**spoiler alert** Ok! Loved loved loved the book. Didn't like the editing slips that kept switching Gabriel and Gideon...but anywho... PS was Tessa in...more**spoiler alert** Ok! Loved loved loved the book. Didn't like the editing slips that kept switching Gabriel and Gideon...but anywho... PS was Tessa in any of The Mortal Instruments books? I keep wracking my brain but can't remember.
I loved the twists and turns of this book. I didn't like the love triangle, as I said in my review of Clockwork Prince. I felt the triangle was just not necessary, though I understand the idea that because the boys are connected she couldn't truly love one without loving the other. But to me it was so easily seen that her true love was Will. Jem provided a peaceful and comfortable companionship, while Will offered the passion and all-encompassing love. I just didnt like having Tessa string one boy along while pining for another.
As far as the fighting...I was not sure why the Consul had suddenly taken offense to Charlotte other than he couldn't keep her under his thumb. That didn't seem to be an issue in Book 2, so I was angry at that development. Tessa being the savior and undoing of the shadow hunters was a nice twist, and we finally were able to understand why such importance was placed in her necklace. The Magister just didn't feel so threatening of evil enough after going on about him for three books. The fact that he and his army could be squashed so easily was a little but of a letdown; there really was no fight to the death scene in this book like so many others. It almost left me slightly unfulfilled. I also didn't like that Tessa had these bouts of unconsciousness it felt like a cop out rather than a way to further the plot.
I think the hardest part of the book, for me, was reading about Will dying. The flashbacks to their lives and the goodbyes. Jem playing the violin. That was beautiful and touching. The book was worth reading just to get to that point. Her prose flows so smoothly and so beautifully that I am drawn back to the author time and again to be swept away.
I liked the clause that Jem became the silent brother and was floored that he eventually was healed of his disease and able to leave the Brotherhood. I would've liked to have heard more of the how to the story (I didn't think you could leave the Brotherhood,etc.) but was very surprised and happy to see Jem, Jem again.
I would definitely recommend this book to friends and will be reading more from the author in the future.(less)
Wow! I saw this book in one of those make-shift bookstores (actually, my brother saw it) and I picked it up for under $2 on a whim just because it loo...moreWow! I saw this book in one of those make-shift bookstores (actually, my brother saw it) and I picked it up for under $2 on a whim just because it looked interesting.
For a first novel, I was blown away by the characters and overall story. The writing was wonderful, albeit sad and at times depressing, but so intellectually stimulating and complex that I couldn't put it down.
Madison is a 17 year old who has died, but has no idea how, and finds herself on the "Is" or in between stage after death. She can visit events in her past through items that she lost whole living, that are now in her "Is." I just felt she was a good relatable character, and liked seeing her at different stages in her live. This was truly unique because we normally see characters at one stagnant stage.
The concepts of death, acceptance of oneself, and others are true themes in the novel, and it truly made me think about myself in this life, and what the future (and heartaches) in my future hold. And ultimately, how we can never be the people we are today if we don't live through the joys and pains of life.
The novel was excellent, and I hope to read more from the author when she next releases a book.(less)
I should've trusted my instinct and put this book down after 50 pages, when the plot was already revealed. Instead, stupidly, I thought the novel woul...moreI should've trusted my instinct and put this book down after 50 pages, when the plot was already revealed. Instead, stupidly, I thought the novel would redeem itself if I kept going. I was very wrong. All of the characters were very one dimensional and the plot was given up, as I said, in under 50 pages. I felt as though some of the story threads didn't have anything to do with the actual plot.
We have literally no background information as to why these people (who are very technologically advanced) are living as though it was the 1800's. Im very tired of the vague reference to WWIII with no implications of what went so wrong with society that they would play-act as though it was centuries before...umm hello, just because it was a "simpler" life back then doesnt mean there weren't problems. It seems as though they are only using this ruse to keep some sort of totalitarian rule over the people they deem safe to live in this "perfect" world.
Incarceron, on the other hand, is alive... But we see very little actual interaction of the prison with the people, and have no explanation why it loathes the beings it creates. I have to agree with some reviewers that it is almost Matrix-like. But the actual prison itself is so vague, I have a hard time having any impact from it at all.
This book had a wonderful premise, I just feel it wasn't fleshed out in a way that did justice To such an idea. I definitely won't be reading the sequel, which stinks because Both of these have been sitting on my shelf waiting for me to devour them...sadly, they will be returned to the library and I won't be looking back...(less)
This was a very charming read. One of the best Ya romances I have read in a long time. Witty dialogue and believable characters/scenarios made this a...moreThis was a very charming read. One of the best Ya romances I have read in a long time. Witty dialogue and believable characters/scenarios made this a fast and enjoyable read. I fell in love with them all! I loved the setting and how the author used Shakespeare's prose and material in a fresh new way.
