I really couldn't get on with this book. I'm not sure why because I thought that the premise sounded great but perhaps it is because it turned out toI really couldn't get on with this book. I'm not sure why because I thought that the premise sounded great but perhaps it is because it turned out to be completely opposite to what I was expecting. I thought I was in store for an end of the world, apocalyptic disaster thriller, when in reality the story was far more thoughtful and slow paced. No big danger or disaster. It was really the smaller incidents that took precedence. ...more
I am a huge fan of The 100 television series and an even bigger fan of the original book on which the show is based so I was extremely eager to get stI am a huge fan of The 100 television series and an even bigger fan of the original book on which the show is based so I was extremely eager to get stuck into the sequel. I devoured it in one evening and enjoyed it immensely. Kass Morgan has kept the pace fast, the plot intriguing and the characters interesting and I enjoyed this one as much, if not more than the original. If like me, you are hooked on the show then I would definitely recommend getting your hands on the books.
It's twenty-one days since the hundred landed on earth and they have discovered that they are not alone. As the characters struggle to get along together and survive in their new environment, there is an even bigger threat to their safety lurking on the periphery.
The narrative once again alternates between Glass, Clarke, Wells and Bellamy. I love all four characters and I enjoyed getting to see their differing perspectives on events. Wells has always been one of my favourites and I liked him even more this time around as he tries to be a strong leader to the rest of the group. Glass really grew on me too and I was gripped to her part of the story which takes place back in space. The people who remain behind on the ships are in even more danger than the hundred but I thought that Glass handled the threat with real courage and bravery. She is determined that nothing will come between her and Luke and is willing to fight for their love.
I really liked the introduction of some new faces too, particularly Sasha who Wells gets on with extremely well. I was never keen on the love triangle between him, Clarke and Bellamy, so I'm glad Kass Morgan has introduced another female to the mix.
'Day 21' was sheer brilliance and definitely got me out of my reading slump. The only problem is that because it was so fantastic, I ended up reading it really quickly and now have a long wait for the next instalment. I'm going to be on tenterhooks until then!
I love end of the world and apocalyptic disaster books. I was hooked on the initial description of 'The Rain' which described it as a story about survI love end of the world and apocalyptic disaster books. I was hooked on the initial description of 'The Rain' which described it as a story about survival in the face of a truly terrifying natural disaster. What would you do if you discovered that there was something in the rain which could kill you? How would you survive without water? This is the predicament faced by the characters in the book. This initially sounded really great but unfortunately, although there were some elements of it that I enjoyed, I didn't particularly like the overall tone of the book or some of the character choices that were made.
The thing that stood out for me the most was the unusual and quite quirky narrative voice of the main character. Fifteen year old Ruby is facing the end of life as she knew is but she still manages to find time to fixate on the fact that she snogged the gorgeous Caspar and doesn't have to go to school. I know this might be more realistic than somebody suddenly discovering that they have incredible survival skills and can be the one to save the world, but for me, I just found it a bit annoying and shallow. Ruby is such an unlikely heroine. She makes mistakes and gets herself into trouble and seems to only manage to survive by luck alone. She isn't someone that I would want by my side if the world was ending.
I also thought that the slightly humorous and extremely quirky narrative didn't always meld well with the dire situation that Ruby was facing. The story got extremely strange in places too, such as when Ruby is taking part in the looting of shops, not for food and fresh water mind you but for jewellery and fancy clothes.
Overall, I loved the concept for the book and I think the idea of the rain being contaminated was brilliant and one which could have made for a stunning story. Unfortunately, I didn't love Ruby or the blend of humour with apocalyptic disaster and this made it a bit of a struggle to get to the final page. ...more
'The Fearless' by British author Emma Pass is pretty much awesome from start to finish. I was in a bit of a reading slump until I picked up this book'The Fearless' by British author Emma Pass is pretty much awesome from start to finish. I was in a bit of a reading slump until I picked up this book and it was just what I was looking for, a fast-paced story which led me on an exhilarating, terrifying and nail-biting journey. I haven't actually read Emma Pass's first book 'Acid' yet so I wasn't sure what to expect from her writing, but I loved it. The characters and the story concept were both brilliant and had me completely hooked.
I could definitely see the story transferring well to the big screen because everything was so well depicted and it had all the right ingredients to make anyone a fan of the series.
The plot is about a society which has been taken over by the Fearless - people who have been injected with a serum which takes away their emotions: fear, hate, love and their empathy for other human beings. Super strong and fast, they begin to destroy everything in their path, leading to families literally fleeing for their lives. The main character Cass lives on the island of Hope, where she and her younger brother Jori seek shelter from the horrors of the world. With her mother and father dead she is determined to protect Jori no matter the cost.
