book, though I think the main theme of belonging can resonate with older readers as well (it definitely worked on someone in their mid-20s)....more