The art is not great, it looks like MS paint. But I really liked the story a lot, the twist ending was fun. Not as strong as the previous comics but sThe art is not great, it looks like MS paint. But I really liked the story a lot, the twist ending was fun. Not as strong as the previous comics but still enjoyable....more
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
Night of Cake and Puppets is a fun little novella for any fans of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, in particular for fans of Zuzana. There was aNight of Cake and Puppets is a fun little novella for any fans of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, in particular for fans of Zuzana. There was a lot of fun humor in this story and it was a nice light hearted look at the world of D0SaB. I did miss Karou but we got to still have some of the great banter between her and Zuzana through text conversations which is nice. I would have liked Mik to have had a more unique voice, he basically was a more gentle boy version fo Zuzana. ...more
Well I've finally finished, exactly two months after I started. There were good and bad things about this finale. Pacing was a major issue in the 800+Well I've finally finished, exactly two months after I started. There were good and bad things about this finale. Pacing was a major issue in the 800+ page book. I feel like I read the ending three times before finally getting to the actual end. And even with all of these pages and pages of words there were many plot holes and glossed over details (view spoiler)[ Like how Levana got to the lumber sector where Winter was to poison her and then just went back to the palace. Why didn't she just go kill Cinder if she could creep around like that? And Iko had the blueprints to the bioelectrical shield thing this whole time? How TF did Cinder figure that shit out? Also Luna was far too much like The Capitol in The Hunger Games. It felt very copy cat and not unique at all. (hide spoiler)]
There were far too many characters all wrapped up into neat and tidy couples. (and before you argue it's a fairy tale so it has to have a happy ending, I implore you to read actual fairy tales not the Disney versions of them).
I enjoyed Scarlet the most. Scarlet is a true hero, because she is a normal girl and had the worst treatment of all of our heroines. She doesn't have magic lunar powers, she doesn't have a computer in her brain feeding her information and a gun built into her hand, and she doesn't have supreme hacking skills. She's a regular girl who is subjected to WEEKS of torture and still manages to keep her sanity. (view spoiler)[She was the reason Winter lived to the end of this book, the reason the rebellion succeeded, AND the reason letimosis didn't spread beyond that one sector (as in without her quick thinking and leadership panic would have spread like wildfire). (hide spoiler)]
I wish I could have the same love for the rest of the heroines. Winter was fine, but essentially pointless. I appreciated that she was black and the most beautiful girl in the land. I did get tired of hearing about it, and I would have liked to have seen more racial diversity than just one character (I have assumed Kai is Chinese, but we never really hear about his appearance beyond dark hair). I also liked that Jacin loved Winter fully, even with her mental illness. It's good to read that a person with a mental illness IS loveable and worthy of love. I do wish Winter had more of a point to the overall story.
Cinder was a horrid leader who just flew by the seat of her pants and hoped for the best (view spoiler)[ and then magically became an awesome world leader at the end of the book, full of fantastic ideas on how to fix all of Luna's problems. Again this seemed to heavily influenced by The Hunger Games and Katniss's Mockingjay speeches. I also highly doubt that "Let's just make Luna a republic so I can abdicate my throne and become Kai's Empress" idea will work. Plus girl, you fought for this crown, freaking keep it! (hide spoiler)].
My greatest disappointment is Cress. Cress had so much potential. I loved the concept of Rapunzel being in a Satellite. How brilliant. And I also like how Cress starts off so naive because she's been trapped in that satellite her entire life. But what I disliked was her petulant attitude towards Thorne that overshadowed everything else that Cress was. And it was always a misunderstanding. Thorne flirts with other women, but he loves Cress! He kissed another woman, but he thought it was Cress! Oh please. I wanted Thorne to REALLY betray her. To REALLY hurt her, and have them deal with the consequences. I didn't want them to end up together, and I wanted Cress to be hurt and changed and developed by the end of the story. But she wasn't and they lived happily ever after. Sigh. Cress also was such wasted potential with her hacking skills. With Cinder's hardware ability and Cress's software knowledge they could have come up with something super electrical engineering and awesome, but it didn't happen because Cress had to be all boy crazy.
I was also greatly disappointed for Levana. Yes FOR her, not BY her. Fairest was a major let down with showing how Levana became the evil she is in the main series, but I was hoping for a complex ending that gave her what she deserved for taking children from their families in order to be scientific experiments, engineering biochemical weapons that killed millions of people including her own citizens, and genetically altering and bioelectrically manipulating everyone around her into salvery. I was ready for some sweet justice and I was ready for the character growth in Cider who I wanted to make the active choice to kill Levana. (view spoiler)[ but not only is her death just brushed to the side, what finally breaks her, what seals her evilness, is her SCARS. The fact that she was a victim of abuse and assault as a child is what makes her repulsive and that's what makes the Lunars turn against her? That's what breaks her? FUCK THAT. Levana should have realized what REALLY made her ugly, all of the horrific crimes she committed. It doesn't matter what you look like on the outside, but who you are on the inside that determines your beauty. Now that would have made for an interesting villain, one that I can see myself in, one that was relatable to the reader. (hide spoiler)]
Overall I am very disappointed with The Lunar Chronicles. This series started off with such a great concept and so much promise, but in the end it seemed like the characters and plot became too big for the author and editor. I would still highly recommend Cinder and Scarlet, but let your imagination come up with a more satisfactory ending.
