I was looking forward to reading this book to find out how Trella and her companions would go about rebuilding their world after all the discoveries t...moreI was looking forward to reading this book to find out how Trella and her companions would go about rebuilding their world after all the discoveries they made in Inside Out. Unfortunately, that's not really what we get with this book.
The first half was pretty interesting although it didn't really answer any questions, but after that it just became a rollercoaster of random unnecessary things. I could have done without the Outsiders, Bubba's storyline and the pointless relationship drama.
By the time I got close to the end I concluded that this book was completely unnecessary and I was fine with the ending of the first novel in the series.(less)
I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping...moreBack Cover Summary Keep Your Head Down.
Don't Get Noticed.
I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.
It's kind of like... It reminded me a bit of Ender's Game. The stories aren't similar, but there's something about it...
Initial impression before reading Curious. Very curious.
First thoughts after last page Not what I was expecting, but pretty awesome.
Strong Points I was really impressed by the world in the story. It seems like such a simple idea, but I've never read anything like it before. The plot was solid, the pacing was good throughout, and it was pleasant to read.
Weak Points This is common for me, but I didn't really find any of the characters relatable.
Why did I read it? It was in my GoodReads recommendations. I'm a big fan of dystopian fiction.
Why should you read it? A little science-fiction never hurt anyone.(less)
Summary Alex tried to escape. He had a perfect plan. He was almost free. Even felt the cool, clean air on his face. Then the dogs came. Now he’s locked in...moreSummary Alex tried to escape. He had a perfect plan. He was almost free. Even felt the cool, clean air on his face. Then the dogs came. Now he’s locked in a place so gruesome—so hellish—that escape doesn’t even matter. He just wants to survive.
It's kind of like... Your worst nightmares.
Initial impression before reading I hope it's as good as Lockdown.
First thoughts after last page I cried. This book actually brought tears to my eyes.
Strong Points First of all, I think any book that gets an emotional reaction out of me deserves a few bonus points. It also answered some of the questions that were bugging me after reading Lockdown and I loved the way it set up the story for the third installment of the series. Alexander Gordon Smith, I am a fan.
Weak Points The first part was a little slow moving compared to the first book, but it picks up once some new characters are introduced and the plot moves forward.
Why did I read it? Because I'm head over heels in love with this series.
Should you read it? Yes, absolutely! But pick up Lockdown first, you won't regret it.(less)
Summary "Furnace Penitentiary: An underground hellhole. A place of pure evil with walls soaked in blood. Murderous gangs and vicious guards rule the da...moreSummary "Furnace Penitentiary: An underground hellhole. A place of pure evil with walls soaked in blood. Murderous gangs and vicious guards rule the darkness. Horrific creatures steal people away in the dead of night. And the impossible - escape - is the only hope."
It's kind of like... The Maze Runner meets Unwind... in hell.
First impression before reading That cover is freaking wicked.
First thoughts after last page This is going straight to my favorites shelf.
Strong Points This book hooked me right from the first chapter and it was full of action right through to the end. By the time I was half finished reading the book, I had already bought a second copy of it for a friend and the rest of the series for myself. That's not something that happens very often.
I've been reading a lot of dystopian fiction lately (like everyone else) and I found Lockdown to be a breath of fresh air in the genre. This was dark, violent, suspenseful and I can't say I've ever read anything like it before.
Besides all the action and monsters, what I really loved about this book was the absence of teen angst and stupid love triangles usually attached to Young Adult novels. This is a story about survival that stays focused on it's main plot from start to finish without being overshadowed by useless drama.
Weak Points One thing I hate about series like this is that a lot of things are left unresolved at the end of the first book. Having finished it, I still have no idea what was the motivation for the main antagonist, I don't know why the main character was framed at the beginning of the story and I don't fully understand how society came to be the way it is in this book. I'm sure there's more to be revealed later on, but it would have been great to shed a little more light on these issues at the start.
The other little thing that left me scratching my head is where are all the women? I don't think there was a single female character in this book. No female inmates (do girls not commit crimes in this world or is there a second Furnace somewhere for the ladies?), no girlfriends back home mentioned, no female guards, nothing. While I'm happy to read a book without a love story, I think the girls are still supposed to exist somewhere...
Why did I read it? It came up in my GR recommendations thanks to the billion of other YA Dystopian novels on my shelves. Thanks GoodReads! Nicely chosen
Why should you read it? Action, blood, violence, suspense, death, monsters, hell... Why wouldn't you want to read it?(less)