Seventeen year old Kitty Doe stuck as a III is given a choice, to become a VII and be apart of the most powerful family in the country as long as sheSeventeen year old Kitty Doe stuck as a III is given a choice, to become a VII and be apart of the most powerful family in the country as long as she givens up everything she is or stay as a III and be forever looked down upon others for the rest of her life.
It's nice to read an original and fresh dystopian novel which doesn't try to be the new The Hunger Games for a change. Pawn isn't like other dystopian YA which feel the need to force a love triangle into the book as Pawn has no love triangle and actually has minimal romance because Kitty has a boyfriend and her relationship status stays that way but of course with a little complication. I don't understand why YA dystopian books feel the need to force their main character to develop feelings for two love interests because it is so noticeable when it doesn't work which just ruins the whole book. I'm so glad that Pawn didn't go down that road but brought something new to the table.
I was so engrossed while reading Pawn as there was so much mystery, secrets and twists that I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. I do think the mystery element actually out weighs the dystopian element because if we took the mystery and the secrets out of the book there wouldn't be enough dystopia to carry it on.
The rules of society with there number system is definitely something I have read before in other dystopian works. It actually felt similar to The Selection with the numbers determining what life you lead and what job you get to have. In Pawn obtaining a I or a II basically means you are a criminal and get sent Elsewhere where as a VI means you get to actually make something of yourself. A VII is saved for the rules only, in this case the Hart family.
There wasn't enough dystopia to move me or make me feel anything. The only feelings I felt was shock upon discovering all the secret that were floating about. Still it it did make a great mystery book but my fear is that if all this has been revealed in the first novel then what could the second book possibly bring. I fear it won't be as good and that really annoys me when reading a series. The books have to get more and more exciting as the series goes on in my opinion.
The only downside to Pawn is that towards the end of the book it's a little obvious that a love triangle is going to occur or might occur within the next book. I really hope this is not the case as I loved how different Pawn was on those terms to other books but I wouldn't be surprised if something does happen.
I hope the next book will be just as engrossing as Pawn was and will have just as much mystery because I'm a sucker for mystery...more
The Maze Runner has cropped up quite frequently on my news feed on Goodreads but also on Amazon so it was only a matter of time before I researched itThe Maze Runner has cropped up quite frequently on my news feed on Goodreads but also on Amazon so it was only a matter of time before I researched it and brought it. The fact that it was being turned into a film added to the urgency of me needing to read it before I watched the film because you know how some directors ruin books by casting terrible actors that ruin films or just generally cock the film up which makes you get irritated over the book.
This book was better than what I thought it was going to be, I didn't think much of a group of boys living in a maze. It sounded a bit strange and the fact that they were mostly boys I thought would probably end up annoying me. It surprised me that I actually got along with the book really well. It didn't keep me up all night or consume every thought but I enjoyed reading it definitely.
Having said that though the ending I must admit to staying up past my bedtime because I had to find out what happened next. I didn't actually find out until this morning so I didn't finish it last night but I think had it been in some ways faster paced with danger at every turn I probably would be typing this right now slumped over in my chair half awake.
It will be interesting to read what happens next to the characters and the challenges they face and maybe even get answers to some unanswered questions because after the end of book one we are still kept in the dark about what actually is happening within the world and most importantly why it is all happening.
Gamers is a YA Dystopian, futuristic novel where everything is a game and to win means a place in university granted that you get enough po Rating 3.5
Gamers is a YA Dystopian, futuristic novel where everything is a game and to win means a place in university granted that you get enough points. To lose means you just get forgotten about and nobody remembers who you were or what happened to you, you just disappear.
Gabby is the heroine of this story, she's been hacking the system for years but only to help her best friend Zaela earn enough life points to stay in Lifegame. Gabby's view on Lifegame changes when a group called the Frags contact her with information about what happens to the losers who lose Lifegame. Gabby must then decide what is important.
Gamers is a really enjoyable read that will definitely please fans of the dystopian genre. The futuristic technology within this book is great, I would love to change my walls so they resemble a forest or something. There were some flaws within the book for example some of the characters seemed flat compared to Gabby the main character and at one point the author seemed to forget what view he was writing the book in but all in all a great read that I would recommend to anyone. It's a great read, I can't really say much more! ...more
Ok so Unravelling was actually pretty good despite how much it bored me in the beginning. I couldn’t get my head around how someone could die one minuOk so Unravelling was actually pretty good despite how much it bored me in the beginning. I couldn’t get my head around how someone could die one minute and then go back to normal as if nothing happened. I would be like “I just died, I can’t come to school sorry”
So for those of you who don’t know what Unravelling is about, read on and find out.
