I really liked the opening of the book. I thought the concept was fantastic. And then...it just fell apart. There was too much going on, and although...moreI really liked the opening of the book. I thought the concept was fantastic. And then...it just fell apart. There was too much going on, and although I was interested in getting to the end to figure out what happened, when the occult was introduced, I put the book down. I just can't read something that treats casually what is literally against my religion.(less)
There were moments when I really liked this book, but unfortunately, they were few and far between. Overall, I just didn't enjoy it as much as some of...moreThere were moments when I really liked this book, but unfortunately, they were few and far between. Overall, I just didn't enjoy it as much as some of the other books of Austin's.
It was pedantic--both in its Southern Cultural History lessons and its Spiritual Truths (unlike other books of hers, I felt like there may as well have been headings announcing the start of both). It annoyed me that the characters were constantly lecturing one another. And I don't know many romances that start out with the man telling the woman how she should be a better person/Christian that work out well.
I did enjoy the insight into the reconstruction in the South. I loved that the Southern characters had realistic, racist Southern attitudes toward their former slaves. I appreciated that Austin didn't gloss over the uglier aspects of that way of live.
And I LOVED the narrator. Robin Miles was excellent. She gave the characters different voices with different accents, and I never felt confused or like she was being overly dramatic.
So all in all, worth a read...but not a purchase or re-read.(less)
I started this book and before I even hit page 50 thought finally!. Finally, after a few months of reading books that were good in some aspect and sim...moreI started this book and before I even hit page 50 thought finally!. Finally, after a few months of reading books that were good in some aspect and simply ok in many others, finally, a book I loved.
Of Poseidon wasn't perfect, and I could see why some people wouldn't like it, but I loved it and can't wait for the sequel.
The romance was done well and wasn't over-the-top (I actually liked Rayna and Toraf's romance best...and setting up a romance for minor characters the reader cares about isn't easy to do). The stakes weren't artificially high. The author's sense of voice was good (excellent in Emma's case, could have been better in Galen's). Banks created an interesting. complex world. The plot was slightly predictable (the big "reveal" at the end was something I saw coming by page 75), but I don't know where it's going to go for book two.
Overall, a fun, enjoyable read. It's not going to rival John Green, but if the series continues as it began, I could possibly rank this fantasy world up there with that of the Society or Bayern...and maybe even Forks.(less)
The end of Reached was touching. I loved that Condie showed Cassia as a someone with a quiet strength--someone who, despite her mo...more***SPOILERS AHEAD***
The end of Reached was touching. I loved that Condie showed Cassia as a someone with a quiet strength--someone who, despite her moments of being so frustrating, could truly see people. Unlike so many other YA heroines in a love triangle, you could see why someone could both love or hate her, AND she made a choice.
I loved that the Rising turned out to be so much like the Society--that it was the final predicted outcome all along. I liked that Condie pointed out that the problem with choices is that people can make the wrong one. I loved that Cassia realized that while the Society and Rising both used her, her family, Ky, and sometimes Xander, were the ones who truly saw her for who she was and realized her worth all along.
I thought the fact that Xander, Ky, and Cassia were the key to discovering the cure to the Plague was just a little too convenient. It was one of the few plot points that seemed contrived. I was happy to have Cassia be the one to sort the data correctly and figure out the key ingredient that the others missed, but it was just a little too tidy that Xander mixed the cure and Ky was the first test case.
While I am sure some will dislike that Xander ended up with Laney, that slightly-too-convenient pairing was one I loved. I loved that in the midst of the pain of losing your first love, Condie gave both of them both the chance to find someone else.
I didn't feel let down at the end, either. I liked that Condie left the reader--as well as Cassia--with both answers and questions and the knowledge that it's all right to wonder.(less)