This entire book felt like set up & the climax felt like it should be the middle. Annoying that it ends with so many cliffhangers (unlike the firsThis entire book felt like set up & the climax felt like it should be the middle. Annoying that it ends with so many cliffhangers (unlike the first book). So I guess the next sequel should be better?
AND WHY DID IT HAVE TO HAVE A LOVE TRIANGLE...more
Ness deserves a longer review from me since I do love him so, but I am too lazy to type one out right now on my phone.
But in short: his beautiful writNess deserves a longer review from me since I do love him so, but I am too lazy to type one out right now on my phone.
But in short: his beautiful writing hooked me from page one; THIS is how you write YA; this is how you write male teenage protagonists (basically like complex human beings I can empathize with); this is how you write supporting characters; but also how dare you end a novel like a short story, Ness; how dare you.
I don't know why it's so rare that I love the narrative voice of a teenage boy protagonist. Well, I know why: it's because I usually find them dry, prI don't know why it's so rare that I love the narrative voice of a teenage boy protagonist. Well, I know why: it's because I usually find them dry, prosaic, and colorless. What I mean is that I'm not sure why this is nearly always the case in YA books, Variant included. What's up, male authors? Why do you make your guys so one-dimensional? So perfunctory? Don't be afraid to give them some real heart to go with that quick-thinking, unflappable "personality" they always seem to have. They can describe a girl as something other than "pretty", they can get scared sometimes, they can be wrong. Shake it up, even, make them Crabapple Mcnasties who we all hate to love. Just make me feel something for them.
Authors, if you're feeling rusty on your characterization, I suggest reading the Chaos Walking trilogy--Todd falls out of the book and into whatever room you're reading in and you sort of fall in love with him, regardless of your gender. Or maybe the Tomorrow, When the War Began series? That's an example of a male author writing a female protagonist so painfully real I wonder whose journal he stole, and can I please meet her so we can be besties.
Variant's plot was unique, and I did like the ending. I would not be opposed to reading the sequel. Much like Maze Runner (Dashner's quote on the cover should have been a tip-off), I feel the book only began to get interesting towards the very end (and therefore the sequel has potential), but unlike Maze Runner, Well's book didn't piss me off, only disappoint me slightly. A good thing. I hold out genuine hope for the sequel.
(This book was a free giveaway ARC in return for an honest review.)...more
Flat writing and characters, but makes up for it in a FUN plot. This book suffers from info-dump problems and an insert male 1st person narrator withFlat writing and characters, but makes up for it in a FUN plot. This book suffers from info-dump problems and an insert male 1st person narrator with very little depth, but there is just something undeniably entertaining about the idea of living out a videogame quest in a virtual reality where the more 80s trivia you know the cooler you are, and the entire universe is a geek's dream full of Star Wars planets, cyberpunk, the entire Whedonverse, and any other nerdy thing you can imagine.
This is a book I imagine making an even better movie. Evil corporations, riddles and quests, more 80s references & namedropping than you could think possible, epic battles, super cool tech, hacking, etc.
Very quick read & I would recommend to any scifi fan who also loves their 80s nostalgia (so, every scifi fan?)....more