This one was so good. I don't know that I agree with the 'hunger games meets Romeo and Juliet' comment. But, it was really good.
It follows a girl nameThis one was so good. I don't know that I agree with the 'hunger games meets Romeo and Juliet' comment. But, it was really good.
It follows a girl named EVE who has lived most of her life in a girl's school, where the girls are educated in preparation for when they graduate and go into a trade of their choosing. They're also taught to hate men and believe that love is just men manipulating women's minds and emotions. When Eve discovers that the life she's been promised has all been a lie she escapes the school and ventures into the forest.
The story follows her journey through the wild, where she discovers that much of what she was taught in the school was false and intended to keep the girls afraid and obedient. Her beliefs are truly challenged when she meets Caleb, who is sweet and respectful of her. Now, Eve is forced to rethink everything she's been taught and determine for herself the truths about life and men.
So, that's the rundown without me giving away the entire plot. But, I highly recommend this book. I think it's one of the better distopians I've read this year and I already want to re-read it. I will warn that the ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger and if I could, I would wait for a year for book 2 to come out and then I would start the first book :) ...more
YESSSSS! I have been aching to give a five star rating to a book for a while now. But there is always some factor missing that keeps me from giving itYESSSSS! I have been aching to give a five star rating to a book for a while now. But there is always some factor missing that keeps me from giving it that final star. Either the writing is just mediocre. Or the main character is not fully belivable, or worse, annoying. Or you struggle to wrap your head around the world that has been created and you question too many things.
The best books are the ones that I don't have to stop and question. Would a person really do that? Is that realistic? How could this really happen? If a book can just flow and keep you interested without you having to pull yourself out of it to question things, then in my opinion, it's a GOOD book!
For me, that was Legend. I read this book in one sitting. I was fully invested in the story and characters from the begining. June and Day were both great lead characters. I liked the concept that they were so similar, but coming from different sides of things, they had different perspectives. They were both strong people who made sense in their actions and motives.
The world of Legend had a lot of the typical ideas that you'd find in a dystopian novel, not that that's a bad thing. There is a reason these themes get repeated in this genre. But I felt Marie Lu did a wonderful job making a story that was unique and original. You have a government that is obviously corrupt. A military system that does not protect the people. Labs experimenting on children. Cover ups and all that good stuff. And of course 'the plague'!
And in all of the maddness, you have Day and June. Day who is a rogue citizen who lashes out against the government at every opportunity and June, who has been prepped and trained for a military position in the Republic's army. When June's brother is murdered, she seeks revenge by going undercover into the city's streets to find the notorious 'Day'. But after finding him a capturing him and his family, June begins to realize that things are not as they seem. She begins to unravel the clues that prove to her that not only was Day framed for her brother's murder, but the side she is fighting on may not be what she thought it was.
Legend was exciting, romantic and intriguing. It had everything a novel should have. It is the first book I have read from Marie Lu and I have to give credit where it's due for her beautifully written novel. Not only am I impatient to read the next book in this series, I also look forward to other works from this author in the future....more
I had high hopes for Article 5. I had heard good things and it had gotten fairly good reviews, so I was really anticipating this book. But sadly, I waI had high hopes for Article 5. I had heard good things and it had gotten fairly good reviews, so I was really anticipating this book. But sadly, I was seriously disappointed in Article 5.
My first offense was the world building. This book seriously lacked explanation when it came to the system of government and law enforcement. We are told there are these 'Moral Statutes', but its not clear where these laws came from. We don't know the system of government that is in place or whos in charge. There is no explanation of the downfall that led to these changes.
I felt the character building was only slightly better. Ember, our MC, can be quite naive and frustrating at times. She focuses on unimportant details constantly and overthinks absolutely everything! Chase was a more enjoyable character for me. Chase has the whole internal stuggle thing happening and is sort of warring with himself throughout the book. But he seemed more real to me than Ember. It was apparent that his time in the military had really messed him up and all he wanted to do was protect this girl that he loves. But, of course, he feels unworthy of her and doesn't know how to be the person he was with her.
This book had a great premise, but it focused mostly on the relationship of the two characters and there wasn't really enough action. There was a little bit of action, but it wasn't very exciting. When I read this book, I was mostly just eager to be done with it. I was looking forward to seeing Ember and Chase reconcile their relationship, but that about the only thing I looked forward to. I couldn't even really lock on to the part of the story that focuses on her mother because we barely know her mother. I had a difficult time identifying.
The most exciting part of the book was the very end when you realize that Ember and Chase will join the rebellion. I'm hoping that book two will focus less on their relationship and more on the rebellion. I think that would be a much better book....more
I will start off by saying that the only reason for that fifth star being held back is because I did not love the way the Juliette spoke inside her heI will start off by saying that the only reason for that fifth star being held back is because I did not love the way the Juliette spoke inside her head. The erratic way her thoughts bounced around was a bit annoying, if I'm being honest. However, that opinion pertains to me. I can imagine that many people will be a fan of it. I can definitely see the artsy, poetic appeal that Juliette has. And don't get me wrong, I loved Juliette. I would actually give this book 4.5 stars if I could.
Shatter Me started a little slow for me. But because the author threw in the 'love interest' right at the very beginning, she already had me in her literary clutches. And come on, you can't possibly put this book down without understanding why the heck this girl is locked up and why she can't touch people. So you keep reading and bit by bit things become a little clearer. And when they do, the sun comes shining!!!
I was terribly worried that this book was going to be some regurgitated version of Delirium, Matched, Eve, Enclave, Uglies...(all of the above). I assumed that they would run off and live in the wilderness for a while until they came across 'the Rebels' and started planning the overthrow of the naughty government. And can I just say how HAPPY I am that this was NOT the case!!! Ah...breathe that fresh air :)
I loved the characters in this book. Juliette and Adam both made sense as people which was nice since a lot of authors miss the mark on that one. James was adorable and reminded me terribly of Jamie from The Host, whom I adore. I loved Kenji from the first moment I heard him speak, even though he was saying something completely rude. I'm sad that the book ends where it does because you meet several new characters who I imagine are gonna be awesome, but there's no time to get to know them before the book ends.
The ending was done really well, even with it's abruptness. It sets up perfectly for Act 2 and gives just enough that you're very anxious but not necessarily left hanging on that horrible cliff. I loved and adored this book by it's end and I am very eager to read the next installment of this series. I would highly recommend it to just about anyone who loves reading. And even some people who don't :)...more