The Gone series is the type of series that has you marking down your calendars waiting for the next installment. Both Hunger, and its predecessor, GonThe Gone series is the type of series that has you marking down your calendars waiting for the next installment. Both Hunger, and its predecessor, Gone were gripping and fantastic. Hunger, while darker than Gone, really dove into deeper topics. The cast of the series is diverse in its variety, and you are free to pick your favorites. The dialogue, while nothing fantastic, is realistic and easy. Same as the writing. Yes, the writing has some grammatical mistakes and is far from lyrical, but it serves its purpose. Great book that I recommend to all....more
This book is one of the most thrilling and addictive books I've ever read! The incredibly paced plot and the abundant twists and turns made it nearlyThis book is one of the most thrilling and addictive books I've ever read! The incredibly paced plot and the abundant twists and turns made it nearly impossible to put down. Don't be intimidated by the length, it reads very quickly, and you'll be wishing for more by the end. I do have a couple complaints though, that I'm willing to ignore in order to give this book 5 stars. The characters are all very young, so don't expect the most challenging dialogue, and don't expect closure at all from the ending. The novel was also unexpectedly thought provoking. You'll ask yourself many questions, such as "what side would I be on?" "what role would I play?", and the best question, "what superpower would I get?" I vastly recommend this novel to all, and I hope you'll read it. ...more
Not the best Jodi Picoult book I ever read, but definitely worth reading. It sometimes got a little boring, and it seemed to drag on a bit. But the plNot the best Jodi Picoult book I ever read, but definitely worth reading. It sometimes got a little boring, and it seemed to drag on a bit. But the plot and the rest of the story was fantastic and quite applicable to modern society. ...more
This was just a Jodi Picoult novel, no better and no worse than any other of her novels. The plot was intricate and detailed, and it was beautifully wThis was just a Jodi Picoult novel, no better and no worse than any other of her novels. The plot was intricate and detailed, and it was beautifully written like always.
Going into this book, I was only slightly familar with the tale which it is based on. I had only encountered it previously in the novel Birdwing, whicGoing into this book, I was only slightly familar with the tale which it is based on. I had only encountered it previously in the novel Birdwing, which I completely recommend. Although I won't compare the two to each other, as they take the tale in completely different directions.
I, for one, loved this book. From the first chapter I was hooked, and would have read it one sitting, but I had other work to do. The narrative is engrossing and beautiful. I loved how everything was described, and how in depth the characters were. Every character was distinguishable and bursted with their own personality. You would think six brothers would be hard to keep straight, but it was very easy. The story, though at times slow-paced, was magically told. I loved every minute of it, although I know people who were put off by the one scene in which the narrator was raped. The narrator herself was nice enough, but was sometimes too nice. I swear this girl is a saint, and I sometimes would roll my eyes at her unbreakable goodness. She did not end up with I guy I expected, which is always a nice surprise. I loved this book, and even though I know there are sequels, I think this would be a great stand-alone. ...more
Holy crap is this a novel! Its literary, compelling, and truthful. This is no ordinary mystery, we know who the killer is on the first page. Instead,Holy crap is this a novel! Its literary, compelling, and truthful. This is no ordinary mystery, we know who the killer is on the first page. Instead, its the unfolding of the story, a character study, thats makes this complex novel so engaging. ...more
I've only heard good things about the trilogy and I've gotten the impression that it was a must for fantasy lovers.
Here's the summary: "Sabriel, daugI've only heard good things about the trilogy and I've gotten the impression that it was a must for fantasy lovers.
Here's the summary: "Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead."
Nah. I wasn't impressed. At the most, it was okay. I just couldn't get into it. I would find myself unconciously skimming it before reminding myself that I was supposed to be paying attention. I guess the fantasy was unique, but it was hard for me to picture. Despite it being action-packed, the overall plot progression was slow. I could easily put it down without being compelled to pick it up again. The prose served it's purpose but wasn't particularly well-done. I was also never really sure what Sabriel's goal was or who the bad guys were. By far my least favorite part of the book was the characters. All the characters, including the MC, weren't granted even the thinnest wisps of personality. They were simply names of the page, used as plot devices. I never felt any connection to them at all. Sabriel was the "perfect" character. She didn't have any flaws and did everything without the slightest bit of difficulty. Perhaps if Nix had made the book in first person POV it would be more compelling. The "romance" between Touchstone and Sabriel made me gag. Don't make me mention the talking cat...