Packed full of suspense, the story hurtles along, hardly giving you time to breathe as Cass finds herself in some desperate and dangerous situations. I really, really enjoyed it and found myself unable to put it down. I was gripped by the adventure that unfolded but also liked the touches of romance and the strong bond between siblings that came across so well. It's nice to come across a British author who can more than hold her own with some of the most popular YA series in bookshops at the moment.
I'm extremely impatient to find out what lies in store next for Cass as the ending of the book signals more action still to come (I hope this isn't a stand-alone). I will definitely be along for the ride! ...more
'Twinmaker' is a sci-fi thriller set in a world which on first appearance seems to be pretty much perfect. People are able to travel anywhere in the w'Twinmaker' is a sci-fi thriller set in a world which on first appearance seems to be pretty much perfect. People are able to travel anywhere in the world using d-mat technology which can transport them to their chosen destination in a fraction of a second. There are no limitations to where a person can go and the technology described in the book sounds amazing. For Clair and her best friend Libby, d-mat is a normal part of their everyday lives, until Libby decides to use it to 'improve' herself. Improvement turns out to be more dangerous than they could ever have thought possible and changes their very existence. Suddenly the world doesn't seem so perfect after all.
At the beginning of this book I wasn't convinced that it was going to be my kind of read. I love dystopian fiction and I'm quite keen on the sci-fi genre but I found the world building at the start of 'Twinmaker' difficult to get to grips with. There were a lot of new concepts to cope with and I didn't understand all the technological explanations of d-mat and how it worked. I very nearly gave up but I'm so glad that I stuck with it and kept on reading because Sean Williams turned out a great story which was thought-provoking and interesting and raised so many ethical questions that I'm still pondering some of them now.
It is quite a long book at over 500 pages and in places I thought that it could have been trimmed a little but once I got over my initial confusion about the direction of the story it really took off. Clair is a great heroine who surprises herself with her strength and bravery and she is at the heart of the plot. It's on her shoulders that the future of the world rests but she is more than capable of the journey ahead of her. There are some intriguing secondary characters in the book as well, including the elusive Q, bad boy Zep and Clair's counter-part Jesse who I really liked.
This is the first in a trilogy so there were a lot of questions left unanswered at the end, but I'm hoping that these will all be addressed in the sequel which will be out in 2014. ...more
'Blinded by the Light' is a dystopian young-adult novel, written by a British author. The first book in the Union trilogy it paints a bleak portrait o'Blinded by the Light' is a dystopian young-adult novel, written by a British author. The first book in the Union trilogy it paints a bleak portrait of a future society which has been decimated by disease, leading to the formation of the Boundary. The latter has been set up to protect the people within it from the Echo who are feared by all.
The main character MaryAnn lives inside the Boundary with her parents. She's an Alpha - safe, well looked after and privileged. She always has enough synthetic food to eat, she's free from disease and is luckier than many of the Delta who hold menial jobs in society. At the start of the book I really wasn't sure about whether it was going to be for me because so many of the characters came across as quite unlikeable. As I read on, I was sucked in by the story but sadly never really became a big fan of MaryAnn and her friends and family.
Everything changes for MaryAnn when her parents are killed by a bomb. Trying to cope with her devastating loss, she goes to live with the Director but only begins to discover the truth about events when she comes into contact with her brother Daryl. I thought the plot was great. I'm a big fan of dystopian fiction and I enjoyed the idea for 'Blinded by the Light'. The world building in the book was excellent and it was interesting to read about a world where the residents live within a protected barrier, believing they are being kept safe from outsiders. The truth is something altogether different and I thought the way that Joe Kipling gradually revealed this was done brilliantly.
I felt like the book was let down slightly by some of the dialogue and by the fact that it was hard to feel real sympathy and understanding for some of the characters. There are hints of romance between MaryAnn and Peter but I suspect that this is going to be developed more in later instalments of the series.
There are some interesting questions raised in the book and it puts forward ideas about good and evil which show that this isn't always completely clear cut. I enjoyed the opening instalment, even though not everything came together completely for me and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. ...more
'The Trap' is an epic and exhilarating conclusion to one of the best series out there! I was on the edge of my seat as I followed Gene and Sissy's str'The Trap' is an epic and exhilarating conclusion to one of the best series out there! I was on the edge of my seat as I followed Gene and Sissy's struggle to save the ones they love and survive in a world riddled with danger.
I have loved each instalment but I think this was my favourite so far. It was an incredible, pulse-pounding read which I devoured in one sitting. The story takes up where 'The Prey' left off, with Gene, Sissy and co on-board a train headed towards an uncertain fate. As they face unimaginable horrors, they vow to stick together no matter what but someone from Gene's past has other ideas.
The plot rockets along at full speed ahead, as Gene and Sissy find themselves in one dangerous situation after enough. Having followed their journey this far and having invested so much in the characters I was desperately keeping my fingers crossed for them. They've faced such terrible situations that I really wanted them to come out the other side and have some hope for the future. They have a lot to get through first though before that's even a possibility.
