...a fast-paced plot? Personally, though I can appreciate the attraction of slow-moving dystopian fic3.5 stars
What makes a good dystopian sci-fi novel?
...a fast-paced plot? Personally, though I can appreciate the attraction of slow-moving dystopian fiction that gradually uses subtle language and events to paint a portrait of the world in peril, I much prefer the kind that drags me in, makes me immediately aware of the danger and forces me to sit on the edge of my seat, freaking out over whether the main characters will ever get through this. Free to Fall does that. I spent the entire novel needing to know what was going on, desperate for answers and afraid for Rory.
...a premise grounded in science? Maybe this isn't important for everyone, but I love dystopian fiction that uses scientific language to enthrall me. I suppose it's hard to keep the balance between scientifically-detailed and not boring, but Miller does it very well. As with her last book, she builds her story close to scientific facts and makes it feel like something that is not only possible, but quite likely for the future. Which brings me onto my next point.
...a believable story? When I say "believable", I don't necessarily mean "realistic", part of the excitement of good sci-fi is to stretch to new possibilities and impossibilities and convince us of their likelihood. And I think Free to Fall's believability is it's strongest quality. This does not feel like a completely alien world that could never happen in a million years, nor does it feel like a mashed together bundle of phrases like "oppression" and "control" without any sense of how it happened. The world Rory lives in feels only a few small steps from where we are now. While some of the technology might be a little ambitious (or not - who knows?), Miller has created a convincing world that I can see happening. It doesn't feel like fantasy; it feels how, IMO, dystopian fiction should.
...good characters? I liked Rory for the most part and was sympathetic towards her situation - it mattered to me whether she would find out what was going on and make it through okay. Most of all, I liked her growth and the way she learned and gained new perspectives as the story moved along. One reason I gave Miller's first novel such a low rating was because I disliked the bitchy main characters who looked down on so-called "slutty" girls and I wondered if this might go the same way at first. But Miller surprised me. At first, Hershey is introduced as a popular ditzy girl who wears revealing clothing and Rory is annoyed to discover they will have to be roommates. But as time goes by, the two very different girls develop an understanding between them that turns to friendship... their relationship was my favourite in the whole book.
So why only 3.5 stars?
In short: a boring love story. I don't know why this is a requirement, I really don't. It seems to appear in almost every YA book, regardless of genre. Romance can be an interesting component in a story and can make you even more invested in the characters, but this one was yet another that was dull, lacking in any chemistry I could see, and pointless. I spent the romantic parts of this book hoping they would soon be over so we could get back to the very interesting science-related mysteries going on. I don't know why every heroine has to team up with some hottie in order to figure things out and save the day anyway.
But, despite this...
I enjoyed the book a lot. It's not often that I return to authors I've mentally blacklisted after a bad experience but I'm really pleased that I gave Lauren Miller a second chance. She writes in a compelling way and weaves a story that is fast-paced, full of constant twists and turns, and actually interesting. The discussions about morality really made me think and Rory's school lessons were almost as exciting as the ones in HP - the classes were all completely new so each one held something to discover. I hope she writes more books I can geek out over soon :)
This book sounds ridiculous. I'm not sure if I'm just adding it because I'm pretty damn hungry right now.
You know, I think I could write a dystopia -This book sounds ridiculous. I'm not sure if I'm just adding it because I'm pretty damn hungry right now.
You know, I think I could write a dystopia - just make something everyone loves illegal and dum, dum, dum... it's the end of the world. Coffee and chocolate have already been taken by Gabrielle Zevin, dammit. Maybe I could outlaw small fluffy animals. Or tea! It could be a British dystopia where all the tea is gone! (what will I do?).*
Now for some foods (you're welcome):
* I will probably need to be saved by a tea-wielding boy with a tortured soul for it to be a bestseller....more
Maybe I'm being generous. Or unfair. I can't decide exactly how I feel about Jordan's latest young adult novel - Uninvited. I recently had my low expeMaybe I'm being generous. Or unfair. I can't decide exactly how I feel about Jordan's latest young adult novel - Uninvited. I recently had my low expectations trampled on by her impressive contribution to the new adult craze - Foreplay - and couldn't wait to see what more she had to offer. But Uninvited was a disappointment. It suffered from flaws in the very foundation of the story and the characters, even though the author's writing was compulsively readable enough to make me sail through it in a day and still up my rating to three stars. It's a combination of addictive, fast-paced plotting and a worn out, unconvincing story. It's entertaining, but also has a disappointingly weak protagonist. It wasn't bad and yet it could have been so much better.
