Steelheart is one helluva book. No, really, it is THAT amazing. And this is coming from a dyed-in-the-wool disliker of anything superhero-y. AnythingSteelheart is one helluva book. No, really, it is THAT amazing. And this is coming from a dyed-in-the-wool disliker of anything superhero-y. Anything Marvel comic-booky. The X-men type powers used in books other than, well, X-men bore me as all get out. I know, I know, I'm one of those strange, strange specimens. Enter lovely Steelheart. This book winged its way into my life and used its powers of persuasion to change my ridiculous superhero-hating ways. I mean, this book managed to do the unthinkable really, which is a testament to the mad writing skills and creativity of Sanderson. Honestly, I knew it was going to be gushy love from the first page. Now, look at me, I've fallen madly in love with the whole superhero angle and even felt all displaced when the story ended. You got me hooked Steelheart, wooed me as all get out, then ended on a high note, leaving me craving for more. Needless to say, I'm anxiously awaiting book 2, Firefight, something fierce. Basically what I'm trying to say is that I highly recommend this book to the anyone and everyone.
I should probably mention that Steelheart contains anti-superheroes who wield all new creeptastic abilities. No X-men recycling going on; Amen to that! Anti-superheroes are so much more fun and devilish than the self-righteous, prickish (purely an opinion) conventional superheroes that clearly have done nothing for me.
Though Steelheart is cataloged as YA, the story didn't read as YA. The MC is I believe is eighteen, so there's that. ...more
I've come to realize that when reading a book by this author any sort of resolution come the end will inevitably be a pipe dream on my part. Is it faiI've come to realize that when reading a book by this author any sort of resolution come the end will inevitably be a pipe dream on my part. Is it fair to make that assumption after having read two of his books? Maybe not. And yet on the other hand, I wonder if there can be a resolution in a standalone novel when dealing with the topic of children being forced into slavery, being forced to join a killing militia? Child soldiers trained to partake in horrific acts of cruelty. I get the author's agenda, his message in this book, yet it would've been nice to have read his solution to this horrific atrocity happening in just about every region of the world. Some sort of ending. Give me some hope here. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it to all.
And for those of you who haven't read Ship Breaker, no worries. I didn't either and was able to followThe Drowned Cities just fine, for this is a companion novel, not a sequel.
And one more thing. Upon finishing and then digesting the story, I realized the plot is very thin, yet the message is very grand, balancing each other out rather nicely. I mention this only to point out how rare it is for me to have devoured a plot-thin novel like I did with this one. ...more
4.5 stars I loved it. Great heroine, need more Kanin in my life though, and would have preferred more of a back story to this post-apocalyptic world, h4.5 stars I loved it. Great heroine, need more Kanin in my life though, and would have preferred more of a back story to this post-apocalyptic world, how the plague came about, what year is it roughly, you know, essential world building. Nevertheless, all in all, The Immortal Rules is a real page-turner, so much so that I seriously can't wait for book 2. Which is supposedly even better. Sounds like my head might explode....more
Compiling thoughts . . . But in the meantime, Angelfall was definitely a fun escape. Loved the quest-y-esque adventure. (My favorite genre. In my mindCompiling thoughts . . . But in the meantime, Angelfall was definitely a fun escape. Loved the quest-y-esque adventure. (My favorite genre. In my mind, it's a genre). And it was a huge feat for yours truly - a self-proclaimed disliker of books revolving around archangels, angels in general, angels battling demons - to have been sucked into this novel. To have enjoyed it. To actually want to read the sequel. Like now! Alleluia! Can I get an Amen?!...more
3.5 stars Pure was such a strange book for me, so much so that I’m finding it difficult to wrangle my thoughts. I was into it, then I wasn't. Then it p3.5 stars Pure was such a strange book for me, so much so that I’m finding it difficult to wrangle my thoughts. I was into it, then I wasn't. Then it picked up, then not so much. A reading roller coaster of sorts. So I’ll start with what I enjoyed.
The atmosphere. Awesome. Fantabulous descriptions. When Wednesday Addams Pressia ambled down the street her little decapitated dolly-head’s eyes blinked with each step. The fan lodged in Pressia's grandfather's throat whirred as he breathed. These are minor examples, but this novel is rich with description down to even the tiniest of details. A quality I adore in my reading experience.