Andrew Fukuda is an incredible writer. The scenes in the book leap off the page as his writing leads you on a journey full of horror, terror and danger. There are some wonderfully rich descriptive passages in the book which made everything feel very real and frankly left me quite terrified at times.
I was preying that the ending would leave me satisfied and wow, did it ever! There was a truly unpredictable twist near the end which was jaw-dropping and so, so clever. I never saw it coming which made it all the more surprising. Sometimes the last book in a series can let you down but 'The Trap' delivered right up to the last page.
This was a real page-turner that I can guarantee you won't be able to put down. I'm excited to see what subject Andrew Fukuda will turn his hand to next. ...more
This is the second book by Natasha Ngan after last year's stellar 'The Elites'. While I didn't enjoy this one quite as much, it was still a pretty gooThis is the second book by Natasha Ngan after last year's stellar 'The Elites'. While I didn't enjoy this one quite as much, it was still a pretty good read.
I thought the concept for the novel was brilliant. Set in the future, it imagines a world in which people are able to store their memories. These are then either kept or traded as valuable commodities. They are even sometimes stolen by criminal gangs, which is where one of the main characters Seven features. I loved the idea of being able to relive your own memories, or experience other peoples' through their eyes. It's such an incredible idea but Ngan makes you believe that there might come a day when it would be possible.
Seven is a poor teenager living in the South, who is caught trying to steal a memory by Alba, the daughter of one of London's most prominent criminal prosecutors. In the process he discovers a huge secret about his own past which changes his entire outlook and his future. I really liked both characters but I particularly enjoyed seeing the story unfold from Alba's point of view. She is incredibly likeable and although she has an extremely unhappy home life, she never lets it break her and has more grit and determination than she gives herself credit for.
The beginning of the book was a little slow but it picked up for me after a few chapters. The ending was extremely exciting and there were lots of unexpected surprises along the way which I enjoyed. As much as I liked reading 'The Memory Keepers' I'm happy that this is a standalone because there are just so many trilogies being published now that it's nice to read a story which gets concluded rather than having to wait another year for the following instalment. ...more
'The 100' is a sublime combination of science fiction and dystopia, interlaced with hints of romance. This was an absolutely stunning read which I tho'The 100' is a sublime combination of science fiction and dystopia, interlaced with hints of romance. This was an absolutely stunning read which I thought was superb from start to finish. I already can't wait for the sequel and the spin-off TV show which has already been commissioned.
Set in the future, the 100 refers to a group of teens, all convicted of various crimes and misdemeanours who are sent to earth to recolonise the planet after a nuclear war. The war led to the human race living in spaceships far above radioactive earth and learning how to survive by a number of methods, including limiting the number of new lives allowed to be created. The plot was fantastic. It was fast-paced, exciting and gripping and I was never sure what was going to happen next, so I was intrigued the whole way through.
The book features a four person perspective which alternates each chapter. The four main characters, Bellamy, Clarke, Wells and Glass, all have differing stories to tell and I was fully immersed in each of them. I initially worried that I might struggle with the multiple points of view, but it actually worked tremendously well. I loved the characters and thought they were all equally strong and interesting. I liked the way they all intersected with each other and it will be interesting to see how their personalities develop in future instalments as they face continued adversity and new challenges.
Some of my favourite scenes in the book were those that took place on earth. The characters experiences really shone through and I could feel their wonder and amazement as they experience things like a sunset, rain or birdsong for the very first time.
I was sucked into 'The 100' and by the second half I couldn't put it down. Kass Morgan's writing is wonderful, the world she's created is amazing and I would definitely give this book top marks for it's sheer brilliance. ...more
Highly imaginative and with a unique story concept. It took me some time to understand everything fully and I had to concentrate hard but it was worthHighly imaginative and with a unique story concept. It took me some time to understand everything fully and I had to concentrate hard but it was worth it in the end. Part dystopia and part fantasy, there is something to appeal to all readers....more
'The Fifth Wave' is one of the hottest YA books around at the moment and after reading some stellar reviews of it, I was super excited to finally star'The Fifth Wave' is one of the hottest YA books around at the moment and after reading some stellar reviews of it, I was super excited to finally start reading it myself. It reminded me of the Pittacus Lore series but much grittier and more brutal. The multiple narrative perspectives really gave me a chance to get acquainted properly with all the characters and I was hooked and immersed in Cassie's struggle for survival.
The alien invasion was frightening and brutally depicted. I loved the sci-if element of the story. The characters are placed in life and death situations and this is truly an environment where only the strongest will survive.
I couldn't put this book down and everything and everyone had to wait until I'd finished it. The major twist near the end made me rethink everything that had happened and has left me in great anticipation of the next instalment in the trilogy. ...more