So for me, I had no idea what I was getting into. The description of the book doesnWow! Just Wow! At first I was like:
But by the end of the book I was:
So for me, I had no idea what I was getting into. The description of the book doesn't do it justice. A better, concise, summary would be: "Experience the journey of an individual that learns about her Egyptian Mythology roots and has to use love to conquer evil." Or something like that!
For starters, Lindsey does a great job of giving insight into her main character. Lex is a well developed character, and we are given sufficient insight into her character to understand her actions.
The plot is refreshingly unique and takes some predictable twists, but overall, I was kept on edge around what would occur in the book.
I hate to do this, but this book can be compared to 50 Shades of Grey, yet this author has an actual plot that can stand without the romance. This book was exactly what I was looking for at the time, action with romance, and not too many complications.
Ok now the main character isn't the strongest I have seen a women as a protagonist, but she is a hell of alot stronger than Tris in Divergent or Katniss in the Hunger Games.
Basic Plot Summary: Lex is to some degree, a lost individual, wrapped up in her dissertation in the intro of the novel. She continues to develop into a decent character. I do have one major niggle, her emotions seem to be that of a 17 year old not a 25 year old (bear in mind I am a guy... so I guess I expect girls to be slightly more developed, all well..).
I will say, the author does a great job of balancing both the romance and central plot (the egyptian stuff). Some of her weaknesses, would be lack of detail regarding the mythology stuff and rushed transitions. (view spoiler)[ Like really?? Lex is conveniently out for 3 months and therefore, the author can skip writing what occurs during that time?? WTF! (hide spoiler)]
I highly recommend this book to anyone and can not wait for the sequel!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The title? The Devil's Apprentice more like Precocious Pre-Adult Lawyer: The Adventures of House-Sitting. Like really? The title isWhere to start....
The title? The Devil's Apprentice more like Precocious Pre-Adult Lawyer: The Adventures of House-Sitting. Like really? The title is far from the mark.
This is the first book I have read by this author and I found it quite refreshing. The writing style is quite developed and somewhat complex. However, this author wrote the story from different narratives throughout the book, and while this is essential for the story, I do not like this style. Therefore, it took a concerted effort at times to continue with the book as the narratives changed, but if you like this, then go for it!
I don't typically read books that include time-travel, but this book takes a new approach to time travel, in the way the characters interact with the past. Like I said, this could be standard for the genera, but I enjoyed it.
Onto character development! The author does not provide us with a lot of insight. While there are monologues that are from the character's perspective, they seemed fairly basic and their thoughts predictable.
Now the title is a little misleading, yes, it is sort of about the devil's search for an apprentice, but that doesn't factor in until the latter 1/3rd of the novel. Also, it doesn't mention it here, but is this part of a series? It doesn't need to be, but if not, there was a whole lot of plot development for something that played a minor role. I hope for a sequel and would read it, but the ending didn't seem to indicate that.
Also, if you are into action, action, action (as I am), this book will be a little slow, given its length, this is understandable, yet I desired either more action and/or character development.
Now I am going to split it up into what I liked and didn't like (pro/con) Pro: -Introduces the idea of Time-Travel -Includes magic and demon characters -has a dog -Main Character is intelligent and not all emotional (a little too precocious..) -Includes fighting -Well developed plot line
Con: -slow plot -subplots -possible future (if sequel is in the works) love triangle -has a cat -not a whole lot of development, feels like it could have been shorter
Overall, I recommend this book to those that enjoy subplots and good writing. ...more
Good book, but... I honestly do not get books with female protagonists some times. Why do they (view spoiler)[ always have to become weak and self pitGood book, but... I honestly do not get books with female protagonists some times. Why do they (view spoiler)[ always have to become weak and self pitying? (hide spoiler)] This book seems a little bit like the hunger games, I wish for some uniqueness. I can only guess what is going to happen for the next book. But at the end of the day. A good sequel and good book.
Would I read this if I was not already invested in the series? I don't think so. It is too much like the first book to merit consideration as being a strong sequel. IDK, if you have read the first book, read this, otherwise.... not missing out on much. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I have to say this book was well written and the plot well crafted.
So in a nutshell, there exists a society that has allowed for the "unwinding" of chI have to say this book was well written and the plot well crafted.
