I enjoyed it, although I found that I really missed the city. And I would have been interested in more of the fallout from the last book for the key pI enjoyed it, although I found that I really missed the city. And I would have been interested in more of the fallout from the last book for the key players. ...more
I liked the twist at the end. (view spoiler)[ However I was less happy about the innocent person turning out to be guilty after all because I think itI liked the twist at the end. (view spoiler)[ However I was less happy about the innocent person turning out to be guilty after all because I think it really detracts from the idea that innocent people were targeted. There's already a line in there about needing an agency not bound by FISA warrants. Considering that there is ample evidence that our current agencies already don't bother with FISA and when they do it's rubber stamped (I can't remember if it's never been denied or if it was denied once) I don't think that rationale holds water. (hide spoiler)]...more
I felt this was another strong addition to the series.
(view spoiler)[I was more than a little annoyed to see Newberry's smoking Opium again. It's forI felt this was another strong addition to the series.
(view spoiler)[I was more than a little annoyed to see Newberry's smoking Opium again. It's for a good reason, I suppose, but what was the point of cleaning him up in the last book if he's immediately going to become addicted again? (hide spoiler)]
I liked the antagonist. (view spoiler)[ I would have liked to see more of her, actually. I though the sections from her point of view were interesting.
I'd also like to have a case that doesn't involve the queen or a plot against the queen just for a change of pace (hide spoiler)]
I enjoyed this book but I am getting tired of the will they/won't they with various characters. At some point she needs to make a decision and there nI enjoyed this book but I am getting tired of the will they/won't they with various characters. At some point she needs to make a decision and there needs to not be external things blocking them from being together. ...more
This book actually felt more "young adult" than most YA books I've read lately. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, it is the target audience,This book actually felt more "young adult" than most YA books I've read lately. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, it is the target audience, after all.
The story itself isn't exactly new. Misfit adventurous girl becomes the leader of a group of girls but it was pleasant nonetheless.
I do like the idea of a school dedicated to teaching people how to be evil. ...more
This was a good follow up to The Yard. I figured out some of the mystery before the reveal but that's okay. I still really enjoyed the story and the cThis was a good follow up to The Yard. I figured out some of the mystery before the reveal but that's okay. I still really enjoyed the story and the characters. ...more
I know I've read this book before so I'm not sure why there's no goodreads review of it.
The problems I have with t**spoiler alert** 2.5 stars.
I know I've read this book before so I'm not sure why there's no goodreads review of it.
The problems I have with the book are mostly character based.
Shaw does everything he can to save those under his care and stresses the importance of family. But then at the end he basically abandons them. I also don't think his reason for wanting to get Eleanor at the end felt right. I would get him going after her for shooting his boy but wanting to get her for knowing about the theft didn't feel like it was explained quite the right way. She is a danger to his family but it's not given sufficient weight.
It also didn't feel right to me that Shaw doesn't feel any remorse at all about attempting to kill someone under his command. That should be a repudation of everything he stood for.
The Eleanor is weak thing at the end didn't make sense to me either. It's true she's (rightfully) afraid of the hurricanes in the beginning of the book. But she's not just cowering in fear. She has a concrete plan of action and emergency preparedness kits for her family. She goes out into the storm to rescue their neighbor. Later on she saves her husband who had confronted a dangerous drug addict by himself (and he resents her superior ability to act in a dangerous situation). Basically she's portrayed as a strong but flawed person. Then suddenly at the end Shaw is constantly thinking of her as weak and decides she's somehow changed. Her husband also thinks she's changed and somehow no longer resents it.
And then there's the part where she takes time in the middle of a zombie outbreak to investigate her boss' son acting suspiciously instead of helping people through the checkpoint even though if they don't make it they'll be zombie chow.
And on top of that, it's obviously bad for the Shaws to steal from the bank but somehow it's cool that she then steals it from them for her family. Apparently her theory of justice is that two wrongs make a right. Or something. ...more
It was okay. The whole broken person pushing people away thing is starting to be irritating though. And I don't remember how old this character is supIt was okay. The whole broken person pushing people away thing is starting to be irritating though. And I don't remember how old this character is supposed to be but she feels like late 30's at the absolute earliest and she's dating a doctor so you'd think the health risks of pregenancy at that age might come up as long as they're discussing children. Of course we don't actually see that conversation so maybe it did.
The main plot was sort of intersting but Kava explicitely shows the reader that one of the avenues Tully is investigating is a red herring even before he starts investigating it so I'm not sure what the point of that was. ...more
I wanted to like it more than I did. I didn't dislike it, exactly, but I didn't find it as compelling at The Passage.
