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Legend by Marie Lu ★★★☆☆
Legend by Marie Lu is a dystopian young adult fiction which happens in a futuristic America, mainly in California. Kids take a test, the higher the score, the better your odds for better jobs. Kids with lower scores are sent to camp. And you don't want to know what they do to you at camp.
This book reminds me of Divergent by Veronica Roth. It is not similar in many ways aside from it being futuristic dystopian fiction, and the test the kids take. But in both books, the test does determine their future. I have absolutely loved Divergent, so Legend seemed to be right up my alley. But no. Legend falls short.
This futuristic California is no longer known for Hollywood. The people have no idea of history. Everything is kept secret, that possession of a penny from our year would cause a lot of trouble. Also, there are plagues, but it's all a giant conspiracy.
June Iparis is a prodigy. She has been born with wealth. She has scored a perfect 1500 on the test. You would think she would have a lot of opportunities, but she ends up a soldier. It seems like the only logical option for her. Her hobbies include climbing walls and getting in trouble. Her brother Metias is killed by the most wanted criminal Day. She is pulled out from school, and been promoted to soldier.
Daniel Altan Wing aka DAY is the most wanted criminal in all of the republic. And he's fifteen for goodness sake. You would think that he has killed hundreds of people, but he's just revolting against the republic and stealing some medicine here and there.
The world painted in Legend is just not logical IMHO. So if I got a high score in the test, why would I want to be a soldier? And why would the officials want to waste these smart kids on the battlefield? Why not make the people who flunk soldiers? I was born with money, why not get someone to fetch me some water? And why would the adults rely on the fifteen year old to catch the "most wanted criminal"? Why the adults send the kids to do their job? And how could June, a rich kid, survive on the slums by herself?
The development of the love story between the June and Day is eye rolling too. It's i-just-saw-you-but-you-are-the-prettiest-i've-ever-seen.
With all my ranting, why did it still end up with three stars? Though the test and characters did not appeal to me much, the science-fiction part of it did work for me. The plague makes me curious enough to pick up the next book.
IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.
In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen intro
IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.
In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen introduced us to Miss Elizabeth Bennet, a perfect heroine any romance novel would desire to have. Elizabeth is a no nonsense type of girl. She’s not the typical type of girl from the ton, whose only ambition is to find herself a husband. And last but not the least, she is not unaware of her imperfections. But in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies; Miss Elizabeth Bennet is still our no nonsense girl, but she has mastered the Shaolin arts, wields the katana with dignified grace and, should I mention, kicks zombie butts?
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy is still our lovable hero, but I imagine him with well sculpted abs, since he’s trained in the deadly martial arts and proficient with both sword and musket.
But. The dreaded but. Despite the new and improved main characters (I have to say that only the awful Mrs. Bennett was unimproved. She was still awful), despite them being perfect from the start, this book lacked Jane Austen’s grandeur. Even upon the addition of a thousand unmentionables (AKA zombies), it still couldn’t be up to par to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
The book though had its moments. There were times when I laughed a little. But those moments were so seldom. Most often than I was supposed to, I was counting the dreadful pages left. But the book just kept on dragging on. I was too eager to finish. Jane Austen’s P&P, was a tiring read, but P&P and Zombies, is much more tiring. It’s P&P, only with the zombie twist. The dialogue and plot was either Jane Austen’s or Austen-ish. If someone wanted a P&P reread, this book could do, just omit the zombies, then you have Jane Austen’s unadulterated version.
But if there’s one thing I greatly appreciated in this version of P&P, it was that *spoiler alert* Wickham was tendered lame and useless by our well-loved Mr. Darcy. Therefore, he could no longer walk and will be tended by his wife, Lydia Bennet for their entire lifetime. Lydia will also spend most of her time emptying piss pots. A fitting punishment for the both of them, don’t you think? ...more
Unique storybuilding revolving around a 16 year old named Darrow.
Imagine a universe (I am not exaggerating, because we are going beyond ERed Rising.
Unique storybuilding revolving around a 16 year old named Darrow.
Imagine a universe (I am not exaggerating, because we are going beyond Earth), where humans are inhabiting every planet and social classes are identified by color. On the bottom of the pyramid are the reds. Though by current 2014 standards, red haired women are hot. On top of the chains are the golds (or as I like to call them, the blondes. And I am sure that redheads are hotter than the blondes. The reds are toiling in the center of Mars for the betterment of the future generation. So that Mars will be ready for people on earth. However, as Eo, Darrow's wife, discovers trees and grass above the surface, their beliefs are shattered as they realize that Mars' surface has been inhabited by humans for generations.
Eo and Darrow are to be executed upon discovering the truth, but Darrow is saved by rebels and is then turned into a gold to infiltrate the system and take it down from within.
