Just as engaging and thrilling as the first. I wish I had Suzanne Collins' imagination! I fell in love with Peeta all over again in this book and thou...moreJust as engaging and thrilling as the first. I wish I had Suzanne Collins' imagination! I fell in love with Peeta all over again in this book and thought the ending was superb. (less)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book but would have to say it isn't the best Hunger Games novel. That's not to say it was bad - just the other two were only...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this book but would have to say it isn't the best Hunger Games novel. That's not to say it was bad - just the other two were only very slightly better. Still, it is a brilliantly exciting and clever book that takes you on as much of an emotional journey as the first two. 100% worthy of five stars. (less)
I have a message for the Divergent. I am Divergent. This is not a negotiation. No, it is not. It is a warning. I understand.
Regardless of what you may think of Divergent by Veronica Roth, whether or not you are a fan, or even if you are sick and tired of dystopian books, there is no denying the fact that Veronica Roth made a huge splash in the world of young adult fiction with her debut novel. Divergent fast became one of my favourite books of all time, and its sequel, Insurgent, one of my most anticipated. And I assume the same applied for many other readers too. With so much buzz and excitement surrounding book 2, along with the speculation of whether or not it would be able to fill the large impression left by its predecessor, Insurgent sure had a lot of high expectations to live up to. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint.
Veronica Roth is back with her second novel and proves she still has many tricks up her sleeve. As with several middle books in trilogies, there is always the risk of the plot being dragged out extensively so that the book ends up becoming more of a ‘filler’ than anything of great significance. At first, and occasionally during the middle, I was concerned Insurgent may have fallen victim to Middle Book Syndrome, but I was quickly proven wrong as Veronica Roth crafted a story more complex and rich in detail than Divergent. The characters were bigger and better than before, though not always admirable, and the plot as action-packed and intricate as ever.
The story takes a fascinating turn in this book and there is a lot to appreciate. Finding out more about the factions which were barely touched on in Divergent, including Amity and Candor, and even the Factionless, was something I valued greatly. The world-building in Divergent was remarkable, and Insurgent builds on that, adding to the captivating quality of Tris Prior’s world. As unpleasant and perilous as life has become for her, I couldn’t help but want to join her, to join her world, and experience it for myself.
When I first met Tris in Divergent, she rapidly developed into one of my favourite main characters. Her determination, fearlessness and real emotion made her the perfect heroine and I was eager to see how far her character had come in Insurgent. Things were definitely trickier for her in this book and her relationships with many people were put to the test. A distinct cloud of hopelessness surrounded her occasionally, and her thoughts and decisions became difficult to agree with, but she was, overall, a remarkable character to read about. In a strange sort of way, I was glad there were emotional obstacles for her to overcome on top of the obvious ones, as it transformed her by the end of the book and made her even better than she once had been.
Now, I’m sure I’m not alone when I say Four/Tobias Eaton was one of the main reasons I wanted to read this book. There really isn’t much this guy has to do now for me to still want him. In Divergent, he was a bold and strong character, and unbelievably easy to fall for, and in Insurgent we are able to dig deeper into his character to get a better grasp of ‘Tobias’ and know him as well as we know ‘Four’. It’s a pet peeve of mine when the author changes the name of a character halfway through a book and that was something I didn’t appreciate in Divergent and it wasn’t any different in Insurgent. Although he is predominantly referred to as ‘Tobias’, I couldn’t bring myself to call him anything other than ‘Four’. But anyway, trivial points aside, Four was just as astounding in this book as he was in the first. The romance between him and Tris was beautifully crafted. Although things were occasionally strained between them, I enjoyed reading about it and was whole-heartedly satisfied with some of the tension.
And speaking of tension, the ending of this book is a killer. Being a reader who more often than not despises the cruelty in being left to wait for some crucial answers, a cliff-hanger isn’t always welcomed with open arms. Surprisingly though, the ending of Insurgent filled me more with excitement than with frustration. The big revelation is an astounding one with very little, if any, signs of predictability. A whole new door is open for book 3 now and whichever route Veronica Roth decides to take it down, I am sure I will be waiting with bated breath to read it.