Anyway, do I recommend it? No. Will I read the sequels? Possibly.
P.S. My little cousin Michaela wants me to say that the girl on the cover looks like Michael Jackson. ...more
I have to admit that I was very reluctant to read this book. It's been on my to-read list since it came out, and I would repeatedly pass it by in theI have to admit that I was very reluctant to read this book. It's been on my to-read list since it came out, and I would repeatedly pass it by in the library. Eventually, it stared me down and I was forced to check it out. The reason I kept putting it off was because I didn't particularly enjoy the first one. Yes, I appreciated its artsiness, but it was very long and quite boring.
In this installment, we follow Octavian as he runs away once again, but this time with his tutor Dr. Trefusis. Instead of joining up with the rebels, he becomes a soldier in Lord Dunmore's Ethiopian Regiment with the promise of his freedom.
I can honestly say this novel surprised me. I was expecting this novel to be even more dull than the first one since it was even longer. Instead, I ate it up. I think its because I actually got it this time. Perhaps I didn't like the first one because I was distracted and couldn't get into it. This time I realized the humor and was genuinely invested in Octavian's journey. It was funny, tragic, and philosophical. Nothing was sugar-coated, and sometimes the writing was brutal. The writing, tedious in the first book, was fully appreciated here. The 18th century style fitted the story and time period perfectly. Octavian grew up in this book. He really loosened up in this one and was finally showing some emotions.
Also, through out this whole book, it reminded me of something else I read. I couldn't put my finger on it until I saw the title in another person's review. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. They were alike in the sense of style: both were written in 18th century style, and featured letters as a technique. And the plot was alike too when I think about it. Octavian and Frankenstein's monster are both elegant experiments searching for their place in the world. I have to say I did enjoy this book more though, so if you hated Frankenstein feel free to read this one.
I whole-heartedly recommend this novel. It is a very unique young adult book and a must for historical fiction fans looking for a challenge. It is in no way an easy read, for both the prose and material is difficult. I felt like I needed a dictionary a majority of the time. Whether you liked or disliked the first one, give this second installment a shot. ...more
I am a little bit sad. For the past two weeks, my life (well, my book life) has been revolved around reading this series. I re-read the thrill rides wI am a little bit sad. For the past two weeks, my life (well, my book life) has been revolved around reading this series. I re-read the thrill rides which are Gone and Hunger-- then it was time for the main event, the newest installment in the Gone series. Lies.
I have to say it wasn't my favorite in the series. The flaws I had previously brushed aside in the first too became so blatant in this one that I couldn't ignore them. Don't get me wrong- it was still fantastic and I enjoyed it immensely, but it just wasn't my favorite.
The first disappointment was the length. Hunger was a monster, but this one was like it's runty cousin. I was confused about that. Usually books get longer as the plot thickens, and I didn't see why that wasn't the case for this installment. I mean, it was certianly possible to make it longer. There were plenty of loose ends and point that could have been ellaborated on. Perhaps he wanted to leave that to the next book (Plague!!). Also, maybe the fact that the time period for this one was shorter (only a few days as opposed to a couple weeks) had something to do it.
All the characters were great though. They become darker, more complex. Gone (yay for puns!) are the innocent children. Now they are intense. Every person to the smallest tot carries a weapon. Everyone is looking out for themselves, most concerned only about getting food. They aren't hesitant to kill, either, or do what they have to to stay alive. And yes, everyone lies. Big manipulative lies that are the reason for the title. Everyone is changed though, for the worse or for the better. We are also introduced to some new characters, which makes up for the loss of some of the old ones (kinda). I really think Michael Grant is accurate is portraying the desperation these kids would have.
The writing was meh. I mean, it was never amazing to begin with, but in this book it got worse. I think he should get a new editor. Many typos and things that didn't add up to previous infromation given in the previous books. Sam said Caine and him where half brothers, when they are twins. Dekka said she loved Brianna from first sight, where in Hunger, she said she fell in love with Brianna when they were imprisoned. And where did Astrid's powers go? After the first book, they are never mentioned again.
