Two societies live in vaults and are warned of each other. One colony only comes out at night, dubbed...moreBeautifully written novella about forbidden love.
Two societies live in vaults and are warned of each other. One colony only comes out at night, dubbed moonwalkers, and the other society only comes out during the day, called sun-walkers. Otherwise, each society spends their time inside a protective vault where they live in fear throughout either the day or night. Once Lyra, a moonwalker, misses the locking of her colony's vault, she is found by sun-walkers, and that's when the story takes a turn.
My biggest problem with this story? It's too short. I wanted it to be a prequel to a novel, and then (if the author could swing it) it could have been a series.
The love happened way too fast, way too easily, though I wasn't really disappointed. It made sense, just in more of a long-term way. I understand the characters' draw to one another, just not their pace.(less)
Tiring, that's the best way to describe this novel.
The point of view constantly switches between Cassia and Ky, but I had to flip back to the first pa...moreTiring, that's the best way to describe this novel.
The point of view constantly switches between Cassia and Ky, but I had to flip back to the first page of so many chapters to figure out which one's point of view I was reading. They had the same voice, and a lot of the same thoughts.
Each is entirely obsessed with the other, and doesn't think of much else other than how much they're crazy in love and missing one another.
Not much happened in this novel. A lot of lovey, mushy stuff like poetry or remembering Cassia's / Ky's hands or eyes or memories they had together was prevalent.
As for action? Nah, this isn't an action novel.
I read this thinking their romance isn't even very interesting. Why are they so in love? Why did Cassia give up on Xander when they have so much history and he seems like such a nice guy?
I have one nice thing to say about this novel -- the ending set me up for having interest in the third of the series. (less)
Lena is a wonderful character, she goes through so many struggles out in the Wilds, and comes to find...moreI don't know if this book could have been better.
Lena is a wonderful character, she goes through so many struggles out in the Wilds, and comes to find she doesn't even know who she is anymore. She isn't the girl who grew up in the safety of her Portland community, and she doesn't recognize the girl she's become as she strives to survive out in the Wilds.
The romance storyline in this book is great, and believable considering both character's circumstances. In a world where the law tells you not to love, not to look too closely at people or show them more attention than necessary, Lena and her friend desperately want to know what it's like. They want to know what's forbidden. They want to know each other.
I love how Lauren Oliver writes metaphors / similes. They're never about something random or typical (ie emeralds to describe eye color), but they always relate to the situation AND the location. The problem I have with writers who make comparisons to things that aren't actively in the story is that it's distracting. Oliver is a master at making descriptive comparisons to what's already in the scenery so I'm always caught up in the moment when I'm reading.
The ending--it had to happen. I kept wondering if it would happen earlier. It's going to make the next book pretty interesting...
(First impressions only -- I'll clean this review up later.)(less)
**spoiler alert** Damn. I don't typically read dystopia novels, but after this one I'm convinced I'll have to change that. This was a non-stop action...more**spoiler alert** Damn. I don't typically read dystopia novels, but after this one I'm convinced I'll have to change that. This was a non-stop action type of book, lots of violence and the world was a bit crazy (as is probably true in dystopia settings).
Aside from the crazy action scenes, there was quite a bit of romance in this book. I generally prefer romance to be VERY subtle, so the way it's presented here isn't really my thing, but I enjoyed that aspect of the book anyway.
The ending seemed ambiguous, like I wasn't sure if the author was going to follow it up with a second novel. I feel like, yeah, there are loose ends, but a second book isn't necessary. It feels kinda finished anyway, with the way the world ended up. But I checked goodreads, and okay, there will be a second and third novel. With as much as I liked this one, I'll read them.
I haven't read The Hunger Games yet, but I figure since this book had a lot of fighting and Hunger Games is supposed to be similar, they probably have a few things in common. I'm looking forward to reading that series so I can be sure.
One thing that really caught my attention in this novel is it's written in first person present tense, and that's something I haven't come across too often. Even though it stuck out as unusual, it's done well and doesn't distract from the story.(less)
This was AWESOME. I was hooked from the first page, and that didn't let up until the book was over. And now I NEED to find out what happens next, damm...moreThis was AWESOME. I was hooked from the first page, and that didn't let up until the book was over. And now I NEED to find out what happens next, dammit. I was sucked into this world the author created, it's intriguing to consider a world without love, or that love is a disease we all need a cure from.(less)