Roughly 100-years in the future, New York is mainly under water after a large meteor crashed into Earth causing sea levels to rise. Because of this, pRoughly 100-years in the future, New York is mainly under water after a large meteor crashed into Earth causing sea levels to rise. Because of this, people now live on rooftops, or in upper-levels of old high-rises, and due to the lack of fresh water, a cancer-like illness known as The Blight has begun to spread rapidly throughout the poor. For some reason, Ren is immune to the disease. Of course, she can’t tell anyone this because then the government would want to take her and study her, and honestly, who would want to be a lab rat? Because of her immunity, Ren is a little reckless, and participates in a type of street-racing as well as does a few job for the government in order to bring in extra money to help her best friend, Aven, who has The Blight. The need to help Aven and possibly find a cure drives Ren to seek answers, and, as is to be expected in dystopian novels, she discovers something is amiss in the world they live in, and Ren begins to wonder who (if anyone) she can trust.
Ren, the MC, is very head-strong and a bit reckless. Since she is immune to The Blight and seems to heal very quickly, she tends to feel indestructible and makes some rash decisions. The admirable part of these questionable decisions is that she makes them to help her friends, mainly Aven whom Ren considers to be a sister. Ren is strong, loyal and for the most part, I liked her, but at times she felt a little inconsistent.
Aside from Aven (whom I adored), the rest of the characters were just okay. Derek is Ren’s “booker” and a relationship develops between them. While I liked that the relationship seemed to grow at a natural pace, I didn’t feel much toward Derek, so I wasn’t really rooting for them.
There was a lot I liked, but there where a few issues with the book. I loved the concept. I thought it was very unique, and I really liked the racing aspect. This isn’t your typical street-racing (mainly because the streets are pretty much non-existent in this world). The “cars” they use to race can go up and over sides of buildings, and some of the more advanced vehicles can even go under water. The races were exciting, though, at times felt a little too weighed down with detail. My biggest problem with the book was the lack of world development. I knew what the world looked like and I knew what the threat was, but I wanted a little more history. I wanted the how’s and why’s to be more clear. There were several details that I felt were missing. What surprised me the most in the story was the introduction of a fantastical/supernatural element that I wasn’t expecting. This twist took me by surprise, and while at first it felt random and out of place, the more I think about it, the more I kind of liked it. I’m interested to see where it goes.
An interesting concept and a quick pace made this a fairly enjoyable read for me. Despite some of the characters seeming rather flat, predictable/expected plot points, a few pacing issues, and a cliffhanger ending, I really enjoyed the action of the story. While it isn’t at the top of my “fave” list, I am interested in seeing where this series goes because there is a lot of potential here. I’m hoping that the next installment will turn things around....more
Since this is the second book in the series, proceed with caution. This review may contain minor spoilers.
Now that Kira has a better understanding ofSince this is the second book in the series, proceed with caution. This review may contain minor spoilers.
Now that Kira has a better understanding of the RM virus, she has left home in search of answers to who/what she is, and to figure out why the cure to RM lives inside of the Partials. With the Partials expiration date growing ever closer, Kira must find a way to permanently cure RM, or once the Partials go extinct, so will the human race.
As Kira searches for answers, she is joined by Samm and Heron, two Partials she isn’t sure she can fully trust, as well as Afa, a mentally troubled man who used to work for ParaGen, the company responsible for manufacturing the Partials. As the group searches for answers far from home, a new war threatens to break out in East Meadows. There are people who desperately want Kira, and they’ll stop at nothing to get her back.
In the first book, the story takes place primarily in and around a dystopian New York. In this installment, the author takes us across a desolate and dangerous USA, from New York, to Chicago to Denver.
While I liked the characters in the first book, the only one I really connected with was Kira. I liked her determination and drive, but there was something lacking. After reading Fragments, I feel like I know her so much better. She’s strong and smart and totally selfless. What made me really happy was that we get a lot more Samm development in this story. I was intrigued by Samm in book one, and after this book I am a total Samm fan. Herron is interesting, and while not especially likable at first glance, she grew on me. I think my favorite new character by far had to be Afa — the gentle giant with the broken mind who may know how to help Kira find the answers she is looking for.