The plot was kinda jumpy. I really love how he tries to get everyone's point of view in, but it didn't pull together that nicely. It was very character driven, and there was less sci-fi (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). It was also more slow-paced than the previous two.
Overall, I still really enjoyed it. This is one of my favorite series. It's thrilling and thought-provoking and dark. All the things I didn't quite like about Lies, I shall attribute it to being a middle book in the series. I am very excited for Plague and cannot believe the release date is an entire year away! Fortunately, Michael did some foreshadowing, which leaves me with great material for speculation.
And does anyone mind telling who the kids on the back cover are supposed to be? I'm guessing Brittney and Drake, but I'm not sure. ...more
I decided to read this book based off a Sparknotes recommendation. I've always been interested in Ancient Rome and historical-fiction, and this seemedI decided to read this book based off a Sparknotes recommendation. I've always been interested in Ancient Rome and historical-fiction, and this seemed to be a perfect combination.
This classic account by Robert Graves takes the form of Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus's autobiography. Claudius is dismissed as a lame simpleton since his birth. Surprisingly, this is why Claudius manages to survive the murders and betrayals that surround him during the reign of three emperors, only to become emperor himself.
This is a good book. I realize that and repsect that. It just wasn't for me. The endless lists of characters were confusing, and their relationships to each other were very difficult to keep track of. Since there were so many characters, none of them were very much developed. The whole thing just seemed a little impersonal. My favorite parts were when Claudius actually had a conversation with people instead of just describing distant wars.
I did like the humor that was sprinkled in, and some of the characters were delightfully evil (I love you, Livia!). I read this very slowly, only reading around 60 pages a day. I think I absorbed it better that way. I wonder how accurate Graves was. I won't be checking out the sequel to this book, but I'm gonna get the miniseries on Netflix and see if I like it. ...more
I read this one after taking a small break from Jodi Picoult. Her books, no matter what order I read them in, just seemed to get progressively worse.I read this one after taking a small break from Jodi Picoult. Her books, no matter what order I read them in, just seemed to get progressively worse. But still, I began this one with a smile.
I wasn't exactly impressed. It was just a book. Not tremendously horrible enough for me to rant about, and not incredibly fantastic enough for me to rave about.
I just found the whole thing kind of anticlimatic. I get waiting for Jodi's trademark twist....but nothing. Did I miss it? Was it not even big enough for me to qualify a twist or was it simply not there?
I just think that she honestly didn't know how to explain Faith, so she just left it hanging. No conclusive endings here. Just unanswered questions. The more righteous among you might say "well, life has unanswered questions, so I suppose she was just being realistic." Well BOO. This is fiction, damnit! Make up some new fancy I-See-God disease if you have to!
It would have been something different if I liked the characters more. Mariah was a twit and Colin was a tool. The grandma was spunky, but a little stereoptypical. Even though Faith was supposedly the entire reason for the novel, I felt distant from her. One thing I can't understand is why Mariah was chosen as first person POV, and nobody else was. It would just make more sense to me if Faith was in first person if anyone was. Oh,and the relationshop between Ian and Mariah...Can you say sappy? I can. Sap sap SAPPY
But the writing was good like always. Picoult sure knows how to make a sentence. Even though there was less "OMG. This quote is so good! So true! So powerful!" this time around.
I shall conclude this review by saying I did not particularly enjoy this book, but it did provide distraction and allowed me to procrastinate my studying further. ...more
I'm a sucker for historical-fiction so when I saw this book at the library it looked like candy.
An orphan, Eliza Sommers is raised in the Chilean houI'm a sucker for historical-fiction so when I saw this book at the library it looked like candy.
An orphan, Eliza Sommers is raised in the Chilean house of a Victorian spinster, Miss Rose, and her rigid brother, Jeremy. At the age of 16, Eliza falls for dirt-poor Joaquin Andieta, a clerk for her uncle Jeremy. In the year of 1849, Joaquin decides to search for his fortune in the Californian gold mines, and Eliza, pregnant with his child, follows him.
