Fantastic male perspective about Jacob who has cerebral palsy and is sick of his life being dictated by the people around him. When the oppo3.5 stars
Fantastic male perspective about Jacob who has cerebral palsy and is sick of his life being dictated by the people around him. When the opportunity comes up, he leads a protest against the injustice of villainising a Lebanese Muslim whom he barely knows. Definitely brought issues of racism and blaming the 'outsiders' to light.
There is a powerful and inspirational message behind this book which shows no matter who you are and what limits you face, you can make a difference in people's lives, however big or small by simply speaking up. Jacob's voice and passion rang true, especially when he really chooses to get behind the cause without being lead astray by his friends or family.
I was interested in the mystery behind the murder of a horse, but it kind of loses traction towards the latter half of the book after Jacob makes his point. It seems to have a convenient solution in the end and I would've liked to have it explored further.
Jacob also deals with the societal pressure of disability, in particular how people treat you with kid gloves and immediately dismiss you as meek anf don't take you seriously. This is also explored in the relationship that is portrayed here.
I also felt like these teenagers were quite mature and acted much older than they were. Most of them seemed to have it all figured out and at times I felt like I was reading a story set in university or college.
Overall a great Aussie YA story about disability and challenging yourself with an underlying mystery which addresses racism and societal injustice. ...more
It took me 2 weeks but that was a damn good read! I love Mass Effect and this book is possibly the best fictional space opera I've ever read.
CenteredIt took me 2 weeks but that was a damn good read! I love Mass Effect and this book is possibly the best fictional space opera I've ever read.
Centered around a crew made up of humans, aliens and AI, The Long Way explores their character dynamics and the way of their species. It slowly builds up such an authentic world of space and different species co-existing with one another, despite their differences in beliefs and ways of life. But it's just such a joy to experience different relationships and people from different walks of life without prejudice.
The characters are the best part of the book, each one left with their own struggles and beliefs and finding a kinship in each other. Each of these characters are developed over the course of the book, as you discover the intricacies of their existence and why they have joined the Wayfarer crew.
There's Captain Ashby, a humanitarian who treats his crew like his own family, even when they don't get along. He's harbouring a forbidden romance that is fraught with danger, but sometimes the heart wants what it does.
Then there's Sissix, a beautiful bird-like Aandrisk who has to tone down the way of her species to blend in. She's wise and grounded, and acts as Ashby's confidante during the best and worst of times.
Kizzy and Jenks are both techs on the ship who have very different approaches to life - Kizzy, who is vivacious and intuitive in nature, and Jenks, who is more serious and pensive given his smaller form and disability. His relationship with the ship's AI Lovey was definitely a unique and different one, but as with all the other relationships in the book, it's presented so beautifully and without judgement that you'll eventually come around.
There's also Dr Chef, with his dual roles who experiments with different alien cuisines and Ohan, a strange and rare navigator who doesn't really interact much with the crew. The book's central character is actually Rosemary, a clerk who has a hidden past.
The plot is actually pretty light on, as the crew undergo a mission to explore a dangerous territory in space. As with many sci-fi books, there's definitely some spaceship action here, but it's much less than you would expect. It's more of an experiential journey, as you discover different planets, encounter strange species and foods, explore different cafes and tech markets and terrain and learn about unique alien languages, thoughts and customs.
If you're looking for a sci-fi read that explores different alien species and planets, definitely pick this up! I loved it for its unique commentary on interplanetary gathering.
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If you knew the end of the journey would have a great reward, but it would be difficult along the way, would you embark on that adventure?
It's an easy decisions for Gryffindors and Ravenclaws, but for the rest of you out there, the risk probably doesn't outweigh the reward.
Lily in Recreated is definitely a Gryffindor, she shows her courage time and time again and isn't afraid to thrust every part of her human self into saving her love Amon. But over time, her affections for him changes and she starts finding herself attracted to other men! By the end of the book, I felt really let down by everything that she had been through, and the end result. Not only because of where her heart lay, but also because of the ambiguous, open ending that was incredibly dissatisfying.
There were some parts that kept me reading, such as the Egyptian mythology with many more gods, goddesses and creatures being covered here, and the journey into the afterlife. The descriptions of the Netherworld and beyond were magical and vivid, with a great reimagining of Egyptian lore. It was fascinating putting together what I knew about Egyptian mythology and seeing them come to life in the world of Recreated.
I also enjoyed Lily's merging with the lioness Tia, when they share the same body but were of two minds. Sometimes Lily would have control and other times Tia, and the narration was rather unreliable it wouldn't outline who was in charge. Tia was a feisty lioness who made them more assertive and powerful as a whole. Lily becomes more bearable in this installment, less spoiled and entitled and more courageous and compassionate. However, she did act quite disloyal towards Amon and I found she didn't act/speak like a believable teenager at times.
As a result, their behaviour would be rather questionable at times, especially when it came to other men. This is the part of the novel which I had contention with.
So Lily has Amon's heart scarab, which makes her completely irresistible to all immortals, including creatures and gods (why this never really applied to goddesses kind of beats me). This kind of makes her all mighty and powerful, being able to draw them towards her but also made it incredibly cheesy when all the men would find her completely alluring and delectable.
I raised my eyebrow at the cheesy god Horus, who despite being surrounded by the elite beauty of the Egyptian world, would swoon over Lily and stalk her. He would put his hands all over her, bend her over backwards and passionately kiss her - even walk in on her bathing so he could take advantage of her! That behaviour almost had me putting the book down in disgust, especially due to the fact that Lily would hardly discourage him.
I was glad to see the back of Horus - but for almost every male she encounters, she would find herself "becoming closely aware of their bodies being close to each other", "basking in the warmth of their broad shoulders" or finding their faces "inches close to hers". This happens to not one, but four males in the story which was incredibly frustrating. While it could be explained that Tia's influence could be behind this, even Lily herself begins questioning her love for Amon, and by the end of the book, I'm left wondering about the fate of their romance.
While I enjoyed the Egyptian mythology and the re-imaginings of the Egyptian netherworld and the gods and goddesses, Lily's character still annoyed me with her resulting indecisiveness over Amon. I found her behaviour disloyal to him, especially when she started kissing other men (or when they started kissing her, and she would let them) and when she'd get emotionally attached for them. This isn't a love story that I was happy with, which resulted in my feelings for the book.
I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more