The bar is set high once again. Divergent was outstanding and Insurgent proved it could live up to the hype. That next and final book will be released in 2013 and I hope beyond hope that it brings the perfect closure to this remarkable series.
I don't give out full 5-star ratings very often, but this book absolutely deserves it. Shatter Me is a beautiful debut novel about a dystopian...more5 stars
I don't give out full 5-star ratings very often, but this book absolutely deserves it. Shatter Me is a beautiful debut novel about a dystopian society where our main character, Juliette, can cause death through a simple touch. A brilliant idea, perfectly executed.
The first thing that stands out about this book is the wonderful writing style. I found out about the use of strike-throughs beforehand and thought it sounded like a pretty good idea, but you can't really appreciate how amazing this is until you actually start reading the book. I was surprised by how mesmerizing the text suddenly became, surprised by the effectiveness of this simple technique. It definitely put this book in a league of its own and added to its originality. After a while, I became so engaged with the unique writing, I decided this was it; this is how books should be written.
The detail in some of the descriptions is just captivating:
'I always wonder about raindrops. I wonder about how they're always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end. It's like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn't seem to care where the contents fall, doesn't seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the drops dare to tap on their doors.'
There are no cliched descriptions in this book. Every sentence is written with care and thought. Every description is so refreshingly different.
This beautiful writing style is one of the reasons why Juliette's character is so easy to fall in love with. She is one of my favorite female leads in YA fiction, and there was very little she needed to do to earn that spot. First page in and I adored her narrative voice almost instantly. There is nothing I wish was different about her; every aspect of her personality, from her vulnerability to her fierceness, was perfectly presented. She is a complex character, one who I have become strangely attached to. I've never felt so emotionally drawn to a character before, never been so desperate for a happy ending.
'Look at me, is what I wanted to say to you. Talk to me every once in a while. Find me a cure for these tears, I'd really like to exhale for the first time in my life.'
Let's talk about Adam, now. In other words, let's talk about how madly in love I am with him. There isn't any other way to describe his character than utter perfection. He is strong-willed, determined, a fighter - what's not to love there? He also has a wonderful soft side, is so achingly gentle at times. His dedication to both Juliette and his younger brother is heartwarming to see and there isn't a single thing I would change about him. I loved the sincerity of the romance between Adam and Juliette. It was perfectly crafted and drew so many different emotions for me. I even got a little teary at times!
Warner...isn't so simple for me to judge. I'm not sure how I feel about him. I despised him at first. In fact, I despised him for pretty much the whole novel. But I suddenly see a different side to him when he tells Juliette (view spoiler)[he loves her (hide spoiler)]. I can't tell if he was being genuinely sincere, but he did manage to present a more human side of himself, one that shows he isn't completely too far gone in his ways of thinking to be helped.
The plot was another aspect of this book that was everything I wanted it to be. Right from the start and through to the end, the story line is structured with care. I enjoyed the progression of the plot, I enjoyed the small twists that were scattered within. The climax was as full of action, suspense, and thrill as any good climax should be. The ending added the final spark to this book; it has set things up so perfectly for a great sequel.
Shatter Me is definitely my new definition of 'unputdownable'. No amount of words I write will ever do justice to the brilliance of this novel. The only way you can truly understand how spellbinding this book is, is to read it. Take it to the top of your pile. You won't regret it.
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‘Grief is like sinking, like being buried… There is nothing to do but let go.’
Lauren Oliver has an undeniable way with words. As seen in Delirium and...more‘Grief is like sinking, like being buried… There is nothing to do but let go.’
