A warning to others who might bow out way before the halfway mark: Fortune's Pawn's plot didn't shine through until dangerously close to the halfway m...moreA warning to others who might bow out way before the halfway mark: Fortune's Pawn's plot didn't shine through until dangerously close to the halfway mark. Up until that point, readers navigate along with MC Devi as she gets acclimated to her new job as a Merc aboard the spaceship Glorious Fool. Right off the bat, Devi finds herself in the midst of firefights with space bandits, and when not in the infirmary undergoing bone knitting, she gets her flirt on with the ship's chef, Rupert. Talking about flirting, for a while there I started to think this book was solely a romance and I myself flirted with the idea of parting ways with Fortune's Pawn. So, so glad I didn't. If you find yourself mirroring yours truly, contemplating putting the book down, just hang in there. You won't regret it.
Still, aside from the aforementioned daily grind, nothing plotty happened until the halfway point and then it was on on on. Action and reveals till the very end.
So why didn't I stop reading? Fortune's Pawn is the closest story to my beloved Firefly that I've come across in a long time. And I don't mean that in a derivative way. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed Devi's voice. Talk about BAMF, that Devi. The descriptions of life in space were rather refreshing, along with the terraformed lands they visited. The supporting cast of characters were absurdly likable. And truth be told, I genuinely had a hankering to know what made reviewers fall madly in love with this book, so that in itself propelled me to continue on.
So yeah, I would definitely recommend this book to urban fantasy fans (has a similar vibe thrumming throughout in regards to how the book's written), those looking for a lite space-opera-y read, and any everyone else for that matter.
Here's the DNF down and dirty. I've bitched incessantly (even annoying myself in the process) over books that skip out on world building. So wouldn't...moreHere's the DNF down and dirty. I've bitched incessantly (even annoying myself in the process) over books that skip out on world building. So wouldn't you know it, come across one that spent 100 pages (of what I read) doing just that and what do I end up doing? Yeah, well, turns out a plot is an essential component to the art of world building. They really do pair rather nicely together. Or better yet, a fast moving plot for a capricious reader like moi. Needless to say, Red Rising's plot was way too shy. And I just couldn't wait around for it to make its appearance.
What really put the final nail in the coffin for me, why I decided to DNF and call it a day. The ridiculous amount of My Fair Lady-ing Darrow took part in. The Rain-in-Spain reciting, the etiquette school of proper silverware usage and all that jazz. To say it was jarring in a gritty sci-fi novel would be a vast understatement.
I'd definitely recommend this book for sci-fi fans who aren't turned off by writing jam-packed with telling, who appreciate in-depth world building , who aren't turned off by plots moving at a glacial pace. (less)
WOW! Just wow and amazing and thought-provoking and I simply adore More Than This and its profound message! The story and endearing characters will st...moreWOW! Just wow and amazing and thought-provoking and I simply adore More Than This and its profound message! The story and endearing characters will stay with me for quite some time. What else is left to say other than I can't recommend this book enough. Seriously, I can't. (less)
3.5 What to say, what to say? The morphing away from sci-fi deliciousness into teen angst and romance kinda sorta dropped this book down a star for me...more3.5 What to say, what to say? The morphing away from sci-fi deliciousness into teen angst and romance kinda sorta dropped this book down a star for me. Then the few Twilight reminders, and not in a good way, also caused a canting of my head, quizzical expression plastered about my face, paired with a huh? What is happening? More to come later when I have time. All in all, I did enjoy this book, for the most part. Wish the science behind soul extractions had been explained or cloning for that matter. (less)
3.5 glistening stars Not at all what I was expecting but enjoyable nonetheless. I wanted more of the evil biotech corporations and less of, well, a bes...more3.5 glistening stars Not at all what I was expecting but enjoyable nonetheless. I wanted more of the evil biotech corporations and less of, well, a best friend sidekick who has the lousiest taste in men. I'll write more thoughts later in this uber-fast read. (less)
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 fai...moreI'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. (less)
Two haunting words: Digital Plague. Mentions how the Bible foreshadowed this catastrophic ruination of humanity. And the same message is woven obscure...moreTwo haunting words: Digital Plague. Mentions how the Bible foreshadowed this catastrophic ruination of humanity. And the same message is woven obscurely throughout this tome. Technology seems to be sucking the life out of people, zombifying them. Turning society into veritable mouse potatoes. And this book touches upon this very subject in a very obscure way. Aside from what I drew from this novel, it centers around the yummy topic of time travel and actually does it justice.