There is much to celebrate and Uninvited will no doubt be an easy sell for many teens. The plot moves at a breakneck pace, dragging us into the action and drama from the very first chapter and delivering new punches at every turn. It reminded me somewhat of Divergent in this sense - I found myself simultaneously shaking my head at the ridiculous ideas I was asked to believe and reading on like a crazy person in my need to see what would happen next. Even in this you can see that Jordan is used to writing books for adults or "new adults" in the mature themes she doesn't shy away from incorporating. There are plenty of descriptions of violence that aren't sugarcoated for a younger audience... and I kinda liked that. In fact, this book contains that which is perhaps most important when writing a good dystopian book - a very real sense of fear, frustration and helplessness. I've read plenty of dystopian books that have failed to convince me that things are really that bad, but there's no danger of that here.
The story is about a music prodigy - Davy Hamilton - whose life is ruined when she is tested for and found to have Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS), also known as the kill gene. Abandoned by her friends, feared by her parents and forced to change schools, Davy finds that other carriers like her might be the only people she can turn to. Even though the idea is a bit daft (well, it is), it sort of half works. I can see what the author was trying to do and many interesting ideas are brought to the table... about nature vs nurture, about humanity, about evil and hypocrisy, but I do think the romance dampens all the other powerful messages floating around. So many ideas are pushed aside by the spotlight stealing cliche of a good girl/bad boy romance. I thought we were going to learn something important but it turns out it's another one all about being saved by lurrrve.
And I thought Davy was a weak character. It was probably a deliberate move in a bid to make us more sympathetic towards a girl who'd been accused of being a killer, but it actually made her more annoying. A lot of emphasis is placed on who she's going to find to protect her - and many opportunities are set up for Sean to swoop in and save her ass - and she had a tendency to be mind-numbingly stupid. She stupidly puts herself in a lot of dangerous situations and constantly requires saving by Sean, neither fact particularly endeared me to either of them. But the worst bit of all was when Sean knelt over Davy, pushing her down into the bed, just to prove that she was vulnerable to anyone who wanted to rape her. It made me feel pretty sick.
Hmm, I'm not sure if I'll be continuing with the second book. I think I might just wait and see what the reviews are like before making a decision. But I will look out for more of Jordan's novels.
What a pleasant surprise! I didn't realise I'd added Landry Park to my mental list entitled "just another dystopia" until it managed to completely pro
What a pleasant surprise! I didn't realise I'd added Landry Park to my mental list entitled "just another dystopia" until it managed to completely prove me wrong. My first thought after finishing this book is that it's probably more suited to fans of historical fiction than the typical dystopia. The style of writing, the plot, the characters and the setting all feel like something straight out of an historical novel. If you ask me, it worked very well.
The story starts as I might have expected. There's a female protagonist, it's set in a future United States (no longer so united), something has happened to change the social order, there's a hot guy, there's a bitchy girl... you know how this one goes, right? Because you've seen all this a million times, yes? Well, apparently not. As the story unravels, more questions arise and characters receive greater development. The world-building is spread over the novel but is refreshingly intricate and fascinating. The story is full of surprises, both in the main plot line and in the cast of characters. And sometimes who can resist a bit of the backstabbing, rivalry and family scandals found beneath the riches and pretty ballgowns of the upper classes?
This "dystopia" (or perhaps "utopia", depending on your point of view) is all about class. It's about wealth, knowledge, power and the relationship between the three. The setting is the beautiful Landry estate in a future United States which is ruled by the gentry. The main character - Madeline Landry - has lived in luxury her whole life and has long known her destiny to be the next ruler of the Landry estate. But Madeline has always been a bit feisty and rebellious. She isn't sure she's ready to walk down the path her family has laid out for her. As she begins to discover the truth behind the society in which she lives, she finds herself obligated to challenge the poor treatment of the Rootless (the lowest class in society). But her good intentions prove to be more dangerous than she could have imagined and she starts to unearth secrets that have been hidden for generations.
