This isn't so much a review as it is how this book changed me.
This is the best book I have ever read. And I'm not just saying that.
The overall idea o...moreThis isn't so much a review as it is how this book changed me.
This is the best book I have ever read. And I'm not just saying that.
The overall idea of the story is rather depressing, so that turns a lot of people off, and the story is overall rather depressing, and the end is sort of rather depressing, but, to my shock, I felt good after I read this book.
I opened this book angry and lost and closed this book bawling and grateful.
I'm gonna get a little personal here. There's this girl I'm in love with, and Hazel reminds me of her so much. I read the first half of this book after my life had fallen apart. I was angry and depressed and losing everyone. I was digging a hole I'd be climbing out of my whole life.
I was angry at my Hazel.
I read half the book in one day then had to put it down for school. Freaking school. The next night I picked it up around 11 and said, "I'll read a few more chapters then go to bed."
....Yeah. I finished the book at 2 A.M.
I sobbed through the last fifty pages then cried till my eyes stung. I know that's weird and very...not-manly, but that's what happened. This book touched me. It more than touched me, it changed me.
Right after I finished the book I got on my knees and prayed and thanked God for my Hazel and my life. And I, not kidding you, have thought differently since the book. I pieced my life back together. It was hard. It was hell. But it was so worth it, and so much easier because of this book.
My Hazel and I are now very close. I've even written John Green, thanking him for basically saving my life. For my Hazel's birthday I bought her this book. Yes, she cried. Recently one of my best friends was experiencing the same thing I was when I first finished this book. I ran home, grabbed this book, went back to his house and handed it to him. I said, "Read this book." And he did.
And it changed his life.
It's not one of those books where one person will praise it to be this great thing, and it really isn't. It's only great to that one person.
No. It's a book that's great to everyone.
Your expectations of published literacy is raised so high nothing will ever top it. I couldn't read a book for a month after this. No other book really... appeals to you.
So yes. Thank you John Green. This book is amazing.(less)
This has made my favorite shelf. Across the Universe was wonderful, and so I didn't expect it's sequel to be as grea...more**spoiler alert** Oh...my...stars.
This has made my favorite shelf. Across the Universe was wonderful, and so I didn't expect it's sequel to be as great. But this book totally blew me away. For the general lack of action this book had, I was totally captivated the entire time. If you tried to explain this book to someone, which I have, it'd sound dumb and boring, but it is, honestly, incredible.
In Across the Universe I guessed a few of the things that happened, but in this book my guesses were way off. Way, way, way off.
I listened to a review by CassJayTuck, www.youtube.com/cassjaytuck , and I found it interesting how she explained Amy's character: A weak character who believes she's strong. Usually protagonists are the other way around: A strong character who thinks they're weak.
Throughout the book I slowly found myself beginning to like Orion. Sure he killed innocent people, but his logic does sorta make sense, and he is helping Amy through the whole book. I just can't help but like him.
My thoughts about Elder were the same in Across the Universe: nothing. I didn't hate his character, I didn't love his character. But that all changed when he finally decided not to leave Amy alone. When he grabbed her by the hand and made her come with him to the rabbit field. He stuck by the rules he set. He didn't know exactly what to do at the last minute, he made mistakes, he was real. His character completely shined out in this one, and I loved it.
Was anyone else expecting Elder to climb out of Godspeed and see Sol-Earth in the distance? I was. My mom and sister were too.
I'm curious to see how the third book: "Shades of Earth" is. It's either going to suck really bad, or be really, really good. There's going to be no in-between on that one. We only have to wait till January...(less)
This book was absolutely incredible. I loved the first book in this series: "I Am Number Four", so the fact that it's sequel "The Power of Six" topped...moreThis book was absolutely incredible. I loved the first book in this series: "I Am Number Four", so the fact that it's sequel "The Power of Six" topped it, put my expectations for The Rise of Nine through the roof. Now, I usually start a book or a movie or a TV show with low expectations so I'm not disappointed in the end. That's why I think I enjoy most books and movies I read and watch, because I didn't have any expectations.
This book absolutely blew me away. It's written like a movie. I don't know how to explain it, but it is. It's so easy to envision, because it's like they made the book after a movie.
The story had plenty of twists and turns and kept me interested from page one to the end. I still don't know how they're going to get three more books out of it, but I'm curious to see how it's going to end.
Overall review of characters:
Four's a moron. He almost made the same mistake twice (by going back to Paradise).
Six is a boss. Yeah, she's like the adult for the story.
Seven's whiny. I actually like Seven, but at the same time she bugs me.
Eight is...weird. I like him, but I don't have any comments on his character as of yet.
Nine is a (inappropriate word), but I really, really like him. He tells people how it is, and he has the best ideas, and he makes the best plans.
