2.5 stars. I didn't read this book first, I've read book 2 first. I read this book tenth. So I was kind of bored when they described the security syste2.5 stars. I didn't read this book first, I've read book 2 first. I read this book tenth. So I was kind of bored when they described the security systems in lengthy detail. If I read this book first I would have rated it 3 stars. Also, the other books had a little bit of spoiler info to what happened in this book, so I was expecting it.
Aside from that, the characters were likeable and the plot was filled with dangerous suspense.
Though one thing, (that has no impact on how I rated this story or the rest of the new species books) that bothered me was--unless I missed the info-- that the new species were described to have ears that looked like a pure human's. It was just their facial features that looked distinctly non-human (when looked closely). The reason this bothered me was that I would categorize this book as sci-fi, meaning that it should be as scientifically as accurate as possible (unlike fantasy). They were described to have enhanced hearing. I looked into the physics behind hearing, and it is the shape of the ear that helps tunnel sound to amplify it. If their ears resembled a human's then they should have the same hearing limits. (I'm just talking about decibels, how loud something has to be in order to hear it, not the frequency of the sound--that's another topic altogether).
This was the first book I read in the series just because the the blurb said these can be read as stand-alones.
Compared to the first book that went inThis was the first book I read in the series just because the the blurb said these can be read as stand-alones.
Compared to the first book that went into lengthy detail on the structure of new species society and homeland, this book kind of sped right through it giving the bare minimum info. Sure I was a little lost the first few pages, but I liked how the info was delivered here. I wasn't bored.
I thought both lead characters were okay. Some of the dialogue was a little bit amusing but it wasn't the highlight for me. I really liked the plot. I thought the details were well planned and the danger was thrilling. This book convinced me to try the rest of the books....more
One thing bothered me the WHOLE time while I was reading, which was (view spoiler)[ why the heck nobody thought to just erase Reilly's memo3.75 stars.
One thing bothered me the WHOLE time while I was reading, which was (view spoiler)[ why the heck nobody thought to just erase Reilly's memory, everyone was getting into a big debate whether it was okay to kill him. (hide spoiler)] Because of that, I couldn't exactly completely get into the book.
Moving on. The plot was great. I should have guessed from the title that Echo had something to do with this plot. However, while the plot was wonderful, full of adventure and all that, I felt that the presentation of the characters suffered. While the characters were very well done, indeed, but the connection between the reader and characters wasn't that strong. It was still there, but not as strong. I think the reason for that, maybe, is because the author had many characters vying for attention. I mean, four different people had viewpoints awarded to them in order to tell the story.
Aside from that, something else I really liked was the humour and small jokes inserted here and there. Those got a chuckle out of me.
Overall, I really liked this book and would recommend it to anyone who's into YA. This book does not contain annoying love triangles, the lead character finding out she's super special with all these superpowers that make her special, and plot holes the size of meteor craters.
This book contains a solid, well thought out plot. It's too bad this was the last book in the series. I miss the characters already. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
4.5 stars I didn't expect to enjoy this story. I am really iffy when it comes to future dystopia novels, especially when you add time travel to it. Whi4.5 stars I didn't expect to enjoy this story. I am really iffy when it comes to future dystopia novels, especially when you add time travel to it. While in theory it makes for a great, interesting concept for a story, it's something that's really easy to mess up.
I think that Janette Rallison did a great job with this concept. I really commend her on her ability to portray characters in such a way that the reader feels compassion towards them.
As for the writing, it was good. While it didn't sweep me away from my world, it did a great job of describing, and keeping things clear of what was happening. Which is really important. I've seen some authors go for flowery language, and sure think some people love flowery language (not me), but keep everything vague that you drop the book because you have no idea what's happening.
I loved the witty jokes the author put in. Those always help lighten the mood in books that have heavy subject matter. The author did a nice job of balancing light, and dark subject matter. Always important. Note to authors who have all dark in their books, that makes your book too depressing. Even Shakespeare knew to add catharsis (even though I don't find his jokes funny, I'm pretty sure they were really funny 500 years ago, or to people who love reading middle english).
Lastly, the plot, I loved it. I won't reveal anything, but I'll just say that the author put many twists into the plot. It's worth the read! ...more
2.5 stars I was taken in by the lovely cover. It is so nice and refreshing with all the YA covers sporting some girl in a prom dress. I liked the idea2.5 stars I was taken in by the lovely cover. It is so nice and refreshing with all the YA covers sporting some girl in a prom dress. I liked the idea behind the book. The book did everything right--story wise. The author followed all the rules, however the book didn't resonate with me. The writing was repetitive and it got on my nerves. Also, the whole time I read the book, the writing made me feel like my mind was in a fog as well (as the character). I know this was done purposely, but I wasn't too fond of it. Sorry....more
*contains NO spoilers* It has been a long time since I've written a review, so forgive me if it's a bit all over the place.
Although the book wasn't pe*contains NO spoilers* It has been a long time since I've written a review, so forgive me if it's a bit all over the place.
Although the book wasn't perfect, I loved this book. First and foremost, the world building was amazing. There wasn't an overload of information about the world the characters lived in, and just enough so that you're not confused.
The world building set up the right kind of environment for the main character to grow up in. It was pretty believable. The main character's naiveté in social situations was at times hilarious.
It was a light read, and the chemistry between the main character and the male lead was cute.
I would say that this novel is a very good adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night". It takes the basis of the idea from "Twelfth Night" and sets it up in its own world and own plot. It does not follow the plot from "Twelfth Night" which is a good thing. (I've seen another book that tried to create a Twelfth Night in the present day era, and it was a disaster). The story comes out unique and one of the books I would like to reread again in the future.
While I could go on and on about this book, it's time to move on to the smaller details that irked me. In this advanced technological society, taking place in some distant sci-fi future, it is possible to regrow a severed hand through cloning, and yet not possible to fix a seriously fractured leg (therefore a prosthetic is needed). While it may make no difference to some readers, things like that bother me, whether in books, or movies.
This book also deals with the issues of gender inequality, pyramidal structure of society, bullying, and discrimination of appearance.
I found the plot enjoyable and would recommend this to lovers of Young-Adult. The sci-fi was a bonus. :) ...more
At first "Bumped's" writing style put me off. I wasn't used to it. The slang was completely invented and was difficult to read, since I had to figureAt first "Bumped's" writing style put me off. I wasn't used to it. The slang was completely invented and was difficult to read, since I had to figure out what it meant. However, soon I got used to it and it was smooth sailing ever since. The plot is great and the story line has depth. The world built upon from the corporate America and is set into the future. Furthermore, a added a parallel society tied into this world. They work together really well to bring about the plot.
On another note, I find the ending a bit rushed. Yes, it does all fall into place, but it doesn't feel finished. I believe the story line needs to be extended.The author built two strong female characters. The first twin, Melody is portrayed really well. You see exactly where she is heading. Harmony, on the other hand, it seems to be like she is missing a vital chapter in her point of view to show where she made the change. It just seems like she suddenly switched personalities halfway through. *warning, spoilers up ahead* In the beginning she was all "God's will!" and "the community is everything". Then, halfway through we learn that, three days before she ran away, she was seriously questioning her community, and would therefore not be in denial as it appears in the beginning. There seems to be some kind of flaw in the connection between the character write up and what the character does or thinks in the beginning of the book. Maybe there is a continuation to this book and that is why it seems the ending was too abrupt... but, oh well. That is my take on this book. I only read through it once. There is a big possibility that I may have missed some details that would have changed my review. Albeit, I would definitely recommend it for others to read. ...more