An interesting book that succeeded despite some gaping plot holes. Wither is set in a world that has seen the worlds population decimated by war(onlyAn interesting book that succeeded despite some gaping plot holes. Wither is set in a world that has seen the worlds population decimated by war(only North America remains, everywhere else is under the ocean)and a virus that kills men by 25 and women by 20. The main character, Rhine Ellery, starts the story having just been kidnapped and sold to a wealthy land owner to serve as one of his sons wives. Over the course of the book she settles into her life with her new husband, Linden, and her sister wives Jenna and Cecily. Also, she meets a young male attendant named Gabriel who she of course falls in love with... Why a male servant in the same age cohort would be working so closely with the otherwise completely sequestered wives makes little sense but license must be taken to accept some of the other plot contrivances.
Despite the many world building plot issues I had with this book the basic story, characters, and the writing were very good. A strong 3.5 stars would be a more accurate rating.
Across the Universe uses a sci-fi concept to create a disturbing and realistic dystopian world. Amy and her parents have been frozen aboard the coloniAcross the Universe uses a sci-fi concept to create a disturbing and realistic dystopian world. Amy and her parents have been frozen aboard the colonizing spaceship, Godspeed, which is making a 300 year journey to a new home, a planet orbiting Alpha Centauri. However, 50 years before the ship is supposed to reach its destination, Amy finds herself unfrozen and alone within a dystopian society of crew who for generations have been keeping the ship running. Told in alternating perspective between Amy and Elder, the young man who will be the leader of the next generation of ship borne crew, a mystery unravels that puts the future of the Godspeed's mission in jeopardy.
An exciting sci-fi novel with lots of twists and some romance, I really liked Across the Universe. The dystopian society was well constructed and at times out right frightening, especially when members of the society mindlessly target Amy with violence.
Another of the nominees for YALSA's 2012 Teens' Top Ten books. ...more
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of Ilsa Bick's fantastic new book Ashes, which is scheduled for publication in September.
I enjoyed Draw tI was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of Ilsa Bick's fantastic new book Ashes, which is scheduled for publication in September.
I enjoyed Draw the Dark, but this book totally blew me away. I'm almost sad that I got it as an ARC since now I'll have to wait longer for the sequel than I would have had to wait if I had picked up this book in September. The plot is original and well paced. There are structural similarities to the Hunger Games and Dashner's The Maze Runner that give this book a read-alike feel and should appeal to fans of both of those series.
The story centers around Alex, a teenage girl who is hiking in the Upper Peninsula, when a catastrophic electromagnetic pulse destroys all electronic devices and apparently the brains of most people in the area if not the whole world. Some people simply died when the EMP occurred, but a number of people, particularly people around Alex's age have turned into raging cannibalistic zombie types referred to as "the Changed". She meets up with other survivors and together they attempt to find safe haven, but that's hard to do when even other survivors are likely to shoot teenagers on sight in fear that they are changed. Twists and turns appear at just the right places, a love triangle is set up (a la Peeta and Gale) and the cliffhanger ending is so perfectly unexpected that the anticipation for the next volume in this series is almost painful. Highly recommended!...more
Excellent addition to the growing number of zombie related YA titles.
Non-stop action; well-developed, conflicted heroes; truly evil and vicious villaiExcellent addition to the growing number of zombie related YA titles.
Non-stop action; well-developed, conflicted heroes; truly evil and vicious villains; and zombies.
I really enjoyed this book which tells the story of Benny Imura; a survivor of the zombie apocalypse that occurred 14 years earlier (he was just a baby at the time). Living with his brother Tom in Mountainside, one of a few human sanctuaries that struggle to survive in the great Rot & Ruin that is infested with millions of zombies, Benny and his friends need to look for employment or have their rations cut in half now that they are all 15. Unable to find a suitable job, Benny may have to work with his brother. Tom is a bounty hunter who makes his living by quieting (re-killing) the undead to bring closure to survivors and Benny is not too thrilled about the job description. Other bounty hunters in town use more extreme and cruel methods to quiet their bounties and tension between the Imura brothers and these hunters, specifically the menacing Charlie "Pink-eye" Matthias, begins to grow. Things boil over when Benny learns about the existence of a mysterious wild girl who has been living alone in the Rot & Ruin and Charlie wants to know more. Refusing to give any information to Charlie, Benny inadvertently starts a series of events that will change his life forever and usher him into the family business.
First rate entry into the genre. Anxiously waiting to get my hands on the sequel Dust & Decay which came out late last month. ...more