We've all lived through, or heard stories or seen pictures of, the destruction left in the wake of natural...moreReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
We've all lived through, or heard stories or seen pictures of, the destruction left in the wake of natural disasters. But what it disease and disaster struck a crippling blow, forcing society to evolve and change forever? Such is the premise of Enclave.
Deuce has finally achieved her goal of being a Huntress, and she wears her scars proudly. She knows that she has proven herself worthy. But when she is partnered with the village outcast, things begin to go wrong. When she sees a strange boy in the tunnels, she can't help but abandon her mission and enlist Fade's help in taking him to the safety village. And that's just the beginning. Suddenly, Deuce finds herself as the object of ire for Silk, sent out on highly dangerous missions, and questioning everything she's ever accepted, all while growing closer to Fade. And when he chooses to make the ultimate sacrifice for her, how will she respond? More importantly, how will they both survive?
Enclave is engaging from the very beginning; it was a quick read that kept me turning page after page to see what would happen next. Though this book may have some elements in common with other dystopian books, the story definitely has its own merit. From learning and uncovering the world of Razorland, to seeing how Deuce and Fade adapted to their ever-changing situation, Enclave proved to be original and interesting. I loved watching Deuce come to her own conclusions and sort out her feelings for Fade. And the second half of the book definitely held a few surprises.
I will say that I wished the actual setting had been a bit more clear, though the details were probably limited by the first-person narrative. Also, I wasn't completely thrilled when the possibility of a love triangle was introduced, only because it seems that every book has to have one, but even that seemed fairly resolved eventually. The ending of the book seems fairly conclusive, but I think there are plans for a sequel - if so, I will definitely be reading it!
Enclave may be a dystopian book, but it also has a healthy dose of action with just a touch of romance. This was a great debut novel from Ann Aguirre, and I can't wait to see what she writes next!(less)
Although I love dystopian novels, I will admit that I have never been the largest sci-fi or...moreReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
Really 4.5 stars
Although I love dystopian novels, I will admit that I have never been the largest sci-fi or superhero enthusiast. Broken may have just changed that. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect with this novel, but this book drew me in from the beginning and kept me reading eagerly.
Set in 2107, Earth has dealt with alien invasions, another world war, and now has a global government based out of Australia that controls not only Earth but also a host of colonies. But still all is not well; there are political factions and dissenters and those who would rather not have Extrahumans, or superheroes. It is in such an unstable climate that Michael Forward, a Prescient, must deliver a baby to Valen - a baby that well may hold the future of the world in his hands. But to do so, Michael will need Silverwyng - or Broken, as she now calls herself. Finally joining together despite the odds, Michael and Broken, along with Monica, a woman who's lost her family due to the political situation, set out on their perilous journey. But even with Michael's foresight, he can't predict everything...and when death is the only possible future, what do you do?
Broken is a wonderfully crafted narrative with many different dimensions to the story. Although initially I found some things a bit confusing, even this meshed with how the characters were. As the book progresses, we learn more about each character - we come to understand them as they come to understand themselves. I found the interweaving of flashbacks and flash-forwards to be extremely effective. Even without all of the pieces in place, it is extremely easy to sympathize with the characters, to feel their pain and sadness, to find amusement in the smallest things, to wonder, to hope. Somehow Bigelow takes a story that could so easily be just dystopian, or just about superheroes, or just about self-discovery, and fuses them together in a new and compelling way.
I have to say that I was completely unprepared for the ending - there were aspects that I thought were beautifully handled, but at the same time a few things left me wondering. I don't know if there are plans for a sequel (I can hope!), but if there is, I would read it in a heartbeat!
Broken is a classic example of why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover - and by cover, I mean genre, or even synopsis. Even after starting another book, my thoughts keep returning to this one, especially some of the final scenes. I will definitely look forward to seeing more from this author in the future!(less)
Alright, regulators, come and lock me up: I LOVED this book. Once again, this is a book where all the hype...moreReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
Alright, regulators, come and lock me up: I LOVED this book. Once again, this is a book where all the hype is definitely well-deserved.
