Alexandra Bracken has written a well thought out ya dystopian novel. The relationships between characters are complex and complicated making for interAlexandra Bracken has written a well thought out ya dystopian novel. The relationships between characters are complex and complicated making for interesting choices made by both the main protagonist and supporting characters. She's also left enough room for herself to continue the story in an organic way in a second book.
What's most exciting to me as an adult reader is that Bracken has improved as a writer, developed her craft since Brightly Woven but has kept her innate sense of story telling. I am excited to see where her writing career takes her....more
Lauren Oliver has written a better book with her sequel to Delirium. Delirium really underwhelmed me by reducing the motivation of her authoritarian sLauren Oliver has written a better book with her sequel to Delirium. Delirium really underwhelmed me by reducing the motivation of her authoritarian society to kids shouldn't play kissy face and fall in love. In reality, the world she's trying to show is one where emotion, any emotion is the enemey and it's better if society is a bunch of controlled zombie-people. Oliver really steps up her game in the sequel by focusing less on deliria, and rather focuses on how non-cured "invalids" want to remain free, non violated, relational and emotional rather than be controlled by an authoritarian system. Whew! relief! Why? Well, it allows our protagonist, Lena to be fleshed out, to be more complicated and conflicted. Lena became much more interesting in Pandemonium. With any luck, Oliver will continue to push beyond cheap thrill cliche, and give Lena complicated choices beyond which boy do I choose the the YA love triangle. Ah, the ever popular and ever dreaded YA love triangle! What's a girl to do? My hope is for a little, perhaps unpopular realism, and I do believe Oliver can deliver if she chooses to do so.
I don't know if Oliver has done any adult ficiton, but I would be curious to see what kind of narrative she would create apocalypto or otherwise- she does have some real writing talent behind her YA facade. ...more
Gemma Malley writes YA dystopian fiction old school. The surveillence aspects, brainwshing and cultural philosophy have a spooky 1984 quality. Add a lGemma Malley writes YA dystopian fiction old school. The surveillence aspects, brainwshing and cultural philosophy have a spooky 1984 quality. Add a little phramaceuticals and the desire for immortality and you have convincing dystopian world. The ending was a little weak but I suspect that Malley is building for a greater philosophical discussion. It will be interesting to see where she goes with this narrative. Also, Anna and Peter's friendship is believable and doesn't overwhelm the story. I think it will be interesting to see how they develop and grow in the dysfunctional society they inhabit....more
My adventures through the ya scene continues. Oliver writes well but, she takes very little risk in her narrative. I mean if you are going to write dyMy adventures through the ya scene continues. Oliver writes well but, she takes very little risk in her narrative. I mean if you are going to write dystopia, you might as well push it a little bit. Unfortunately for us, Oliver dumbs her dystopia down and simplifies the problem to being the disease of falling in love, deliria. I see the more horrifying problem is that after the surgery people are merely functional and emotionless. So, I wish she had expanded the notion in her authoritarian world to show the problems and consquences of an emotionless world, devoid of empathy rather than it being too bad these kids no longer want to make out at a house party. Again, Oliver writes well and she was able to hold my attention. I think I will check ot her other book Before I Fall and will likely continue with this series just not immediately....more
As a part of my summer tour of YA dystopian novels, I visited the factioned world of Divergent. Roth does several things very well which makes her worAs a part of my summer tour of YA dystopian novels, I visited the factioned world of Divergent. Roth does several things very well which makes her work stand out amongst the bumper crop of YA dystopia. She organizes her world into separate and distinct factions without being overbearing. Don't most dystopian worlds need a functioning bureaucracy in order to survive? Her 1st person POV has a distinct voice. Tris makes believable choices for her character, choices that support her divergent nature. I was pleasantly surprised by the romance of the book which I found entirely believable. Roth didn't have to rely on some weird love triangle or some disfunctional Bronte-esque taming of the troubled boy to have her characters fall in love. Their love is based more on mutual understanding which imho is nice to see. My only hope is that Roth can sustain her narrative so that it doesn't peter out or is simpy reduced to cliches. I guess we will find out in book 2!...more