FIVE STARS AND THEN SOME! I loved the Sovereign Series and all of the rich, complex characters, not just the main characters, but the supporting chara...moreFIVE STARS AND THEN SOME! I loved the Sovereign Series and all of the rich, complex characters, not just the main characters, but the supporting characters and even the ones you love to hate. I've been dying to know the backstory to some of the supporting characters, so I was so excited when I heard that author ER Arroyo was writing a trio of short stories to answer these burning character questions of mine. Transgression is the perfect companion to the Sovereign Series; it is the missing piece I've been searching for in this literary puzzle.
Who would have thought that a story about nasty Nathan Burke would be so intriguing? I was completely captivated by his story which is set in the hours right before the apocalyptic curtain opens and ends with his entrance into his new bunkered world. A glimpse into the developing tyrannical madness of Nathan's mind is evident in this short story and I felt myself feeling sympathy for him one moment, kind of liking him another and finally returning to my original disgust. He is truly mad and his insanity is cleverly revealed by Arroyo's masterful writing.
It is an amazing thing when a talented author produces great work, but when the author's writing grows and develops into genius, masterful work, well that's just the icing on the cake. Transgression is one of those books I'll never forget and I simply cannot wait to read the next short story (I'm hoping it's Titus' story). I highly recommend the Sovereign Series to all of my friends and I know you'll enjoy it as much as I do. (less)
I love zombie books, so I was excited to read Red Hill as it just won the UtopYA award for Best Dystopia. I realize Red Hill is a departure from Jamie...moreI love zombie books, so I was excited to read Red Hill as it just won the UtopYA award for Best Dystopia. I realize Red Hill is a departure from Jamie's usual genre of YA romance and I think she did a fine job with this book. The story follows a familiar zombie apocalyptic formula: outbreak, infection and run for your lives. It also uses several POVs which also is popular for this genre. Jamie's characters are well developed, but I had a difficult time liking, caring or even mourning their deaths. Scarlett, the main protagonist, is the fierce mother bear with a psychotic determination to find her two daughters. As a mother myself, I understand her desperation, but often it bordered on a selfish disregard for others and I found her lack of sympathy for those who sacrificed their lives to help her, well just pitiful. The tragedy and the triumph of this story is believable and yet the one thing really bothered me was how abruptly the main characters were snuffed out once infected. It was sudden and harsh. I know it was meant to be merciful, but more heartfelt drama came from the long goodbye between Skeeter and Jill, as well as other secondary characters. I understand Jamie's appeal as an author of YA books and I really enjoyed this one, but having read a ton of PA and dystopia, I find that I'm not blown away. Was it good? Yes! Was it award worthy? Not for me, but still worth reading. (less)