This book was slow-going for me. The writing was good, but I would have loved to read this book in its original language. The beginning was rather dull, but did get progressively better when Eliza finally arrives in California. Each character has a detailed back-story and their own share of vices. My favorite aspect of the book, being a romantic, was the relationship between Eliza and Tao Chi'en, and I wished that was the main focus of the book. The book could become a bit tedious, at times appearing to be a documentary of California during the Gold Rush. I also felt Allende was a little preoccupied with prostitutes. She tried to account for every single hooker that set foot on California soil. But still, the only part that really pissed me off was the last page. It was just so abrupt, letting the reader, in this case me, to make their own happily ever afters. I HATE THAT. I spent this whole book waiting for the thing that Allende kept hinting at to happen, but then I get nothing. It was just so frustrating. This book got three instead of four stars because of it. ...more
This book was offered to me free online, and it looked interesting. I've always found slave stories intriguing, if not frightening.
This one follows 14This book was offered to me free online, and it looked interesting. I've always found slave stories intriguing, if not frightening.
This one follows 14 yr old Ayanna, or Sarah, or Anna (whatever her name is), who has been enslaved since the age of four, on her quest for freedom. So she runs away and settles in a little town, where she sets out to be a teacher.
As you can tell from my rating, I didn't much like this book. I just despised the writing. I couldn't read more than a paragraph without the horrible writing yanking me out of the story. I don't know exactly what I detested. Just somethings about it was some clumsy and the overused adjectives were misplaced. There were too many anachronisms to count. I didn't like the narrator at all. She was stubbornly naive, but the author tried to make her perfect and it just wasn't working. The other characters were bland. Despite the authors extensive research, it just wasn't realistic enough.
It's been done better before, and I'm afraid I can't recommend this one. I really tried to like this one. I read ths book for a month and only got halfwaay through. I couldn't take anymore. ...more
Four or five? FOUR OR FIVE? FOUR OR FIVE? Let's see how I'm feeling by the end of the review.
Okay, this book kinda takes place where the last one lefFour or five? FOUR OR FIVE? FOUR OR FIVE? Let's see how I'm feeling by the end of the review.
Okay, this book kinda takes place where the last one left off. Give or take twenty to thirty years. Instead of the lovely Mary, the narrator this time is Mary's daughter, Gabry. Now, I understand most of you are like "OMG, who's the father?" I know I was. But I can't say for threat of being flagged as a spoiler.
Anyway, Gabry has a very different upbringing from her mother. She lives in a lighthouse on the outskirts of a little town called Vista. She has a best friend and a crush on her best friend's brother. But most of all, she grows up safe and secure, without all that moaning in the background. But then, of course, it all goes wrong......dun dun DUN. Gabry and her friends take a little midnight hike over the Barrier and zombie hell breaks loose. The night ends with death, betrayals, and with half of her generation gone or imprisoned, life will never be the same for poor, sweet Gabry.
I have to say, this was a hell of a sequel. I thought it was actually much better than The Forest of Hands and Teeth aaaaaand all my questions were answered (well, about 88%). There were even some guest appearances and moments when I felt smarter than the narrator because I knew what something was and she didn't. What more can I gall ask for?
The writing was very much the same. It was beautiful in places, mostly sad, but hope shined through. I managed to read this in a period of 24 hours, which is no small feat when you have school and homework and yada yada yada. My point is that it's compelling and unputdownable (which is officially a word).
The world that Ryan sets up is just incredible, honestly. I find it completely convincing. It's mysterious and dark and scary. Just normal life with fewer good parts....and it has zombies.
I found Gabry more likable than her predecessor, but I don't feel fair comparing the two because they have totally different personalities.
Once again, the weakest part for me was the love triangle. I'm sick of those things. I always choose the wrong guy, then have a grudge against the author for having different taste in men. But this time I think I routing for the right guy.....I think. I have to wait and see if he dies first. Even though Gabry bounced back and forth between the two contestants, she never seemed ho-ish. Just confused.
But once again I could never tell if the couple was kissing. Does that make me weird, or does anyone else have that problem with these books? I don't know, there would be pages of getting close and comfy with one of her man-friends then they would get pissed or something, storm off, and Gabry would try to relive their "almost-kiss". And I would be like "Man, I though for SURE they were lipsmacking that time!"
