I have to give this book a very low two stars. For some reason I felt unable to connect to any portion of this story; not the main plot, the over-archI have to give this book a very low two stars. For some reason I felt unable to connect to any portion of this story; not the main plot, the over-arching plot, or any of the characters...(I take that back, Nick was vaguely interesting but was a minor character and I don't see him getting his own book.) Often what will save a series book on some level for me is that even if I don't connect to the main plot line I will at least be interested in the world it is set in and the series plot. Instead, I ended up feeling as though this book could have been a LOT shorter if all the seemingly unnecessary sub-plots were taken out. For example, the whole deal with the diving and double-cross mishap seemed needless for the main plot other than as a way to make connections to her Arcane series; and yet it seems to take up almost a third of the book and four of the last five chapters (the fifth being the wedding of the couple from the previous book).
But... comparing my review to the majority of the others I seem to be in the minority in disliking this book so if it looks interesting don't let my annoyances keep you from trying it yourself....more
This was a really well done book. Heather Graham is able to draw the reader in to a mystery while throwing out enough clues so as to paint many red heThis was a really well done book. Heather Graham is able to draw the reader in to a mystery while throwing out enough clues so as to paint many red herrings. Ultimately though, despite having the possibility for the mystery to be cut and dry, she excels at twisting and turning the suspects until everyone is around on their head. Then the climax is reached, the bad guy(s) explains everything and you're left shaking your head at the answers.
Because I heard this book on audio, I will comment on the quality of that rendition. The reader could have been better, but by no means was he bad. The majority of the characters were distinct enough sounding with only slight confusions once in a while. Overall it made for very easy listening.
One aspect of the book that I especially enjoyed was the coming together of the team. Each member was very distinct and it was easy to see why certain people would partner off for this or the other. The bantering between everyone seemed warm and the jokes of them being 'Mom', 'Dad' and 'The Kids' lent an air of the team emerging as a second family. I'll look forward to reading more about everyone throughout the series....more
Wow, what an awesome book, just... WOW! I was lucky enough to win an advance copy through First Reads which was good and bad. Good because, OMG, I gotWow, what an awesome book, just... WOW! I was lucky enough to win an advance copy through First Reads which was good and bad. Good because, OMG, I got to read it before it came out; but bad because I had finished it and now have to wait for the second to come out and the first has yet to even hit the shelves...
The book opens up in Book Present and finds Evie alone and relying on a strange man with ulterior motives. His stated price is that he will give any traveler food and shelter in exchange for their story. Evie takes him up on his offer and proceeds to describe her life pre-Flash up until that day. What makes this interesting is that just before the main story begins, she warns him that "all might not be as I remember" and establishes herself as an unreliable narrator.
The two main characters are Evie and Jack. Evie is a wealthy teen appearing to live the charmed life. She's just about to turn sixteen, lives on a large farm with her mother, is popular, and has a boyfriend... oh, and she spent her summer in a mental ward for a few pesky hallucinations of a coming apocalypse... Meanwhile, Jackson (Jack ONLY to his friends and right away lets Evie know she is NOT one of them), is one of a new group of students from the bayou. He's older, has a record, drives a motorcycle and isn't afraid to drink or smoke on school grounds. Events before the Flash have them constantly butting heads and at each others throat.
Fast forward several months and Evie has become slightly tougher but has also been lucky enough to have been able to stay on her isolated farm. Then rolls in Jack, travel weary and with stories to tell of the outside world and its horrors, horrors and are coming straight for Evie's beloved farm.
This begins Evie and Jack's journey from Louisiana to North Carolina. Their goal is to find her grandmother, the woman who had foretold the coming of the Flash and knows Evie's part in it. Without her knowledge, all Evie knows is bits of what she can remember from her grandmother, mostly being that she is one of the Tarot come to life. She is the Empress, controller of plants and the Poison Princess; her ultimate foe, Death. He knows what's going on, isn't afraid to kill the other teens to further his agenda and he's able to watch her every move.
Other characters to join Evie and Jacks party are: Selena, the Moon; Matthew, the Fool; and Finneas, the Magician. Each has their own unique ability is an asset to the group, the question is, no one is willing to reveal all they know. Selena has strength, quickness, and an affinity with the bow, able to hit almost anything. Matt was labeled autistic in his former life because he is not always of this time. He has the power to see past, present and future events and is often shoving instances into Evie's head that he feels are important to her. Finn has the power of illusion. He can walk invisible through enemy camps, appear to be someone else, or even make another believe he sees something else. Together, they are part of something that's not fully understood yet.
Kresly Cole has created a wonderfully complex and unique world with this series. Not many stories pick up at the beginning of a post-apocalyptic dystopia. This is a world in which people have to quickly adapt to the fact that most of the ground water, including lakes and oceans, has dried up overnight, the earth is scorched and nothing new will grow. The land is littered with desperate people. Along the journey Evie and Jack must deal with militiamen and cannibals while avoiding places where Bagmen (mutated undead that crave any form of liquid, including human blood) might be tempted to gather....more
Wow. This book was really good. There was a level of emotion infused within the writing that bordered on uncomfortable. TDeath to cliffhanger endings!
Wow. This book was really good. There was a level of emotion infused within the writing that bordered on uncomfortable. The number of issues tackled in this series is amazing, especially in how none of them come off as trite. Each of the characters has a distinct personality, from the main characters to the passing villagers. These personalities all try to work with the others but in the end the vast differences are only more apparent.
Issues: The idea of a clean life in opposition to the 'poisons' one is surrounded with in a city. The challenge of finding your place in the world around you. Trying to fit in and often failing. Teenage sexuality and the appropriate age for childbirth. Human sexuality in general. The clashing of two class systems and the sense of entitlement one of them brings. Old world vs New world technology and lifestyles. The question of if the villagers REALLY have a viable alternative to their current life. What defines intelligence? Child abuse vs 'discipline' Punishment standards and the supposed moral superiority of whipping vs imprisonment. Charismatic leaders and cult mentality