Part of it may have been that I'I wanted to like it more than I did. I didn't dislike it, exactly, but I didn't find it as compelling at The Passage.
Part of it may have been that I'm very into the apocalypse and this book didn't focus as much on people when it was first getting started and didn't focus as much on life for the general population afterward. Maybe it's just been too long since I read the first book but I didn't feel particularly invested in the characters and this book felt more limited in scope and focused on individuals than I remember the previous book being.
Again, it's not bad, just not as good as the first one. And I know it's a trilogy and I'll read the next book but I also think it could have ended here and made sense....more
The very basic premise isn't particularly original. There's a very well off society and a destitute society and the destitute people want to be whereThe very basic premise isn't particularly original. There's a very well off society and a destitute society and the destitute people want to be where the well off people are and there's one well off person who ends up in the destitute society and had no idea what it was like to live there. What makes this book different is the the world Baggot has imagined.
Again, life in the dome isn't all that original. (Think the Vaults from Fallout). There is some genetic experimentation going on as the vault director attempts to make those inside the vault even better. Faster, stronger, smarter, etc.
It's the world outside the vault which is new and interesting. When the bombs went off, those outside the vault fused with the things around them. For example, one of the main characters, Presia, has a doll head for a hand because she was holding a baby doll at the time. Her grandfather has the blades of a handheld fan in his throat. Another character has some birds fused to his back. There's a whole group of women who have their small children fused to their bodies. Sometimes those children are still cognizant, sometimes not. There's an endless variety of objects and living matter that people have fused with.
Those outside the dome are known as Wretches, those inside are known as Pures. Inside the dome they're taught that they tried to get everyone in the dome but the people outside were too stupid or stubborn to come in. Of course, that's not at all what happened.
We don't learn all that much about the time before the bombs fell. The main characters were very young when it happened (they're around 16-19 now). I think there was a lot of pollution and we do know that women were once again supposed to be the idealized 1950's America version. (Pretty, mostly silent, have dinner on the table and take care of the kids, not work outside the home, etc). I believe there was more State control over everything as well.
Life for the wretches is pretty bleak. There's a mandatory service requirement once you turn 16 and part of that service involves a killing spree game where you hunt down other wretches (basically, those who can't get away and hide in time) and kill them. There's a scarcity of food and other resources.
Life in the dome is better but far from perfect. Some of the genetic tampering does things like alter a person's personality. Girls are even more conditioned to that idealized 1950's role. Certain people are allowed to breed (the dream of every girl, of course) and some aren't. Those who can breed don't have their genes tampered with. Those who can't are allowed to be modified just like the boys.
The plot isn't remarkable, is, in fact, rather predictable, but the world and the characters are interesting enough that I'll read the second book.
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this retelling of Cinderella. I loved Kai, Cinder, Peony and Iko. I liked that Kai was more than just a one dimensi**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this retelling of Cinderella. I loved Kai, Cinder, Peony and Iko. I liked that Kai was more than just a one dimensional prince to fall in love with. I also like the importance Cinder places on knowing who she is.
The Chekhov's gun was blindingly obvious but then, Chekhov's guns usually are.
I really like the world Meyer created although I would also have liked a little more information on how things came to be. I can see people being uncomfortable with cyborgs but I want to know how they came to be regarded as property. After all, these are still sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, etc. of people. If someone I knew were to become injured and need a replacement limb I wouldn't suddenly think of them as something less than human. So how do the laws get passed making them basically slaves? I get that hover accidents are rare but cyborgs are apparently not super rare (at least, I don't think they are) so injuries and replacement parts must still happen somehow. And what qualifies someone as a cyborg? If you have a mechanical heart valve, is that enough? A limb replacement? Or do I have it all wrong and Cinder is only considered as such because she's under the age of majority? But she never says she'll be free when she reaches a certain age which suggests that's not it. Not to mention that they're "drafted" for experimental testing.
What about people who refuse to have replacement parts added? Surely they exist if the alternative is to become property. How are they perceived? Are the laws the same everywhere? Is there reason to think escaping to Europe will mean a better life?
And the chip raises questions, too. Would having a chip installed so as to make it impossible for bioenergy to manipulate you make you a cyborg? What about the fact that it's already been demonstrated such a chip can be tampered with and rendered ineffective?
I've said before I think Gustainis goes overboard with the sex and that was certainly my impression this time. I'm not opposed to sex in nov3.5 stars.
I've said before I think Gustainis goes overboard with the sex and that was certainly my impression this time. I'm not opposed to sex in novels but there was enough here that it was just repetitive. It was not graphic however.
The story was interesting. It involved competing factions in Hell and exorcisms, among other things.