***EDIT 11/11/2015*** ok I now have my physical copy and the hand does look darker than in the picture and is more obviously a POC's hand. Good!
***** Just realized, if Winter the character is a black person, why does the cover have a white person's hand? #fail...more
Guys, Days of Blood and Starlight gives me ALL THE FEELS. Seriously, Laini Taylor just writes these words on the page and gives me all these feeling tGuys, Days of Blood and Starlight gives me ALL THE FEELS. Seriously, Laini Taylor just writes these words on the page and gives me all these feeling that I don't know how to process! Basically I was just one big ball of ugly crying face.
Days of Blood and Starlight is much darker than it's predicesor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone. While we certainly still have Taylor's beautiful writing, the beauty of the story is replaced by something a lot more mature. I really enjoyed how Days of Blood and Starlight leaves the love at first site (sort of) theme behind and focuses on much more difficult subjects like war, rape, and genocide.
Poor Karou! She is just at rock bottom, wracked with guilt. She goes through a lot of terrible things in this book, and I have to say I really loved it. I am a bit of a sadist I guess, but I really like it when the main character's world is completely ripped apart in a way where they can never fully go back to who they were before the beginning of the novel (part of the reason why I loved Mockingjay). I like seeing how events of a novel change a person, for better or worse, and books where the main character never goes through any turmoil feel a little cheap to me. Well, you don't have to worry about Karou not going through abuse in Days of Blood and Starlight, let me tell you. I'm really excited for Dreams of Gods and Monsters to see how all of this bad stuff will change her from the first book.
And Ziri...oh Ziri. He is so amazing and brave and wonderful and all the bad things that happen to him just is NOT FAIR. I didn't think I would grow so attached to a character just introduced in this book, but I DID. His character really expands on the interesting "purity" theme because he is the last of the natural born Kirin and therefore Karou sees him as special. But where Thiago's desire for only natural born women (not resurrected) is very negative and a parallel to the idea that virginity is the most important quality a woman can have, Ziri's purity feels a lot more important. He is the last of her kind, not just in physical appearance but in culture as well. I can understand Karou's protectiveness, much like a big sister not wanting her sibling to lose their innocence.
I have to admit for a while I thought he was introduced to create a sort of love triangle with Karou and Akiva, but now I am a little ashamed that I thought Laini Taylor would take such a cliche road. Gurl, I am sorry I doubted you and your amazing writing abilities. I honestly hope Karou in the end will not be with either of them. I think that Karou will eventually forgive Akiva, but forgive doesn't mean forget. I dont' want her to go back to him. I want Karou to love herself.
We also have to talk about the angels. I really loved how their society is an allegory for today's government. They really show what can happen when you don't question the ethics of the decisions made by the government and just follow blindly.
So overall I think you all can tell that I love this series. It is one of the strongest YA(ish) series out there and I am so so so excited for the final book, Dreams of Gods and Monsters (due April 2014, OMG WHY).
Legend is a great start to a series with will definitely fill your Hunger Games void. It has fight scenes, snappy dialogue, kissing, and a governmentLegend is a great start to a series with will definitely fill your Hunger Games void. It has fight scenes, snappy dialogue, kissing, and a government conspiracy! I listened to the audio book and really loved the two readers. They were excellent and I recommend the audio book to everyone, especially if the gold text puts you off (as it did for me).
I really enjoyed Legend, especially the two main characters. Day and June were both really great characters and I really enjoyed their banter as they got to know one another. With that said, I do wish they lived up to the described intelligence. We're told again and again how exceptionally smart they are, but they seem to get tricked and trapped a lot. I really would have liked to learn more of Day's back story and his motivations behind his crimes. We know he's done all of these crazy stunts (like attacking an airbase) but we never really learned why because he's kind of rogue and doesn't belong to a rebel group.
I did have some issues with the world building. In dystopian books set in America I really like to understand how we got from present day to the current government in the novel. There were some hints at this so I'm hoping this will be discussed more in future novels. I also would have liked to know some more answers to the Republic plague conspiracy as well as why they are at war with the colonies, but again I think that will be covered more in later novels. I also wanted to know more about the trials, especially what exactly when down with Day's trial. There are a lot of interesting concepts that I hope will be fleshed out in further novels.
Overall I really enjoyed Legend. The writing was really great and the pacing was spot on. I know dystopian is a real trend right now is YA literature, but Legend is at the top of the pack. If you liked The Hunger Games and Divergent, make Legend your next pick. ...more