I found Generation V to be a very interesting urban fantasy novel. I like vampires, so finding a new take on them is always exciting, and Brennan hadI found Generation V to be a very interesting urban fantasy novel. I like vampires, so finding a new take on them is always exciting, and Brennan had some interesting twists on the biology of vampires that I found very intriguing. I liked Fort -- his determination to be something 'else' and keep his humanity, his relationships with his family, and his decision to not let Luca, the visiting vampire, hurt anyone else were all very nicely done. The secondary characters in the story were very interesting, and the extension of the paranormal world that Fort finds as the story progresses. There was a certain darkness to the story that seemed to fit the characters and world very well, too.
My only issue was that sometimes I felt like the author was trying too hard with some phrases, trying to be cute, or ironic, or to get in that twisted description, that it just didn't seem totally natural. Not that it wasn't funny, or that the observations didn't illuminate Fort's character and how he saw the world, just that it seemed a little too deliberate sometimes, too styled, for me to really enjoy that aspect of the book all the time.
I am seriously considering reading book two. There were some hanging threads to propel the series, and I would like to see what happens next in some ways, but I don't feel compelled to immediately order book two. YMMV, of course.
An interesting new take on vampires, and a neat story overall. ...more
I first read this as a teenager, but wanted to start from the beginning...and luckily, the story (mostly) held up. This is a must-read for fans of PerI first read this as a teenager, but wanted to start from the beginning...and luckily, the story (mostly) held up. This is a must-read for fans of Pern, or if you want to read about Pern. Having read lots more Pern stories over the years, it was great to go back to the beginning, really, and see what I'd forgotten.
Now, the story itself is interesting -- definitive Pern, great adventure, but definitely reflective of the fact that it started life as three short stories put together. Also, though some of the circumstances are more "adult" (nothing graphic, just references), the story is very "YA" in tone and nature. And, of course, it just ends and leaves you drooling for the next book in the series...
My only disappointment in the re-read was in seeing how McCaffrey's characterization was so limited in these stories. I've recently read another of her books and had a similar realization, so I think it may be her writing style that was so startling upon re-reading. For the tale, she's great, but I would have loved to have gotten more into Lessa's head, or seen more emotion... but that was par for the course at the time, and for the author's era.
Definitely a two thumbs up read for the world and the era from whence it came, but readers who have only experienced modern YA and space opera may find the book lacking in some aspects. (Sadly... Pern would be a series I would suggest to any sf reader!)...more
Great story! I loved the humor and the depth of the story. It definitely deserves the kudos it's earned since release. Some may find themselves intimiGreat story! I loved the humor and the depth of the story. It definitely deserves the kudos it's earned since release. Some may find themselves intimidated by the cast of beauty pageant contestants, but the author quickly separates each girl in the reader's head, and confusion isn't a problem. (Though the scenes jump from one character to another abruptly sometimes.) Definitely recommended for those who like girl-focused YA, and a nice, lighthearted alternative to a lot of the weightier releases I've been looking at lately. ...more
Loved this story! It was active, and romantic, and very visceral. The romance was the best part of course, between a wounded hero and equally woundedLoved this story! It was active, and romantic, and very visceral. The romance was the best part of course, between a wounded hero and equally wounded heroine, but the fantasy plot, the world building and the characters that Andrews peopled the book with guaranteed it was a speedy, and very enjoyable, read. I liked the first book in this series, and really enjoyed this story, and can't wait to read the next! Oh, if you're a romance reader, or like fantasy with romance, this might be the book for you. And, though having read the first would probably enhance your enjoyment of this story, I don't think it would be strictly necessary for understanding....more