A brilliant fast paced book perfect for every geek and nerd. Set in 2044 in a rather probable world where most people spend there time in the virtualA brilliant fast paced book perfect for every geek and nerd. Set in 2044 in a rather probable world where most people spend there time in the virtual world. Where one corporation rules, or is trying to rule both the virtual and physical world. Where people can make an entire living never leaving their homes. Where the fascination with all things gaming is life.
It centers around a young man who is part of a subculture of 'gunters' all trying to find the Easter Egg worth billions within the virtual game/world that everyone lives in. The story itself is fun, but the best part for me was all of the 80s, geek, and pop culture references. You don't have to be a gamer to appreciate this book, even though there are a LOT of game references.
There is a definite message relating to 'real vs virtual', but it doesn't slam you over the head.
If you read it too close there are flaws in the plotting, but it's science/pop culture fiction so don't dwell on those. Read it like you watched WarGames, played D&D, or your favorite sitcoms in the 80s. It is fast, fun, and definitely worth a read.
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 tiI 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. ...more
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 sI 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....more
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 sophisticateVery 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!...more
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-cheAn 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. ...more
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 aTe 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....more
Another YA novel where society, literally THE Society, has eliminated crime and hunger by completely controlling every aspect of a person's life, inclAnother 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 ouJust 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!...more