I mostly really enjoyed this book. I really like Cherry and her staff. I'm less sold on the two male interests.
Cherry is a great steampunk lead. She'I mostly really enjoyed this book. I really like Cherry and her staff. I'm less sold on the two male interests.
Cherry is a great steampunk lead. She's an independent woman who is very interested in the world around her and in science in particular.
I really like the world Cooper has designed. The wealthy literally live above the poor because the buildings of the peerage have been raised up on stilts while the poor live in a London covered in smog that makes it hard to breathe.
It was mostly enjoyable though I fear we may be heading into too stupid to live territory with the protagonist. She tries to make everything right butIt was mostly enjoyable though I fear we may be heading into too stupid to live territory with the protagonist. She tries to make everything right but because she doesn't listen to anyone else she just makes everything worse.
It's interesting to have a protagonist who can see into the future. I'm curious how Jacka will keep him limited because I can easily see how that kindIt's interesting to have a protagonist who can see into the future. I'm curious how Jacka will keep him limited because I can easily see how that kind of ability would make it difficult for Alex to really get into trouble. He managed it neatly in the first book.
I would like a little more information about the world. I'm not entirely sure if people know about magic or not. I think not since Luna says something about discovering the world but I'm not positive. ...more
I still very much enjoy the characters even if the names "Books" and "Braun" strike me as too cute.
I liked the focus on politics and the references to what actually happened to suffragists during the woman's suffrage movement. Yes, they really were arrested, many of them did go on hunger strikes, and yes, many of them were forcibly fed through tubes.
(view spoiler)[I was sad to see Braun's new friend killed off. I liked her and thought it was nice that she had an awesome female friend besides her maid (hide spoiler)]
Anyway, it was an enjoyable read and I look forward to the next one....more
It was interesting to see someone from just about everyone's family.
Thurman has fou**spoiler alert** 4.5 stars.
Everybody's family comes out to play.
It was interesting to see someone from just about everyone's family.
Thurman has found a good way to bring the Auphe back into play and to raise the specter that long term all the "cures" they've found for Cal will end up being worse than whatever ill they were trying to fix. ...more
I continue to love how Farnsworth handles vampires. Cade is an apex predator. When humans see him most of them want to run away and/or hide.4.5 stars.
I continue to love how Farnsworth handles vampires. Cade is an apex predator. When humans see him most of them want to run away and/or hide. There hasn't been a single human who has met his gaze and thought "oh yeah, he's sexy, I want some of that."
For his part, Cade tries to retain his humanity but having sex with a human would be like bestiality. You don't fuck your food.
It was really nice to get back into the political maneuverings. I'm curious what the process is for writing clips from The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. In real life, I prefer TDS but I thought the TCR bit was much funnier.
I although thought it was interesting Taibbi got singled out as an asshole reporter. I assume that was in reference to Matt Taibbi, who these days is known more for his fiscal reporting. FWIW, I highly recommend his Rolling Stone column. The inside jokes about politics and members of the media were quite fun.
The boogeyman was an interesting villain.
(view spoiler)[I think maybe it's time to let Helen be dead. There's only so many times she can come back and have it be a surprise.
I really liked how Cade drinking human blood was handled. It made him so much faster/better/stronger and I like his attempted rationalizations and later dismissals. I particularly liked the section with Grant.
The end section was brilliant. Cade's fury at not being able to stop Curtis' death (and that's before he knows it wasn't natural causes, assuming he figures that out). It was a great twist and well executed. (hide spoiler)]...more
I liked this book, particularly Marci's character.
(view spoiler)[I was really disappointed that Marci died. She seemed much more interesting and a beI liked this book, particularly Marci's character.
(view spoiler)[I was really disappointed that Marci died. She seemed much more interesting and a better match for John than Brooke ever was. Marci felt like a person whereas Brooke has always felt more like a fantasy. (hide spoiler)]
John's relationship with his mother seemed pretty typical, all things considered. He's a teenager so even if he was perfectly normal there would probably be some amount of distancing. Wells did a good job with that.
(view spoiler)[I'm somewhat concerned about the direction the series is going in. I think it could be interesting to see how John functions without his mom but I'm less interested in this new group he's become a part of and Brooke has never been that interesting to me. (hide spoiler)]...more
The title has absolutely nothing to do with the story. That said, it was a good story. We learn more about world walking and the multiverse which wasThe title has absolutely nothing to do with the story. That said, it was a good story. We learn more about world walking and the multiverse which was interesting.
I'm glad Nola's addressing her eating disorder in part because it's annoying to have people tell her to eat all the time. I assume it's sort of like telling someone who suffers from clinical depression to snap out of it and be happy. ...more