I will definitely be recommending this book :D(less)
I have to say that I feel this was the best book of the series. There werent as many plot gaps and no ridiculous losses of consciousness where Dashner...moreI have to say that I feel this was the best book of the series. There werent as many plot gaps and no ridiculous losses of consciousness where Dashner didn't feel like writing action/plot. I feel that we actually have closure (even though it ended exactly how readers knew all along). I still feel Dashner's writing lacks a certain finesse especially when he is trying to force emotion into his writing and to the reader. On that front, I think he completely failed. I haven't shed a tear throughout the trilogy even when I could see he had tried to set up certain parts to evoke heavy feeling. I thought it was a complete and cathartic ending to the series and finally I feel as though I have the whole story. I doubt I will ever read anything else by this author, but these were a decent if not frustrating (and annoying) read.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. There were so many new spins on fantasy and the ghost story genre, that this was a truly unique read. I felt it incorporat...moreI really enjoyed this book. There were so many new spins on fantasy and the ghost story genre, that this was a truly unique read. I felt it incorporated many adult themes at just the right level. It was thought-provoking and incredible the way the author handled the purpose of ghosts. I'm sure everyone has dreamed of a deceased loved one at one time or another, and Stringer's rationale for this was nothing short of comforting and fantastical.
This was a ghost story that will not give you nightmares, but will make you look at life, in general, in a different way. The ideas that were truly scary were not the ones in plain sight, but the "what-ifs" that we're constantly in the background. I loved it!
The characters were well-developed which only drew me in further, especially to the character of Elsie, who seemed like a minor character, but was really indispensable.
I loved the concept of the red doors, and the way history/mythology was brought in and intertwined with the core of the story. As I was reading, I felt as though I was in a world that was a mixture of Wizard of Oz and a fantasy version of Monster's Inc. I think the imagery was fantastic and helped create a book that totally hooks readers after the first few pages.
I think this is a novel that many middle school students will love. It will definitely be put in my classroom library. I can't wait to see what else Stringer will bring to the fantasy genre, and I hope this isn't the last we hear of Belladonna and Steve!(less)
I loved this book! The plot and prose gripped me from the beginning! Even though I had an idea of what would come, it didn't detract from the story th...moreI loved this book! The plot and prose gripped me from the beginning! Even though I had an idea of what would come, it didn't detract from the story the least bit. Sage was a well-developed character, as were the supporting characters, there wasn't a one character that wasn't thought-out and unique--this is what I loved the most. The romance was kept to a minimum, but I really felt the spark, and hope that we will see glimpses (not a whole novel) expanding on this in the future. I think truly, I just fell in love with Sage from the get-go. He was a spitfire who was willing to stand up for Imogen, yet admit (albeit to the reader) when he was terrified or afraid of a situation. All his snarky/cocky attitude was a large part of him, yet there is a soft-side, a specific yearning to do the right thing.
Like other reviewers have commented upon, this novel is filled with patriotism and the idea of loyalty. It truly makes you think of who you should trust, and if that trust us well-placed. I think this idea, and the questions it ultimately brings forth will stay in reader's minds long after they have finished the novel. And, this would be a wonderful topic for a readers discussion question, group discussion tying the novel to present day/our government now.
I am thrilled that there will be a sequel! This is one book that I will be purchasing for my collection. It didn't drag like some of the stories I have read recently, yet there was enough build-up to have me staying up late to finish it. Well done! I'll be recommending it to all of my other children's lot friends! Can't wait to see more of Prince Jaron. (less)
At first, I was really put off by the writing and lack of information that Dashner was revealing. I only picked this up because it was suggested if a...moreAt first, I was really put off by the writing and lack of information that Dashner was revealing. I only picked this up because it was suggested if a reader liked The Hunger Games...and it was painfully obvious that the writing was not even close to par with the previous series. Reading the novel was very frustrating throughout the first 75 pages and I almost gave up...until Dashner started to drop breadcrumbs to keep readers hooked. Even after the book ended, readers and the children are left with more questions than answers making it impossible to just walk away from the series (even though it wasn't the best piece of YA Dystopian literature). I just can't leave Thomas and Teresa hanging.
