Disturbing. It made me feel angry, sad, impotent. It's a relatively short book, but oh so potent. The open ending was a very good touch. A true dystopDisturbing. It made me feel angry, sad, impotent. It's a relatively short book, but oh so potent. The open ending was a very good touch. A true dystopia....more
This... was supposed to be devoured, enjoyed, savoured and cherished into re-read territory. What the Hell went wrong?!
I bought Defiance over a year aThis... was supposed to be devoured, enjoyed, savoured and cherished into re-read territory. What the Hell went wrong?!
I bought Defiance over a year ago and I remember being thrilled to have it on paper. I mean, look at that cover. And the description... I just KNEW I'd love it.
A friend of mine told me there are lots of reviews out there saying it's a letdown. I got fearful, and as always when I have the feeling something would disappoint - I procrastinated. And then, one night, I had time, it was raining and I was cuddled in my bed craving the good old paper read and so I reached for this.
I swear, for the first 50 or so pages I must've looked just like that. I kept... waiting for something to REALLY happen. Not that there wasn't any plot development - quite the opposite, I think it was supposed to be a sudden and shocking intro into a story, the catalyst event that would set it all off having taken place before the first words even... But I just didn't feel it.
Then, when we picked up speed, danger and action and death was everywhere, and I was supposed to be on the edge of my seat and all.
Instead, I set the book aside. Months passed, and I literally had to have five hours on a train with it to delve back into the story. Before that, I'd come home each night, see it through the layer of dust sitting lonely on my nightstand, the cover mocking me and chiding me.
Then I knew - despite every hope I had, despite it possessing the recipe for a great read, Defiance had turned into one of those books - you know, the ones that get stuck on your Currently-Reading shelf for months even as dozens of others go up to join them and move to Read. I was so pissed off by this that finally, several days ago I set my foot down and decided I was finishing it.
I'm being harsh, and it's time I justify my opinion. Why did a dystopian fantasy, a book that had both the well-loved and fresh element in it, that had a kick-ass heroine and an amazingly sweet, amazingly smart hero, that had both a black villain and a grey one, a dragon-like monster and mysterious devices - why did it not catch me up? Why wasn't all the fighting, inventing, travelling, and standing up for the right and wrong reasons not enough? It was supposed to be...
But I found Rachel - our 'tough-as-nails' heroine, more annoying than anything. "Get on with it", I'd think more often than not. She was supposed to be a warrior with a hardened but true heart. I found her petty, often implausibly rash considering her supposed 'toughness', and thinking and doing stupid things. Then there was Logan, and he wasn't as annoying, but he had his moments, too, especially in the beginning. There were things that he should have easily figured out later on, and instead he made what I call 'a great show' of stumbling through the logic to the obvious answer. Nice, smart guy. Though the changing POVs between the two was a good idea, often half the chapter would stress the same thing, the two characters wondering 'why, oh, why' or thinking 'I'm not worthy' on and on. I agree, inner conflict is the spice all great leads need, but not spanning half the story and having the substance of a broken-into-repeat record. Add to that the predictability of some of the supposedly unpredictable twists in the plot, and I say 'You're done'.
There were countless other things that subtly played on my patience and destroyed my enjoyment of what surely is a great, fresh twist of dystopian and fantasy. And while the plot stared me in the face with its action and romance and intrigue, and asked me 'Why?! Why don't you love me?' I could only sigh and shrug.
I have to give credit where it's due, too. What I did like about the story were some of the details - author C.J. Redwine has done her research on fighting techniques, survival and orientation, on tech construction and bombs. There was plenty of action which was very well executed. Also, she created Melkin - a grey villain, who did the wrong things for the right reasons, and then even didn't commit his ultimate task, did not turn into a killer and kept true to his purpose. I very much believed in the city-state's inner lifestyle - the Claiming, the social hierarchy, and so on. It was so medieval, and that's what answered to the promise on the back cover summary.
I feel as if this book shouldn't be placed with my other three-stars, but I can't do anything else, considering how much time it took me to pick it up, to read it, and how I didn't fall even in like with it, which is such a pity.
Maybe Defiance is just not my cup of tea. Maybe it will enamour most other readers - it has potential for that. I just felt no chemistry going on between the two of us. So, despite my lengthy, non-typical-for-me ranting, I'd say give it a go - it might be the adventure you'd love and want to read.
God, I was so hyped about this trilogy I actually waited for book 3 to come out before biting in to save myself some trouble and grief that e3.5 stars
God, I was so hyped about this trilogy I actually waited for book 3 to come out before biting in to save myself some trouble and grief that ensues with waiting. But I have to say it didn't quite live up to my expectations. It was nice, interesting enough, but it just didn't really grab me. It has potential to grow, though, so I'm jumping onto Book 2 next....more
I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn't have one.
It is like a piece of my soul had been lost, empty, and it is now filled withI never thought about how important the sky was until I didn't have one.
