I'm a big fan of dystopian sci-fi books and Ignite didn't disappoint. I was impressed with the writing style, character development, and the world buiI'm a big fan of dystopian sci-fi books and Ignite didn't disappoint. I was impressed with the writing style, character development, and the world building. I'm not going to hash out much of the plot because you can get that in the summary of the book. I like to talk more about the thing's I've listed above.
It took me a while to get used to the way the chapters read. Each chapter is from the point of view of a different character, which I've read before, but for some reason I had to keep reminding myself who was talking in the first 5 or 6 chapters. After you get into the book you don't really have to try to hard to remember the transitions and it's wonderfully written.
The plot of this book is amazing. I'm a sucker for rebel groups fighting the "bad guys" and this book didn't disappoint. Every time I thought I knew where it was going there was a plot twist that took it in another direction. There were a few times that I had an idea of where it was going, but I didn't have the full grasp of the twist or the implications that it would have for the rest of the book. I also enjoyed the inner struggle that some of the characters had. I have a psychology degree, so I like seeing those things in writing and it was very well done in this book. I felt like I was struggling right along with the characters.
The world building in this book is great. I could picture myself in the burned out and ruined streets of London. I could see myself in the HQ of the flames and the factories that they moved in and out of. I could picture the homemade tech devices they used in the book. It was all so vivid in my mind and that is a result of the amazing writing in this book.
Character development was very good as well. Those of you that have read my reviews for any amount of time know that that is a big deal for me. I enjoyed getting to know the characters individually through their unique chapters and then seeing how they join together part way through the book.
This book is a wonderful read for people that like: sci-fi, dystopian, action/adventure, and fans of just plain old good writing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that asks.
Flexible Wings is a wonderfully written story about a military family, swimming, and friendship, to name a few of the themes. I wasn't sure how I wasFlexible Wings is a wonderfully written story about a military family, swimming, and friendship, to name a few of the themes. I wasn't sure how I was going to like this book as it didn't immediately jump out at me when I read the excerpt of it. I was pleasantly surprised however and ended up enjoying it very much.
The character development is done very well. Sometimes with short books it's hard to get enough info on the characters or you get too much info on them and the plot doesn't get as much time as it needs. Neither of these issues showed up in this book. The author does a wonderful job of character development throughout the story.
The plot of the story was pretty straight forward. There weren't any major twists and turns that caught you off guard, but sometimes that's refreshing in the story and that was the case with this. I didn't find myself wanting any more or less when I finished the book. That's the mark of a good story to me.
The writing style of this book was probably my favorite part. It was just so down to earth. I could imagine myself having this conversation with my family if we were in these situations. There were not outlandish parts that made it unbelievable in any way. The only thing I didn't like, and this is going to sound weird, was the titles of the chapters. I didn't like them because they gave away what was going to happen in each chapter. There wasn't really much buildup as a result because you kind of knew what was coming based on the chapter label.
I enjoyed the readability of this book very much. You could easily sit down and read it in 2 or 3 hours if you had that kind of time to commit in one stretch.
This books touches on many wonderful topics of family dynamics. The sibling interactions are wonderful to watch as they develop. The arguments with mom and dad are very down to earth and applicable. I think this book has the capability of helping many young readers cope with some family angst they may be having. The topic of moving and making new friends is also a big one in this book. That is such a hard thing to do, moving to a new home and school, and I think that lots of kids cope with this everyday. The author tackles in a very straight forward way and doesn't pull any punches about how hard it can be. I appreciate that very much.
Overall I gave this book 5/5 stars. It is a solid read that I would recommend to anyone that would ask me about it. Veda Stamps has crafted a wonderful novel that touches on some tough issues. She approaches these issues with a grace that is sometimes lost in the world today. Well done. ...more