This got stocked early at the Borders that I wandered into at the airport. Before going in I strictly chided myself, "Madison, you will not purchase a...moreThis got stocked early at the Borders that I wandered into at the airport. Before going in I strictly chided myself, "Madison, you will not purchase any books. You are only looking. Only." Yeah right. Whatever. I can't listen to myself. Because as soon as I saw this book I flipped. It comes out on the 26th. I bought this on the 21st. I read it on the plane in an hour and a half, during which time a flight attendant asked me what I would like to drink about 12 times before I finally registered that there was someone talking to me. I snarled at any family member who tried to bother me or remind me that CSI was starting (it was a rerun anyways). I was stuck to the seat with sweat and people were looking at me funny because I was pulling my hair out, about ready to scream, and, at some points, felt like I might cry. That should be enough to get the point across: READ THIS BOOK!
I'm serious though. There aren't words to describe how perfect, beautiful, and heart pounding this book was. This review is going to suck, because truthfully, I can't describe this for you. You need to read this series.
So obviously this is the third in a trilogy, but I've seen some people who didn't know that and who have just started reading the series from here. In my opinion, don't. It just isn't the same if you don't understand the characters. I would not have had the reactions I did if I hadn't read the books and felt what Belly went through, and learned what kind of guys both Conrad and Jeremiah were.
I picked up the first book at the library because I was going to the beach and the only time I would ever pick up a book like this was if I was going to the beach. These books are so much more that fluffy beach reads though. There is pain and loss and understanding and hardships. Do not be intimidated by the fact that these are what some people would call, beach reads or chick lit.
Alright, that is it. If I haven't convinced you by now, let me just say it one more time: you need to read this series. This will easily be making my top books for 2011. Easily.(less)
This is hard core Sci-Fi Fantasty here. This series is comparable to Lord of the Flies in one aspect only: basic idea. Other than that, this is the mo...moreThis is hard core Sci-Fi Fantasty here. This series is comparable to Lord of the Flies in one aspect only: basic idea. Other than that, this is the most unique, and strangest take on a "kids only" society that I have ever read! Be warned: this series is for young adults, but there is some strange stuff in these books. Strange, strange stuff.
Plague was definitely my favorite of the series since Gone. I wasn't a huge fan of Lies, mainly because I didn't like the switching third person POV between characters. Some of them I just didn't care enough about. I was a little wary to start, but in Plague, we stick right with the most main characters and travel with them through their hardships. And there are some major hardships, let me tell you.
I also liked how we could easily see the characters grow. It might not have been in a good way, but all of the characters have changed based on the stuff they were put through in the FAYZ. Some of them have really bucked up and taken on a lot of responsibility.
I can't say a whole lot, since this is the fourth in a series, but you should definitely try these if Sci-Fi is your thing.(less)
I have to admit, after reading Spells, the second book, I wasn't sure if I was going to continue with this series. I had enjoyed Wings, the first book...moreI have to admit, after reading Spells, the second book, I wasn't sure if I was going to continue with this series. I had enjoyed Wings, the first book, fairly well, but Spells just didn't do it for me. I lost interest in the characters and their problems. Now, I am happy to say that I am glad that I continued this series. Illusions was easily the best in the series so far. I felt that the writing, character developement and storyline all improved in this installment. I will elaborate:
The thing that made me most angry about Spells was that Laurel was being a push over. If you haven't realized by now, I am not a fan of characters that put up with crap that they shouldn't have to, especially main characters. In the previous books I felt like Laurel let the boys push her around and make decisions for her. In this book she really stepped up and said, "stop", I'm in charge here. I was glad that she matured and developed and that alon made the story much more enjoyable to read.
Also, I feel that the events that happened in this novel were more realistic and developed than the previous novel. As I read I actually got a feel for what the characters were trying to accomplish and why they were doing what they were doing. Plus, I really enjoyed the tension between the characters in this novel. I've been a pretty clear supporter of Tamani throughout the whole series and I was glad that he got some spotlight in this book. Tamani seems like the more logical and realistic of the two guys, and David's immaturity is very annoying so I was overjoyed to see that David had to face his mistakes in this book.
Overall, I am very pleased with this installment and I find myself looking forward to the next book in the series. If you were one of those people who, like me, were thinking about dropping this series, give Illusions a shot and see what you think. You might be surprised. (less)