It is like a piece of my soul had been lost, empty, and it is now filled with the light of a million stars.
This is a chilling novel about jumping in, losing all and learning to live.
This is not the love story I expected it to be – can hardly be called a love story. There is too much loss and loneliness for that. No, this is the story of a girl, unhinged from everything dear and thrown out, into a very dark place – just as a flickering star, somewhere out in space. This is the story of a boy who feels alone among his people, who treasures the colour of the sunsets he has never known and for whom life is spirit.
Do not take up this novel if you are not ready for angst, or horror. Across the Universe is a deeply psychological read, dystopian in its entirety, but as the poet has stated – the most beautiful flowers grow within the deserts of life. And so, as we follow our two heroes, we experience their great strength and great warmth, tested and surviving, growing.
I caught myself reveling in the breaths I took, in the comfort I had, in the simple facts of a blue sky and warm sun above while reading this. It made me feel alive, it made me think of the worder of life, of the wonder of a body free to run and a mind open to explorations. It would be the cliché, saying we should appreciate the things we take as given, but once you focus on how very marvelous they are – as Amy did, upon thinking of her lost home on Earth, you find there is true fire, an awakening force in seeing, and taking the time to marvel.
For all that said, the novel is not dry and philosophical. It is nothing like that. Through the actions and choices and thoughts of the characters going through extreme bends in the road a reader recognizes these truths. But this is still a story of humour and adventure, a fiction on life, friendship, love.
Inside Out surprised me - not the fact that it was good (all of Maria V. Snyder's books are good), but rather how it alI didn't see that one coming XD
Inside Out surprised me - not the fact that it was good (all of Maria V. Snyder's books are good), but rather how it all came out. I had the urge to laugh at the end, I was that surprised and the answer to the mystery of where everyone was held was just that obvious.
The only reasons I gave this four stars are because I'm not sure I'd want to re-re-re-read this later on. Re-read, sure, but I always go back to my fave books and read them till I can recite them :D; the other reason being that I still think Poison Study is Miss Snyder's best work.
Other than that, I'm secure in saying fans of the author will enjoy this. And for those not familiar with her books - try them out, they're too good to pass out on....more
To start from the start - I craved this book ever since I finished Catching Fire; hell, ever since The Hunger Games. I was frustratThat was... an end.
To start from the start - I craved this book ever since I finished Catching Fire; hell, ever since The Hunger Games. I was frustrated because it arrived a month later than it should have. But when it did and I bit into it, I found that... I couldn't stomach it. And so the half-year reading began.
I don't know exactly why it was so hard for me to finish this one. Maybe it was because of how heady the messages inside the plot were, but I doubt it. After all, I practically ate up the first two books from the trilogy, then read them all over again and they are by no definition light; I still think of them, especially of The Hunger Games. So why the block?
My theory is that the final book was too heady. Not like the previous two where the characters, especially Katniss and Peeta, were charged with strength, hope and at least a bit of optimism. In Mockingjay there was no hope - only despair, fear, pessimism and lunacy. And there was no bright Peeta to lighten it up. The only tension relief was in Finnick's playful words. It was way too much for me apparently.
Not saying the messages weren't brilliant - just the opposite, actually. I think this is a trilogy which not only the younger generation should read. All humankind need to pay heed to the warnings in these books. They are a masterpiece in that respect. Should be added to mandatory Literature or Philosophy school classes.
Other than that, though, my impression of the book was a sharp reality factor - there is no doubt of just how plausible the plot is. Especially because of the fact all that was good either died, or was twisted into insanity in a world where the darkest human side rules. What I loved...? I guess I loved Peeta at the end - that was the only thing that stopped me from hating the book (as entertainment, not meaning) completely. He retained some part of good, going through hell and back; as for Katniss - she was too empty to survive, but with his help she moved on; it was like he was the only thing that managed to kindle any kind of flame inside her after all the death and loss.
All in all, I'm glad to have finished this one and not abandoned it completely. It was good to resolve the trilogy. And though I might never return to Mockingjay I will return, time and again, to The Hunger Games....more
Constant exquisite suspense, mind-boggling danger and terrifying death. The Hunger Games is a book which makes your blood race with adrenaline and feaConstant exquisite suspense, mind-boggling danger and terrifying death. The Hunger Games is a book which makes your blood race with adrenaline and fear, even as you see it is all just words on paper. A masterpiece of a thriller!
The first time I read it, I cried. Twice. The second time around I cried again. And bit my nails to the skin. Terrifyingly fascinating, the book drowned me into its story, making me part of the Hunting, the fighting, the killing. Suzanne Collins has described the events with such a harsh reality sharpness that the reader is left thinking he is actually there, running for his life, shivering in the cold and watching as another teenager falls to his or her death.
A definite must-read for adults as well as teenagers.
For me, this is a read-more-than-once book - the best kind of book. I read it twice and I know I will read it again, many times more.