Kids who have superpowers isn’t exactly a new concept in Young Adult (or in books in general for that matter) – but wow – was I pretty impressed withKids who have superpowers isn’t exactly a new concept in Young Adult (or in books in general for that matter) – but wow – was I pretty impressed with the execution of this book. I feel as though Alexandra Bracken took the whole “superpowers are bad and the government is locking us away” and worked it into something that felt fresh. I was completely consumed in almost every single moment of this book – and that my friends, is a great thing – to be able to lose yourself in a book. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was about The Darkest Minds that made me love it so much but I think that the snarky dialogue had something to do with it. I love me some electric dialouge.
One thing that irked me though was the way that Ruby would describe some things. I can’t remember exact examples but sometimes when she would describe something, she would liken it to something that had me thinking “Hey wait a minute, if she’s been locked up since she was 10 years old with no interaction in the outside world plus she’s not really allowed to talk to anyone, how would she know about that?” Those kinds of thoughts pulled me out of the book and reminded me that I was actually reading a book – but thankfully it only happened 2-3 times.
For me, the most interesting thing about this book is how it shows both good and bad sides of human nature. We see people who are so selfless even in such a dire situation and we see people who are willing to sellout others in a heartbeat if it means surviving another day. It makes you think – what would you do? How far would you be willing to go to survive? And even, would you lead a revolution if it meant being killed? Thought provoking questions that make you take a look at yourself and wonder if your mind would be one of the darkest.
Overall, I really enjoyed this thrilling book and can’t wait to read its sequel, Never Fade.
Oh – my – goodness. I haven’t cried at the end of a book since The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I mean, WOW. In this historical fiction filled thOh – my – goodness. I haven’t cried at the end of a book since The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I mean, WOW. In this historical fiction filled thriller, we meet Verity who is writing journal entries while captured by the Gestapo. Now, let me be very clear that it WILL take you more than half of the book to get into this book, but other reviewers and readers are not exaggerating when they say that it will pay off. I, myself, was extremely skeptical – this book that was “meh” for over 50% – how could it possible turn around? BUT IT DID.
This book made me bawl like a baby and all I could think of was MY best friend, who I’m lucky to blog with, and what I would do if it were the two of us in World War II. If you don’t come away from this book thinking about your best friend, I don’t know what to tell you!
What can I say about Code Name Verity that hasn’t already been said? I agree with my friends here:
“Code Name Verity is one of those books that will be seared into my brain and heart” – Jamie
“This novel tells such a beautiful, moving tale of friendship that will be staying with me for a long while.” -Alexa
Please please make the investment in this book – it’s so hard to ask someone to give a book more than 50% when you aren’t really into it but I promise, it will pay out. (I have told the truth!)...more
Lots and lots of action. Had some things figured out before they happened but a good writer often foreshadows. :) A wonderful end to a spectacularly fLots and lots of action. Had some things figured out before they happened but a good writer often foreshadows. :) A wonderful end to a spectacularly fun series....more
Updated 8/30/2012: A third reading of this book and there were *still* things that I picked out for the first time. Such a great story.
Updated 8/19/20Updated 8/30/2012: A third reading of this book and there were *still* things that I picked out for the first time. Such a great story.
Updated 8/19/2012: After re-reading this one, I've UPed the stars. Yes, you read correctly - I enjoyed this one more the second time around. I initially questioned some of the mini-quests, but after reading again I found that they were, in fact, necessary to the story. Also, after reading the entire series and then going back to the first one, I could tell how much foreshadowing and planning Rick Riordan did for this series. Absolutely wonderful.
Truly truly enjoyed. I can definitely understand why this is such a big hit with kids. It makes me sad that the movie didn't get more recognition. I list this on my "unexpected enjoyed" list because I honestly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did! Very fun read!...more
Full Disclosure : Cristin and I are both part of the (totally awesome) DC YA Mafya aka a group of mostly writers (but sometimes bloggers) who live inFull Disclosure : Cristin and I are both part of the (totally awesome) DC YA Mafya aka a group of mostly writers (but sometimes bloggers) who live in the DC Metro Area. What I’m trying to say is: we're friends IN REAL LIFE. However, this review is my “professional” (ha!) opinion of her book.
Time travel, you guys! EEP!
Let me be the first to tell you that this doesn't just gloss over time travel theory - Cristin gets into the nitty gritty, which may make readers do a lot of double takes (aka re-reads of paragraphs) to fully grasp things. I'm not going to lie - I had to read, and re-read, and re-re-read passages sometimes but then I was like Scott Pilgrim when it all started to make perfect sense:
My favorite part about this book were the action scenes (especially the one that takes place in DC!). There was so much tension in this book - what will happen - who will make it - who did what - what the what. And I seriously can not wait for the follow up book!
All Our Yesterdays is perfect for fans of Myra McEntire's Hourglass trilogy. Tons of action, fast-paced, and oo lala ROMANCE! It was released on September 3rd, 2013 - so what are you waiting for? Go buy it already!...more