Poignant, thought-provoking, and intense... these are the words I would use to describe this novel. Leonard Peacock is a troubled teenager who is depr...morePoignant, thought-provoking, and intense... these are the words I would use to describe this novel. Leonard Peacock is a troubled teenager who is depressed and can't fathom his life getting any better. His only hope is escaping from it all, and he believes that his grandfather's P-38 is the solution. Matthew Quick has a way delving into the life of this morose teenager in a realistic and powerful way.
Though at times it was a bit difficult to read, I think this is because this novel forces you to think, and to feel for the character and his situation. Finally, as a high school teacher, I found it particularly difficult as I kept thinking about various students who might be struggling just as Leonard is.
First things first, I REALLY loved Unwind. I liked it so much that upon finishing it, I went back and started reading it again, and it left me just as...moreFirst things first, I REALLY loved Unwind. I liked it so much that upon finishing it, I went back and started reading it again, and it left me just as mesmerized as the first time. It had so much going for it, and even though I was a bit surprised to learn that a sequel had been written, I had high hopes for UnWholly.
UnWholly was a good book. It had some interesting twists, it introduced some new characters, all while bringing back those we came to love so much. The story evolved, and we got a glimpse into what caused the unwinding orders, as well the history behind the Heartland war.
It was a good book, but it wasn't a great book like Unwind was. If this had been a standalone novel, I don't think I would have kept reading until the end. In many ways, I kept reading BECAUSE I love Lev, Risa, and Connor, and not because of the strength of the plot. I kept reading because I loved the first novel so much, that I kept hoping that the sequel would live up to its predecessor, and unfortunately, for me it didn't.
Now that this has become a trilogy, I can't help feeling that UnWholly suffers from a bit of middle book syndrome. And if that's the case, I hope that the final book, UnSouled, will bring back some of the magic.
Fast-paced and action driven, this dystopian novel about a boy named Sam who after hacking into a top electronics company finds himself in the midst o...moreFast-paced and action driven, this dystopian novel about a boy named Sam who after hacking into a top electronics company finds himself in the midst of a cyber-attack, was a good beach read. Among the things I liked: the pace of the story, the concept, and the reveal of the so-called villain. Things I didn't like: the character development was rather weak (in favour of action), the technological elements though interesting were overdone and too jargon heavy, and very few female protagonists. (less)
The thing I liked best about this book was its multimedia approach. I loved the incorporation of vintage (and sometimes creepy) photographs into the s...moreThe thing I liked best about this book was its multimedia approach. I loved the incorporation of vintage (and sometimes creepy) photographs into the story. They really added an interesting element. That being said, I sometimes felt that the photographs were the most interesting thing about the story, and that the storyline itself was secondary. This is sad because it had a lot of potential... it just sadly never lived up to my expectations. (less)
Graceling was awesome, Fire was great, but Bitterblue is just on a whole other level of amazing-ness! And yes, I sat there for 5 minutes trying to thi...moreGraceling was awesome, Fire was great, but Bitterblue is just on a whole other level of amazing-ness! And yes, I sat there for 5 minutes trying to think of a way to express just how amazing it was, and that's the best I came up with!
Anyone who has read Graceling knows that Bitterblue's story is one of strength and determination, and was begging to be told. I wasn't disappointed! The writing was wonderful, and the story was full of intrigue, tension, and betrayals. It was a bit slow-moving at the very beginning, but as someone who read the previous books quite some time ago, I appreciated this time to get re-acquainted with the characters, the setting, and how much has changed since we last saw them in Graceling.
Much more reflective than the previous books, I loved how the focus wasn't necessarily on battles and quests, but instead focused on uncovering the truths behind Leck's legacy in Monsea, and on Bitterblue learning how to become the queen she was destined to be. With so many of our favourite characters in for the ride, good pacing, and lots of little surprises, I love how this books brings everything together, yet still leaves us wanting more.
Brilliant and amazing, it's definitely worth reading!