What I really liked most of all was the way each character was handled. Hagen introduces us to individuals who we think we know at first, we think we can slot them into neat categories of heroine, love interest and mean girl. But each one is more than that. I love it when YA authors don't neglect complex character development and remember that people are multilayered. Each character surprised me in Landry Park and I especially loved the friendship that grew between Madeline and Cara when it had first seemed as if they were typical teen girl rivals.
Beautifully written, occasionally dark and surprisingly addictive... I hate the term "an author to watch" but I know I'll be keeping an eye out for more books by Ms Hagen.
That's it. No more YA dystopias for Emily. I think I've said this before so I might be lying again, but I am so ready to get away from this exhaustedThat's it. No more YA dystopias for Emily. I think I've said this before so I might be lying again, but I am so ready to get away from this exhausted and overcrowded genre.
Finding some level of originality is a fundamental problem for those authors who decide to jump on the bandwagon and tackle the world of YA dystopian fiction. If you can possibly make a dystopia out of it, then you can bet it's already been written in the past few years since The Hunger Games took centre stage. Every form of tyrannical government has been introduced and overthrown, every possible nightmare world has been explored, every little thing that people love has been outlawed and rediscovered - one of the latest even going so far as to get rid of food!
Therefore, new authors to the genre almost always produce one of two things: 1) a book that is a carbon copy of all the others before it, or 2) a book that has been deliberately over-complicated in a bid to make it seem original. The Murder Complex falls somewhere between those two.
On the one hand, this book seems like nothing we haven't read a million times before. World in the shitter, young lovers from two very different worlds, oppressive government... like a less compelling version of Marie Lu's Legend trilogy, which I do recommend if you haven't checked it out (the first book isn't the best one, though). But in this case, Cummings has also developed a dense plot that left me feeling confused, rather than wowed. One could attribute this to some fault in intelligence on my part, but I feel something less deliberately convoluted would have made the story better. I actually had to go back and read the blurb at times to remind myself of the basic premise.
The narration is split between our two main characters - Meadow and Zephyr. Meadow is a standard YA female MC who is defined by her badassery and willingness to kill if necessary; while I am pleased that seeing women as heroes and fighters is no longer an oddity in fiction, it is hard to care about them when they are so lacking in any real personality and development. Zephyr, on the other hand, is an orphaned Ward whose job it is to clean up the corpses of murder victims. He is also prone to mysterious blackouts and dreams about a silver-haired girl (guess who?). The real problem where the narration is concerned is that the two voices never become particularly distinct - a necessity if multiple POVs is to work.
Plot twists mount up, new discoveries that unmoved me are made, and instalove reigns supreme. I did not hate this book, there were a few scenes that I thought were particularly well-written and engaging. But there was no real spark in this story and, despite the bloody and dramatic plot, I finished it with no interest in what the sequel holds.
I would only recommend this to hardcore dystopian romance fans who want more of the same.
I don't know what I expected from After the End (though probably not much after reading the reviews of Die for Me) but I dWell... colour me surprised.
I don't know what I expected from After the End (though probably not much after reading the reviews of Die for Me) but I definitely didn't expect a book that had me glued to the pages, awake most of the night reading, and laughing out loud on almost every page in the middle section. I had braced myself for "yet another dystopia" and got something more like an entertaining, fast-paced urban fantasy.
Survival. That’s all that’s important. My own survival, and that of my father and clan. I will do anything to guarantee it. And I will use whoever I need to achieve it.
This book starts in the Alaskan wilderness where Juneau has spent her entire life in a small, isolated community. World War III has completely destroyed the world we know and left only this small group of survivors who have managed to stay alive by being at one with nature. Or... that's what Juneau has always been told anyway.
But one day she returns from a hunt to discover that her clan has completely disappeared. Using the powers of nature that she has been taught, Juneau sets out to find them. However, she soon discovers that there is more to the world than what she's always been told. Finding out that the people she trusted the most have been lying to her is a hard pill to swallow, but Juneau has even bigger problems. The people who kidnapped her clan members are after her and she has no idea why. Chased down everywhere she goes, Juneau is forced to team up with an unlikely companion in order to find her family.
I have to be honest: I can see straight away why this book won't be to everyone's liking. Almost all of the exhilarating action occurs in the first and last quarters of the book - this is the heart-pounding, ohmigod-how-will-they-get-out-of-this portion of the book. Despite dystopias being forced down our throats left, right and centre, I found this story extremely compelling and I loved how different the two main characters were. But, yes, the biggest chunk of the book in the middle is about a road trip full of bickering, basic survival/camping skills and the development of the relationship between Juneau and Miles.
