I loved these first 2 installments of the confederation series. I like military sci-fi, and I love kickass female characters and both were included he...moreI loved these first 2 installments of the confederation series. I like military sci-fi, and I love kickass female characters and both were included here. Torin Kerr is one of the strongest female characters I have ever come across. Yes, ultimately she has to follow orders, but she does her damndest to keep all of her Marines alive while following them and it’s her passion to keep her Marines alive that’s one of her best qualities. In addition to a strong female lead character, the series (so far) has a cast of characters that I came to love. The rapid-fire dialogue really sets the tone of these two novels. The omnipotent description of the alien races didn’t help my understanding as much as the dialogue and interaction between the characters did. Torin’s internal dialogue, however, is the best source of information about the other members of the confederation. I flew threw this collection, and proceeded to devour the rest of the series. I loved every minute of it!(less)
Sci-fi with an evironmental twist? Hmm…It’s not exactly space opera, since most of the story takes place on another planet. It’s not exactly military...moreSci-fi with an evironmental twist? Hmm…It’s not exactly space opera, since most of the story takes place on another planet. It’s not exactly military sci-fi, because the military presence makes up a small part of the cast of characters. It’s a mixture of a little bit of everything. The book touches on everything from religion, environmental policy, the scary possible future of the corporation, family values, ethics in journalism, and human/alien relations. It sounds like a lot, but all of these subjects are integral to the story and Traviss covers them all without seeming disjointed or being preachy. The issue that stood out most to me was the conflict between interference and non-interference. How do you make scientists get along with a society that believes in not interfering with any form of life? It was really interesting. The main character, Shan, is also kick ass. She’s a tough, no B.S. cop with a mysterious past. I liked her. If you enjoy strong, female leads, and sci-fi with something more than just action, then you should check this out.(less)
This is another great installment in the Shadows of the Apt series. I thoroughly enjoy the world that Tchaikovsky has created. Old characters return a...moreThis is another great installment in the Shadows of the Apt series. I thoroughly enjoy the world that Tchaikovsky has created. Old characters return and new ones are introduced. Quite a few times I exclaimed out loud about the actions certain characters were taking ("No, no, don't do it!). I love it when a book draws me in like this. I'm holding off on reading the 3rd in the series, since the 4th doesn't come out until September. I can't wait!(less)
Awesome! Elves, cyborgs, magic, action, fairies, and tons of other stuff. Seems like it would be too packed with supernatural beings, but it makes sen...moreAwesome! Elves, cyborgs, magic, action, fairies, and tons of other stuff. Seems like it would be too packed with supernatural beings, but it makes sense in the story. I enjoyed the many action scenes, and the snappy banter between the characters (including the Lord of the Rings references!). There was more sex than I usually like in my books, but not enough to feel like I was reading smut. This was a very fun read and I can't wait to read the others in the series. (less)
My natural aversion to bugs kept me from picking this up for quite a while. I finally picked the book up when I was in a "facing my fears" mode, and I...moreMy natural aversion to bugs kept me from picking this up for quite a while. I finally picked the book up when I was in a "facing my fears" mode, and I'm so glad I did. First, in order to clarify a little, the book is not about bugs. The characters in this book are defined by the Ancestors from which they "evolved". These races, for lack of a better term, have each developed special gifts or abilities that are characteristic of their namesakes. I say this because the story started off a little awkwardly for me because I didn't know what to expect, but everything cleared up after the first 50 pages or so.
I enjoyed most of the characters and wanted to find out what they did next. There's a medievalesque atmosphere, but there's also some technology thrown in. I'm not sure exactly how to describe what that would make it. Who needs a label anyway, right?
And how about that cover? It's beautiful. I tend to get hooked by the cover art, which doesn't always work out so well. I've been very impressed with the quality of the covers that PYR have put out recently and all so far have had the story to back it up.(less)
This prequel is set quite a few generations before the Hungry City Chronicles begins - before cities become Traction Cities. There are quite a few ref...moreThis prequel is set quite a few generations before the Hungry City Chronicles begins - before cities become Traction Cities. There are quite a few references that foreshadow events and characters from the rest of the series, and readers not familiar with the series may not understand these references. Fans of the series will find the familiar, fun and descriptive writing style of Reeve, along with the random references to Ancient History (our present time).
The first part of the book was a little slow, but it picked up quickly. I didn't care too much for the character at first, but as the story went on, Fever grew on me and I was cheering for her towards the end of the book. The gadgets and inventions are as interesting as ever, though not as plentiful as others in the series.
This can be read without reading the Hungry City Chronicles, but keep in mind that you may not pick up certain details in Fever Crumb that you would have if you read the series beforehand. I personally wouldn't recommend reading Fever Crumb before reading the Hungry City Chronicles, but since the series is so hard to find in the States, if you want to start with Fever Crumb you'll still be ok. The Hungry City Chronicles should be available in libraries, but, as of right now, it's out of print in the States.
I absolutely loved this book. I'm always impressed by good YA sci-fi. This is a great example of how YA sci-fi can overcome the limits of the YA desig...moreI absolutely loved this book. I'm always impressed by good YA sci-fi. This is a great example of how YA sci-fi can overcome the limits of the YA designation. While the characters are teenagers, the story is significant enough to keep the attention of adults. I enjoyed the development of the characters, and I thought the author did an excellent job of using a controversial topic as the main inspiration for the plot. The only small issue that I had was the lack of background information. The information you have about how this society reached their current state is pretty much what is stated on the back of the book. You don't really get much more information than that. It was just a little confusing, but that lack of info didn't keep me from thoroughly enjoying this book.
