This last installment wasn't a complete disappointment, but you're really left hanging at the end, and there was like no romance :( Full review to com...moreThis last installment wasn't a complete disappointment, but you're really left hanging at the end, and there was like no romance :( Full review to come.(less)
So brilliant! I loved Scarlet's story and how it connected with Cinder's. This series is getting so deliciously complicated! Full review closer to pub...moreSo brilliant! I loved Scarlet's story and how it connected with Cinder's. This series is getting so deliciously complicated! Full review closer to publication.(less)
I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. I’d heard from more than a few people that...moreFind more of my reviews on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. I’d heard from more than a few people that it was lacking in the romance department (and I can’t say enough how I need my romance), but Partials was a wonderful surprised, with action that never stopped and made you question what you believe is moral. What helped me is that there were traces of a romance: the dying one between Keira and Marcus, and the possible fling between Keira and Samm. Once Keira finds out more about who she is, she’s not certain about anything, except that she needs to know more.
There was a lot of medical jargon. Thankfully, I’ve taken college-level biology and high school physiology, so I understood a good amount of it. That would be my only warning with this novel; it’s not for younger high school kids because they simply wouldn’t be able to understand most of the medical breakthrough’s that Keira makes. Dan Wells obviously did his research. This book also has a comedic element to it, which took me by surprise. I guess I don’t expect dystopian writers to be funny, but those little moments were a kind of relief. It also made me love Marcus. He so obviously loved Keira, but Keira is what you might call a free spirit. This annoyed me. A lot. But that’s what made her a great character. She wasn’t just going to sit back and take it. And even though she kind of dragged her friends into it all, it’s what she thought was right.
When I started this book, I was immediately reminded of Terminator. The humans made these half-human-half-machines, Partials, to basically fight a war for them. Needless to say, just like in Terminator, this did not turn out well. But instead of the Partials turning on the humans, they spread a virus that they were immune to, but was deadly to most humans. For those who survived, you’d think this would make a nearly perfect world (no sarcasm intended). The stores remain intact but unmanned. All the clothes in the stores are left, so people just take what they want. This takes place in New York, so you can imagine the awesomeness of that! The biggest problem: every baby that’s born since after the disease dies from it. They’re not immune, and the human race is dying. That’s why Keira will do anything to find a cure. Anything.
I can’t wait to see what happens next! Again, this was a pleasant surprise. And now that Keria isn’t who she thought she was, she’s off to get answers from the last place you’d expect Definitely worth a read(less)
I really didn't feel that emotionally invested in the main character, but the love triangle was perfectly done and I love the twists Griffin put on th...moreI really didn't feel that emotionally invested in the main character, but the love triangle was perfectly done and I love the twists Griffin put on the story. Full review soon!(less)
Before I dived into this one, I’d heard nothing but good things. But for some reason I was still apprehensive. I wasn’t sure where Under the Never Sky would fit into the YA dystopian genre. Despite my resignations, I fell in love with this book! My blogger bestie Anna from Literary Exploration graciously bought me a copy and got it signed by the author! It even says happy birthday, because the signing was on my birthday last month. It was worth the wait.
The romance was perfect. Thank you, Veronica Rossi, for not having the two characters hold that immediate attraction, which on most cases blooms into full-on obsession. Aria and Perry did NOT like each other when they first met. He was a dirty, wild Outsider to her, and she was from Reverie, where the government still rules in these domes and tells people that if they breathe the air outside they will die. After Aria is betrayed, she must find a way to survive the outside world. But Aria and Perry have already met. He saved her from dying in a fire that burned one of the vegetation domes (think Bio-dome, but without the lesser Baldwin brother and Polly Shore), and Perry blames her from having to leave his tribe. And for losing his nephew to the government. But it turns out these two completely opposite people need each other.
