Black Out is a solid read. Focused on two groups of teens, the story flips between the two groups until they are brought together for the end. A virusBlack Out is a solid read. Focused on two groups of teens, the story flips between the two groups until they are brought together for the end. A virus, superhero powers, teen angst and more are in this scy-fy dystopian thriller. I didn't love it, and I didn't hate it. My main issue was the fact that I didn't relate to any characters. Not because of the age difference, as I am an adult, but because the focus wasn't on anyone in particular, but all over the place. The storyline is solid and the plot moved at a quick pace. I really enjoyed the plot and enjoyed the story, I just wish there had been a bit more character development. ...more
Wow! What a thrilling ride Lamaitre took me on with Alex! The very first pages grabbed my attention and didn't let go until the final pages were read.Wow! What a thrilling ride Lamaitre took me on with Alex! The very first pages grabbed my attention and didn't let go until the final pages were read. It was not only suspenseful, but only emotionally impacting. I empathized with Alex in the beginning, then I despised her and then I empathized with her again. I was shocked with some of her decisions yet I also cheered for her.
Camille, the investigator, was a great character as well. Given a big case after being out of the loop since his wife was murdered was, at first, a conundrum for him. But eventually, it became just what he needed to get closure in that chapter of his life. A very intelligent man who surprised me on many levels.
Alex is not only a thrilling suspense, it also packs a punch with it's gritty writing and no-nonsense characters. The plot pivots many times, taking the reader on a roller-roaster of a ride that leaves one breathless; with fear, shock, hope and more. I will be reading more of this author's work in the near future....more
Tabula Rasa is a thrilling read that got better the deeper into the story I delved. At first, I didn't understand what was going on with Sarah, the whTabula Rasa is a thrilling read that got better the deeper into the story I delved. At first, I didn't understand what was going on with Sarah, the who, the what, the why? Until the author revealed Sarah's past and why she was having her memory removed in the top secret facility. I was frustrated until that point, honestly.
However, once I was able to connect the dots from her past to her present, the story immediately had my full attention. There are some crazy action sequences, a splash of romance, a bird's eye view of the human psych as they make choices in unimaginable situations and more, but the story is propelled forward consistently.
There are new characters sprinkled as the story unfolds and this adds some much needed relief to Sarah, who I really didn't connect with. She didn't question enough, she just took what was going on at face value. Granted, there are a few times that she aches for memories and wants to know the answers to many questions, but there were many instances that I felt she didn't fight hard for them, not until the end. The ending is the best part of the novel, as all questions are resolved, in a least expected way. I did despise the villain, but I found it hard to empathize with the heroine, no matter how sad her plight. If you're looking for a new take on young adult syfy- this may be for you!...more
I loved Remake! I am a big fan of dystopian fiction, and this reminded me a bit of that splashed generously with science fiction. In a society where pI loved Remake! I am a big fan of dystopian fiction, and this reminded me a bit of that splashed generously with science fiction. In a society where procreation is heavily moderated, and if you disobey, you could be killed. The babies are born monthly, ten males and ten females. They have no names until they pick their own on their seventeenth birthday. They choose their name, their gender, how they want to look and what trade they would like. Until that date, they are raised together with shaven heads and neutrality.
Nine still hasn't decided on her name or gender, but she knows she wants to be a maker. Curses with red hair and freckles, she has been an outsider all of her life. She wants to ensure that it won't happen to anyone else if she is the maker, making the decisions on genes for new batches. However, once she makes her wishes known, the Prime Maker lets Nine know that she will never be a Maker and it leaves Nine confused more than ever.
On the eve of their remake, Nine and her fellow batchers are in a plane to their destination when it crashes into the ocean. Nine wakes up on an island, with people who talk differently, have families and are basically the opposit of everything she has ever known. It will be months before she can get back to Freedom so she tries to make the best of the situation. But overtime, she finds herself with a choice. Which life does she really want to live? And what is she willing to sacrifice to get it?
Like I said, I loved Remake! The world building, the characters, the plot twists, everything. The only thing I disliked was that the book ended. I wanted to know more about Nine and her world, what her choices meant for her. If you enjoy dystopian science fiction, pick up Remake! I'll definitely be looking for more work from this gifted author!...more