Ten...I don't know what to think of Ten.
I'm 90% positive Four is Pittacus Lore, but I wouldn't be surprised if Nine or Ten is.
I'm just curious to see where this all goes.(less)
**spoiler alert** James Dashner has never disappointed me.
I started this book knowing the ending: the characters were going to die, so it was a really...more**spoiler alert** James Dashner has never disappointed me.
I started this book knowing the ending: the characters were going to die, so it was a really depressing read.
I didn't know what to think of Mark and Trina and their friends, but as I got further into the book I fell in love with all the characters, especially Trina. ;)
The book was horrific. I think I swore out loud at one point, and I never swear, but it scared the crap out of me. It's the first book I've ever had to put down out of disturbance and horror, and it's the first book I've ever gasped out loud about too.
Anyway, I don't think this review needs to be long because I'm totally bias when it comes to James Dashner, and I could go on forever and ever about this book, but I just have to talk about the ending.
As I stated above, I knew the characters were going to die, but how they died was so, freaking, good. When Trina couldn't remember Mark, my heart broke. Trina reminds me of my friend Makaela. I put myself in Mark's shoes the whole book, and when his heart broke so did mine.
So when Dashner, the most disturbed human being I know, (I'm just kidding Dashner, but you still are disturbed) wrote the ending he did, my body rocked with chills.
I cried. I'll admit it, I cried. Trina remembered. I can't explain how much that ending meant to me. It was incredible. It was one of the best most powerful endings I've ever read. Words can literally not describe how much I love that ending. (less)
My full review will be coming soon. I must ask for those of you who have read it: Do you strive to be a better person after reading this book. I know...moreMy full review will be coming soon. I must ask for those of you who have read it: Do you strive to be a better person after reading this book. I know I do!
**spoiler alert** I read this book in 21 hours and 24 minutes. And that included 9-10 hours of sleeping. I heard great things about this book, mostly...more**spoiler alert** I read this book in 21 hours and 24 minutes. And that included 9-10 hours of sleeping. I heard great things about this book, mostly from Glenn Beck and some nearby neighbors who had the chance to read the ARC, and so I went to Richard Paul Evan's (the author) launch party. There I bought the book and had Evans sign it. While waiting in line to get it signed, though, I began reading. 10 pages into it I was thinking, "Oh, this is going to be sooo cliché. And it was, at least for the next 50 pages. But then I came home and laid down in bed and read it.
And I was captivated until the end.
The book has outstanding characters and a mom who plays the perfect role of "mom". Just like Michael, I fell in love with Taylor, a cheerleader with a similar power.
I heard none of the publishing companies would even touch this book because it was "off the wall." Let me say, it was an off-the-wall story, but that's what made it so unique and fascinating.
I love this book, comparing it to that of everyone's favorite: Harry Potter. If there's ever a story to become as big as Potter did, well, Michael Vey is the next Harry Potter.
And if it does become as big, well, I think I'm going to write a book with lightning bolt incorporated into the title. (less)
The first one "the light" scared me half to death. So I got the second because I liked the first one. Let me tell you, I sped through the whole book s...moreThe first one "the light" scared me half to death. So I got the second because I liked the first one. Let me tell you, I sped through the whole book so fast. I mean, I absolutely ate this book up. I was captivated throughout the whole thing. I loved this book.
It explained all of the unexplained mysteries of the first book and tied everything together so well. I cried at the end over the same scene I cried over in the first one.
This was a fabulous book worth everybody's time. Go and read this book now!(less)
This book...was amazing. I read it in 13 hours during one video chat with some breaks in between. I wish I could have savored this final installment i...moreThis book...was amazing. I read it in 13 hours during one video chat with some breaks in between. I wish I could have savored this final installment in the series that literally changed my life, but it was so good I couldn't stop reading it.
Wow. This book was amazing.
This book was originally meant to be two books, but Dashner made a good move and combined them into one. I can see how. The middle of that book was so...climatic. And the end of that book was so...climatic. It was incredible. It was so good.
Knowing Dashner, I knew one of my favorite characters was going to die in the end. Yeah, that happened. I didn't cry over it, though. It was a calm death.
Holy flipping crap.
That is the best ending to a book there could ever be. (less)
I have never experienced a more dramatic, emotion, and imaginative book than that of Fire World.
Chris d'Lacey created a new form of writing, I don't...moreI have never experienced a more dramatic, emotion, and imaginative book than that of Fire World.
Chris d'Lacey created a new form of writing, I don't know how he did it, he just did. There isn't that much action through the book, and a lot doesn't happen, but yet it captivates you so well. I have no idea how Chris managed to pull this off, I just can't say enough about it. Fire World was truly, probably, the best book ever. (less)