What else can I say about this delicious book? Well, a few other choice words about The Obsidian Blade that pop into my head are: Gripping. Compelling. Hmm, what else? There are diskos, or portals, suspended midair throughout the small town of Hopewell. Each diskos catapults unsuspecting “travelers” to certain times in history. Times of monumental events, i.e., the crucifixion of Christ, 9-11, right before the Twin Towers crumbled to the ground. Let’s see, there are beings named Boggsians. They're a cross between Hasidic Jews and the Amish as far as appearance. Having advanced technology at their disposal, they travel around history, much like the Observers in the brilliantly awesome and highly addictive Fringe. There are the Medicants - an advanced group of humans who can heal/cure practically anything. At a cost. A high price one pays to be healed. Definitely can't wait to learn more about them and their oh so creepy ways.
And there’s a cat that no one seems to know anything about. Yet this friendly feline remains faithfully by the side of one mysterious girl, Lahlia, whose story I’m so very interested in learning about.
So Goodreaders, I highly recommend this novel. Especially if you’re keen on time travel. Only draw back, it’s way too short. Coming in at a mere 308 pages. And the worst part - it’s a trilogy and there’s not any other mention here on Goodreads about book 2 and 3. What’s up with that? So how long must I wait for the sequel? For this book ended on a cliffhanger of all cliffhangers. I need my fix stat!
***update*** This delicious book is the first in a trilogy. And after having gobbled up The Cydonian Pyramid, I need book 3 like yesterday. (less)
This came HIGHLY recommended. In fact, I about passed out from pure boredom while having to listen to the amazingness that is this book. And how any r...moreThis came HIGHLY recommended. In fact, I about passed out from pure boredom while having to listen to the amazingness that is this book. And how any real sci-fi junkie has to read this and . . . Kill me now. So, with that said, I checked this baby out at the library and well, it was okay. I liked it enough. Not enough to continue on with the series, that's for sure. The beginning was cool, what with the descriptions of the world (so descriptive and 5th element-esque, love it), but once it became all political, my interest waned. At the end of the day, I'm glad I read Foundation, which is supposedly one of the first space opera novels, I believe, right? (less)
In some previous reviews of mine, I might’ve ranted been a tad upset about a few YA dystopian novels I’ve had the misfortune of reading. And it’s come...moreIn some previous reviews of mine, I might’ve ranted been a tad upset about a few YA dystopian novels I’ve had the misfortune of reading. And it’s come to my attention that these thinly veiled romance dystopian novels are clearly a hot-button topic for moi. For the simple reason that world building is nonexistent brushed over. And clearly that upsets me tremendously. Speculative fiction/dystopian rules, if you’re building your book around a whole new society due to a war, a breakdown of a government, etc., it would be great to explain what caused the ending of society as you know it, the war. Just sayin’.
I’m bringing up this subject matter because I went into Starters with much trepidation. Even pondering whether I should read it because others have been irked by the serious lack of world building. Irksome matters: What caused the Spore Wars? Why was there a wall built separating the U.S. from Mexico, just to name a few? And I just knew that I’d have the exact same issues. So imagine my surprise to find that I was truly digging this tome. I skimmed over the Spore Wars, shrugging my shoulders and uttering whatevs. Here’s why . . . .
I've just completely given up, all sense of reason zapped away. I kid, I kid. Back to business. I really don’t think this book is dystopian in nature. To me it’s a mystery/thriller set in a science fiction world. The science fiction is basically a backdrop where as the overall mystery is the shining star. Here's my thought process: If this were truly dystopian, I’d have a mad understanding of everything Spore Wars, of why there’s a wall separating two countries, how it is that only the “middle-aged” died (supposedly because of spore-laden missiles, which I’m hella confused about to begin with), leaving a society populated by teens and the elderly or Enders. (By the by, if people live to the ripe old age of 150, why is 60 considered elderly and therefore in need of renting a youngin’s body to be young again? Wouldn’t that age figure to be around 30ish in our reality?) That didn’t make sense, same goes for the rest of the aforementioned. But you know what? Still, I shrugged said questions off because the mystery held my attention. Big time.
