The premise behind this new series is interesting: human beings can catch a virus that "infects" them with animal DNA, giving them qualities of that aThe premise behind this new series is interesting: human beings can catch a virus that "infects" them with animal DNA, giving them qualities of that animal and eventually driving them insane. I had a little trouble keeping up with all the manifestations and mutations of this virus, but it's an intriguing idea nonetheless. I like the spunky protagonist, Lane, but I could have done without the love triangle. The boys are okay but nothing really special, so I got annoyed that they distracted from the main storyline. Still, I enjoyed "Inhuman" and I look forward to the rest of the series. I will be recommending it for fans of "Uglies," "Life As We Knew It," and "The Hunger Games."...more
I love this series, and almost everything about it. There's lots of action, but the characters are well developed, too. The humor is fun and cheesy asI love this series, and almost everything about it. There's lots of action, but the characters are well developed, too. The humor is fun and cheesy as ever. The plot has several twists and turns. It's one of those that there's not a lot to say about, as it's just good simple fun. ...more
I love this series! The setting is so unique--it's futuristic and science fiction-ish, but it has a Wild West feel to it too. Ty and Gemma are charminI love this series! The setting is so unique--it's futuristic and science fiction-ish, but it has a Wild West feel to it too. Ty and Gemma are charming and likable. I really like the pacing, too. There's plenty of action but you get some good character development weaved into the plot. I had a little more trouble following this one, but I still really got into it. I'm not sure how many are going to be in the series but I'm excited to read the rest!...more
Ty has lived his entire life under the sea. His family is one of many who settled on homesteads below the surface after global warming caused ocean leTy has lived his entire life under the sea. His family is one of many who settled on homesteads below the surface after global warming caused ocean levels to rise and land became limited. When Ty turns eighteen, he'll stake a claim on some underwater land of his own. That's the plan, anyway, but now a group of bandits is threatening that dream. The outlaws are targeting government supply ships that go to and from the underwater colony, so the politicians are going to shut everything down and make residents move above the surface if the thieves aren't caught. Ty is determined to find them so they don't interfere with his future. With the help of his new friend Gemma, who has come to the colony to find her missing brother, he starts tracking the criminals. Before long, though, Ty and Gemma realize there's a lot more sinister activity going on under the surface than they realized--and the bandits aren't the only ones causing trouble.
Young adult science fiction is hot right now and it's starting to get repetitive, since some authors have jumped on the bandwagon without having anything original. This story, however, is different and I've never read anything quite like it. It almost feels like a western, what with all the bandits and exploration of new territory, but there's obviously some cool new technology involved to keep everyone alive under the surface of the ocean. The idea of living underwater sounds far-fetched, but the author has obviously thought it out well. She has explanations and solutions that make sense for even the tiniest of details when it comes to "dark life." The plot is paced really well and kept me at the edge of my seat, with some surprises that I didn't expect along the way. The ending is satisfying but left be anxious to read the next book in this fresh, entertaining series. ...more
This was my favorite book in the Kane Chronicles. I had trouble following the others, perhaps due to my lack of knowledge of Egyptian mythology, but IThis was my favorite book in the Kane Chronicles. I had trouble following the others, perhaps due to my lack of knowledge of Egyptian mythology, but I guess I'd learned enough from the previous books to help this story make sense. The action is pretty much nonstop, so I couldn't put the book down. Carter and Sadie both seem to grow up a little, which is good to see as the series concludes. I like the way everything came together for a very satisfying ending. Well done!...more
It's been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now, as part of a revolutionary new space project, NASA is sending three teenagers along with a rIt's been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now, as part of a revolutionary new space project, NASA is sending three teenagers along with a regular crew. The teens will be picked by an international lottery available to anyone between the ages of 14 and 18. The three astonished winners each have their own reasons for wanting to go. Mia from Norway wants to use the fame the trip brings to put her band in the spotlight. Antoine from France needs something big to make him forget about his ex-girlfriend. Midori from Japan thinks it's the perfect opportunity to escape her life of poverty and cultural restraint. The teens and the crew, however, are in for a terrible surprise when they arrive on the moon. Something sinister is waiting for them...and in the deep vacuum of outer space, thousands of miles from home, no one is coming to save them.