Background. A background as to how the world ended up post-apocalyptic. Yes, yes, yes! Finally an author that realizes the importance of including that once-major-but-apparently-as-of-late-thought-to-be-minor-and-passé detail. Totally appreciated the knowledge. Humans wanted to bring life back to a near-devastated Earth and in turn cull the population. The Pures would wait it out in a life-sustaining Dome, it as in the Earth's healing of itself. And the rest of the whys you can discover for yourself.
And I definitely was a happy reader when the story became quest-y for awhile.
Why only three stars? Even though this novel was so rich in atmospheric detail, the overall story fell short on me, or maybe I should say didn’t hook me. It wasn’t until 150-odd pages in that I began to feel invested in the plot. It was plot-ish, not plot heavy. And really, not until in the 200’s did I want to keep reading.
I should mention that normally I’ll put a book aside if around page 100 I'm still not sure what the overall plot is, the point, so clearly there was something within the pages of Pure that urged me to continue. A whisper of cool things to come. And the whisper was right, revelations were revealed, oohs and aahs were aplenty, but then it petered out before the story even ended. Major bummer. I have zero clue where the author will even begin to take this story in book 2. I mean, this novel could end with book 1. The story felt wrapped up in a not-so pretty bow at the end.
If people are easily freaked out and are feeling squeamish from reading about the supposed grotesqueries going on within, I thought some of the circus side show freaks were creative, but by no means the worst I’ve read. I wasn't swallowing back bile or anything. In fact, the slaughterhouse stories are what got me. Being a vegetarian and all, I grimaced while reading that section, but really, I wasn’t disgusted whatsoever, regardless of what the description said.
And if you’re buying into the hype that Wednesday Addams (Seriously try as I might, I couldn't stop picturing that beloved character of mine.) Pressia is 2011’s Katniss, um, yeah, really? Not so much. Yet again, here’s another book that is supposedly the next Hunger Games. What, are there like 10 next Hunger Games out there or what? That doesn't even make sense. Mathematically speaking, there can be only one. Anyhow, this book is absolutely nothing like the Hunger Games. And that’s not a bad thing at all. Unlike THG, this book definitely took me a l-o-n-g while to get into, but if you keep that in mind and continue on reading, the story does pick up.
So yeah, all you post-apocalyptic junkies out there in Goodreads land, I'd urge you to pick up this novel. It might end up being your thang. And while I wasn't completely hooked, I for one will definitely be continuing on with this series. I'm very curious to see which direction the author's gonna take this story. ...more
Absolutely fantastic story. And one I'd highly recommend. If you like The Stand, zombies, even Blood Red Road, strong female characters, self-discoverAbsolutely fantastic story. And one I'd highly recommend. If you like The Stand, zombies, even Blood Red Road, strong female characters, self-discovery which goes hand in hand with rich characterization, post-apocalyptic settings, let's see, oh yeah, don't mind a bleak, haunting, terribly depressing yet deeply moving story, then I'd definitely give this gem of a book a try. Bonus, it's beautifully written. ...more
I saved Blood Red Road for my vacation, which was hard to do, for the buzz surrounded this novel, touting it as the next Hunger Games (a series I adorI saved Blood Red Road for my vacation, which was hard to do, for the buzz surrounded this novel, touting it as the next Hunger Games (a series I adore), was driving me totally crazy. As in I. Must. Read. This. Now. So needless to say, vacation commenced, I was in the hotel room, Kindle at the ready, excitement was me. My niece - engaged in her own form of competition as in who can read BRR the fastest - and I started reading this baby as soon as night set. We had an early rise time for our yearly Wizarding World of Harry Potter excursion, but we both refused to get the much needed shut-eye (if you've slogged through Universal, 100 plus degrees, swarms of grumpy people, then you know what I'm talking about, as in sleep is necessary) because we couldn't stop reading this novel. I finally had to be the adult (ugh!) and say lights out.
Reasons for the refusal of much-needed shut-eye: The first half of Blood Red Road was exciting, plot moved along at a breakneck pace. I didn't want to put this novel down. I should also mention that oohs and aahs were a-plenty.
Also, I should mention that I didn't mind the. Very short. Sentences. Or the absence of quotation marks. The story flowed along just fine. Not a problem whatsoever. However, maybe said short sentences are to blame for yours truly not connecting Saba, or with any of the characters. Well, maybe that was a lie. I liked Nero (the crow) and Emmi (Saba's sister).