The MC, Callie, rents out her body à la Dollhouse. Her consciousness is somehow replaced with a high-paying renters consciousness. Renters or Enders (seniors who want to be young again) pay big bucks to consciously enter the body of teens. Only something goes terribly wrong. While in a club, Callie somehow becomes conscious and finds herself in the middle of a possible assassination plot. With no time to spare, Callie has to ferret out vital info all the while pretending to be her renter.
I won’t bore you fellow Goodreaders with the book description (you’re welcome), but I will say that, all in all, Starters is thrilling and exciting and would make a kick-ass movie.
Things that did make me go hmm . . . Why would Callie leave her brother, Tyler, whom she loves more than anything in the world, with a complete stranger? Why wouldn’t she have hidden him in her renter’s home? And for the majority of the story it’s as if he didn't exist. Not even sure why he's in the book to begin with. Whatevs. Mystery's calling my name.
While the ending did peter out for me a tad, I am definitely going to continue on with this series. (less)
Hi, my name is Kelly, and I'm addicted to quantum physics. I have been since college. I blame my first chemistry professor. She had quite the obsessio...moreHi, my name is Kelly, and I'm addicted to quantum physics. I have been since college. I blame my first chemistry professor. She had quite the obsession with Stephen Hawking and made his novels required reading as part of her curriculum. Well, my professor's obsession soon became mine. Add in my obsession with metaphysics melded with the wonderful world of quantum physics and it's pure love. Seriously, I could talk about metaphysical quantum physics, wormholes, the non-local domain, parallel universes, pure potentiality for hours and hours and . . . I think you get the picture. They’re absolutely fascinating fields. Sliders, anyone? The amazing Fringe (so can’t get enough of this show)? Okay, so it should come as no surprise that I was super stoked to read Planesrunner. So on with my thoughts. . . .
This book started out with a bang, as in a kidnapping. Kidnapping of Everett’s (MC) father. Super exciting, bringing readers right into the action. I was clicking my Kindle next-page button like no tomorrow. Right off the bat, readers learn how Everett’s physicist father figured out a secret, more like a map, to alternate universes. Our world was the last to figure out the existence of other planes of existence, so typical. But a cool concept, no? Nobody, not even the authorities, can help Everett find his kidnapped father, because his father has been sent to another universe. So here begins the quest-y adventure.
Again, I was engaged, feeling as if I was watching an episode of Fringe. Why? Well, once Everett crosses over into another dimension, the alternate London is populated by Zeppelins. Why does it have to be Zeppelins? I was so looking forward to exploring a completely different world. Not a world that’s on TV every Friday night. And to be fair, it’s not the author fault. I just was hoping for some uniqueness and I didn’t get that. Anyhow, putting that disappointment aside, I did my best to get back in the game. That was until Everett boards one of the Zeppelins. Oh my God, really? We’re going the route of Leviathan are we? And the worst part, before this Zeppelin boarding and book morphing into Leviathan, unfortunately, a scant amount of alternate London was explored.
Around the 48% marker till 90% Everett is aboard a Zeppelin and Zeppelin fighting soon ensues with other airships and . . . really? I thought this was about quantum physics, about planes running, not steampunkery. I have to tell you, the story felt so disjointed. Like it was two separate books. And hey, I love me some steampunk, but that’s not why I picked this book up. I wanted planesrunning, you know, running across planes of existence. That so didn’t happen. It was Zeppelin soaring and what Zeppelins look like on the inside and how to fly them and Zzzz-Zzz. Thank the gods above that the last 10% got back on track, for me at least.
Even though Planesrunner didn’t pan out to be the awesome read I had high, high hopes for, I would still totally recommend this novel to all. It’s fun, adventurous, quest-y-ish, and truth be told, it’s still unique, and an all around good time. But if you are reading this for the amazingness that is quantum physics, I think you’ll be disappointed. It’s mostly steampunk with a quark of quantum physics thrown in. With that said, I will definitely continue on with this series. (less)