It's YA so there are some predictable plot twists, but Sanderson twisted the twists into some interesting things that...moreOH MY GOSH this book is so good!
It's YA so there are some predictable plot twists, but Sanderson twisted the twists into some interesting things that I really didn't see coming. What happened with Megan and Prof. was great plot twisting goodness.
Things I loved: (view spoiler)[*Actual trigger discipline! David really knows his guns; and shows that you don’t just go off shooting willy-nilly. It also showed that thinking through on how to use a gun can make all the difference. I know that guns/gun laws are a big political talking point in America right now and I thought the way Sanderson handled using guns in a realistic and responsible way was very true to life. I also liked the fact that David felt bad when he shot people, it wasn't just senseless violence.
*The romantic subplot! David liked Megan because of her mind and her interests, the fact that he found her attractive was just icing on the cake. Plus he actually talked about how he respected her, even when she disagreed or made fun of him. It was really nice to see that, especially in YA because it was an actual normal relationship without stalking or slut-shaming (shame that things didn’t quite work out) (hide spoiler)]
I still want to know what actually caused the Calamity, but I guess that’s what the sequel is for. The only problem is that I don’t know if I can wait that long! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I liked this book for what it was. I wouldn't strictly call it a dystopia, even though that's what it's most like. It's kind of a mish-mash of dystopi...moreI liked this book for what it was. I wouldn't strictly call it a dystopia, even though that's what it's most like. It's kind of a mish-mash of dystopia/fantasy/sci-fi(ish), but the author made it work.
I was really interested in the idea of language being part of the class barriers, which is why I picked this book up. I’m from the South (y’all!), so I understand the fact that others may judge you based on the language or dialect that you speak. I thought that the differences between the classes and languages were handled very well. I found the fact that you could insult someone without them being allowed to understand you, to be a new take on dystopian plots about class differences, which I was pleased by.
I liked that the teenagers seemed very realistic and grounded in their reality. Some of the plot twists you can see coming a mile away, but I thought they were very well handled for a YA book. I enjoyed the revelations about Charlaina, and the romance that developed between her and Max, and I will definitely read the sequel when it comes out. (less)
**spoiler alert** If you’ve been on the internet for any length of time you’ve probably heard the phrase ‘basic bitch’. If you haven’t, the urban dict...more**spoiler alert** If you’ve been on the internet for any length of time you’ve probably heard the phrase ‘basic bitch’. If you haven’t, the urban dictionary defines it as “one who has no personality; dull and irrelevant”.
That is exactly what this book is, it’s a basic book. It’s trying to ride the tide of popularity that dystopian YA novels have been receiving recently, and it just fails in comparison. The idea is very interesting (government mandated lobotomies) but it just fails in execution, not unlike another dystopia I read recently *cough*Bumped*cough*.
This book suffered from poor world building issues, that raised some questions but never answer them. Why did the government choose love instead of hate, what exactly happened to make electricity and fuel scarce, if you don’t allow population trade between cities why is there no restriction on the population growth? Writers really do need to have a reason for their dystopias other than “Eh, some scientist dude fixed people of love, and they lined up out the door for this cure. So now we force it on everybody because.”
On the plus side, the writing was well done, so even though I had issues with the book, I still wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. Lena really did feel like a stupid-in-love 17 year old, and her voice was totally believable. Alex was your typical post-Twilight perfect boy with a little Invalid bad boy edge. Hana was an awesome friend who went through as much (if not more) character growth as the main character. I have to say I much preferred the Lena-Hana relationship compared to the Lena-Alex one. On the whole, it was an enjoyable read, but I won't be reading the next two in this series.
Recommend for readers who like taylor swift and think their love is so perfect and pure it's doomed to fail and they will write a love song about it.(less)