The book is good, however, it must come with a disclaimer that it is the first book in a trilogy which is not finished yet. Book 2 comes out in 2015, so good luck waiting! :o...more
Aliens are taking over. Not the violent kind of aliens. But consider them scary, for the humans are their ships. And unfortunately, the weak willed huAliens are taking over. Not the violent kind of aliens. But consider them scary, for the humans are their ships. And unfortunately, the weak willed humans are apparently erased, and the aliens take over.
The story starts with the implantation of an alien, who will be named Wanderer, into the body of Melanie Stryder, a rebel human. Melanie is very strong willed, so even as Wanderer takes over, Melanie is able to establish memories into Wanderer, and their wants soon become one.
Melanie, even without the alien inhabiting her body, is deeply in love with another human named Jared and fiercely protective of her brother Jamie. This strong love for the two humans leaks out and sort of infects Wanderer. Wanderer develops the same love and want to protect the two humans.
Melanie and Wanderer, though them being one, manage to join forces to protect and find their loved ones. They find the human habitation, which Crazy Jed, managed to teach Melanie in a form of puzzle. At first, she was bound to be killed since the humans thought she was a seeker, but Jed managed to save her and put the decision of her survival in Jared’s hands.
Jared thinks that Melanie is gone and would like to get rid of her, but Jamie protects her. Wanderer, despite being an alien, manages to fit in, and with all her effort, become human, Ian, falls in love with her.
Wanderer, becomes a very useful addition to the human habitation, for she manages to slip in the city and get goods without being questioned.
It’s actually a very good and imaginative story, however, if you’re in search of the tingling sensations Twilight brought you, sorry this is not the book. This book focuses more on survival rather than romance. But still that shouldn’t discourage you from reading this. Also, I give praise to Stephenie Meyer, cause only she could make love triangles/ quadrangles work, without anyone getting a broken heart.
BTW, don’t think this is a human’s story. This is rather a story of how an alien slowly becomes human. And how love conquers all, even species. But hey, I still don’t think it would be a good idea to marry my pet dog. ...more
Due to my inability to write a decent review, I'll tell my overall feelings for the book VIA awesomeness, as learned from Barney Stinson from How I MeDue to my inability to write a decent review, I'll tell my overall feelings for the book VIA awesomeness, as learned from Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother. And also in celebration of the International Suit Up day last October 13.
Okay. So what could I say about this book Mockingjay?
Hmm, okay, if it was all AWESOMENESS, why the lack of stars?
(1) So many questions unanswered. (2) Gale just gave up. And last but not the least (3) Lack of gore. Maybe I was expecting something more depressing.
The ending just wasn't enough for me. Suzanne Collins gave us Katniss back, but she wasn't the strong willed girl from The Hunger Games. She's a broken version of what's left.
Katniss should have heard of Barney's motto.
When I get sad, I stop being sad, and be awesome instead.
Also, to lift her spirits, she should have:
I mean she should have suited up. Despite the glamorous outfit Cinna prepared for her, nothing ever beats a SUIT.
But still, despite my complaints, this book is LEGEN, wait for it, DARY!
Wait, to insist my point, here it is again! ...more
this book makes me feel so female. why? i have anticipated the ending. i knew that it if it didnt happen that way, the book wouldnt work as well. in mthis book makes me feel so female. why? i have anticipated the ending. i knew that it if it didnt happen that way, the book wouldnt work as well. in my head, the ending was how it should be. and if it ended different, how corny the book would be.
but holy cow!
when it came, i feel so devastated. i take it back. there has to be some other way!
this book has affected me. i love it, but i hate it.
Vampires and zombies. One might think it's sloppy to put zombies and vampires together. Who would win in the battle?
Julie Kagawa is an engaging writerVampires and zombies. One might think it's sloppy to put zombies and vampires together. Who would win in the battle?
Julie Kagawa is an engaging writer. The book wasn't too much of a pageturner, however, it still left me anxious to finish the book, though not in a hurry.
The world built is set in the future, where vampires are living amongst humans. Vampires are the stronger species, so it makes sense that they rule. humans are registered. They have tattoos saying they are property of whoever vampire. And they have to show up for a blood draw on a schedule. If you don't, they raid your house and force you to give the blood, even if it will kill you. There are some brave ones who are unregistered though. The downside of this is, you will not get rations of food or clothes, which the registered gets. You basically fend for yourself. which is hard, because there are no plants to harvest from or cattle to slaughter. Only rats if you're lucky or maggoty bread.
So where do the zombies kick in? The city of New Covington is a vampire city. Outside the walls, there are "rabids" who will be eager to eat anyone with a pulse. If you get bitten by one, you might turn into one when you die.
Allie is an Asian unregistered (though this is in no way depicted in the cover). Being so hungry and desperate, she ventures outside the walls and discovers a basement with layers and layers of cans of food and water. She eats up and brings her friends there to bring whatever they can back into the city before the lockdown. But on their way out, her friends are picked out one by one by rabids. And before she knows it, she's also attacked and in pieces. But there is a vampire nearby, who comes to her aid and gives her a choice: "to truly die, or die a vampire". Allie being a survivor choses life in any form she could get.