Now, let's talk romance, shall we. There was a romance that popped up. And popping up is exactly what it felt like. I didn't exactly feel it or buy it. I had a whatevs type feeling whenever Jack and Saba had their epic alone time before their next life-or-death quest would began. And frankly, if I were Jack, I'd feel like I was interrupting some type of Flowers in the Attic, brother/sister luvin' with the way Saba talked about Jack. A little strange. Just sayin'. But that's neither here nor there.
Now that I've finished BRR, I personally don't think it's anything like the The Hunger Games. I don't mean that in a bad way, only that they are two completely different books. Two wonderful novels in their own right. I mean, I think it’s unfair to Blood Red Road to even be compared to The Hunger Games. Why? Well, it would be like singing to a sold-out crowd right after a show-stopping performance by the angelic-voiced Whitney Houston. You know, when she was in her prime. I think the fact that BRR's being touted that way will leave Hunger Games fans disappointed. Because the reasons I fell in love with the Hunger series, is not found in Blood Red Road, for obvious reasons - they are two completely different novels. Point blank. Period.
All in all, BRR was fun, fun, fun, action-y, thrilling, exciting, adventurous, quest-y (my favorite genre), the whole nine yards. And will this be a fabulous movie or what? So if you are looking for an entertaining read, and who isn't?, then pick this book up stat. (And for what it’s worth, my advanced-reading eleven-year-old niece blew through this baby within a day. She's a fellow Hunger Games aficionado as well.)
ETA: 7/4/11 - having read a few YA dystopians after Blood Red Road, I must say this novel has enjoyment, plot, thrills in spades above Wither and Divergent, just to name a few. They can't even hold a candle to Blood Red Road. So there you have it. ...more
Feed was interesting, to say the least. While reading, I’ve been wont to skim if the material is boring me to tears. Then, if it becomes too much, inFeed was interesting, to say the least. While reading, I’ve been wont to skim if the material is boring me to tears. Then, if it becomes too much, in lieu of skimming, I simply stop reading. I have to say that the beginning of Feed dragged a bit. This phenomenon occurred after the protagonists Georgia and Shaun Mason and zombies were introduced along with the setup/background. But something strange happened - I continued reading. I did not skim. Whatsoever.
Before I get into why, I’m going to start off by saying that I despise politics. The story itself follows a few bloggers on a presidential campaign trail. At times I felt like I was watching CNN news coverage. Which is obviously how it was supposed to be read. Snoozefest. With that said, it was a miracle that I didn't once skim over any of the text within Feed. If this had been another book, I would have quit reading. However, I loved the dynamic duo comprised of sister and brother Georgia and Shaun. I was drawn in by these for a a few reasons: their fierce closeness and their dedication and passion to blogging to the world about events as a result of the Kellis-Amberlee outbreak. They tell the truth. What isn’t there to like about individuals like them? True whistle-blowers. They trumped my dislike of the campaign trail.
Starting around page 250 some actiony things happened, especially the last 200 pages. And from there it became unputdownable for me, only because as stated above, I do not like politics.
What I love is how the virus is totally believable. Maybe not so much the zombies and reanimation (who knows what Big Brother has created that society isn't privy to?), but more like what happens when scientists play God and mess around with things they shouldn’t. This book goes into just that. Add in zombies to the mix, and you have a scary world, very, very much like our own (sans zombies) that author Mira Grant has created.
Mad props go to Grant for her attention to detail and the countless hours of research logged to create a believable virus and explain what happens to individuals upon infection. A tip of the hat to you, Mira.
And finally, I knew I was connected to this novel and the characters when I cried (re: bawled). I will not give away any spoilers, but there are some tender/emotional scenes that Grant did an awesome job at writing. It completely translated off the pages for me. And pissed me off in the process. I don’t cry easily when it comes to novels, but when I do, it is indicative of me not only loving the book, but the characters as well. And one more thing. I loved the blog entries that each chapter ended with.
I would recommend that everyone read Feed. ...more
Amazing. Even better (didn't think that was possible) than The Hunger Games. I devoured this novel in one sitting. Why? Well, each time I told myselfAmazing. Even better (didn't think that was possible) than The Hunger Games. I devoured this novel in one sitting. Why? Well, each time I told myself I had errands to run, things to do, a life to be lived, I'll just finish the current chapter . . . said chapter would end with a cliffhanger of epic proportions. So what was a girl to do? Keep reading of course. And so went my thought process with each turn of the page. Catching Fire won out, it trumped everything going on in my life until I was finished with the novel. It left me salivating for the final book in the series. ...more