Mr. Wells does a wonderful job of creating tension and moving the story forward at a decent pace. I remember feeling like the first book dragged, and I was afraid that would be the same here. This book is MUCH longer than the first, and despite a couple of slower areas, I felt it moved a lot faster than the first book. There’s a lot going on and plenty of twists and turns that Mr. Wells handles like a pro.
Action-packed and full of surprises, Fragments is even better than its predecessor. I was glued to the pages for about the last quarter of the book, and while the ending left me scratching my head a bit, it definitely has me wanting the next book in the series. ...more
Mila is adjusting as well as can be expected after a fire killed her father, leaving her and her mother alone. The two of them have moved to a small mMila is adjusting as well as can be expected after a fire killed her father, leaving her and her mother alone. The two of them have moved to a small midwestern town to start over. Mila has made a few friends and is doing the best she can to fit in. But when Hunter, a hot new guy moves to town, all of the girls, including Mila’s new best friend Kaylee, are all over him. When Hunter shows that he is only interested in Mila, Kaylee gets all kinds of jealous. When Mila is involved in a freak accident that should have killed her, but she walks away relatively unscathed, she realizes that who she thought she was isn’t who she really is. Mila is an android, and all of her memories were implanted in her. But if that’s true, why can she feel emotions? Why can she cry, laugh and get angry?
When rumors start to fly around school about Mila’s accident and how she managed to walk away unscathed, the only person who doesn’t seem bothered by it is Hunter. But when their home is broken into by armed men, Mila and her mother must flee. Whoever created Mila wants her back. She was never meant to be let out of the laboratory, and if she doesn’t escape, she may be destroyed.
This was a good, action-packed read, but none of the characters really stood out to me aside from Mila. I liked the complexity of everything she had to deal with and the answers she sought to uncover: Who created her? Why? Why can she feel emotion? Why did the woman she thought was her mother take her? Why is she hiding her?
Aside from Lucas, an MIT student who works in the lab where Mila was created, no one else really stood out to me. Kelsey and the mean girls at the school were the typical, bitchy queen-bee’s, Mila’s “mom” was caring yet distant and I thought Hunter was rather boring. Even Holland, the man who created Mila and is now out to capture her, felt a little too predictable.
Despite the fact that the characters were very average, the book was well-written. There’s plenty of action as was to be expected and a few nice twists. The book is over 400 pages long, but it didn’t feel long, which is a good sign. The first part of the book was where I had the biggest problem. It felt like just another cliché high school “new girl versus the bitchy girls as they fight over the new boy” book, which was so not what I was expecting. It finally picked up after Mila left town.
This leads to something else that I just couldn’t buy into. The first part of the book is all about Mila starting fresh in a new town and eventually discovering who/what she really is. During that time she meets and falls madly in love with Hunter. I think they go out maybe three times (if that), and then after she is on the run, all she can do is lament about the future she could have had with him, and how Hunter meant the world to her.
I understand that the author was trying to show that Mila could actually feel emotion and that she could actually have an emotional relationship with people, so there was obviously something special about her. I also got that maybe Mila would really need to feel that she was normal, and having these feelings for a boy would show that, but still — a deep, undying love after three dates? That seems a little extreme — even for an android.
Despite a clunky beginning, and a questionable romance, I really enjoyed the book. I like lots of action and mystery and this had plenty. I’m not surprised that it was optioned for a television show. I can totally see this as a series, and I would totally be hooked on it. I would recommend this one to fans of light sci-fi who like their books with a lot of action. If you can get past the few minor flaws, I think you’ll really enjoy it....more
Each year, hundreds of girls go missing without a trace. For seventeen-year-old Lauren, this reality is made even more jarring the day she realizes shEach year, hundreds of girls go missing without a trace. For seventeen-year-old Lauren, this reality is made even more jarring the day she realizes she can see visions (or are they ghosts?) of missing girls. The one thing all of them have in common is they are 17 — the same age as Lauren. She can’t help but wonder: Could this happen to her? Desperate to help these girls, Lauren gets in way over her head. Soon, school and her home life become secondary annoyances. All Lauren can focus on is helping these girls. It’s not until Lauren finds herself in the hospital that the truth, and several unsuspected secrets, come to light.
