I always loved the Disney movie when I was little because it was so different to all the others and this series has been on myThis was a tricky one.
I always loved the Disney movie when I was little because it was so different to all the others and this series has been on my to-read list for years and years but I was mostly disappointed.
The writing seems to fall into that awkward gap where it's too advanced for young readers and too simple for adults. I don't know at what age I should have been to fully enjoy this book but I think its too late.
The plot was very simple and there were too many leaps that I couldn't overlook. My heart wanted to love it but there were just too many flaws....more
I never felt massively gripped by the story, probably an issue with having characters who don't have a single redeeming feature. I certaiIt was okay.
I never felt massively gripped by the story, probably an issue with having characters who don't have a single redeeming feature. I certainly felt sorry for Rachel a few times, but I never liked her. Overall I was disappointed with the ending, it seemed too...convenient I guess. There was a point when I suspected that character but as time went on I found myself hoping it wasn't them because it would have been a let down.
I was almost certain it would be someone else because there were seemingly masses of hints pointing that way, but instead it came out of the left field and was only backed up later, which always feels like cheating to me....more
So many emotions about this. First, the bad. I've seen a few reviews commenting on the portrayal of femalI feel like I need therapy. What a whirlwind.
So many emotions about this. First, the bad. I've seen a few reviews commenting on the portrayal of female characters and in the first half of Light it really stood out to me. Especially Drake's thoughts about Gaia, which were presented more as facts than opinions. The girls are awesome and badass but yes, the interesting ones are pretty and the unlikable ones not so much. Gaia was overall pretty disappointing and I would have liked more of a drawn-out final scene for her/it (why was this book so short?!) but Diana really became a much deeper character and I was totally rooting for her! Again, the book was way too short. The shortest of the series if my vague guess is right, which shouldn't be allowed. It should be illegal, seriously. There were also a few unnecessary characters thrown in suddenly who I didn't have time to care about, but also, where the hell was Bug?!
Okay, the good stuff. It was epic!! My heart was in my throat for the entire book and I feel like I barely took a breath. There were some losses of characters that really struck me and I felt like they were my friends who were dying and it was heartbreaking. Sam is so strung out in this book, so fragile and human which seems to be something authors struggle with in this genre. These characters feel infinitely more familiar than many books I've read that get higher praise. I never doubted for one moment that anything was unrealistic or unbelievable.
Every character falls in and out of grace and characters you initially loved or hated become the complete opposite. I felt pity for Howard for crying out loud!
Lastly, the closure. Sweet, sweet closure. Mr Grant didn't try to be clever and do the infamous "Nineteen Years Later" but instead a much more fitting "Aftermath" and it's everything I wanted. Of course I still want more (and more!) but "Aftermath" does a bloody good job of clearing everything up.
I feel like I can go back to my normal life of happy books and no Fayz nightmares now. As much as I was infatuated with this series, it was so emotionally draining I don't know if I'll ever be brave enough for a re-read.
OMG how does he keep doing it?!?! There's so much new stuff in this book I couldn't not be excited even if I'd wanted to. There's a lot of very fast gOMG how does he keep doing it?!?! There's so much new stuff in this book I couldn't not be excited even if I'd wanted to. There's a lot of very fast growing up in this book, in different ways to what we've seen before. I think there was maybe a little bit too much focus on relationships between these children which made me a tiny bit uncomfortable but none of it is thrown in just for the sake of it.
That ending! I loved the new viewpoints that we get in this one, it adds so much tension and a whole new element to what we know so far. It's nice to know that the dome isn't quite what they thought because I really couldn't see a way out if any of Astrid's early theories had panned out.
This book was bittersweet all the way through. I got everything I wanted with heaps of horribleness alongside it.
I liked the extract for Bzrk at the end as well because I'm definitely checking that out when I'm done with these!...more
I cannot get enough of these books! This might be my favourite of the series so far, there were parts where I felt my pulse pounding with anticipationI cannot get enough of these books! This might be my favourite of the series so far, there were parts where I felt my pulse pounding with anticipation; what more can the fayz do to them?! I adore every character and I feel their highs and lows like they're my own.
I love that Michael Grant still finds ways to bring in new characters and new horrors and is always making me rethink how I feel about people. I love the tiny snippets of information we get about the nature of the dome and the mutations.
I can't remember the last time I was so taken in by a story....more
I surprised myself by absolutely loving this tiny little book. I am crazy about the film and have seen it far too many times but I didn't expect a lotI surprised myself by absolutely loving this tiny little book. I am crazy about the film and have seen it far too many times but I didn't expect a lot from the book as I've heard mostly negative reports.
Some parts of the story make way more sense than the film and others less so. It jammed a lot of information into very few pages and succeded in telling a very rich story. I loved the humour in it and Keiji is a very likeable protagonist. Some parts could have used more fleshing out as it was a bit too brief in places but it does a really good job of getting the emotions across and sucking you into the loop with him. Rita is absolutely amazing and I only wish she was in it for longer!...more
Oh my god. I don't think I've ever had such a visceral reaction to a book before. I felt sick, I felt complicit, guilty, horrified, ashamed. From theOh my god. I don't think I've ever had such a visceral reaction to a book before. I felt sick, I felt complicit, guilty, horrified, ashamed. From the very first page I was hooked and hanging onto every word. I've seen the movie and I know how it ends but it still felt like a fresh story, with each inescapable step towards the conclusion I was begging both characters to do something, anything other than the inevitable.
Amy and Nick are both people who you despise but cannot resist being drawn to at the same time. They are bad people but utterly dazzling in their own ways. The writing is gorgeous and I highlighted so many passages that just blew me away.
I adored this book even though it made me feel awful and uncomfortable most of the way through....more