The story was unbelievable. I’m still unsure why the one boy is like the lightning that seers the land. I know I’m being cryptic, but it’s hard to say anything about this book without giving the story away. The synopsis doesn’t tell you enough! It was so hard for me to put this down. The addition of the cannibals was interesting. Aria has a run-in with them, and Perry saves her from being eaten. Which means that, not only are they trying to find a place where she can get her eyepiece to work again (for both of their uses), but now they have dozens of cannibals on their tails. This book was non-stop action, and once the romance started going it was so hard to stop. I loved every minute of it.
This is definitely on my list of favorites for the year so far. If you’re looking for another dystopian to add to your list, definitely pick this up. Even if dystopian isn’t your thing, it almost seems like this takes place on a whole other world, so it’s almost like action-packed fantasy with a heart-breaking romance. And the cover is even awesomer in person! Another great addition to the HarperTeen family that has taken refuge on at least one row of my bookshelf.(less)
OMG SO AMAZING!!!!! I'm so sad to see this series end, but it could not have ended more perfectly! I'm trying to decide if I should review it soon, or...moreOMG SO AMAZING!!!!! I'm so sad to see this series end, but it could not have ended more perfectly! I'm trying to decide if I should review it soon, or read it again when I co-host the read-along I'm planning with Crystal... decisions, decisions... It's definitely worth reading again! Love this series; I cannot recommend it enough!(less)
I wasn't sure what to think going into this one. I had heard it was a Cinderella story retelling, but I didn't see how it was going...moreWow... just wow...
I wasn't sure what to think going into this one. I had heard it was a Cinderella story retelling, but I didn't see how it was going to work in a dystopian/post-apocalyptic setting. Apparently very well. When it comes to fairytale retellings, an author has a lot of liberty, and sometimes that can work, and sometimes it can't. Marissa Meyer made it work. There was the typical evil step mother, and the two step sisters--one nice, one mean. And of course, there was the prince. I loved how Cinder wasn't just completely locked away. She had to be out in public in order to keep up her business and being the city's best mechanic. And she had a friend. It may have been a droid, but a friend is a friend, something Cinder desperately needed. Cinder only knows that her now-dead stepfather found her in Europe at an orphanage. We find out she's a lot more than just some orphan...
The uniqueness of Article 5 is in the heartbreaking romance. The fact that the romance occurs...moreFind more of my reviews on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
The uniqueness of Article 5 is in the heartbreaking romance. The fact that the romance occurs in a dystopian setting makes it that much harder. I don’t have much to say about this one. I enjoyed it. It was a surprisingly quick read and I didn’t want to put it down. But it also wasn’t on par with other amazing dystopians I’ve read. What made this one special was the romance.
Ember lives in a post-apocalyptic world with a LOT of rules. These are called articles, and Ember tries so hard to keep her and her mother under the radar. Sadly, it doesn’t work, and Ember’s mother is taken by soldiers. One of them is the boy that used to live next door. The boy that she was best friends with. The boy that she used to love. He barely acknowledges her as they take her mother away, and only steps in when it looks like another soldier is going to hit her. And then he disappears out of her life again. Ember is sent to a school for girl “orphans,” which isn’t the semi-pleasant place she was expecting. Girls get beaten, and the warden isn’t exactly the motherly type. Ember feels more trapped than ever, knowing that her mother is out there, without her to protect her.
The romance was sweet. And different. These two characters already loved each other before, but all Ember sees is a violent, empty soldier. Chase is nothing of the boy she used to know; the boy she used to love. And eventually she’s forced to be on the run with him without knowing why he’s trying to help her. Or if it’s part of some conspiracy plan to put her right in the hands of the authority. But while Ember doesn’t truly recognize Chase, he saves her life more than once and she knows that she has to trust him so that she can see her mother again. Sadly, nothing goes as planned.
As far as I can remember, there was no big cliffhanger ending besides the usual “our lives are forever in jeopardy, oh woe to me!” But I’m really excited to read the next one. While Simmon’s world isn’t all that different from any other YA dystopian book, I get the feeling that the romance between Ember and Chase is going to get far more complicated. Definitely add Article 5 to your debut list this year. (less)