The book is told from Lauren’s first-person POV, and from page one, I was immediately inside her head. The desperation, her need to help these girls and her paranoia were all palpable. I felt her world unraveling almost as if it were my own. Even though Lauren’s drive and some of her actions were questionable, I understood them and I was never left banging my head against the wall. I wanted the answers as desperately as her. The only thing I wish I’d had more of was a glimpse at Lauren’s life BEFORE she got wrapped up in helping these girls. I think it would have made her obsession, and the things she lost because of it, that much more jarring.
The other characters all play an important role — I never felt they were there just for filler. Abby, the missing girl that Lauren is most obsessed with, is just as mysterious as her disappearance.
I fell in love with Ms. Suma’s writing style when I read Imaginary Girls, and I could be wrong, but I think the writing is even stronger in this book. While I liked the overall story of Imaginary Girls better, I loved the creepy, manic atmosphere that she created in this book. There’s a pretty big twist at the end that surprised me, and not in a bad way. When it revealed itself, it all clicked into place and gave me a whole new perspective on the book. My only complaint was that the pacing felt a little off.
Beautifully written, creepy and an unsuspected ending makes this one a must-read for mystery fans. What I loved most was that at first glance, it appears to fit into a certain genre and then it is turned on its head with the twist at the end. Definitely check this one out for the writing alone....more
Margo is sure she’s a shoe-in for the lead in the school musical. It’s her senior year and seniors always get the leads. This is a part she has wantedMargo is sure she’s a shoe-in for the lead in the school musical. It’s her senior year and seniors always get the leads. This is a part she has wanted to play for years, and she’s the only one who can sing the part. Imagine her surprise when quiet, mousey (sophomore), Victoria Willoughbee is given the role instead. To make matters worse, Margo has to play a boy, and for some reason, no one but Margo sees how truly awful Vicki is on stage. She can barely sing and she has about as much stage presence as a piece of cardboard.
When Margo finds a ring in the girl’s bathroom one night after rehearsal and Oliver, a mysterious new boy who has been following Vicki around appears out of thin air, things get even more peculiar. Tuns out Oliver is a genie, and he’d been working for Vicki, but now that Margo has the ring, he now belongs to her until her third wish. Maybe now Margo can set things right, but she’ll have to hurry. Someone is after Oliver and they want him dead, but he can’t leave until he has granted Margo’s last wish. If she holds out too long, she may put not only Oliver, but herself in danger.
While I liked the story — especially the theatre aspect and the different take on genie’s — I never really connected with anyone other than Margo, and even she seemed a little distant. On one hand, I totally “got” her. She’s a theatre kid and I was (still am) a theatre nerd, so I knew what she was going through. I liked her drive and her passion. With that said, she was also kind of a brat and a bit selfish. I think her most selfless act comes at the very end of the book, and maybe that was the author’s intent. To make her seem a little selfish so that this action would have a bigger impact.
The rest of the characters were just okay. Oliver was interesting enough, I just never found anything overly compelling about him (aside from the fact that he is a genie). Margo’s stage manager BFF isn’t really in the book enough to get a good handle on and the rest of the school kids are just kind of there to support the story — I didn’t dislike them, it’s just that none of them really stood out to me.
The writing is great and the story moves at a very nice pace. I was expecting something kind of light and fluffy (to me, the cover suggests a cutesy little rom-com with supernatural elements), so I was pleasantly surprised when the story took a darker turn. I loved the twist at the end which makes me want to pick up the next book as soon as I can get my hands on it.
While I didn’t completely connect with many of the characters, I did enjoy the concept and the story. I loved the theatre aspect, and loved the twist at the end. I will definitely be picking up the next installment when it’s available. ...more