Overall, I really liked this book. And if you want this book to be a stand-alone, go ahead. This book could do well without it's predecessor, although it's cliffhanger ending may be too much for someone with poor will power (aka me). I recommend this book to everyone, except those who like fairy-tale endings, "perfect" narrators, or can't handle flesh-eating corpses.
Oh, Lord. There is really no reason for anyone to read the following review. It's not a review at all really, but rather brain vomit, because I so so
Oh, Lord. There is really no reason for anyone to read the following review. It's not a review at all really, but rather brain vomit, because I so so need to purge myself of this book. And I shall do so with spoilers, cursing, and RANDOMLY CAPITALIZED SENTENCES. So there ya go. Don't say I didn't warn ya.
I have never been in love with Vampire Academy. No book in the series has ever warranted more than four stars on my part, and I haven't bought any of them, either forcing my brother to buy it ("I'll promise to pay you back!" Not) or borrowing them from the library. If I had enjoyed this series more overall, as many of my friends did, perhaps I would have been less frustrated with this book. I always saw this series had potential, but instead Mead pulled a Meyer and epically failed.
Shouldn't a series improve as it progresses and not make me want to cry anger tears? My forehead hurts from all the headdesking and facepalming I did. I'm not even kidding. I look like John Green did after he failed to follow proper headdesk safety regulations (Only he could fail at expressing disdain for failure). Anyway, my face hurts, I'm a little dizzy, and I've been stuck trying to finish this book for a week now and its all Richelle Mead's fault. That's damn right. I'm a victim.
In the first VA book, I thought Rose Hathaway was a little immature, but refreshing because she could take care herself when most YA heroines can't even tie their own goddamn shoes without complaining. But in the end, she turned out just like the rest of them: self-absorbed and as annoying as hell. This isn't passive dislike either. I actively hate her. Over the course of the novel I have called her every name in the book, and I am one bit of "Rose-logic" away from tearing apart this novel with my teeth. Rose is just insufferable. She very well might be the most FRIGGIN ANNOYING PERSON IN EXISTENCE. Hey, Rose, ever hear of a little thing called "humility"? Oh, I'm sorry, is it not badass enough for you? Does it undermine your awesome hero epicness? I guess so.
Rose needs to get frickin over herself. God, even the writing was pompous, using phrases like "clearly" and "obviously" like a four year old uses lip-gloss. She is completely self-absorbed and condescending towards others, looking down on those who didn't meet her standards of badassery. And seeming as everyone except Dimitri and herself failed to meet this standard, she was looked down upon people a lot. OMG. If I have to hear one more word about her super-special guardian abilities, I shall shoot a leprechaun in the nads. No, no, no. She couldn't just watch and participate in a conversation like mortal beings. She had use her guardian training which would scour facial expressions and hidden movements, picking up details that us weak and untrained humans would miss, pointing out the obvious as if she just won the Nobel Peace Prize. Nothing could ever just happen with her. It had to be action-y in some way. She didn't think, ideas "hit her". Everything was done "without a moment's hesitation" and with force. It was just obnoxious. I could go on and on, really, about all the sentence that annoyed me on every page, but I have feeling this review is already tedious.
In this book, Rose is kind of like a less-awesome version of Leeroy Jenkins without the chicken. In real life, Rose, people will not just succumb to your awry plans then pat you on the head afterwards for your impulsivity after everything has gone annoyingly right. In real life, dragons kill you.
Rose just has no consideration for others. She always thinks her way is the best. Forget the lives she ruins along the way, she's "putting them first" and isn't that what matters most? Hardy har har. Tell that to Jill (who you didn't even ask) and Christian (who you didn't even consult with). You didn't mind hurting them, did ya, Rose, as long as you had your dramatic reveal? BTW, who the hell let her near a microphone again? Come here so I can punch you.
Back at the court, I felt like everyone was the Mystery Gang, except without the banging van and Scooby-Doo. What is the Mystery Gang without Scooby-Doo? A bunch of tools, thats what. They had no personalities of their own, just working as pawns in Mead's little game. Even my poor, sweet Adrian was glossed over.
