I knew that the new book was coming out and thought it was the perfect time to read the series and I was perfectly right to do so. This was a completeI knew that the new book was coming out and thought it was the perfect time to read the series and I was perfectly right to do so. This was a completely refreshing, pus-filled read which got me out of that terrible book run which I'd been miserably following.
When I say it was pus-filled it was 100% that and more. The most descriptively disgusting book I've ever read but that just made it even more awesome, which was a surprising factor because I'm really not into gore. The zombie virus which went round was realistically described in every detail, he definitely did not hold anything back which is a massive part of it's charm to me.
It's frankness continues with the character involvement, how he deals with characters language, class infrastructure, death and taboo subjects such as cannibalism and adults killing their own children. He switches from a group of private schooled, country toffs to state educated city dwellers in a heartbeat and was not afraid to let there be a slight stereotype in there. This I loved because that's the truth, stereotypes are created because there is a lot of that one type of person, there is always a hint of truth no matter how big or small. Higson took that and ran with it, basically saying "feck off" to any person telling him to be PC like near on every other YA novel.
The narrative with it's fast paced action mixed with a frank portrayal of the emotional and psychological effects which really hit you hard, in a good way. By the end of the book I was truly sad to stop, I wanted to know what was going to happen in Maxie's future, would anyone else get sick? Would she ever have a kid? Would that become an issue for her?
The similarities to the Gone series are striking but the styles for me are so different and they approach a similar situation so uniquely that they are both really worth reading. Mostly I think to show that YA books make points about politics and the society we live in too. This should not be overlooked just because they are placed in a section for a younger generation. Especially seeing as that generation are going to be making the decisions when you are older.
It's a lot to think about and grasp within this book and I'm still caught up in it's political and philosophical points which I can't elaborate on without ruining it ......
I've heard all the hype over the author and the book and I've decided to completely seperate that from my review because at the end of the day I'm revI've heard all the hype over the author and the book and I've decided to completely seperate that from my review because at the end of the day I'm reviewing the book unless there's something which is real bad. Such as racism etc. Also this review contains SPOILERS can't really do it without.
This really really surprised me, it had so many gothic elements in it which I hadn't planned for such as Vaughn's experiments etc. The entrapment of the fair helpless maiden as well was very typically gothic (I should know I have to sit a 2 hour exam on gothic elements) . Rhine became the gothic heroine, a beautiful young girl threatened by death every day and facing an evil villian to gain her freedom and thus become her own person.
The characters themselves were each their own person and I thought the girls were well developed for YA fiction, they weren't good in comparision to fiction however for their target audience they were very interesting and different. I loved the idea that the prison meant different things to each of the wives and therefore we saw part of each character already. Rhine though was a little flat, like there wans't that much special about her apart from her eyes (which are very special and cost a lot and if you read the book you'll find the 500 references to it). Jenna was the best though, her quiet resentment and back story was very well portrayed even if it seems slightly accidental that this balance occured or maybe it's because the othe characters are so imbalanced, Cecily & Linden become almost hyper-characters with too much going on with them and Rhine & Gabriel seem flat and 2D. The imbalance of the other characters made me appreciate her simplicity even if she was only the "disposeable one".
The house and the magical aspects of it were something I really liked, it was nice to witness some real imagination at work here even if in the form of a lot of holograms. But the dresses were lovely and I always have a soft spot for gorgeous description of clothes, done right it's brilliant.
Anyway I thought the book was different for a dystopian novel however not one with staying power, definitley a trend book.
I definitley did NOT just pick this up because it was written by a Beth...nonono that just wouldn't be like me. But I thought you know that it would jI definitley did NOT just pick this up because it was written by a Beth...nonono that just wouldn't be like me. But I thought you know that it would just be okay because well....a Beth wrote it. But I was a tad wrong, this was a waste of anyone's time even though it was by a Beth and I feel slightly disloyal now to the name.
The characters were odd I didn't really like them much and the evil dictator thing was just so boring it couldn't have moved any slower for me. Amy was very very VERY into running apart from the one time she needed to and then she didn't. That was yet another thing I didn't like about this book, rape was brushed under the rug so quickly, the reaction and the bruises were relaistic and enjoy isn't the word but I guess I appreciated that they were there. But this was the same with nearly every incident in the book, once over it was under the rug and forgotton but I didn't want it to be like that at all.
Not having a slight tantrum but the romance wasn't nearly as nice as I would've liked and that instantly put me against this book. The second thing being the Season was well weird, no kidding it was I think some slight fantasy of Revis's there creeping in.....odd. Anyhoo the main "event" of the book was the people dying which wasn't that heartbreaking to be honest (I know, I'm mean) but it wasn't. Then when you finally get to the reason you're like oh...right...cool and then make that sandwich you've been putting off for the last 5 minutes.
