I'm torn. I LOVED the first 80% of the book, but man, it ran out of steam the last 20% and fast! Meyer's writing style is highly reminiscent3.5 stars
I'm torn. I LOVED the first 80% of the book, but man, it ran out of steam the last 20% and fast! Meyer's writing style is highly reminiscent of Douglas Adams, so if you are a DA fan, I highly recommend this one. If you are someone who loves computers mixed with a bit of fantasy steeped in geek humour, I highly recommend this as well.
Absolutely loved the plot, but the execution could have been way better. Miller writes well enough to have kept my attention througMore like 3.5 stars
Absolutely loved the plot, but the execution could have been way better. Miller writes well enough to have kept my attention throughout the book but her plot twists need more work. Characters' personalities change 360 degrees in a second with no foreshadowing whatsoever, random bits introduced that act as deux es machina. A light romance, thankfully.
Ever since I finished reading Ready Player One followed by some furious spamming, recommending the book every Goodreader I know, I've been lying in waEver since I finished reading Ready Player One followed by some furious spamming, recommending the book every Goodreader I know, I've been lying in wait for a similar book based on virtual worlds and video games that'll blow my mind.
Yesterday afternoon, I came across Erebos. By evening, I had obtained an e-copy. Come midnight, I was fighting sleep trying to finish it in one go.
Does that mean it was as good as RPO? No, not by a long shot. BUT STILL, the first three-quarters of the book was fast and furious enough to keep me glued to the edge of my bed.
So, we have mysterious DVDs being distributed throughout Nick's, our MC, school, fellow students are mysteriously failing to turn up to classes and when they do, they seem beyond exhausted but nobody is willing to talk about it, not even his best friend. Nick is desperate to know what's going on and to get his hands on one of the DVDs, but it seems to be an invite-only thing.
Finally, finally, he manages to get the DVD from someone who makes him swear to certain rules of secrecy. Turns out, the DVDs contain a game called Erebos. It is an MMORPG which happens to be insanely addictive, and also...very much alive?
Nick finds out that all of the characters (apart from the players) in the game hardly behave like your regular video-game characters with a limited number of replies and reactions. Instead, they are acutely aware of what's going on around them and can have conversations with the players much like a normal person would.
Intrigued, Nick begins to play, slowly rising in levels, thanks to the mysterious Messenger who seems to be in-charge of the game. The Messenger helps the players increase their abilities and strength, in return for carrying out his orders that get stranger by the minute, for, these orders seem to take place in the real world, and the players are addicted and desperate enough to follow those orders without question.
Nick is initially asked to carry out mundane tasks, like, moving a package from point A to point B, or going out on a date with someone, but then things progress quickly to him stalking a strange man and taking his pictures, until finally, Nick is asked to poison, and possibly kill, his English teacher! Will he do it?
It was immensely fun reading about how the players get to pick their avatars, go on quests, collect "wish crystals" and fight in the arenas, always, with the Messenger lurking menacingly in the shadows. But, the last quarter where we figure what's going on, who created Erebos and what the point of it all was, is a big dampner. The twist is such a cliche that I was quite disappointed; I was hoping for something bigger and fantastic.
Apart from the slightly-lame ending, this is well worth a read, especially if you happen to be an avid gamer!...more
A short, but compelling story that will make you think and question the world you've come to know and trust. Actually, no, letThis, then, is dystopia.
A short, but compelling story that will make you think and question the world you've come to know and trust. Actually, no, let me correct myself. It is not so much a story as a subtle revelation of the fragile existence of mankind which throws a harsh light on just how much we think we know and how much we actually do, on how everything we think or say or do has consequences but how largely ignorant we remain of that fact, and how we still fear that which is unknown and to what extent we let this fear govern us.
Please do pick up Genesis, if you are the kind that likes a book that makes you think and turn everything you think you know, upside down. If you aren't the kind, pick it up anyway. Afterall, "A society that fears knowledge is a society that fears itself."...more
Not bad, not bad at all! But the reason behind it all - the existence of hybrids, the reason for their oppression, the isolation of3.5 stars out of 5
Not bad, not bad at all! But the reason behind it all - the existence of hybrids, the reason for their oppression, the isolation of the Americas from the other continents - wasn't explained in-depth, and it left me vaguely dissatisfied....more
Contrary to the other reviewers, I rather enjoyed this novella. Set some time in the 1870's, Asher's Invention follows the adventure3.5 stars out of 5
Contrary to the other reviewers, I rather enjoyed this novella. Set some time in the 1870's, Asher's Invention follows the adventures of Asher, inventor extraordinaire, and his ex-fiancee Minerva as they try to rescue Minerva's father, Silas, who has been kidnapped. The kidnappers want, as ransom, one of Asher's inventions - a perpetual-motion machine which can provide enough energy to run a city for a thousand years.
The novella was well paced with a more-than-decent writing and a couple of interesting characters to carry it forward. My only quibble is that, owing to the nature of a novella, the plot felt a tad rushed at times and, hence, compromised on character development a bit. I might have preferred it more if this had been a full length novel with the inclusion of the back-story of how Asher and Minerva met and fell in love, as well as a couple of chapters detailing how Silas had cheated Asher and stolen his invention.
ARC received by NetGalley and Carina Press....more
It's always the case - The books you go into with the least amount of expectations are almost always the ones to blow you away.
Neal Shusterman has anIt's always the case - The books you go into with the least amount of expectations are almost always the ones to blow you away.
Neal Shusterman has an incredible Voice, and knows how to tell a story with it. Unwind is an extremely good piece of writing with some solid characters that stay with you for a long time. The book is disquietingly realistic and scary as hell, and whatever flaws in the book, are forgivably small.
(view spoiler)[BUT JESUS THE SCENE WHERE ROLAND HAS TO LIE THERE AND WATCH THEM CUT HIS BODY INTO PIECES MY GOD WHAT WAS UP WITH THAT SHIT IT WAS GUT-WRENCHING IT FELT LIKE SOMEONE PUNCHED THE AIR OUT OF ME I ALMOST THREW UP MY LUNCH THE FUTURE IS A TERRIBLE TIME TO LIVE IN