Unravelling is centred around a young girl called Janelle who in the very first chapter of the story dies and is brought back to life by the mysterious Ben Michaels. Her dad is an FBI agent who is working on a case involving a device that is slowly counting down to something that is going to happen in 23 days time. Now the device that is counting down could just be counting down to the end of the world which gives Janelle only 23 days to stop it and find out what Ben Micheal’s did to her.
I actually did like this book more than I first thought I was going to, it actually turned out to be quite a good book even if it did end at a stupid place. The end of the world theme really attracted me to the book, I love a good end of the world story. As far as end of the world type books go this one was actually pretty good and towards the end it did feel like the world was just going to crease to exist and if the world does decide to end (god, I hope it doesn’t) then this is how I picture it to happen. So it’s a good pat on the back for creative imagery.
The characters were a likeable bunch maybe except from Janelle who deeply annoyed me. I feel a bit harsh for saying it but yeah she really irritated me and like who uses “because I’m like that” that amount of times? I haven’t even heard anybody say it before in person. Ok I lied a bit there because sometimes I use the phase but not enough for people to get so irritated with me they want to turn around and punch me. I didn’t even connect with her once and it’s important within a book to connect with the main character at least once, it makes you appreciate the story so much more when you connect with it.
I also kind of lost interest once I discovered why the world was apparently ending which wasn’t that fun for me to be honest and just made the book disappointing I guess. This is just personal taste though, I’ve always been a lover of zombie type end of the worlds kind of thing then a war of the worlds kind of thing.
So yes incase you are wondering I will be reading the second book because "I'm like that" but also because loose ends weren't tied up and loose ends need to be tied up and not to mention it's a two book series not like other series where there isn't an end in sight. ...more
So when I first heard about the farm I was all like "Yeah baby, I wanna read that shit!" Its days were numbered and it didn't matter if I had insufficSo when I first heard about the farm I was all like "Yeah baby, I wanna read that shit!" Its days were numbered and it didn't matter if I had insufficient funds because I knew that one day soon it would be mine with or without money. So then I read the description on Amazon and the review that said "Equal parts Resident Evil and The Hunger Games and just as thrilling.." and I was like "Keep talking" while checking my bank to make sure I had enough to cover it.
Then I got the Kindle edition and started reading and was like " Yeah this is great must read whenever I get the chance"
But.. Towards the middle it just didnt have the same effect on me as the beginning of the book had, I thought that they would constantly be having to fight herds of Ticks off and that this small cluster of people would be wide eyed and zombiefied from not being able to sleep due to the herds of said Ticks. I thought I would have to hide my kindle somewhere so I wasn't tempted to sit and read it all afternoon.
I actually stopped reading the book for 4 or 5 days because nothing was really happening which to me wasn't right because come on its dystopian and its a survival book and stuff is suppose to be happening.
I felt that the book mostly focused on the Carter and Lily side of the story than it did about on the Tick infestation. I like a little romance in a book don't get me wrong but when the product description all but promises a gripping and thrilling adventure then I expect the romance to play a small part not take up half the book.
So apart from that minor annoying detail the book was really good, the writing was good and I will be reading next book in the series and possbily checking out other books by Emily Mckay, I just feel a bit let down from what I expected of the book. So four stars from me it is. ...more
The Glimpse is more softcore dystopia rather than hardcore dystopia. I prefer hardcore dystopia because those books are usually so much more engrossinThe Glimpse is more softcore dystopia rather than hardcore dystopia. I prefer hardcore dystopia because those books are usually so much more engrossing and hard to put down. I did like the Glimpse but it just took like forever for anything to happen and I just got bored of it. The book moves at a slow pace and it takes a while for stuff to happen. Actually to be honest the book didn't really start to pick up pace until about 60% of the way through the book. By then stuff was happening and it kept me reading chapter after chapter to find out what happened next.
The characters were ok, some of them more likeable than the others. I didn't really care for Ana and her problems to be honest. I know that's a bit harsh because she's the main character and everything and has past problems and all that jazz but she didn't really stick out. I don't actually think I have a favourite character because they all sort of blended together.
Don't get me wrong the Glimpse a nice book, it is an original story not many books centre around mental health topics which is what attracted me to the book I guess because I hadn't read any other book do that, especially a dystopian book. It is a bit of a crazy idea that in the near future the world might suddnely spit into those with mental health illnesses and those without mental health illnesses but then it is no more unbelieveable then say aliens taking over the world.