The cover was pretty. There you are there's a positive. I feel like I've given it a fair chance now.
I really went against this book even before I got given it, it was a YA book that was highly talked about, had really thought out adverstising and eveI really went against this book even before I got given it, it was a YA book that was highly talked about, had really thought out adverstising and everyone wanted it or was reading it. The threat of disappointment was too much for me to chance it because it sounded good but one of thse books that if you join halfway through the hype you always leave thinking that just wasn't as good as I wished it to be. It's like if you take leftovers from a resturant, they're never as good becuase you know what it's going to be like, the moments over and the idea is stale.
I didn't want Gone to be leftovers needless to say so I decided now was the time.. Actually thats a total lie it was more my boyfriend was like READ IT NOW so I did (don't get any ideas feminists among you I normally wear the trousers have no fear). When I did eventually start it I was hooked, I don't know if anyone else experienced this but there was nothing I could do bar read this book but I was just so busy that I couldn't find the time, you have no idea how upsetting this was. I took to taking this book around everywhere with me so that I could just read a page! Ridiculous I know and yet it happened.
I love love love love love love MUTATION and boy was this book full of it! Every kind too! Weird, awesome, icky and all. The only one I didn't really like was Drake's not mutation but general weirdness....that just freaked me out a bit. Sam was a brilliant leader and by the end I was completely smitten with him, including his cuteness with Astrid. I liked that Grant followed their story through, the start where they were not even talking to where he was all protective and adorable it was beautifully and realistically done. One of the best side line romances I've ever read and if you don't know me by now I'm reading into this a lot because I'm massively obsessed with romance.
The concept of the book was so new and fresh to me that I really found it intriguing.He pulled it off very well and it's definatley something I'm recommending for christmas, well I have been recommending really. Anyway GET IT! http://theteenagebookworms.blogspot.com/ ...more
This completely took me by surprise, it's actually one of the best books I've read in ages, with a totally original idea that kept me captivated withThis completely took me by surprise, it's actually one of the best books I've read in ages, with a totally original idea that kept me captivated with every page. Free running hasn't been in many books I personally have read, I think it's because there's such a danger of it sounding utterly dull but Hucklesby killed it! She captured exactly what free running is and made it her own.
Her characters were each a gem of the highest calibre. Little Bird, although initially I thought, cheesy idea, however within sentences she ha dme completely converted. There wasn't an annoying character in sight, which is rare for teen fiction. Dair was brilliant, I loved him. The steel bottle cap?? GENIUS!!! Alfie of course was like an adorable puppy, quite a resiliant puppy granted but a puppy nonetheless. He was everything he should've been and more. Calypso herself was so well worked on I could've met her and not beleived she was fictional (in the land where you can meet fictional characters of course. Which I would LOVE, I mean every girl has that literary guy crush right?) Anyway she was just right for the book, being realistically scared out of her wits and yet strong enough to survive.
The world Hucklesby created was intriguing too, FISTS sounded like something that could, one day, be us. Which made the book even more intriguing for me. SPOILER
The End...........................Soooooo frustrating and yet I still loved it. Depending what mood I'm in I can beleive that it's Little Bird's hand that Calypso is holding and the "caress" is Alfie or I can switch it round I can run riot with the endings in my head. I love it and therefore it should stay that way I very much hope they don't do a second one, it would ruin it.
Overall though this book was beyond brilliant and I would definatley recommend it to anyone, I may in fact even force it on a few people.....
This took me forever to read and it was quite slow. I appreciated the world itself and the intricateness but I just couldn't deal with the repression.This took me forever to read and it was quite slow. I appreciated the world itself and the intricateness but I just couldn't deal with the repression. I felt like the main character was either selfish or just not bothered about freedom and at every page I was expecting some big turn of events but even what I guess was the climax of the book was not exciting for me.
I really need a book to get stuck into becuase this just turned me off reading for a while which if you've read my posts before I'm quite good at reading about 4 a month I'm seriously failing IT'S ALL THE HANDMAID'S TALE'S FAULT! It dragged for me even though the thoughts on humanitys ability to conform should've been interesting they didn't really crop up as much as I liked.
The whole point of this novel was to create a completely different dystopian world and as this is trending right now I thought let's go back to the originals and whats more original than this? It's the first book I'd heard of in the genre so therefore my first choice. However it just didn't work for me, in some ways she seemed repressed and wanting to break out but this was only by "fucking" any guy she could really get her hands on! Nick? Really? No real thought of her husband or child who she kept on mentioning but with no emotion it seemed to me at all. Maybe thats because her husband or boyfriend or whatever the hell he was seemed to not even bother at what was even going on at the time.. he was all I don't give a shit that my girlfriend/wife has no money and is completely dependant on me waaahheeeeyyy........no, just no.