Do. Not. Get. Me. Started. On. Adrian. God, Rose is SUCH A BITCH. *rude gesture rude gesture rude gesture*
Dimitri, you turned out to be a real prick, ya know that? I've never really liked you but now I really don't like you. Lissa, aren't you just the perfect little queen? *gags on bile* All the rest of the characters aren't really important enough to discuss individually.
Oh, and I'm also really pissed at what Mead did to Tasha. First she makes a character who not only has a social stigma but also a physical deformity, makes her out into this crazed activist, and then turns her into this petty character who kills to get her guy. Bad form, Mead. Bad form.
Another thing I found annoying was the constant back-and-forth between Rose and the court. Not only does the "bond" being such a blatant plot device really bother me, but it seemed Rose would be in Lissa's head for hours. Hours! Doesn't Rose being like the ADHD's five-year-old that she is, get a little tired of that? I know this book was mostly stalling, but she seemed to waste a lot of time.
There are many and plenty of other things I hate about this book, but I am done typing. Overall, I hated it. I will not be reading Mead's next series, Bloodlines, for she is clearly only looking for money at this point, as evidenced by her unoriginal prose, glaring typos (it is "though" not "thought"), and tacky loose ends. I am just so annoyed. In the end, Rose got everything she wanted, unscathed.
One more thing. The cover? Total porn star look. Every person I asked agreed with me. I was embarrassed to be seen reading this due to the sucky content, melodramatic title, and Miss Pouty Lips. ...more
Note to self: Never start a Rick Riordan book the eve of the due date of a big project. It will end with a half-ass poster board and disapproving lookNote to self: Never start a Rick Riordan book the eve of the due date of a big project. It will end with a half-ass poster board and disapproving looks from my Spanish teacher.
So, I couldn't flippin' put this book down. I even read it during dinner and blew off prime-time TV! When I had to put it down for something trivial like, IDK, school, I spent the whole time day-dreaming about it, and eagerly waiting for the moment when I could immerse myself in it again. Rick Riordan's world is just completely absorbing.
Now, if you haven't noticed, I gave this book four stars. I had reasons for the point deduction. First off, although this book was awesome, Percy was awesomer. Some things about The Lost Hero bothered me. For instance, I wasn't a fan of the multiple third-person POVs. Usually, I don't mind them, but I would much rather have this novel focus on one hero and tell the story from their perspective, like in the Percy Jackson books. I didn't feel quite as connected to the characters as I had previously, and it didn't have the same humor or charm. The character development was slightly lacking, I think sacrificed for the sake of the break-neck pace. Jason, one of the three main characters, was very dull. I didn't find him interesting in the least. I liked Piper and Leo, though, they had slightly more personality, but reminded me a little too much of Annabeth and Grover. Also, it annoyed me how many times the fact was repeated that Percy was Annabeth's boyfriend. Every time Percy's name would come up someone would go "Annabeth's boyfriend?". It was just annoying. Especially since it just renewed my pain over Percy's absence.
But I still loved this book. Every time an old character would come up I would give a little squeal, although the one character I was REALLY HOPING FOR never showed up. I just can't believe how big a tease Rick is. I waited for five fricking years to see Annabeth and Percy together and then HE'S NOT HERE. HUGUAHGJABB;UBGUBUGBJ!!!!!!
And did anyone else find this book super-predictable? I found the ending just kind of like "Well, duuuh".
Overall, The Son of Neptune is much too far a wait away!!! Come here nooooooow!
Oh, one more thing........*spoiler*
IF PERCY FALLS FOR ANOTHER GIRL AT THE ROMAN CAMP I WILL CASTRATE HIM. I AM SOOO NOT KIDDING. ...more
This book was beautiful. No, not in the writing, in the presentation. I lovvvvve pictures. I would stare at the illustrations, and kept turning back tThis book was beautiful. No, not in the writing, in the presentation. I lovvvvve pictures. I would stare at the illustrations, and kept turning back to look at the map inside the cover. Even the pages were nice and snow white- especially rare since I got this book at the library. Presentation wise, I give this book an A. However, things aren't that simple.
I like steampunk. It fascinates me, and if not for my extreme dislike for the feel of metal, I would love to live in a steampunk setting. Leviathan is no normal steampunk. It contains fabulous fabricated creatures right out of man's imagination. Messenger lizards, floating giant jellyfish, six-legged hydrogen sniffing dogs, and best of all- a humungous flying whale. That's right.