Lena dreams of the day when she will be able to be cured from the amor deliria nervosa, when she will hopefully, finally be free of the whispers surrounding her family and her mother's death. She has prepared endlessly for her evaluation, hoping that she will receive a good score and therefore a good pairing. But something happens on the day of her evaluation that sparks a chain of events, causing Lena to question who she is - and more importantly, who she wants to become.
Delirium had me hooked from the very first chapter, and kept me hooked until the very end, because there were so many aspects of the book to love. I really enjoyed the quotes from The Book of Shhh and other Delirium-world books at the beginning of each chapter in addition to the poetry and well-known stories that were later incorporated. All of the characters were very well developed; even the smaller characters were given backstories and detailed descriptions. Equally well developed was this dystopian society. Because of the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, I really understood the parameters and could therefore imagine what it would be like to live in such a society. Both the events and the characters in this book were quite vivid, and I felt that I really lived along with them.
This book is impeccably written, by turns compelling, amusing, suspenseful, shocking, and poignant. While all the elements of a story are present - engaging plot, relatable, true characters, an enjoyable writing style - in Delirium, they have all come together in a unique way. It has definitely made its impression on me.
The only bad thing about this book? The long wait for Pandemonium! I need the next installment now!(less)
I need to start out saying I’m still reeling from this book. My mind is still processing this story, and I think...moreLouise's Review:
*Spoiler free review*
I need to start out saying I’m still reeling from this book. My mind is still processing this story, and I think I will continue to do so for some time.
This book is an action packed emotional roller coaster ride from the first page. It tells the story from Katniss’ perspective, and through her eyes we see the courage and fear, hope and despair, kindness and cruelty that exist during a civil war. We see the struggle of this young girl who’s been forced by circumstance and the world in which she lives to grow up much to fast. We watch as she endeavors to fill her role as the figurehead of a rebellion. And we see the growth of this amazing female protagonist…especially her emotional growth.
I was appalled by the story premise of Hunger Games, but I loved the book. I was furious at the end of Catching Fire, but I loved the book. In Mockingjay, the conclusion to this trilogy, Suzanne Collins met all of my expectations with a story line I could never anticipate and a conclusion that left me in tears. Happy tears of pride. I love this book!
*scurries off to find ice cream…consumption is required to process book*
*Warning: This review does contain spoilers.*
Wow. That was the only thing I could think when I finished this book. Wow. When I closed the cover the first time, I was shaking. After rereading the ending, I was crying.
Mockingjay definitely had a different feeling than either Hunger Games or Catching Fire. It was darker, more haunting; and to me, it made a much bigger impact.
Whereas the previous two books were page-turners, full of chapter cliff-hangers and suspense, always leaving the reader wondering what happened next, Mockingjay drew me in differently. I stayed up until 3AM to finish this book, not because I had to know what happened next, but simply because I could not bear to stop reading.
I wasn't too surprised by the dark tone; it is, after all, a dystopian novel with a nation at war. I expected there to be hardship, suffering, torture, and deaths. But despite that, Collins still managed to surprise me with how all of the events played out.
To me, this book made a profound statement about life - about how you make decisions and come to terms with who you are. The awful irony of Prim's death - when everything occurred because Katniss wanted to keep Prim alive - reinforces the fact that sometimes no matter how much you try for something, you will fail. But what is important from that is to learn how to live with the consequences, just as Katniss had to learn how much she would allow others to change her essential self and why she truly belonged with Peeta. And while I'm not usually a fan of epilogues, I felt that this one really brought completeness: despite everything that had happened, life goes on.
I know that I will be rereading this book (and this whole series) and taking the time to really appreciate what Collins is saying about society and life.
"That's when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I've seen someone do. It's like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years.