I just finished this fabulous third book in the Skychasers series. The whole series is one of the best science fiction series I have read in a long ti...moreI just finished this fabulous third book in the Skychasers series. The whole series is one of the best science fiction series I have read in a long time. I kept forgetting that it was supposed to be YA. The depth of the characters and concepts are stronger than many ‘adult’ series. This last book does not wrap everything up neatly. It is gritty, emotional, and hard to read at times. Ryan is so good at description that I felt the physical pain and emotional struggles of the characters. The ending is very logical and not what you would necessarily expect and I like that.
When I read the first book in this series I spent most of it being very angry at some of the characters to the point where I thought I didn’t like the book. Then I realized it was just because I was so attached to the characters and what they were going through. After that I couldn’t wait for the next book to come out.
I am being very vague because the plots are so complex that I don’t want to give anything away. Suffice it to say, if you like science fiction that explores the human condition while examining the constructs that humans cling to in desperate situations, this is the series for you. (less)
I hate that I read these books so fast because I wish they never ended. Each one gets better than the last. Impossible to describe, all I can say is s...moreI hate that I read these books so fast because I wish they never ended. Each one gets better than the last. Impossible to describe, all I can say is start with The Eyre Affair and read every book in order. Otherwise they will make no sense. Well, they already make very little sense, but at least by reading them all in order they make more non-sense.(less)
Very different from the Thursday Next books, which I love, but still good. Intended for the YA audience, like most current YA this one is sophisticate...moreVery different from the Thursday Next books, which I love, but still good. Intended for the YA audience, like most current YA this one is sophisticated. It takes place in an alternate Britain where dragons once flourished and magic is normal. However, their is one dragon left and magic is fading. We follow an orphan whose job it is to shepherd the magicians making sure they get to the few jobs that are left for them.
It was slow moving to start. It is definitely the first in a trilogy. Things start to come together about half way through and by the end I was entirely hooked. Can't wait for the next one!(less)
An editor's dream book. Consists entirely of the fact checking and editing notes for one essay. It is an often acrimonious discussion between fact-che...moreAn editor's dream book. Consists entirely of the fact checking and editing notes for one essay. It is an often acrimonious discussion between fact-checker and author over the place of "fact" in the often nebulous non-fiction essay. How much can you change a fact for "artistic flow"? So far I am really enjoying this and, of course, falling on the side of the fact-checker. Why play loose with the facts and assume the reader is reading your essay for edification of concept only? Why not be accurate and stop this flow of inaccurate information that plagues our country today? We'll see if John D'Agata can convince me, but right now I am siding with Jim Fingal. A fact is fact and if you mess with it you are writing fiction. (less)
Te second book in the Match trilogy follows the characters to their new posts and their attempts to survive, discover, and reunite. More clues arise a...moreTe second book in the Match trilogy follows the characters to their new posts and their attempts to survive, discover, and reunite. More clues arise about the Society and what lies outside its borders. There are a few new characters and Condie doesn't hold back on reality, wins, and losses.
I am looking forward to the third to see if we get more answers, or if the answers will be that nothing can really stop the human heart from loving, creating, and enjoying.(less)
Another YA novel where society, literally THE Society, has eliminated crime and hunger by completely controlling every aspect of a person's life, incl...moreAnother YA novel where society, literally THE Society, has eliminated crime and hunger by completely controlling every aspect of a person's life, including their food intake. This first in a trilogy centers on a young couple that have been found to be a perfect "match" for each other. Through a glitch another choice comes up for the young woman and she begins to doubt.
This novel is an interesting exploration of curiosity as a natural human instinct and how trying to even the playing field can never really happen because someone always has to be on the bottom.
Just finished the second book in the Sky Chasers series. I really liked Glow, the first book, but not the whole time I was reading it, which turned ou...moreJust finished the second book in the Sky Chasers series. I really liked Glow, the first book, but not the whole time I was reading it, which turned out to be good. I haven't been this emotional over a book in a long time.
Spark picks up where Glow left off and creates even more emotional turmoil for Waverly, Kieran, and Seth, amongst others. What happens when people let their emotions take control and they cross lines? Are they forever change from being a good person or can they learn from their mistakes? Self-proclaimed Captain Kieran faces the struggle of good intentions and wrong actions. The distrust resulting from the need for control, which also brings about the "either or" attitudes we have seen in our current political and business cultures. "You are either with me or against me." The grey is extinguished. Waverly faces that same struggle of good intentions gone awry while Seth grapples with the unintended consequences of his very same struggle which occurred in Glow.
This book brings many of the more minor characters to the forefront adding their voices to the moral and emotional struggles facing the crew of the Empyrean.
I found myself more frustrated at their actions because I could completely identify. Much of what they struggle with was the result of inexperience. They are young and haven't dealt with consequences of actions on this level. However, seeing the very same actions being committed on a different level with the adults aboard the New Horizon, and the destructive force of the ego made me cringe. On both ships you have the ego of the leaders manifesting as conversations with God--"God is on our side"--propelling them forward. Others find ego manifesting in the "ends justifies the means". Each finding whatever they need to bolster what they feel is right.
Through it all Seth shines as a more complex character who has learned the value of the "grey" and created a stronger moral base through introspection and very important conversations with a certain adult.
Not only is this well written, but it is such a wonderful and thoughtful book about actions and reactions, how we learn, the complex process we go through to develop who we are and our moral proving ground. I love a book that both entertains and provokes thinking all in one awesome package! Recommended to everyone!
All I can say was that I woke up my husband when I finished the book because I yelled "What?!? NO!" Another anxious year until Book 3!(less)
I had many different emotions while reading it, from "hmm, interesting concept" to "you are kidding me" to "no way am I reading the next one" to "geez...moreI had many different emotions while reading it, from "hmm, interesting concept" to "you are kidding me" to "no way am I reading the next one" to "geez--when is the next one coming out?!?!?" I take that as a sign of a good book.
The premise starts out simply enough, two ships on their way to settle a New Earth. The survivalist/apocalypse fans will love the bits about farming in space and how people can create a world on a ship. Then it quickly gets wrapped up in several discoveries which make it difficult to take any sides, except for maybe Waverly, the main female character. Everyone has their good and bad sides, showing that even with good intentions if ego gets in the way it twists everything.
I won't go into much detail here, because you need to experience the journey yourself. Suffice it to say there are some familiar plots here: Handmaid's Tale, Lord of the Flies; surrounded by the struggle of youth to find their way using their own moral compasses. How does their upbringing and experience interfere with it pointing true north? A study in extremes with one strong young woman in the middle.(less)