There's a lot of general public opinion around this work, so i'll be brief and spoiler-free.
It's okay. It milks nostalgia in the way it should, it feeThere's a lot of general public opinion around this work, so i'll be brief and spoiler-free.
It's okay. It milks nostalgia in the way it should, it feels like a true follow-up (because it is, I suppose), and it has a satisfying ending.
If you enjoyed the epilogue of The Deathly Hallows (which is kind of a touchy subject with fans, it seems) then you'll enjoy this just fine. If you thought the epilogue was hokey and useless, you won't enjoy this at all. Myself? I kinda ride the border. I liked the epilogue, but I did find it a bit cheesy.
This does have its problems though. I didn't like Albus as a character much at all; I get that he had some issues, but it just felt like he was trying to be edgy too much of the time, which had me rolling my eyes and just wishing he'd go away. Scorpio, however, was a pleasant character to follow and I enjoyed learning about him, his relation to his family, and his own problems. Albus does get better, but it was a little frustrating at first.
Ultimately, it's just ok. It's nothing crazy good or bad, but it's fine. ...more
**spoiler alert** Picking this apart, I don't think it deserves five stars.
Maybe four; certainly no less than three. I've come to this conclusion bec**spoiler alert** Picking this apart, I don't think it deserves five stars.
Maybe four; certainly no less than three. I've come to this conclusion because for the most part this is a story we've heard before in Anne Frank's diary or Lois Lowry's Number the Stars (as a few examples). It's an important story of course, but one i'm getting a bit too used to. Even though the focus is changed to a young German girl from the traditional Jewish perspective, we know how to react to this story. War is hell, and bad things are going to happen.
However, one aspect puts it up to five stars, and that is the narrator.
Death is, as in life, both intimidating and gentle. The storytelling approach is wonderfully impressive and saves The Book Thief from being just another young-adult WWII novel featuring a young girl undergoing hardships. The narration and prose is spectacular, and i'm certainly happy I gave it a shot. ...more
When I read The Giver in fifth grade, I was spellbound. At an age where "age-appropriate" (because my skill level was never taken into consideration iWhen I read The Giver in fifth grade, I was spellbound. At an age where "age-appropriate" (because my skill level was never taken into consideration in my school, despite being high above average) reading materials boiled down to either Boxcar Children or The Hardy Boys, the bleak almost dystopian society within The Giver sparked my imagination beyond what I thought possible. It is because of that book that I read to this day, and even now it is still a fascinating read.
Many years later, I am now twenty-three years old and have finished the fourth (and as far as I know, last) book of the Giver cycle, Son. It has been about two years since my last trip into The Giver, and it was refreshing to step back into the society I knew so well. And like clockwork, the old horrors returned and I was once again nine years old clutching the book and voraciously reading.
Lowry's choice to bridge the other three novels in the cycle with Son was a bold one, but one that in the end pays off well. Without spoilers, it's hard to think about what to say. Lowry's society is as vivid as it ever was and her prose is simple and understandable. The second part of the novel, Between, reminds me of something Yukio Mishima would write. The only blemish I can find is an ending that feels... rushed. It's quite unfulfilling.
I didn't expect to get The Giver 2.0, and I didn't get that. What I got was a later sequel to an original that needed no sequel but the companion Gathering Blue. If i'm being vague I apologize; this really isn't something I can put down into words very well. There's too much history there.
If you never have, read the series. At least, read The Giver. Give it to your kids. We need Lowry. Young-adult/ children's lit wouldn't be half as respectable without her. ...more
In my review for the 7th novel of the series, I said that 'The Atlantis Complex' was, although a decent read, decidedly underI think Eoin is psychic.
In my review for the 7th novel of the series, I said that 'The Atlantis Complex' was, although a decent read, decidedly underwhelming and a complete non-crisis.
Not so with this, the final book of the series.
In the first few chapters, the crisis levels are already significantly high. In fact, by the time the first third of the book is over is when many books would end. No, this book packs the trademark action of the series into a complete package.
This is possibly the best end to a fantasy series from my childhood i've read since the Deathly Hallows. Whereas Inheritance overstayed it's welcome, Eoin proves that he knows how to write a good YA Fantasy series. I'm proud to have been with it from the start. ...more
While not particularly as engaging as previous books in the series (Eternity Code comes to mind), I can safely say that this may be my favorite in theWhile not particularly as engaging as previous books in the series (Eternity Code comes to mind), I can safely say that this may be my favorite in the series so far (we'll see how The Last Gaurdian pans out once it's released).
What makes this one so good is that it came out after Eoin's excellent follow-up to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy called '... And Another Thing.' Eoin had obviously studied Adam's narative style very closely, and his own style has become a very close facsimile to Adam's. The Alantis Complex reads like 'And Another Thing', which is excellent in my opinion. The non- sequitur bits and pieces do add a nice little bit of comedy that make the novel very lighthearted but still quite tense for young-adult fantasy.
On the down side, the idea of the Atlantis Complex comes across a little macguffin-y and a little forced. The crisis never really feels very big, but that could just be because i'm 22. If I was 15, like Artemis, then maybe it would feel bombastic.
All I know is: Juliet and Butler tag-team against a horde of zombified wrestling fans in Cancun while wearing luchadore outfits. That alone is worth the four stars....more
Most of the book feels like pointless padding. The pacing just doesn't work at all. The final revelatI'm not going to lie, this series went downhill.
Most of the book feels like pointless padding. The pacing just doesn't work at all. The final revelations and fight are actually pretty interesting, but what excitement that I got from the final fight was killed swiftly by the ridiculously drawn-out epilogue.
Overall though, the series was pretty good. It's hard to find good young-adult fantasy besides a certain young british wizard. Was the series entertaining? Yeah, totally. But it eventually became a chore. Of course, that could be my age talking....more
Truthfully, i'm not finished yet. However, any book that mentions how great Neutral Milk Hotel is deserves an instant 5 Stars. NMH aside, halfway throTruthfully, i'm not finished yet. However, any book that mentions how great Neutral Milk Hotel is deserves an instant 5 Stars. NMH aside, halfway through and thoroughly enjoying it. Will update when finished with it.
Edit: Alright, I finished it. Still earns the 5 stars. Once again, Green shows his mastery of the teenage thought process and conveys the sheer truths of life, love, and people. Of course, it was also written by David Levithan and not just Green. While I don't have a lot of experience with him (or truthfully, with many dual-author books), his part of the story is just as tight, and meshes with Green's perfectly. The story is great, the characters are perfect, and the emotion is genuine. Excellent read from cover to cover; i'm just sad that now i've read all of Green's works and have nothing to move on to of his until he releases a new book. ...more