I can't really think of anything comparable so I can say "if you liked that, you'll like this," but if you like science fiction that concentrates more on society than science, then you may like this. I guess a really broad if/then comparison would be if you like books like Brave New World, 1984, or Fahrenheit 451, then you may like this. For those worried about age appropriateness, I would suggest older teen, maybe 16/17+, not so much for graphic scenes, but for the subject matter discussed. It'll definitely depend on how sensitive you are to the plot being based on the topic of abortion.(less)
This is the second book I’ve read by Connie Willis. To Say Nothing of the Dog was the first and it was absolutely fantastic. I still loved this one, b...moreThis is the second book I’ve read by Connie Willis. To Say Nothing of the Dog was the first and it was absolutely fantastic. I still loved this one, but for a different reason. The story sets out with an ominous tone, and the paranoid feeling that something bad is going to happen never really lets up. While it sounds bad, it’s actually a good thing because Willis has a way of getting you to care about her characters early on in the story, and I know it worked on me because I was fretting about what could happen to the characters. That, to me, is one measure of a really great story. If I find myself adding commentary about the characters in my head (“No, no don’t do that!”, “Yes!”, “Oh drats”), then I know the author and the story has won me over.
And what a story. There’s mystery, plot twists, drama, and humor. I love the snappy remarks, and the witty banter between the characters. There were a number of slow points in the story, but not enough to make me want to quit reading altogether. I found it to be one of those books that feel like they’re long and are just going to go on forever. Trust me. Stick with it because the last 100 pages or so fly by and are just amazing. I’m really glad that I read it.(less)
I loved this. If you've enjoyed the previous two books, then you'll probably enjoy this one. This installment is from the point of view of Yuri, a pir...moreI loved this. If you've enjoyed the previous two books, then you'll probably enjoy this one. This installment is from the point of view of Yuri, a pirate. Character-wise, Yuri is my least favorite, but that didn't hinder my appreciation of the book as a whole. As emotionally challenging as Warchild is, Cagebird is even more so. It grittier, more graphic, and the harshest of all three. I didn't feel a positive connection to Yuri, but I sure did feel sympathy and pity for him. It was really hard not to. The timeline is still around the same period, but then gets carried further with this book. I'm not sure if this is the last book the author plans to write in this series because while most of the plots are resolved within this book, the ending leaves the possibility for further books in the series. I would definitely want to keep reading about these characters and this universe. According to Karin Lowachee's website she "never intended Yuri's to be the final piece in this mosaic" and in regards to further books in the series "we'll see what the future brings." I'm hoping there's more.
This series as a whole is one of my favorites. I enjoyed reading different characters points of view concerning a similar time frame, and I think that adds so much to how well the author builds the world. The choice of characters the author decided to focus on ensures that you get an inside look into what the war entails, not just as an observant third party. This was an emotionally trying series to read, and I was a little surprised how much these stories stuck with me. I've already had to reread Warchild, and I enjoyed it even more the second time around.(less)
I trust that if you're reading this, then you've already read Warchild. If you haven't, then stop reading now....seriously. There was a significant ga...moreI trust that if you're reading this, then you've already read Warchild. If you haven't, then stop reading now....seriously. There was a significant gap between the time I finished Warchild and the time I finally got around to reading Burndive, and I'll admit that I mainly put off finishing the series because Jos wasn't the main character. Silly, right? I'm a little peeved at myself for waiting so long because I think the stories are best appreciated when they are all read in a close time frame. Burndive follows the story of Captain Azarcon's son, Ryan, and the timeline begins around the time that Jos joined the Jets in Warchild and then continues past the ending of the first book. It's very interesting to see another character's point of view on the events that you're already a little familiar with. I definitely enjoyed that aspect of the storyline and the addition it made to the world building. I wasn't thrilled with the main character at first because he's quite whiny, but he grew on me as he developed through the book. As far as how this compares to Warchild, it's definitely different. Warchild challenged my emotions through gritty situations, and I became emotionally invested in seeing how Jos dealt with everything. Burndive is full of emotional turmoil, but not in the same dark way that Warchild is. Burndive is more about Ryan's journey of trying to connect with his father and work out his own personal demons. I enjoyed it because of those slightly different directions.(less)
Warchild is the beginning of a series, but the series set up is a little differently. Each book follows one young man, but they all happen in the same...moreWarchild is the beginning of a series, but the series set up is a little differently. Each book follows one young man, but they all happen in the same world and in nearly the same time frame. It's three different points of view of the same major events. Warchild follows Jos Musey (who's my favorite of the three!). The events that Jos faces are so harsh, and it's interesting to see how he reacts and handles them. It reminded me a little of Ender's Game, but only very slightly; not enough to say that "if you liked Ender's Game, you'll definitely enjoy this." It's the same type of story since it's about a boy that's growing up in a war-torn universe and has to figure out his role. But that's where the similarity ends. It's a broad plot generalization, but the authors have very different views on how the characters should end up. Warchild is very gritty and quite dark as some points. I do want to express a word of caution for those concerned with certain subject matters. Potential sexual abuse of children is a topic often brought up throughout the book. It shocked me and made me a little uneasy the first time I read it, but it didn't keep me from falling in love with this book. If you like space opera, military sci-fi, heck, I guess even Ender's Game you may want to check this out. Definitely find a used copy of this or even check the library because $20 for a mass market paperback is just ridiculous.(less)