This book was weird. The main character, Equality 7-2521, is part of a society where everyone thinks of themselves as "we" or "they" never "I" or "me"This book was weird. The main character, Equality 7-2521, is part of a society where everyone thinks of themselves as "we" or "they" never "I" or "me", and they see themselves as free yet restrictions are around every corner. You can't choose your job, you can't have any personality basically, you can't have friends or family, you can't interact with the opposite sex unless it's "mating day". Yeah, whoo for freedom. The thing that always amazes me about older books is that they have great points to them and all that, like this one with individuality and freedom, but the plotlines are crap. Honestly, some of the books published way back when probably wouldn't be today. Which is all right and good because (most) authors nowadays have developed enough so that they can get their messages out there while still making me interested in the story at hand. I'll tell you, if this wasn't required reading I wouldn't have finished it (despite the fact it was less than 100 pages). Equality 7-2521/Unconquered/whatever-the-fuck-the-narrator's-name-is was an extremely dull and 2-dimentional character. And his romance with Liberty-3000/Golden One or whatever had zero development. Basically they just saw one another every day and thought We likes them. Sex.. I know the characters wasn't the point of the book, but they're a pretty important aspect, and I still don't feel like I know any of the characters at all. So there you go. 2 stars. One more book to go this summer, let's hope it's better.....more
Pretty good. It took me awhile to finish because it was kind of slow, but I'll read the next one. I also liked the originality, the story and even thePretty good. It took me awhile to finish because it was kind of slow, but I'll read the next one. I also liked the originality, the story and even the writing was different from most things today. :)...more
This one I've actually liked far better than the others simply because of the characters and their interactions within such an experience. Stories invThis one I've actually liked far better than the others simply because of the characters and their interactions within such an experience. Stories involving that one simple factor are what I live for. ...more
The resident evil franchise is a part of my childhood. My dad used to play it and occasionally give me the dud controller so I'd think I was playing,The resident evil franchise is a part of my childhood. My dad used to play it and occasionally give me the dud controller so I'd think I was playing, or I'd just watch (and I still remember little bits and pieces). It's always been our connection, playing video games together. And so a little while after RE4 came around I started playing for real, then we played co-op in RE5, now onto RE6 which we're slowly making progress with every time I get to go home for break from college. So my senior year of highschool I sniped these up from ebay because of the reasons above, and because I enjoy the characters enough to know the story of how it all started, so I really enjoyed that aspect of it. The books aren't phenomenal (I'm actually onto the fourth now) in terms of writing style and continuity, but you pick up the basics, and if you're any fan of the franchise and appreciate a good story I'd recommend trying it out. ...more
I don't really have that much to say about this book. It was good I suppose, but it didn't really blow my mind, and I'm not sure if some of the thingsI don't really have that much to say about this book. It was good I suppose, but it didn't really blow my mind, and I'm not sure if some of the things we found out were supposed to be really surprising or what but it was kind of easy to predict what was about to go down. The writing itself is average, nothing awe-inspiring but okay. I'm going to read the next book though, I like the concept of the world, mixing the supernatural element with the mob. I'm a big mob fan, not what they do of course, but the concept. The deceit, the betrayals, murder, family, cons, corruption...Idk there's just something awesome about it. In a world that's slowly making it impossible to break even the simplest of rules, it's nice to know that some can still evade the system. I know that shouldn't be comforting to me, like at all, but I think a world without at least a little crime would be a shame, I'm a big believer in the saying "You can't have happiness without pain" and all that... I think I've gotten off topic.
I guess the book is worth the read if you liked the first one. I really only bought the first one because of the cover, and this one because of the signing I went to so it's not really a read over and over again type thing but yeah. ;P I need to stop buying books for the covers......more
I'm a big believer in the ethic that two people who love each other shouldn't be judged or ridiculed or forced apart or any of that, no matter the sitI'm a big believer in the ethic that two people who love each other shouldn't be judged or ridiculed or forced apart or any of that, no matter the situation. I've always believed that, always will. As long as the situation is consentual and the two truly love each other and want to be together, in my opinion, let them. In fact, I would support them every time. It just seems wrong to create laws and outcast people just because of who they decide to love. Why should that matter? I mean sure I can see why incest is wrong, but after reading this book, I get it. Which is one reason why Forbidden really got to me.
Maya and Lochan, for me, were insanely relatable. In some cases whole paragraphs of inner-mind monologues would be things that had passed through my own mind at times. This made me sympathize with these characters and love them, root for them until the end. Their family situation was both filled with love and fucked-up situations, which made me root for them all the more. Even their siblings, who seemed to make things harder at times, had their moments where you could see why Lochan and Maya did everything they did to prevent their separation by child-services.