Her master is "Kanin". He teaches her the ropes of being vampire. But he is wanted. They were almost caught, but Kanin makes a sacrifice, and tells Allie to go without him. She does, and stumbles into a group of humans and pretends to be one of them. Member of the humans is Zeke, and she feels an attraction to him.
The Immortal Rules seems like a mash of a lot of things. It felt a little like Twilight when Zeke came along. It also felt like a vampire movie I watched where vampires walked the earth and humans were just harvested for blood. It also felt like "I am Legend" where Will Smith was looking for more humans and a cure or city or something. But most of all, it reminded me of Walking Dead. There were so many similarities like how Allie was like Michonne, the katana wielding girl. Or how the Governor was making fights of humans versus the zombies. How you turn once you get bitten and die?
But regardless, The Immortal Rules was still an enjoyable read. I still wouldn't mind a little Allie and Kanin romance. He genuinely cares for her and he won't be as breakable as the human Zeke....more
I'm sorry my dear friends but I have read the book and devoured it like crack.
I honestly wasn't expecting much when I grabbed the book. I was expectinI'm sorry my dear friends but I have read the book and devoured it like crack.
I honestly wasn't expecting much when I grabbed the book. I was expecting a beautiful cover with not much substance on its pages. I expected it to be shallow and that I wouldn't care much about it. I was expecting a ton of eye rolls. Come on, even the name America Singer sounds ridiculous. But ALAS, I AM WRONG.
The Selection is a light read. The world building is based on caste system. Ones are royalty and the eights are the poorest. America, the main character, was somewhere in the middle. She was in caste five, where their main means of living is through entertainment/art. America's talents are playing musical instruments and of course "singing", she is America Singer after all.
Before the selection, America was in love with Aspen, a caste of six. They do manual labor. She was very much in love with him, and willing to go a caste down for him, but Aspen believes America deserves better. He coaxes her to join the selection. The selection is a contest where 36 girls are to win Ilea's prince's hand, Prince Maxon. America was determined to have Aspen, and she didn't want to bother with the contest, but after a while, she was talked to it by her mother and Aspen.
After providing Aspen with food, Aspen realizes that he is no good for America, thus leading to a break up, which forces America to accept being one of the 36 girls to win the Prince's hand.
I loved the story. I loved the development between Prince Maxon and America. America was kind hearted and loving and worthy of being crowned princess. And Maxon is patient and sweet, thus Team Maxon all the way!
Also I was intrigued with Kiera Cass' theories on the downfall of the United States, it actually makes sense. Because of America's debt to China, China decides to invade us to get their money back, and because of USA's bankruptcy, USA loses the war and do manual labor for the Chinese. I hope this never happens as I am here right now and do not want to be caught in the middle of the war.
BEWARE. You’ll catch fire (or rather be on fire) once you read this book. And there’s no turning back.
Well, not literally, but figuratively rather. AsBEWARE. You’ll catch fire (or rather be on fire) once you read this book. And there’s no turning back.
Well, not literally, but figuratively rather. As I was reading, I felt like I was on fire, for I had to finish this as soon as possible, since the fire was consuming me. But despite the licks of flame on my being, I can’t conquer the courage to vanquish the flames until I read the last page, since the fire felt good, despite it being painful.
Suzanne Collins, makes another excellent job, in making us love Katniss and Peeta, and in turn, makes us loathe the cruel Capitol (especially the wretched President Snow). She also makes us sit at the edge of our seats, seeing as the book was extremely fast paced.
Winning the 74th Hunger Games isn’t enough for Katniss Everdeen to be free from the Capitol’s clutches just yet. After having a visit from President Snow, Katniss has to work doubly hard to make the people believe that her ultimate act of rebellion (attempting to commit suicide by eating poisonous berries on the previous Hunger Games) is just an act done out of love, on the victory tour. Her failing to do so, would cost the lives of the people she loves the most.
And fail she did.
Every 25th-versarry is special. But the 75th Hunger Games (also known as the Quell Games), is much more special than any other. Instead of the normal participants being drawn, previous victors are the ones who will join. And Katniss is no exception. Being the only female victor of the Hunger Games for District 12, she’s an automatic contestant.
Capitol is overly eager to get rid of her, and assassinating her, wouldn’t stop the uprisings and would rather make things worse. So another Hunger Games for her. But she’s not saving herself this time. It’s Peeta she needs to save. Peeta who is much more valuable alive than dead. Peeta, who can move crowds with his words.
Besides, the Capitol isn’t stopping unless she’s dead, so what's the use of her getting out of the games alive? Knowing the Capitol, they have tons of tricks up their sleeves.
But the rebels have one weapon up their sleeve too.
The mockingjay. The mockingjay is also one way of torture by the author Suzanne Collins. (Waiting for the 3rd book's release is painful as it is!) ...more