SO. After the end of Omega The Girl in the Box 5 I'm sure we all wanted to beat Robert Crane with a huge spiky fish. You did WHAT to Zack? Oh, you cruel human. YOU HAVE RUINED THE ONLY INNOCENT AND PURE HAPPINESS THAT SIENNA HAD AND DROVE HER BACK INTO THE MENTAL STATE OF A SOCIOPATH?! (I even ranted about it on his blog. I was not happy that it happened, but I understand.) Anyway, have some spoiler-rific, stream-of-consciousness ranting about Broken!
I saw a GR review of Book One and the reviewer kind of wanted Sienna to be a killing machine badass, a la Hanna. IT HAPPENED IN BROKEN. LOVE IT. Also loved Wolfe in this one, which probably makes me the most twisted individual ever to walk this earth. But he's good for her head, especially in the context Winter turned her into. Oh, you needed her to become a ruthless killer? LUCKY FOR YOU, SHE HAS ONE-THIRD OF CERBERUS IN HER HEAD NOW.
Not gonna lie though. As much as I loved Sienna and Zack together, I LOVED the idea of Winter using him as a pawn to get Sienna to stay at the Directorate, and part of me really, really wishes that's all it would have stayed as (at least for now, but I knooooow she needed some sort of resolution to get back on course). Of course, then Sienna really WOULD have lost her humanity, instead of just sometimes listening to Wolfe when she was feeling vengeful. I am so going to need to re-read now and see if I can spot where the turning point happened for Zack, because that's the kind of lunatic I am.
Side note: Was the reference in Family to Zollers telling her not to trust ANYONE about Zack? I mean, we all know Zack spent some quality time with the shrink, and I can only imagine he would have been ranting about the inappropriateness and annoyance of dealing with a stupid teenage girl at the beginning. Or am I overthinking? Naaaaah. NOT TO MENTION, EEEEEEE ZOLLERS RETURNS.
(Yes. Zollers is Neil deGrasse Tyson. Kindly stfu.)
Anyway. When she started killing off M-Squad, all I could think of was a perfect little world in my head where she would go get Reed back, get Scott on the sober train, and the three of them would just create this soul-sucking hurricane of meta-awesome. LET ME DREAM.
But yes. This was fantastic, and I am going to flail myself to death if Sovereign ends up being Odin or Zeus or someone equally as awesome. (But probably not Zeus, unless his idea of "enslaving all humans" means "knocking them up".)
These books just keep getting better. It's sad to think we're 60% through the series D:(less)
So this has been sitting in my Nook for about a month. Bad me. I finally found the time to read it and YAY.
ELISE KAVANAUGH I LOVE YOU. Seriously. A ma...moreSo this has been sitting in my Nook for about a month. Bad me. I finally found the time to read it and YAY.
ELISE KAVANAUGH I LOVE YOU. Seriously. A main character who spent her whole life in isolation training to be a total badass and has minimal social skills! :D She is unfun, a total awkward bitchy person, and she is awesome awesome awesome and makes me incredibly happy.
Oh, the story wasn't so bad either ;D I am looking forward to the rest of the series.(less)
OKAY. Spoilers for Season of the Harvest are most likely in here, so if you haven't read it, don't read my review first.
This was another awesome offer...moreOKAY. Spoilers for Season of the Harvest are most likely in here, so if you haven't read it, don't read my review first.
This was another awesome offering. Unlike many series that just kind of fall apart after the first amazing book (I'm looking at you, Hunger Games) there is a whole lot of awesome coming back. Unlike the first book, where you have this group of Harvesters trying to propagate their species, you have book two where the remnants of EDS are all "ha, motherfuckers, we got all your corn...OHSHITWE'REMISSINGABAG." (Just in a less hysterical fashion.)
Naomi's brilliance continues to shine through even in the highest-stress and most depressing of situations, and the Airborne sequences elicited some giggles from me - my husband was 82nd and the "going from suicidal to just insane" speed was hysterical.
One of the things I love about Hicks is that he doesn't try to screw with you *too* much. When you see someone you think is a bad guy, they usually are, and it makes me happy that they get called as it happens - like the chick from the first book whose name eludes me at the moment. Jack called her out for selling out to the Harvesters and it WAS ACTUALLY LEGIT. Loved it.
(view spoiler)[It was also interesting to see the evolution of the new generation of Harvesters. Cannibals? Didn't see that coming, but it's really interesting. Did the first generation expect the new generation's offspring to eat the babies? OH WAIT WE'LL NEVER KNOW CAUSE THEY'RE ALL DEAD. (Or are they? Dun dun dun!)
One other thing - did I miss Jack and Naomi getting engaged? Was that in the year gap between the books? Because in the epilogue they were talking about things going well relationship-wise and then the 'fiance' bomb kept getting dropped by both sides. (hide spoiler)]
Also, a huge kudos to Hicks for actually including some resolution in the epilogues and not just leaving us on a cliffhanger. Those of you reading along at home know what I mean.
But yes. I twitter-promised a review to the author when I tweeted him how amazing the book was and I think I have rambled on enough and I cannot waiiiit for book three!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I still want a gif of Walter Bishop screaming about strawberry-flavoured death to start this post, but alas.
Season of the Harvest took me a while to g...moreI still want a gif of Walter Bishop screaming about strawberry-flavoured death to start this post, but alas.
Season of the Harvest took me a while to get through. And not because it was bad. It was quite the opposite. It was amazeballs. But it was creepy as anything. The prospect of GMOs being used for sinister purposes isn't exactly that far-removed from society, and if I wasn't eating organic as much as possible before this book, I sure as hell would be now.
Hicks has definitely done his homework (anyone reading the afterword and his Monsanto blog post will know as such) and the concept isn't as far-fetched as it seems. (view spoiler)[(Well, except the aliens part but whatever.) (hide spoiler)]
The only thing stylistically I noticed was a little bit of comma abuse (but who hasn't been guilty of that before?) and most of the time I can overlook small irks if the storyline grips me. This one did and didn't let go, but it was weird seeing a sentence take up half a page on my Nook.
But yeah. This book was awesome. End of story.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was a solid 3-star for me for most of the book. Sure, it was a tad predictable about the Issa issue - I called it about 30 pages before it was re...moreThis was a solid 3-star for me for most of the book. Sure, it was a tad predictable about the Issa issue - I called it about 30 pages before it was revealed - but the story was solid and Kinley was awesome.
But that EPILOGUE. Dear me. We had such a lovely journey with Grant and his path to inner calm. You don't need to include him lecturing his students about it. It was a great showing and then it just became preachy and telling and UGH. Yes, it annoyed me enough that I took off a whole star. I can't say I didn't like it because of that, but I definitely...didn't three-stars like it.
I got this on B&N's Free Friday reads because the premise reminded me more of a Sigma Force novel than a Robert Langdon book. So yeah...it was okay. If I had spent money on it I might have been a little more annoyed.(less)