And I loved it.
I am so not a big romance person. Or at least not in books that are supposed to be action-packed science fiction. But I found the banter between Juneau and Miles truly hilarious. I had to cover my mouth to avoid waking the whole house up with my giggling. They're just such different people. She's a hardcore hunter who's grown up in the wilderness and knows all about survival and taking care of herself... and he's a guy who got kicked out of high school for cheating on an exam. She thinks he's stupid. He thinks she's crazy. Their conversations were a delight to read.
“The guys who are following you . . . are they dangerous?” Miles asks finally. “Well, normally I would say that Whit wouldn’t hurt a flea. But from what Poe here told me—” “Poe?” Miles interrupts. “The raven,” I say. “You named the bird?” Miles asks, his voice tinged with a note of hysteria. Yet another reason for him to think I’m crazy, I think, and wonder again if that’s not actually a good thing. “Back in Alaska, we named all our animals after literary figures. It was something our teacher Dennis started, so I was thinking that with Edgar Allan Poe’s poem about the raven—” “Yes, thank you . . . I got the reference!” he snaps. His face is flushed red, but he does this deep-breathing thing and calms down a little. “Okay, first of all, we’re not keeping the bird. So don’t name it. I am not driving you to wherever it is we’re going with a wild animal in my backseat.” “He’s not wild,” I protest. “Has it shit on my shirt yet?” Miles asks, his nose wrinkling like he doesn’t really want to know the answer.
I ship them so hard.
And more than this, I really liked the idea behind the story. No spoilers, of course, but I just thought I'd mention how pleasantly surprised I am to find that I can still fall in love with a dystopian book. For me, this book was incredibly addictive and the characters shone with a rare level of personality. My only real issue was with the ending, which seemed a little abrupt. But, oh well, who cares? I really enjoyed it.
On this highly productive Friday afternoon, you will be delighted to hear that I have made - wait for it... a book-themed faction quiz!
You answer theOn this highly productive Friday afternoon, you will be delighted to hear that I have made - wait for it... a book-themed faction quiz!
You answer the questions, keep a note of your answer number, tally up your score and find out which reader faction you belong to! It's revolutionary, really. No peeking ahead at the scores either; this is serious, people. So...
1)Just one at a time for me. 2)Hell yes. I live on the wild side. 3)At least five. 4)One or two. 5)Honestly? It varies. 6)Sometimes. I need to mix up my genres.
There’s a new bestseller in town, what do you do?
1)Wait to see what my friends think. 2)Gimme gimme gimme! 3)Assess the positive and negative reviews equally. 4)Cautiously check it out. 5)Wait until the hype has got too unbearable… then give in. 6)Pretend to not be interested - how plebeian - but read it in secret.
Pick a classic:
1)Little Women 2)The Great Gatsby 3)War and Peace 4)Pride and Prejudice 5)The Picture of Dorian Gray 6)Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The movie version of your favorite book is out, what do you do?
1)I’ll stick with my books, thank you very much! 2)Get tickets to the midnight showing. 3)Read the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, then consider it. 4)Take this opportunity to re-read the book, then maybe see it. 5)Depends whether Jennifer Lawrence is in it. 6)Flip a coin. Heads and you’ll see it, tails and you’ll stay in and watch Grey's Anatomy.
When a book ends with a cliffhanger, you...
1)Shrug and find something else to read. 2)Freak out! 3)Mark the sequel release in your planner. 4)Cry. But are secretly pleased a book can affect you like this. 5)Stalk the author on twitter, looking for tidbits on the characters’ fate. 6)All of the above. In reverse order.
Someone asks you what the last book was that you read. It was Twilight (come on, you were curious!). So you say...
1)Nothing. You change the subject. 2)The latest Stephen King, of course *eye twitch* 3)Oh, some book about negative relationship psychology among young women. You wouldn’t know it. 4)[said really fast]Twilight, but only because I was curious, bored, caffeine deprived, PMS-ing... 5)Twilight. 6)Haha! The last book? I read like ten at a time, you’ll have to be more specific.
How fast do you read?