I couldn't put this book down--I read it in one day. It starts a bit slowly, but that all the info from the first part is necessary or the second half wouldn't have made sense. Then, about halfway through, the action starts and doesn't stop for the rest of the story. It creeped me out like nothing I've read in quite a while. The ending was awesome, but I would have liked more details about how it all went down. Overall, this is a fun, fast-paced thriller that should please anyone who likes stuff like "The Twilight Zone."...more
I really disliked parts of this book and really liked others. I thought a lot of it was really cheesy. I also don’t think Cheryl really changed as mucI really disliked parts of this book and really liked others. I thought a lot of it was really cheesy. I also don’t think Cheryl really changed as much as she pretended to. And I felt like she misrepresented some things in a harmful way—for instance, she does heroin for a while and then “just quits”…really? This makes it looks like doing drugs is no big deal without big consequences. Still, I found the story entertaining—particularly the parts about all the random, wonderful people she met on the trail. An interesting book, but nothing that really challenged me or made me think. ...more
I really, really love the way John Green writes. He has such a goofy but also insightful way of telling a story. There's not a lot of action in An AbuI really, really love the way John Green writes. He has such a goofy but also insightful way of telling a story. There's not a lot of action in An Abundance of Katherines, and although I tend to favor fast-paced books I have to admit that this story really doesn't need it. The characters more than make up for any lack of excitement. Colin is someone who, I bet, would be totally annoying in real life but is endearing on paper. He's neurotic and nerdy and sometimes self-absorbed, but I think everyone can relate to him in some way. He's much smarter than the average person, but he feels like it's not enough and I definitely know what it's like to think I'll never meet my own expectations. Hassan, my favorite, is the comic relief. He totally cracks me up, but you can tell that he also has a lot of heart in the way that he looks out for Colin. He's got some issues of his own, though, as he can't seem to grow up. Then there's Lindsey, who can't figure out who she really is (who can't relate to that?) and the rest of the residents of Gutshot, who are hilarious. Although the conclusion is pretty predictable, I didn't care. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and watching them grow so much that it didn't matter to me. ...more
This is definitely one of my favorite books from 2011. I've never read anything quite like it before: totally futuristic, but with a retro feel. It'sThis is definitely one of my favorite books from 2011. I've never read anything quite like it before: totally futuristic, but with a retro feel. It's so bizarre to be reading about the insanely awesome virtual reality technology being used to play Frogger or watch "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." I recognized a lot of the 80s stuff, but I missed some of the references since I was born in 1985. I had a lot of fun looking things up and adding old movies to my Netflix queue. I couldn't put the book down; it's nonstop action from page one to 374, but I didn't feel like it was too rushed, either. It's not often that such a thrilling book makes me think a lot, but this one certainly did. It brings up a lot of questions about virtual reality and the implications it can have on society. Is it unhealthy for people to live in a virtual world most of the time, or does it simply give people the opportunities to do things they can't do in real life? Does living in an online world cause people to care less about the real world? If so, is that good or bad? And who should pay for this thing--should it be free for everyone, or should there be a charge for it? All very interesting things to ponder, considering the increasing impact technology has on our lives. But, as much food for thought as this book provided, it's mainly just good, plain fun. I say it's a must-read for anyone who grew up during the 80s or is into video games, but even people who fall outside of those categories will enjoy it as well....more
Oh, Libba Bray. How you make me laugh! I enjoy Bray's satirical humor, and this "Lost" meets "Miss Congeniality" story is full of it. Sure, the satireOh, Libba Bray. How you make me laugh! I enjoy Bray's satirical humor, and this "Lost" meets "Miss Congeniality" story is full of it. Sure, the satire is heavy-handed, but it gets the point across. Although most of the characters seem to be just stereotypes at first (exhibit A: the gun-toting, Bible-quoting Miss Texas), the layers peel back as the story progresses and before long I was rooting for every one of them. The story is extremely far-fetched, but isn't that what fiction is for? I rolled with it. In fact, the ridiculousness is one of the things that entertained me the most. Anything goes with this story, so I had no idea what was going to happen next. The ultimate conclusion is a bit predictable, but I'd probably have been upset if it had ended any other way so I'm okay with it. The overall message--"be yourself and don't listen to what society tells you about your worth"--has been preached to teens quite a bit. It's nothing earth-shattering, but I don't think anyone expects it to be after seeing the cover and reading the description. It lives up to what it claims to be: a fun, engaging story that will entertain many adults as well as teens....more
This is a fun, cute follow up to School of Fear, although I think I liked the first one a little more. The plot is a little more far-fetched with thisThis is a fun, cute follow up to School of Fear, although I think I liked the first one a little more. The plot is a little more far-fetched with this one, but I still really liked it. The characters are as charming and goofy as ever (though I'm sure they'd be pretty irritating in real life), and the way they interact with each other cracks me up. I enjoyed learning more about one of the mysterious characters from the first book and getting to know Mrs. Wellington's background a bit. The story ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, so I'm looking forward to reading the conclusion of the trilogy....more
I couldn't get enough of the Percy Jackson series and it looks like The Heroes of Olympus books are going to be just as good. I love the idea--unitingI couldn't get enough of the Percy Jackson series and it looks like The Heroes of Olympus books are going to be just as good. I love the idea--uniting the Greek and Roman demigods against a common enemy--and the way that it introduces new characters while letting us know what's going on with the old Percy Jackson characters. As an individual story, "Son of Neptune" is one of Riordan's best, in my opinion. The pacing is perfect--quick enough to be exciting but not so fast that it's hard to follow. It's full of that goofy, often cheesy humor of Riordan's and I love it. The characters are charismatic but also flawed, and therefore easy to relate to. I can hardly wait for the next book in this series to come out! Please write quickly, Mr. Riordan! ...more