I can't say that I was drawn to all of the characters, in fact, the characterization lacked greatly throughout the story. There were many parts throughout the novel that were written in a way to evoke emotion (specifically to make you angry or cry) and I was dry-eyed through the whole thing (which is a hard thing for me to do). I am usually assaulted by the emotions of the characters and here I felt an outsider the whole time; even from the characters I was supposed to "know" by the end of the story. In a way, I felt Dashner took the easy way out by giving us characters that couldn't remember anything about themselves or the world they came from. If they were able to remember a little bit more, there may have been enough to connect us to the characters and make us feel for them throughout their trials.
As I was reading, I really felt a connection between The Lord of the Flies, as well as many dystopian novels that I had read back in high school. I think this would be a good novel in a dystopian unit for a middle school/ high school setting to compare what we are given/what is not given, etc. I think students would eat it up. But, I don't necessarily think this is an amazing novel. The author gives you just enough to get you to buy/borrow his next book, but not necessarily keep their story with you after you finish the trilogy.
If you are on the edge as to whether or not to read this know: this book is nothing like The Hunger Games in any way, shape, or form and that the writing is subpar but will eventually kick in to a high enough gear to pique your interest about the fate of the children and what makes the maze tick. I say give it a try...it's an easy read and more than likely it will be worth it...if you can overlook the sad excuse for characterization and the first 70 or so pages...
I loved this book! I can only imagine the catharsis and depth of emotion that this novel will bring to a YA reader, when it has left me with such hear...moreI loved this book! I can only imagine the catharsis and depth of emotion that this novel will bring to a YA reader, when it has left me with such heartwarming joy, as an adult. From the very beginning I was captivated by the descriptions and in-depth characterization of the three children.
The children's stories were so skillfully intertwined. Every time we were introduced to a new scene, I kept hypothesizing where the other characters would make their appearances and how. It was beautiful the pieces that each brought to their friendship and the way that they truly needed one another to complete their own story.
Everything was so real...as if I was watching a movie. I could hear Guiseppes music, and I was there with Hannah and Frederick at the opera. I only wish we had a recording of Guiseppe's song to go along with what I heard and felt while reading.
The Clockwork Three was a complete novel...it left no story unattended and no gaps in characterization or plot development. Kirby created a world that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming and his characters held qualities of the same. The bits of magic and fantasy brought his story to it's pinnacle and let us ride the high to the end! Magnificent.
What an exceptional first novel from Matthew Kirby! I look forward to seeing what he will produce in the future!! I truly hope this novel gets picked up as a motion picture. There won't be a dry eye in that theater.(less)
I really enjoyed reading this book (even through the slower parts). I liked the character development of Alex and the detailed descriptions throughout...moreI really enjoyed reading this book (even through the slower parts). I liked the character development of Alex and the detailed descriptions throughout the book. I feel that other characters weren't developed as thoroughly (Tom and Ellie) but you still come to love them and feel for them throughout their trials.
My one criticism is that Bick seems to love cliffhangers and isn't using them in a traditional way. It seems like she uses them as a cop-out when she doesn't want to give us any more information (or is "tired" of writing certain scenes). As for the final cliffhanger, I think that was the one time it actually worked towards her plot development and might draw readers (salivating) to her sequel. I just hope some of the huge gaps in her narrative are filled in the upcoming books. I hate when characters seem important and drop off the face of the earth.
Overall, I still feel this shouldn't necessarily be considered YA material. There are many different issues and psychological matters that might be too tender of subjects for younger audiences (depending on their maturity and emotional well-being).
I did enjoy the suspense and flow that most of the novel had. It was creepy and disturbing. I do recommend this novel.(less)
It took a few chapters (maybe a 1/4 of the book) to actually get into the story and feel for the main character. After I did, I was hooked and finishe...moreIt took a few chapters (maybe a 1/4 of the book) to actually get into the story and feel for the main character. After I did, I was hooked and finished the book in one sitting. The story is not like any other I have read before. It centers around a teenage girl in a military style school (almost like reform school) and we discover bits and pieces of her past through her dream chats with a boy in a tree, a strange woman living by the lake (a mother-type), and from her connections with the other students in the school and the surrounding schools. Each summer, the other schools bring their students and we see different cliques that are preformed (townies, hicks, military boys, etc.) they all have their own routes that connect to the main school's property which turns into territory wars. As the heads of each school meet to discuss the allowed routes and rules, we see a complex formation of students each with their own terrifying past, and how they come together to help our main character find out the truth about her mother and how she ended up on jellicoe road.
This was a fantastic read! I will be purchasing my own copy to keep in my library for years to come!(less)