1)Not that fast. I have other obligations too. 2)I speed through those books. Publishers can hardly keep up with me. 3)I aim for 500 words per minute. 4)Not fast. Not slow. 5)Frankly, it depends on the book. And my mood. 6)I read fast unless it’s a book I REALLY love or REALLY hate.
Which of these best describes you at the library?
1)Perusing the ebook selection. You want to save the planet. 2)Dancing between the aisles and pretending you’re a wizard. 3)Asking the librarian to order in a bunch of obscure titles. 4)Carrying out the entire “What’s New” section. 5)Being annoyed that Game of Thrones is on the sci-fi shelves. It’s fantasy! Why does no one seem to know the difference?! 6)Browsing EVERY section for hours and annoying the people you’re with.
Okay, now add up your answer scores: 1 = 0 points 2 = 1 point 3 = 2 points 4 = 3 points 5 = 4 points 6 = 5 points
0-8 : ABNEGATION You are a selfless reader (most of the time). You don't like to read more than one book at once and your friends' opinions on books are extremely valuable to you. You're not one to go in for all that bookworm drama and you remember that life exists outside storybooks... you just prefer being inside them. Your faction leader is Juliet Capulet. She, like you, was never afraid to give up all else for the people books she loved.
9-15 : Dauntless You're a brave reader who loves to throw yourself into multiple books at once. Books are thrilling adventures for you and whatever genre you pick has to be filled with fast-pacing and excitement. You are extremely enthusiastic about sequels and movie adaptations of your favourite books. Your faction leader is Katniss Everdeen. She fought in The Hunger Games and you've always known you'd have made a great tribute.
16-23 : Erudite Being as smart as you are, books have always been your natural companions. You are happy to read many at the same time and always consider the positives and negatives noted in reviews before wasting your precious reading time. You probably feel just as comfortable reading a huge classic as you do checking out the latest paranormal YA. Your faction leader is Sherlock Holmes. Because... duh.
24-31 : Amity You are one of the kind-hearted, sensitive lovers of peace and happy endings. It's possible that you're something of a romantic and dislike dark and depressing novels, but your pleasant personality means you'll give everything a chance to prove you wrong. Your faction leader is Jay Gatsby - a kindred spirit who only ever wanted to get the girl he loves, throw parties and read fabulous books.
32-38 : Candor You are a proud speaker of the truth. No bullshit, you're just comfortable with who you are and don't feel the need to pretend the pageturner you're reading is a Russian classic. If you write book reviews, then it's likely that you deliver a hard dose of truth and don't lose any sleep over it either. Your faction leader is Tyrion Lannister, because someone has to be the voice of wittily-applied reason amid the drama.
39-45 : Divergent No one really knows what's going on with you - you like a bit of everything. You try many different genres and your reaction to them changes with your mood. Or just with the weather. I guess, in the end, you just love all kinds of literature wildly and unpredictably. Genre is a silly way of categorizing things anyway. Your faction leader is Severus Snape, because no one had any idea which side he belonged on either.
This quiz was written by me, whilst sat in my pajamas eating leftover Thai food. It is not remotely official. In fact, it is so far from official that you should really take your result with a pinch of salt and a shot of tequila (#TGIF). But I am extremely bored (obviously) so if you are feeling some blossoming indignation over your result, feel free to send your hate mail my way. *eats another wonton*...more
Just imagine that you are going about your daily life as you always do; it's a normal day, everything should be as it always is. But then, suddenly, wJust imagine that you are going about your daily life as you always do; it's a normal day, everything should be as it always is. But then, suddenly, without any forewarning, you go completely blind. One second seeing the world as you know it, the next experiencing a complete and unending whiteness.
Then imagine you go to the trusty health professionals so they can get to the bottom of it... the doctor doesn't know what's wrong with you, but you're confident he/she will find out and prescribe accordingly. And then the doctor goes blind. But not just him - everyone you have come into contact with is experiencing the same sudden white blindness. The condition spreads and takes hold within a few hours... soon this contagious blindness is spreading like wildfire and no one knows how to cure it.
Talk about blind panic.
This book is so scary and so... realistic. Blindness is not an alien concept like monsters and ghosts, neither are contagious diseases. So imagine a disease that prompted sudden blindness, that spread from one person to another quicker than the common cold. This book feels like a story that could happen, so it offers a level of realism that was common amongst more traditional dystopias before the influx of paranormal and/or poorly-constructed dystopian worlds in recent years.