All in all I did enjoy it and it be nice to read the sequel and find out what happens whether the spit community suddnely becomes one again or not. I'm glad that the author didn't decide to do what other authors have done and stretch the story out as far as it could possibly go to fill more books. Two is a good number, I like two. ...more
Wither is a really creepy book when you think about it, I mean these girls have had their freedom ripped away from them and are being forced into marrWither is a really creepy book when you think about it, I mean these girls have had their freedom ripped away from them and are being forced into marrying some complete stranger just so he doesn't have to die alone. It doesn't stop there, they then have to share the same bed and turn into baby making machines so a new generation can be born. To top it all off there is Vaughan (Lindon's father)creeping about with his icky sayings like "Darling" and it turns into one big creepfest. It's just full on gross or Vaughan is anyway.
The most creepy thing about this book is at although this story is completely fictional the events which happen within the book are not completely fictional. Young girls and women are forced into marrying complete strangers and become controlled by that person due to power and fear. They aren't all as fortunate to get to stay in big massive mansions and get to attend parties with chocolate fountains and a bit of bubbly.
I found Wither to be much better than I first thought it was going to be. The book picked up almost straight away so there is no time to be bored because instantly something is happening. This is a good thing as boring bits within books tend to prevent me from reading further within a book. The whole arrangement makes on very engrossing read it's just the main character is just a tad annoying at times. I think she whined too much to start off with because yeah I know she misses her brother and wants to get back to him but until she can formulate a good escape plan she could just be a little bit happier that she's living in a mansion and gets anything she wants, any food she wants at any time of day or night. All I am saying is it could be worse, she could be living in much worse conditons doing much worse things and she's not so the complaining was just a tad annoying for those reasons.
Another thing which kind of put a damper on the book happened towards the ending of the book. Now in a lot of books I have read once you read to a certian point and you get towards the end the book is just one big high, events keep on happening and their are usually no dips because there is just too much happening. Well in Wither something happened which I would way was a high note but then it dipped and I had like 10% of the book left. This just shouldn't happen not in the final pages in the book because the urge to read it left me because not much was really happening. It did pick back up but it was right at the end of the book and I already knew how it was going to end. I shouldn't read reviews before reading something.
Wither was a good read all in all and it's a series I will most definiely be finishing because I need to know what happens to everyone.
I don't really know what happened with this one, it is rather odd that I didn't get on well with a Dystopian book. I did like Unwind from what I readI don't really know what happened with this one, it is rather odd that I didn't get on well with a Dystopian book. I did like Unwind from what I read of it but I don't know, I think I'm just not in the mood for this type of Gene. I need to read something completely different first maybe before coming back to this if I actually do. ...more
Well, Matched was a good book but as far as Dystopian books go, it wasn't that good a Dystopian book. I agree that it's horrible to have no control ovWell, Matched was a good book but as far as Dystopian books go, it wasn't that good a Dystopian book. I agree that it's horrible to have no control over who you love, your job, what you eat, where you live or when you die. It's taking the whole of the free choice thing out of the situation. Some of the things however seemed pretty cool however, like the air trains, who cool did they sound!? The officials are quite mean people but then we have to remember that they also don't have any control over there lives either or at least I don't think they do. I will read the rest of the triogly I think, because I want to know what happens at the end, shame we have to wait so bloody long....more
I finished this book ages ago but struggled to find time to review it given it being Christmas and all. It's definitely the weakest book of the threeI finished this book ages ago but struggled to find time to review it given it being Christmas and all. It's definitely the weakest book of the three but it shouldn't be, ideally the third book should be as strong as the first book as its the final one which usually means battles, deaths and happy endings. This book lacked something but I'm not sure what. There is more stuff happening at the beginning when Peeta is held prisoner by the Capitol but as soon as he is rescued nothing happens for ages and then suddenly stuff happens. It all seems a bit to rushed.
And what was with the camera crew following Katniss and her crew around the Capitol? It would have been so much better had they not followed her about videoing everything, it would have been more survival like.
One thing I did notice that I didn't before is that what Coin did towards the end of the book. Now I know Snow tells Katniss it was coin but that must have gone over my head at the time when reading it. It made much more sense when Katniss fired the arrow not at the person everyone expected it to be. At the end of the day president Snow is a coward and always needs to hide behind something, he wouldn't shall we say step out without a shield and go all guns blazing.