I'm not usually one for dramatic books or movies because, quite frankly, I don't like crying or feeling like crap when everything turns to crap, although you're expecting it when you go into it because it is a drama. But still, you cry. I cried. Anyone would in reading this book. Every chapter changes between Maya and Lochan's POV and the inner turmoil presented at what was happening between the siblings as their feelings progressed and each tried to hold back, knowing without a doubt that it was wrong, was enough to break my heart. They knew what they felt was wrong, they knew they shouldn't have done anything or let it continue, yet it seemed some of their only joy was in each other. Forbidden will give you a whole new view of what you think of incest, because you can't really understand a relationship completely without getting a front row seat at the thoughts of the pair within, which is exactly what you will get with this heart-wrenching story of fear, responsibility, independence, and Love between a family that just happens to form to something more....more
Once again Meding's writing style and character developments are extraordinary. She's one of those authors that just makes writing look like a piece oOnce again Meding's writing style and character developments are extraordinary. She's one of those authors that just makes writing look like a piece of cake lol. I can't wait for the next installment, Evy and Wyatt's adventures are one of my favorite series'. Short-sweet-and-to-the-point everything about the books rock! ;D...more
What did I think, you ask? One word! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G :D
I abosolutely Loved the world DeStefano created. Rhine was a very strong character despite everytWhat did I think, you ask? One word! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G :D
I abosolutely Loved the world DeStefano created. Rhine was a very strong character despite everything bad that's happened to her in her lifetime: ever closing in expiration date, parents violent death's, surviving in poverty, living in fear, getting kidnapped, sold, married off into a polygamy household...that's a lot for a 16 year old girl to deal with. Despite all of this though, she seemed to accept things as they were and roll with the bad. Though, always expressing her grief along the way, she never liked to let others see it.
The plotlines moved along strangely, sometimes things were very unexpected, while others I could see coming a mile away. But I loved this about the story because it was a lot like real life in some ways.
Now about the characters. I've already talked about Rhine a bit, who's very relatable and I think she seemed to grow a lot through the length of her months in her new forced surroundings.
Gabriel- Sadly I could see a lot of potential for him yet we never really got to know him all that well. He's still kind of a ghost of a character, though I can see why Rhine liked him we just didn't get to see in depth who Gabriel was. But neither did Rhine, so I think that was kind of the point, she acknowledged this fact at one point and I get the hint we'll get to know him more in the second book :)
Rowen Rhine's brother. Like Gabriel we don't know him, though even less so because all that we know of him is her memories.
Linden Ah the husband. I had mixed feelings about him. He was nice I suppose, but gross all the same. Multiple wives with sexual relations with all of them? No thanks. That kills all romantic lead material the guy might have. Plus he's weak and oblivious to the world. Needless to say I had a like/dislike relationship with him, nothing strong enough on either side because, again, we didn't know him that well. Actually, now that I think about it, none of the males were very strongly developed characters here. Hmm
Jenna She would be me. Stays quiet, gathers information in the shadows (sounds kind of creepish I know Lol, don't judge me! ;P), reads a lot, wants a trampoline, suffer in silence type. Frankly I thought she was a very strong character and despite her own suffering she consoled her sister-wives, Rhine mostly, and helped them when she herself needed help.
Cecily Annoying, needy, bratty. Pretty much everything expected of her age, which is far too young to become a wife. I wasn't sure if I liked her throughout the story, but I think I've kind of grown to like her. :)
Dierdre She was a sweet kid and like many other characters in this book I wish we got to know her more. That was kind of the only thing that really bugged me about the story, though I could understand. Rhine herself was mainly just consumed in escaping, not getting to know the help. Though some facial and appearance descriptions would have been kind of nice. :)
OVERALL I loved the book, aside from a few little nit picky things, it was fantastic! I would recommend it to dystopia readers and just anyone in need of a good book to read! ;D The writing style was also somewhat unique and it took a bit of getting used to but in the end I loved it!...more
Interesting to say the least. The world building was pretty great and totally unique to anything I've read. I don't feel like writing a whole review sInteresting to say the least. The world building was pretty great and totally unique to anything I've read. I don't feel like writing a whole review so I'm just going to randomly spout things off and you'll hopefully get the general picture of what I thought ;P.
-The beginnging was a bit slow in my opinion, it seemed like it took forever for things to get moving. -Eldest is an asshole. -Elder is kinda cool, and actually normal despite growing up in the surroundings that he did -Amy, I like her, she seems like a relatable character and it was easy to empathize with her. Also I liked the alternating POV because it not only gave insight into both Amy and Elder but showed more of how they held themselves outside of their heads and what they thought of each other. -I thought the storyline was a bit predictable but worth the read nevertheless. -The feeders are basically like trained animals, I would never want to live like that. -The writing style was okay, nothing awe-inspiring, but average. -Orion seemed like a cool guy (view spoiler)[despite being a sociopath, too bad (hide spoiler)] -Okay, about the end...(view spoiler)[I can't say I didn't see it coming. There was obviously something up with Orion, I'm just ashamed I didn't think of the ear communicator sooner. And the drugging of the feeders was obvious, the reason behind the frozen people's murders was kinda weird and random. And it was extremely random the revealing that Elder unplugged Amy, you'd think that at least a tiny bit in the book there would be some foreshadowing or something of his guilt, but it was kinda just thrown out there after everything else was over, I'm not sure how I feel about that. (hide spoiler)] -But I also kept thinking the whole time that the book was going to end like that movie Pandorum with Dennis Quaid, which is something my mind kept going to while reading this. I'll probably watch it tonight lol -Any way, another thing about the end was at first I was mildly pissed off and confused. No surprise there(seeing as I'm usually confused upon finishing things) but going into this I thought it was a stand alone novel, then I got to the last page and was like "Wait...whaaaa? Where's the rest? There's so many loose ends!" But then I looked it up and apparently it's the first in a trilogy. So all is good my friends. -overall, good and totally worth the read, even if what originally pulled me to the book was the cover, not even the description Lol ;P["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more