One of the main issues readers have with this - if they have any - is the writing style. It's written in huge blocks of text with little punctuation, no speech marks, and many run-on sentences. It can get a little disorientating, but I guess that's the end of the world for you. I actually found it incredibly effective in creating the air of blind panic that Saramago clearly wanted to impart. People fumbling around in the whiteness, hoping no one around means them harm and being powerless to do anything about it if they did.
Stephen Fry once said: "You are who you are when no one is watching." And in this world, no one is watching. Fear reigns and some will choose to exploit the fear or succumb to it. I thought it was a frightening and believable portrait of the disintegration of society.
Two stars, eh? Looks like it must be a negative review, right? In this case, though, this isn't that much of a negative review. Rather, these are the Two stars, eh? Looks like it must be a negative review, right? In this case, though, this isn't that much of a negative review. Rather, these are the reasons why I didn't love this book and the reasons why I think a whole bunch of other people probably will. So...
There's this book you might have heard about lately. It's called The 5th Wave. I know, I know, they've been so quiet about it, really toned down the promotion to about a thousand rotating banner ads on goodreads. So, maybe you haven't heard of it. Well, I LOVED this book. For a whole bunch of reasons that you can find elsewhere if you so wish. However, as more and more people find their way towards it after the book's release date in early May, it's becoming apparent that some people really didn't like it.
Just kidding. You know me, I never waste an opportunity to drop a couple of gifs.
But because I like to ponder and philosophise on other people's reading habits and tastes and the big questions like "what is it about this book that made us view it so differently?", "If a book falls off my shelf while I'm not in the room - does it make a sound? And, more importantly, is it weird to kiss it better when I get home?", "Is there life after series completion?", "Are we human or are we reader?" and "To read or to read longer?" Perhaps I shall never know the answers. But, after reading this book, I think there's a good chance that the less you liked The 5th Wave, the more you will like In the After.
“I found Baby shortly after the world failed, when I still believed things would return to normal. I no longer hold that hope. Nothing this broken can ever be fixed.”
The reason I liked The 5th Wave and this one not so much is because I'm not the biggest fan of traditional science fiction. I feel a lack of connection with the characters and a lack of sympathy for their situation. Yancey's tale is not about aliens, but humanity. A lot of it is made up of flashbacks of the characters' lives, building up a gradual picture of who they are, why they continue to fight in a world where hope is almost non-existent, and what makes them survive against the odds. In the After, on the other hand, is an action-packed story that drops us right into the center of the action straight away.
No time is wasted on pretty words, build-up and lengthy flashbacks (though we do get a few, obviously, to explain some of what happened). The aliens are not cleverly-disguised as humans, using distrust as a weapon, these creatures are the old kind. Monstrous, rabid, driven by a crazed desire for human flesh... perfect for fans of what I keep calling traditional sci-fi because I don't know how else to explain it. However, this is part of where the book starts to lose me and why Yancey's approach will always appeal to me more. Because: what is it that separates these creatures from zombies or vampires or "insert other evil supernatural creature here"? Nothing that I can see. But if you like your villains full-stop-totally-nasty, then step this way.
Much of the basic story is similar to the one in The 5th Wave. Aliens attack, female protagonist must fend for herself, strong sibling-like relationship, parents personalities behind the reasons for certain survival skills, main characters searching for a safe place where obviously some shit is going to go down and everything is not as it first appears. Yada, yada. I saw the twists coming in both books but I think it took more away from In the After, which relied on the action and plot to drive it. But, that being said, I've read several reviews on GR by readers who were surprised.
I also know some had a problem with the writing in The 5th Wave but I loved that soft, melancholy, end-of-the-world tone which it had. I found the writing here to more simplistic - though, not necessarily in a bad way - and more focused on the action, rather than the thoughts and feelings of the characters. There were some fantastic scenes that I'm sure will get other readers' pulses racing, like the supermarket scene that reminded me so much of the kitchen scene with the velociraptors(I think) from Jurassic Park - and if you don't know what scene I'm talking about, then you clearly haven't watched it enough. That scene gave me nightmares for years.
So, to conclude, I would say that if you were disappointed by The 5th Wave and the loud hype-parade following it around, do not worry! 2013 may yet bring you the exciting, fast-paced, alien invasion read you were hoping for. Yes, this very well could be it....more