I was pretty disappointed in Midnight, especially in comparison to how much I loved the first book in the series, Nightfall.
Rosa (la jefa) is a formeI was pretty disappointed in Midnight, especially in comparison to how much I loved the first book in the series, Nightfall.
Rosa (la jefa) is a former prostitute turned alpha bitch who has formed a community in the midst of the chaos that has now become the United States. Along comes Chris, the former scientist geek turned super studded ass kicker. When Chris stumbles upon Rosa and her village of bravos he is completely enamored with this organized civilization which was created solely with Rosa's blood, sweat and tears.
I love the premise of this series. I am a huge fan of dystopian-post apocalyptic type books. And when you toss in the romance, two people who fall in love when the world is falling apart around them, I'm in. Normally. Because of the set up for Chris's character with the first book I was expecting and hoping for something completely different than was delivered. All though Chris has been through a lot, and I understand the hard plains to his personality, I just couldn't buy into the total character change. I barely recognized him. This seriously to me mine as well have been about a completely new hero who never appeared in the first book.
La jefa, Rosa, was just not a likable heroine. She was too hard for my preferred reading tastes. The femininity just wasn't there. And though I completely respect the strong willed, strong bodied female, being strong does not mean one has to be a bitch. Because of Rosa's too hard edges I felt the relationship between Chris and la jefa was just luke warm and I couldn't buy into the chemistry that these two were supposed to have created. All though I didn't really recognize him from the previous book, I thought the new, hard, alpha Chris deserved a better heroine.
Despite my feelings toward Midnight I will definitely still be reading the next book. I only hope that I can still recognize Tru and Penny as the characters I grew to really care about in Nightfall.
I'm still bouncing around between 4 and 5 stars with this one. I'm going to settle on 4 only because I was planning on it being a 4 star read up untilI'm still bouncing around between 4 and 5 stars with this one. I'm going to settle on 4 only because I was planning on it being a 4 star read up until the last few pages.
Everything I loved about the first book was evident and then some in Insurgent. All the secondary characters; Tobias, Christina, Lynn, Uriah, Marcus (love to hate him), the abundance of new and reintroduced old characters, and, and, and... All of them just grabbed and shook me.
Why my 1 star knock down? It was all because of Tris... I wouldn't go as far as to say I was disappointed in her, because no matter what she does, she is a kick a$$ heroine. But I was mildly put off by her and how often her new weaknesses hindered not only her relationships (with Tobias especially) but her ability to function. Now yes, I know, she went through a traumatic event and needs re-coop time, but I was hoping she handled her recovery a bit differently.
The ending though... WOW!!! I don't even have words. ...more
Blood Red Road was an outstanding example of creating a character driven book. Saba the heroine lives in Silver Lake with her father, twin brother andBlood Red Road was an outstanding example of creating a character driven book. Saba the heroine lives in Silver Lake with her father, twin brother and little sister Emmi. When her father is killed by 4 men who take her brother, immature, self absorbed Saba takes off after them, determined to get her brother back.
This story is about Saba and her quest across barren, unfamiliar lands to get her beloved brother back. Saba is a not so likable 18 year old girl when the story opens. She really doesn't care about anyone other than herself and her beloved twin brother. She most definitely doesn't care about her 9 year old sister who is nothing but a burden to her and competition for her brother Lugh's attention. Saba's growth throughout this story was perfectly orchestrated. She went from an annoying, mean (to her little sister), selfish girl to a strong, loving and honorable woman. All the while the pieces put together just right so the reader wouldn't miss out on any part of Saba's adventure or transformation.
Blood Red Road was filed with everything I look for in a book... Action, adventure, great characters and even a little romance thrown in, just enough to satisfy my need for a little sweetness.
I loved it and will anxiously await the next one in this series. Highly recommended.
*** Just to mention one thing. I had both the audio and the paper version of this book. For the most part I listened to the audio. The writing style takes a bit to get used to and though it may be easily understood and tolerated by one reader, it may not be for everyone. ***...more
Imagine you are an average 14 year old boy, just sitting in some boring class at school and all of a sudden... POOF, everyone you know who is over theImagine you are an average 14 year old boy, just sitting in some boring class at school and all of a sudden... POOF, everyone you know who is over the age of 15 has disappeared. A mixed matched version of Lord of the Flies and Children of the Corn (IMO) Gone was an exciting and extremely entertaining read for me.
Everything this book set out to be I believe it met and exceeded that expectation. I was surprised as an adult reader who occasionally indulges in YA books that I enjoyed a story that the oldest characters were (almost) 15 years old as much as I did. I usually find teenagers younger than 16 or 17 annoying and immature (because of course I was never like that *cough, cough*), but Sam, Astrid and the other characters Michael Grant created were all realistic yet mature 14 year olds who are faced with an unbelievable circumstance. I admired and respected Sam. I felt he grew as a character, he was likable though not perfect and he cared about those younger children who looked to him as their reluctant leader. This was a very strong character driven book and I felt those characters were wonderful. I already bought and started reading the next book.
**spoiler alert** Divergent was an unbelievably pleasant surprise. I want to do this book justice with my review because it so deserves it.
I loved th**spoiler alert** Divergent was an unbelievably pleasant surprise. I want to do this book justice with my review because it so deserves it.
I loved this book. Usually I can nit pick a book to pieces and come up with at least one small thing or another to complain about. I have nothing, this was awesome and I loved everything about it.
A dystopian Chicago has been broken up into 5 different factions. There are fancy words for them but they boil down to: Peace, Selflessness, Bravery, Honesty, and Knowledge. When a child reaches the age of 16 they are forced to choose a (ONE) faction. They can either choose that faction in which their parents are, and stay within the life they know. Or they can break away, choosing a different faction to live in. Being of two factions (Divergent) is not an option, and if the faction leaders discover a person is Divergent it is as good as a death sentence. Beatrice's parents are of the selfless faction. When she comes to the day she needs to choose her own faction she discovers that she is Divergent. She not only struggles within her own head, trying to force herself into one faction, but the one she actually does choose takes her away from her loving family and the only life she's known.
Ok, that was a semi-lame explanation but there is so much going on in this book and in Tris's mind it is hard to define. Tris is an outstanding character. A 16 year old girl who is so admirable that I didn't want this book to ever end. Tris is not the only character who is remarkable. Each and every supporting character, including the hero perfectly even out the story.
I couldn't help but be drawn to the similarities between Divergent and The Hunger Games. Don't get me wrong at no time did I feel that this was a knock off like so many trying trail in Twilight's shadow. The plot, the characters, their strengths and weaknesses were all original. I was just reminded how much I loved The Hunger Games and would definitely recommend Divergent to anyone who felt the same. ...more
20 years from now life as we know it has dramatically changed. Another civil war has tore apart our country. Those Americans on the pro-life side of a20 years from now life as we know it has dramatically changed. Another civil war has tore apart our country. Those Americans on the pro-life side of abortion and those on the pro-choice side, after a bloody battle have finally come to an unsteady agreement. Unwinding has become the solution and a way of life in which a parent is obligated to raise their child until the point that they are 13 years old. Anytime between the age of 13 and 17 a parent can sign an order to have their troubled child dismembered (or Unwound), at which time all their parts will be transplanted onto others who are in need (or want) of newer, healthier, better body parts.
I'm not completely sure if the author intended it to be so, but I found Unwind a combination lesson of acceptance of who one's self is, who others are around them and finding friends in the most unlikely of circumstances. The main characters, who were all teenagers were wonderful. Each individual was well developed, likable (or hate able) and grew into a better person throughout the story. I loved Unwind and have been looking to read more of the many other books by Neal Shusterman. ...more