Okay, so since reviews were so polarized on this book I wanted to give it a better treatment than my usual thought jumble review. (Real talk though, iOkay, so since reviews were so polarized on this book I wanted to give it a better treatment than my usual thought jumble review. (Real talk though, it's probably still a thought jumble.)
So first off I want to address some common points I saw in other reviews.
Firstly, the setting. Many reviewers seemed confused or upset about the time frame of the book. How can it be in the future, but medieval? How is it so low tech, but have a geneticist? How can there be magic? Etc. From how I understood it, the novel takes place in the future on newly discovered land on our world. Some details about the whys and hows this new land came to be or why settlers chose to abandon technology to settle there, but given that the book is set some 300 years after this Crossing and part of a trilogy, I'm allowing for some history to be lost or to be explained later. What matters is that settlers from at least America and Britain chose to abandon their technology (excluding medical tech, which unfortunately was lost on the journey) and restart a new Utopian intended society. To be honest, I wasn't sure why so many people griped over this point, because it doesn't come up very often and felt well weaved into the book's universe.
Next, Kelsea's education. Throughout the novel, young queen Kelsea displays a knowledge of history, basic science, etc. Many reviewers seem to have issue with her knowing these things or what would be considered attractive etc because she was raised in isolation. Yes, Kelsea was whisked away to the woods at a year old to be fostered and hidden from those who'd wish to harm the princess before she could take the throne. However, she didn't spend that time wandering the wilderness. Kelsea often touches on how important a factor her education has on the decisions she makes, her foster mother/governess is an intelligent and hard woman who ensures that Kelsea learns the most that she can in her capacity. And then there's the books. At one point Kelsea estimates that approx 20 000 books came over in the Crossing (again attributing to the lost tech) and her foster mother holds a large collection of those, which Kelsea reads voraciously, attributing to her knowledge of the outside world without actually experiencing it. The only thing she is not educated on is her kingdom's recent history i.e the last 20 ish years) at the request of her mother, whose reasoning has yet to, but will hopefully, be explained in the upcoming novels.
Okay, those are the main issues I had with the issues that others had with the novel. Let's move on.
I enjoyed this book. I really did. Sure, it had a few problems, but what doesn't? The pacing was fast so it didn't feel nearly as long as it was. It established the world (for the most part), introduced all the main characters, and still managed to hold my attention. It is a bit more introspection based, but it's action scenes are wicked actiony. Features the most bad ass coronation that I'd love to see acted out in some sort of historical period Game of Thrones style (I think there are talks of a movie actually?). And most importantly, there is NO ROMANCE. Now I'm a sucker for a good romance, I love them. But we all know that romances in these novels are ridiculously trope filled. It seems like there's the opportunity for one and I could easily see one in the future novels, but this one focuses on Kelsea and her reconciling Kelsea with the Queen of Tear, the reality of her mother with the woman she created in her mind.
I would definitely recommend this novel, though I'd caution readers to stick with Kelsea for the first fifty ish pages, which is probably where it feels the most vague and difficult to get through. But make it to the coronation and see how you feel then.
The writing and all was what I would expect from Bray: solid, enthralling in an odd way, etc. But I felt likeI'm not sure how I felt about this book.
The writing and all was what I would expect from Bray: solid, enthralling in an odd way, etc. But I felt like I couldn't connect to it, except for some moments when I did. The blending of reality and dream, the edges of crazy were well done, but I didn't feel an emotional connection until the ending, and that was mostly just the heartbreak of it all.
Maybe it was too quirky for me, maybe it was too emotional, not emotional enough. It was good, I'm pretty sure. But I'm not certain how I felt about it....more
Alright, so probably like everyone else on this planet I decided to read this book after watching the tv show (which yes I know isn't my usual order oAlright, so probably like everyone else on this planet I decided to read this book after watching the tv show (which yes I know isn't my usual order of things and yeah sure the show has problems but really it's fab and I love it). Moral of the story: I'm so glad I watched the show first.
Firstly, I don't think the two are comparable in end products so let's throw that care out the window. I just wanna say I'm glad I had already seen the show because it at least gave me some characterization to apply to the novel's characters. While that sounds like I'm not being fair or had some show bias, I found the lead characters all to have personalities that fell flat. Only the characters who crossed over into the show held some appeal and that was largely cause I was projecting their tv personality over top so, not great. Overall I found the characters to be hardly developed, shallow, unbelievable, and constantly feeling inactive in their own story.
Now I don't want to spoil the plot for you, but who am I kidding? There's barely any plot to this novel. At least not one that doesn't concern whose kissing who over the fact that WE ARE LIVING ON AN ESSENTIALLY ALIEN PLANET AND ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS. Now don't get me wrong, I love a good romance in any story; zombie comedy? Give me a romance! Sci-fi horror? The scientists are in love! Whatever, I love me a good romance. Unfortunately the central romance very quickly became a doomed love triangle and the other was the only dimension explored of Glass.
This book has an awesome premise: put 100 juvenile delinquents on post war earth and see if they can help the survival of mankind. It in no one delivers on that. Granted the first in a series has to lay a lot of groundwork, I don't feel as though this one successfully provided a more than vague back story told largely through flashbacks that mostly acted to expand upon the romances of the novel.
Overall, I felt like it had promise, but was unable to deliver. It had no central plot it seemed, but it didn't instead expand its characters. Though I can't fault the book too much since it did bring about the show, which while it does its own problems, definitely delivers. ...more
Gaiman slays me with his beautiful-disturbing writing style every time. While I was unsure about this short novel when I began it, the vividness of hiGaiman slays me with his beautiful-disturbing writing style every time. While I was unsure about this short novel when I began it, the vividness of his writing makes it grow on you.
Tip: Don't read it before bed, you'll have weird dreams....more
For some reason goodreads only has the audio version listed and I'm too lazy to write up a book listing so whatever.
I liked this one more than the firFor some reason goodreads only has the audio version listed and I'm too lazy to write up a book listing so whatever.
I liked this one more than the first in the series. Tallulah is coming into her own and beginning to feel like her own character as compared to trying to fill in the space that Georgia had left. I still feel like the end of the book was too abrupt, all of a sudden it's the last chapter so we best wrap up all the storylines now.
There was also a couple of moments that made me feel like Lullah might question/explore her orientation more and that would be nice to see, especially in a series so focused on being boy crazy.
All in all not bad, though personally I'd love to see Rennison do a series with older characters because I think the punchy wit and ridiculousness would still translate well....more
As I was saying to Keressa, this new series tries, but doesn't quite reach the same level of charm as Rennison's Georgia series. For the most part thoAs I was saying to Keressa, this new series tries, but doesn't quite reach the same level of charm as Rennison's Georgia series. For the most part though, I did find Tallullah was built as her own character, with her own charm.
However, the plot felt rushed, large time gaps didn't feel appropriately explained and the ending seemed quite abrupt. I felt there was more plot left to cover but not enough pages to do so in as I was reading. As such I felt unfulfilled at the end, especially since only one main plot point was wrapped up and the way it was done (view spoiler)["btw you're all coming back next year no probs, carrying on then" (hide spoiler)] didn't live up to the anticipation given.
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