So in a nutshell, there exists a society that has allowed for the "unwinding" of children between the ages of 13 and 18. Apparently this was to appease both the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice supporters. This is probably the weakest part of the novel. I understand that the author needed to justify the society that Unwind is based in; however, the logic does not make sense due to the fact that individuals supporting Pro-Life and Pro-Choice would not have created the society shown in the novel. While an apparent justification exists as outlined by one of the characters, it appears to be weak. The reader is informed that overnight the society changed and allowed for the atrocities in the novel to be committed. I find that hard to believe, in any human the idea of dismembering 5% of the kids in order to provide for organ donors seems abhorrent.
The plot itself, is somewhat palatable. The idea of getting rid of troublesome/useless/annoing/ kids for whatever reason is hard to relate to. I understand this novel is classified as Dystopia by many readers, I almost feel as though the world created wasn’t detached enough. The idea that parents will get rid of their kids with no compensation makes little to no sense.
I am glad that Neal gave the reader insight into the process of being unwound. I would say that this book can only be divided into those that lack any apathy and to those who well lack any apathy except for a few key adults. So overall, I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in Dystopia or Survival type novels. This book receives a solid 5 star raiting. ...more
I had written a long review but lost it due to an issue. So I will attempt this review again.
Having read books such as The Hunge This book is amazing.
I had written a long review but lost it due to an issue. So I will attempt this review again.
Having read books such as The Hunger Games Trilogy, Inside Out, The Maze Runner Trilogy, The Gone Series, and Divergent; I can honestly say that this book set a whole new standard.
I was hesitant to read this book due to the lack of reviews and having not seen this book referenced in other sources. This book was a find such that I have not found in any other contemporary literature associated with this genre. With references to BlackWater, World of Warcraft, Homeland Security, The EPA, ArmyCore of Engineers, FEMA, and the Red Cross, this book relates the issues to everything that is currently at the forefront of the headlines of today and the past 20 years or so. However that not to say that this book isn't timeless, quite the contrary. It could have been written during the Roman Empire or a thousand years from now and it would still have been a delightful and exemplary book.
Without giving too much away, I am going to sink my teeth into why this book is so amazing. The book revolves around a likable and well formed protagonist named Alex. Who has his fatal flaws and his own development through the book. I will say now that this book could be used in teaching contemporary literature. Alex, who begins the book with the immediate issue that sets the course of the book. The eruption of the volcano at Yellowstone National Park begins the novel. As with any individual facing a unpredictable natural disaster, Alex and his fellow survivors know almost nothing about what is going on. Being a survivor of hurricanes (such as Andrew, Floyd, Alex, and Isabel to name a few) and of other natural disasters (unavoidable living in the Southeast), I have been exposed to situations that are reflected in the novel. The power outages, food issues, and overall loss of daily stability are accurately reflected in Ashfall. While I have not dealt with any disaster even close to the scale that is shown in the book, I felt as though it is completely within the realm of possibility and disasters (such as the 2004 Tsunami, 2010 Hati earthquake, and the 1980 eruption of Mount St.Helens to name a few). This book clearly depicts a doomsday version of a natural disaster.
Having gone completely off topic, I will return to the novel in question. There is nothing particularly unique with Alex as introduced in Ashfall. Alex is a rebellious teenager who fights with his parents and younger sister, plays WoW, and is a black belt in martial arts. His constitution is shattered when he realizes the enormity of the task facing him when he decides to hike to where his family has vacationed at his Uncle’s house. Dealing with solidarity that is promoted by the horrors of his initial exposure to what it takes to survive at his neighbor’s house, he soon is faced with having to realize his need to have a companion on the trip and this is where Darla steps in to the picture. Without giving too much away, she becomes his travel companion once they encounter each other about ¼ of the way into the novel.
What I love about Ashfall is that Mike Mullin does not depict Darla or Alex as being too much of one extreme or another (a shortcoming in the Gone series and the Hunger Games). They both have their own talents that are balanced by the other. It is only at one point in the novel where one is required to be a typical travel buddy (at the FEMA camp). What I mean by a typical travel buddy is one that goes with the expectations of being either too weak or strong in moral character as is shown by many other authors (Maria V. Snyder and Michael Grant come to mind).
