This was a great concept, but I felt like the pacing was off. They mystery of The Silence of Six was overshadowed by just running away from the FBI. TThis was a great concept, but I felt like the pacing was off. They mystery of The Silence of Six was overshadowed by just running away from the FBI. The mystery wasn't paced well and a lot of the puzzles were easily solved by Max. His greatest challenge was just not being caught, not in solving any computer problems.
What I really didn't like was how heavy handed the author got with the whole net neutrality political argument. The book was really hitting you over the head with GOVERNMENT SPYING BAD, INTERNET ANONYMITY GOOD. I get this is a book for teen who may not have ever considered these concepts before, but geez have a little subtlety please. It did get preachy at times which I didn't appreciate and I doubt teen readers will either. I get what it was trying to do, but I don't think it was fully effective.
Overall though I did enjoy The Silence of Six. It had an interesting concept with some great action scenes. However the more sophisticated political themes didn't quite hit the mark....more
I re-read this by listening to the audiobook and I highly recommend it. I wasn't sure I would like it since I am now more well versed in YA dystopia,I re-read this by listening to the audiobook and I highly recommend it. I wasn't sure I would like it since I am now more well versed in YA dystopia, but Blood Red Road was just as good the second time around. I really like the unique dialect and the road warrior-esque world building and I'm excited to finally continue the series....more
These comics are so nutty, but I love them. I think the best part of them, besides the fantastically bizarre originality, is the perfect balance of huThese comics are so nutty, but I love them. I think the best part of them, besides the fantastically bizarre originality, is the perfect balance of humor and drama. A lot of adult comics don't have enough humor in them, it's all dark drama all the time. But Saga does such a good job of bringing a whole spectrum of emotions to the table.
I really liked getting to see some of the back story to Alana and Marko. We get to see how they met and how they fell in love, which was so cute :) I thought the parts of the story with The Will were a little bit weaker, but we did get to meet Gwendolyn who seems like she could be a real bad ass. I'll have to read more to decide.
Also Lying Cat is THE BEST and I want to cosplay as Izabel because she's awesome....more
OH BOY I've found my newest graphic novel obsession! This has really restored my faith in Brian K Vaughan after not really liking Y. Saga is unique anOH BOY I've found my newest graphic novel obsession! This has really restored my faith in Brian K Vaughan after not really liking Y. Saga is unique and yet classic at the same time. It's Romeo and Juliet in a crazy sci-fi mash up. I'm so excited to see what happens next!
WARNING This series is VERY VERY adult. There is some really disturbing stuff people, please read with caution!...more
Fun, light, and fluffy. I liked that the main love interest was a strong man without being an alpha male jerk and I liked that the main girl was smartFun, light, and fluffy. I liked that the main love interest was a strong man without being an alpha male jerk and I liked that the main girl was smart and independent with out feeling forced. I would have liked a little more about the murder conspiracy plot but overall a fun story....more
I recently watched a really great video from Daniel Marks about Propping. Propping is basically when book industry consumers who also have some sort I recently watched a really great video from Daniel Marks about Propping. Propping is basically when book industry consumers who also have some sort of media outlet (youtube, blogs, twitter, ect) get caught up in the hype of a book regardless of it's quality. I feel like The 5th Wave falls into this category. People hyped the shit out of this book, it was the BIG RELEASE FOR SUMMER 2013!!!!! So I had high expectations....and The 5th Wave fell far short of them.
I feel like I'm the only person who thinks like this, but I was very unimpressed with The 5th Wave. I think my main complaint is that at the beginning of the novel Cassie goes on and on about how the alien invasion was like nothing we had ever imagined, we were dead wrong about how it would happen, we could have never predicted it ect. Instead what we got were many common tropes seen in a variety of science fiction.
***slight spoilers ahead for the different waves. I won't talk about what happens to the characters, just the general world building***
Wave 1 - EMP takes out all technology. As seen in The Matrix or War of the Worlds and in lots of modern warfare type video games.
Wave 2 - Natural disasters that cause tsunamis that take out most of the coasts. As seen in The Day After Tomorrow, Deep Impact, 2012, and loads of other disaster movies.
Wave 3 - Terrible virus/disease that wipes out 95% of the population. As seen in Contagion, Mask of the Red Death, lots of episodes of Star Trek, and a ton of video games such as Mass Effect and Deus Ex.
Wave 4 - Alien silencers (who look like humans) sent to root out survivors. Reminds me of Animporhs mixed with Terminator mixed with Invasion of the Body Snatchers. There are also floating eye machine things that made me think of the attack drones from Oblivion (that recent Tom Cruise Movie) and Portal's Wheatley.
Wave 5 - I won't spoil it for you, but suffice it to say that it didn't seem all the original (and not very logical on the part of the aliens.)
Can you see my frustration? Each wave didn't seem unexpected because I've seen these same tropes pop up again and again! It felt like The 5th Wave was trying to be all of the things all at once, and I would have preferred just picking one and really supporting it or having the waves be things that I had never seen before. This felt too spread out and too stuck in the same old sci-fi genre.
I also had a very hard time connecting with Cassie, especially when she teams up with Evan. I felt like I was reading what an author thinks a teenage girl would feel or say, and not what his character would feel or say. The romance was incredibly awkward and just didn't really work for me. My biggest problem is that we get a very short chapter from Evan's perspective that reveals that he is in fact a silencer (at least that's how I read it) so when Cassie is doubting him and his intentions, we already know. It completely took out the suspicious tension for me and made their whole romance just unbearable.
Now, with that said, the reason I gave The 5th Wave 3 stars was because I really enjoyed the ending. I liked it when all of the different perspectives came together for the final show down, it just took forever for them to get there. I am interested in continuing the story and seeing how they will deal with wave 5 (even though I don't really understand why the aliens would even bother at this point, but who knows. Maybe we'll get more insight later on in the series).
Overall The 5th Wave was a disappointment. I was expecting a fresh and exciting adventure and instead I got cliche tropes told through a lot of info dumps. While I am interested in reading a sequel, it is not high on my list. ...more
Naked in Death is an ok mystery but it has some major flaws. I enjoyed Eve, the main character, and eventually grew to like Roarke the love interest.Naked in Death is an ok mystery but it has some major flaws. I enjoyed Eve, the main character, and eventually grew to like Roarke the love interest. I really liked the side characters of Mavis and Feeney, plus there's a cat who is awesome. I listened to the audiobook and I loved the reader's voices for these two characters, espeically Feeney.
However I didn't like some of the writing style choices, the graphic descriptions of child abuse, and Roarke's alpha male bullshit. I would consider reading the next book in the series, but am in no hurry to do so....more