It will be interesting to see if Mockingjay makes a better film then it does a book, although why they have split it into two films I don't get, there certainly isn't enough content in the book to make two films. ...more
Another epic read from Suzanne Collins and there was me thinking after the first book it couldn’t get any more epic, how wrong I was. So much happens iAnother epic read from Suzanne Collins and there was me thinking after the first book it couldn’t get any more epic, how wrong I was. So much happens in book two and in ways the second book is worse than the first, in terms of our dear characters lives. As a result of the actions at the end of book one the Capitol, are angry with our winners and want revenge on what they did. Things in district twelve change and not for the better. I don’t want to go into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil it for other people who haven’t gotten that far yet, but let me just say, life in Catching Fire is very cruel.
I pretty much spent the day reading this book, of course I did other stuff but I always came back to read this book for long periods of time. I seriously couldn’t put it down, constantly telling myself that I would read one more chapter and then put it away. This proved difficult because at the end of most of the chapters things happened which I had to read about so that plan didn’t work.
I sort of felt for Katniss in this book, I mean it’s hard not to feel some sort of symthony towards her, especially the way her life is in this book. She has so much to lose if the Capitol decide to take their anger out of Katniss’s loved ones. I did feel some annoyance at her for leading Peeta on, but then it’s not like she has a choice in that matter and anyway, I think something is developing for her in that area but she isn’t aware of it just yet.
The love triangle doesn’t actually annoy me like love triangles in other books, I feared it would and in turn ruin a postivitly good book but no, it hasn’t yet. Maybe it’s because I like both of the men, the loss of either one of them would be sad, hmm, oh well on to book three. Final word: Catching fire is an epic page turner, read it! ...more
I've never read Animal farm before but knew the pigs were the evil ones. I did have my doubts about the book when I first started it but they soon wenI've never read Animal farm before but knew the pigs were the evil ones. I did have my doubts about the book when I first started it but they soon went away. I actually had discussions about the book so it deserves these stars....more
I read Exodus years ago and found it deeply interesting and not as far fetched as it appears to be. For all we know the seas and oceans could out weigI read Exodus years ago and found it deeply interesting and not as far fetched as it appears to be. For all we know the seas and oceans could out weigh the world, while the land shrinks in size. New Mungro? isn't as believeable, which is where science fiction comes into the book. I might have to re-read it at some point because I hardly remember it....more
Well, that was weird. I'm not quite certain I actually understood the book and it didn't help skipping a chunk of the middle of the book. I didn't finWell, that was weird. I'm not quite certain I actually understood the book and it didn't help skipping a chunk of the middle of the book. I didn't find the book interesting enough to like the book, sorry....more
This isn't the first time i've read this book, I can't actually remember how many times i've read this book to be honest but with every read it makesThis isn't the first time i've read this book, I can't actually remember how many times i've read this book to be honest but with every read it makes me want read it more and more. The most recent read was due to watching the Catching fire film which was amazing and as soon as I had watched it I wanted to watch it again.
The Hunger Games is such a great book, obviously it is a horrible book given what happens inside it but it's so adventurous and dystopian that I love it. I love Katniss, she's a great character and a true natural born survivor. I think it's hard not to love her to be honest, though she is cruel with how she plays Peeta.
The Games themselves were interesting to read especially this time around having watching the film as faces can be put to character names within the book. I didn't feel the need to rush through the book having read it before anyway so I could actually put it down this time. I found the whole Cato desperetly needing full body armour in order to Kill Thresh funny because there is Peeta actually really needing something which will decide whether he lives or dies and then there is Cato needing armour to win. I haven't thought about this before now, it only came to my attention while reading it this time around.
Just like before, I would recommend anyone who hasn't read these books to read them because they are great books. They are also to good choices to read if you are like me and have hit a bit of a reading slump. Though there are not enough within the trilogy to get me to my total of books this year sadly. ...more
I must admit when I first started to read this book I found it weird and I didn't really like the way it was written either. The only reason I decidedI must admit when I first started to read this book I found it weird and I didn't really like the way it was written either. The only reason I decided to read it was because I wanted to know about the forest of hands and teeth. I didn't stop reading it though and I'm glad I didn't because the book got better and the writing I didn't notice as much as when I read the first chapter. I think this book must be the first book I have read involving Zombies. I think the book was written really well, of course once I got past the style of the writing. The romance between Travis and Mary was sweet. The ending sucked....more