There has ever been a more amazing cover than Red Harvest's. Those epic Sith eyes, creepy red tones, and general murderous intents are what drew me toThere has ever been a more amazing cover than Red Harvest's. Those epic Sith eyes, creepy red tones, and general murderous intents are what drew me to this book. I have no idea who that is, but I will found out, and I will love him. That Sith is one badass. He's going to rule the entire book, make Jedi fall beneath his blade, and rule planets. He's going to-
Wait, who is that again?
After reading the book, I'm still not really sure. Why did the cover lie to me so convincingly? I knew this was a horror book, but I expected it to be more character focused than Death Troopers, considering one of the first chapters is about a Sith student using the Force to manipulate another students mind when that student is aware of it. They give us potentially the most crazy Sith ever, and what happens to him?
For almost the whole book.
Not disappears as in the plot is about finding him, but just that he's an unimportant character and no one really pays attention to him. How can you create a character with that much talent and just not use him? And that's not just with him, either. Schreiber throws this whole list of characters at you in such a short amount of time that you don't even remember their species - oh wait, yes you do, because they're all human. In the dramatis personae(cast list) there are two non-humans out of about ten. And one random Zabrak that had more screen time than some of the listed characters but still wasn't important enough to be on the list of characters. The huge cast, I think, was the great downfall of this book. The plot was actually very interesting - much more than Death Troopers. But then, I've always loved the Sith training camps more than space adventures, so maybe I'm just biased. Either way, all these characters could have been fleshed out or just taken out entirely. I felt that there was a lot of potentially to their backstories and personalities, but with only 240 pages, it's impossible to get into that enough.
The one person we did learn about, I hated. Hestizo Trace, aka, damsel in distress. She does pretty much nothing except get kidnapped and order a flower around. Everyone has to save her, and when no one is around, she screams and flails and pretty much is useless. This girl is a Jedi? Yeah, right.
I wanted to badly to like this book. I even went out and bought Death Troopers because I didn't want to miss anything. (I was told this was a sequel, okay?!) In the end, I'm not sure if I forced myself to like it or I actually enjoyed it, but here. Have a 3 star rating. You were gory till the end. ...more
"I was reading this cool book - it was about a bunch of children who were thrown together and forced to play these games to the death."
"No quest"I was reading this cool book - it was about a bunch of children who were thrown together and forced to play these games to the death."
"No questions! So anyway, this one girl volunteered for it and was desperate not to participate-"
"Wait, why did she volunteer if she didn't want to participate?"
"What did I just say? Pay attention. Now, she met this boy who loved her and she said she loved him but really she didn't and he was so shocked in the end when he found out she was faking-"
"Whoa, hold on a minute. What a jerk! Why would she trick him into thinking that if it wasn't true?"
"THERE WAS A REASON! PLOT DETAILS WILL NOT BE DISCUSSED!!!"
This is a bit how reading The Maze Runner was like. You were told bits and pieces, but when asked a why or how, Thomas was told, Shut up! For some reason we will not tell you even though you are smarter than everyone else here and could possibly help us figure this maze out so we can stop being tormented by shucking grievers!
I seriously fail to see how not clueing the reading in on obviously important details for absolutely no reason is helping the novel. All it did was make me think everyone in the Glade is an idiot and doesn't actually want to get out.
Because, guess what? Everyone in the Glade is an idiot.
No one figures out the simplest things without it being explained or "remembered." Dashner treats Thomas like a god because he's so smart he can figure the Glade out, but really he just conveniently remembers everything he needs to at exactly the right time. Also, everything is predictable.
They also make up stupid words like shuck, shuck-face, klunk, and the like. "Why do you say klunk?" "Because that's the noise poop makes when it falls in." Okay... Well when I eat chips it makes a crunching noise, but I don't call eating chips crunching, do I? And shuck? Really? If you want to use swear words, make your book rated R or use normal substitute works like freaking. Why? JUST FREAKING DO IT. (There, now I'm not explaining important review points.)
Also, if someone can explain to me the point of Teresa...
I don't know why she was there, I don't know why they can speak telepathically, and I don't know how [spoiler]she triggered the ending. Oh sorry, I mean The Ending.[/spoiler]
What's with these books all having to capitalize stupid words? I'm surprised klunk and shuck weren't proper nouns. Instead of having grievers, the changing, and the ending - which would have made all those things sound cool - we have Grievers, the Changing, and the Ending. Why? It seems it's only purpose is so test the readers restraint, especially if they got this book from the library. (Oh, you want me to explain that? Yes I don't mind explaining something important because it serves me no purpose for you not to know. Let's put it this way: if I hadn't paid $10 for this book, it would have pen markings practicing my editing skills on all these stupid capitalizations and replacement words.)
If you have this grand theory about the Glade and the reasons behind it, throw them out the window. This is not a unique novel. The ending will not shock you. There are no epic reveals, so don't expect any. Instead, treat this like a light, fluffy read that will pass the time but not really quench your thirst for a good mystery or adventure. I actually enjoyed it myself, but there was such horrible dialogue, plot, and characters that I can't bear to give it a 3 star rating. It's one thing to like a good, it's another to know it's no good. And this, my friends, is no good. ...more