Scott Westerfeld's imagination will never cease to amaze me.
Then there is the more traditional eight-legged walkers and zepplins, you know the usual. These machines are created by the Clankers-Germany and Austria-Hungary, enemy of the Darwsinists- England and France. Both sides have reasons to distrust each other. The Clankers find the fabricated creatures unGodly and the Darwinists don't believe in the reliance on machines. Then World War I happens, and that's where the story starts.
Aleksander is a prince from Austria Hungary and is on the run from the people responsible for the murder of his parents. Deryn Sharp is a girl disguised as a soldier aboard the Leviathan (the aforementioned flying whale). Of course these two main characters are very different, but there is no story unless fate drags them together.
Then some action happens and the story ends openly for a sequel. I was a bit annoyed with that actually. I knew it was going to be a series, I just didn't expect such a cliffhanger. As for the action- there was plenty of it. It was confusing truthfully, and I would have been completley lost if not for the nifty illustrations.
While I preferred Alek as a character, Deryn's story was much more interesting. Both characters, however, where written very young. I couldn't picture them as 15 year olds, but rather as pre-teens around the age of 12. That just seemed to fit their actions better and it suited the middle-school level writing. For being actioned filled, it went slow for me. I just couldn't get the motivation to read it.
If you are expecting romance (as I was), prepare to be disappointed. There was hints of it, of course, but Alek doesn't even Deryn is a girl by the end. I have a feeling any romance in this book will be drawn out verrrrrry slowly.
Overall, its not what I expected. It was an adventure novel for middle-school boys essentially. The pictures were my favorite part. As was the concept of a flying whale with people walking around in it (kinda biblical, ain't it?).
I will most likely read the sequel and have only one demand....
Ever since their mother died, Carter and Sadie Kane haven't exactly been close. Carter travels the world with their Egyptologist father, while Sadie lEver since their mother died, Carter and Sadie Kane haven't exactly been close. Carter travels the world with their Egyptologist father, while Sadie lives with their grandparents in London. On Christmas Eve, one of the few days a year all three of them are together, their father brings them to the British Museum for "a research experiment". The end result is a blown-up Rosetta Stone, a released evil Egyptian god, their father banished to who-knows-where, and the kids are on the run for their lives. Over the next couple days, Carter and Sadie discover they are magicians from a powerful family descending from Egyptian pharaohs, able to host gods and do powerful deeds. Soon, Carter and Sadie are on a mission to get their father back, while dealing with manipulative gods and uncovering deep family secrets.
I love Rick Riordan. Well, I love Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and when I first heard of this series, I thought it was going to be exactly like that. While there were similarities, The Red Pyramid never obtained that spark that set Percy Jackson on fire (not literally). The Red Pyramid was good, but a bit disappointing if you were expecting something as good as Percy Jackson.
Both Carter and Sadie narrated this novel, in the form of telling their story for a recording. They would take turns every couple of chapters, sometimes interrupting each other and bickering. This was very Lemony Snicket like for some reason, and I enjoyed. After a while though, I found it hard to distinguish Carter and Sadie's voices. Towards the beginning, it was a bit easier because Sadie sounded girly and British, and Carter sounded shy and unsure. But as the story went on, their voices blended together and I am thankful that it had the name of the person narrating at the top of the page.
I also found the book a bit long and the plot too repetitive. I felt the story could have been significantly condensed. Was it really that necessary to have so many moments where the kids get cornered by a god, they battle for a while, someone finally manages some big magic in order for them to escape, while someone gets left behind only to resurface later? I did appreciate, though, some of the more ridiculous elements in the story that added some humor. Like when Carter and Sadie turn a goddess into a cow by gorging her with salsa, tricking her into thinking its blood. Who can possibly come up with something like that? Rick Riordan can.
I'm not sure if I like the mythology of the Egyptian gods. While I do like learning it, I'm don't know how much of it is actually fact based, and how much Riordan is making up. The mythology just seems too confusing. I'm not sure what all the relationships between the gods are. Are they siblings or spouses?
Overall, the book was enjoyable, although not quite as fantastic as Percy Jackson and the Olympians.