I cannot stress how amazing this novel is and highly recommend it. I will also most likely edit this review seeing as it is my first attempt at a comprehensive review. Comments and flames are more than welcomed. ...more
This book is part of the series started by Inside Out. Outside In can be read without reading the previous novel; however, if you are going to spend time to read a book of this length and have to decide between the two in this series, I would recommend reading Inside Out instead. Not to say that I didn't enjoy this book, but it lacks the crispness, development, and excitement of the previous novel.
Maria Snyder fell for a fatal flaw found in modern literature targeted for this audience, the creation of an underdeveloped character who has to rediscover themselves in the second novel. Now I am all for Trella being the person who ended at the first book, a strong hero who has lived through the struggle and now has to deal with creating a new society that doesn’t fall into the same trap as before the revolution. Alas, Snyder seems determined to back pedal and for the first 60+ pages, we have to deal with Trella as she appears in the beginning of the Inside Out. How terrible! Ducking her head and being a scrub who keeps to herself. Eventhough she is no longer a scrub, she might as well be the lost and insignificant person we first came to learn.
So, the book itself. Maria Snyder has improved her writing since her earlier books such as the Study series (starting with Poison Study), her prose have clearly been improved and her ability to convey her characters feels more personal. However, it is almost like I am reading a condensed version of the Study series all over again. Without going into detail, we face the age old relationship that is broken and mended (this is a call for Snyder to be creative and come up with a new plot line). The plot is predictable and despite the betrayal of certain people, the plot line is not one to blow your socks off.
Readers of the Hunger Games series will feel a sense of Déjà vu. I am attempting not to give away any spoilers in this review so I will continue thusly. The ending itself is not so disappointing, but I wish we saw the development of Trella instead of a regression of her character. Yes her dislike of trusting people is still apparent despite all that she has faced, and yes in the relationship sector there was a need for the events that happened. Yet, I still wished and longed for the character that we had grown to love and meet in Inside Out.
Now on to Snyder’s improvements as a writer. The characters seem real for the most part and relatable, so imagine my surprise when I find a defeated individual that is about as useful as mud. Without the support provided by certain people, it would appear as though the Rebel Leader Trella/Ella has left to become the Queen of the Pipes once again. Indeed, her exploratory nature is the reason that the society is able to expand and ultimately survive as is shown in the success of the rebellion in the previous book.
Why did I give this book only 3 stars? I intended to give it 4, yet re-reading Inside Out and some other novels gave me a sense of irritability in this novel. Why can’t the characters pick up where the left off in Inside Out?? Yes, it seems as though Trella is the only one who has such a stark regression.Spoiler for Hunger Games (view spoiler)[ I honestly don’t know where that character went, however I felt a similar feeling with Mockingjay and my feelings towards Katniss. (hide spoiler)]
Trella is not amazing in my minds view and the amazing part is the unique setting and material in this series. I wish I could give this book 4 stars (maybe I will upon re-reading it), but at this point it seems as though I would have been just as happy maybe even happier if Inside Out stood by itself. Yes the clever titles Inside Out and Outside In make it inevitable that there would be a sequel, considering the lack of closure in the previous novel, but it could have been more. I wish more time was spend on reconstructing the society as outlined in the end of this novel, but alas, I was faced with book one all over again. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I have to say, this book either begins to slow down due to the length, or I am finding the initial rush of the book no longer. I will try to finish thI have to say, this book either begins to slow down due to the length, or I am finding the initial rush of the book no longer. I will try to finish this book. Almost reminds me of one of Tom Clancy's novels, where so much action occurs that it becomes drawn out. The first book in the series was great, that is all that is keeping me reading this book....more
Excellent book, I couldn't put it down. The book was a bit too long, some books, such as the maze runner series could have benefited from more insightExcellent book, I couldn't put it down. The book was a bit too long, some books, such as the maze runner series could have benefited from more insight. I believe that this book could seriously use less pages. However, that said, the characters are detailed and as such enough time is spent on about ~7 individuals. The protagonist at times seems to take a back seat and I don't believe enough time is taken to see his inner workings. That said, this book is 'targeted' towards 13+ age group. I can only hope that the rest of the series merits the same....more
Excellent conclusion to the series. There seems to be some aspects of the Hunger Games seriers, however, this book/series stands on its own. Almost aExcellent conclusion to the series. There seems to be some aspects of the Hunger Games seriers, however, this book/series stands on its own. Almost a loop back occurs and is quite the shocker, but I will say no more. Worth finishing the series!...more