Lauren Oliver has an undeniable way with words. As seen in Delirium and Before I Fall, she manages to so effortlessly weave together a beautiful, sometimes heart-wrenching tale that draws the deepest of emotions from the reader. Pandemonium is no different. Once again, Oliver holds nothing back as she delivers blow after emotional blow with her clever, shocking and moving ideas. We are reunited with Lena, our admirable heroine, to watch her battle through the events that take place after the devastating ending of Delirium, and find, yet again, Lauren Oliver has more surprises up her sleeve.
I have to say, I’m impressed. Not so much happy, but definitely impressed. It takes guts to twist a story as much as Oliver has done and pull it off so well. She took a big risk with this book by playing on the reader’s emotions, in a way that can so easily lead to frustration and anger. After the excruciating cliffhanger of Delirium, all I wanted from this book was some answers. Unfortunately for me, the answer I wanted the most was not revealed until the final page. Up until then, however, I was both in awe of the book and deeply resenting it.
My feelings are as conflicted as they could be. Delirium left such a profound impact on me and I blame Oliver for my unreasonable attachment to the characters - or one character in particular: Alex. It’s for this reason that I couldn’t, no matter how hard I tried, actually enjoy this book. To read a story that was so completely different to what I had wanted to happen was as painful as it could be. I’m afraid to say, I struggled to continue at times – not because it was terribly written or even lacking an engaging plot, but purely for the reason I felt cheated. To have waited so long for this book and then to find out, on the final page, that I am in for several more months of painful waiting is not at all what I wanted from one of my favourite authors.
Personal preferences aside, I relished the skill behind this book. How could I not, when it deserved attention and recognition? Yes, I may not have been particularly pleased with what happened (or more what didn’t happen), but I won’t hold that against the ingenuity and talent of the author. There’s no doubt about it, Lauren Oliver is an incredibly gifted writer and she shows that in Pandemonium in a way that is perhaps more evident than in Delirium. Lena’s journey is split into chapters of ‘then’ and ‘now’. While we are following her in her new position in the resistance, we are also transported back to the time straight after Lena crossed the border. Little by little, the past catches up with the present, and little by little, the secrets are revealed. Oliver handles the transition between each chapter with admirable ease and so expertly manipulates the story to fit around this ingenious approach.
I can’t deny that the writing was beautiful. It always is in a Lauren Oliver book, but I noticed it a lot more in Pandemonium due to my need to focus on something. The pacing is perfect; both gentle and careful to help craft the melancholy tone that hangs over this story. While we are given the poignant scenes to make us feel tearful, Pandemonium also delivers its fair share of heart-stopping action. I assume, if you did not have the same problems I did, being enthralled by the plot from start to finish is likely. The biggest revelation, the biggest twist, is delivered with a punch through a single word on the final page - the very last word of the book.
Once the final page had been turned, Pandemonium left me with a strange mix of hollowness and euphoria. The ending, as shocking and almost cruel as it was, left me feeling hopeful for the next book, Requiem. Until then, however, the process of counting down the days will not be a fun one, that’s for sure.
Books like Under the Never Sky are the reason why I love dystopian fiction so much.
This novel was truly captivating. I loved every second of...more4.5 stars
Books like Under the Never Sky are the reason why I love dystopian fiction so much.
This novel was truly captivating. I loved every second of it and found myself fully engrossed in Veronica Rossi's wonderful imagination. I had high expectations for this debut and I can safely say I was not let down in the slightest.
The opening of this book was everything a good opening should be. It drew me straight into the story and had me eager to find out more. Veronica Rossi truly is an amazing writer. I was incredibly impressed by how effortlessly she managed to show - not tell - the reader her world. I instantly had the urge to read on, to learn more about the concepts of this alluring science-fiction setting. As far as beginnings go, this one was brilliantly engaging.
The world-building was exceptional. I have not encountered world-building of this standard in a very long time. Everything was just so enthralling and exciting to read about. I loved the idea of the Smarteye and its ability to transport the wearer to different Realms. It's a chilling idea to think that nearly everything is done in the Realms, where it it supposedly Better than Real, but I found myself strangely craving to own one of these devices myself. The Pods, Reverie, Bliss, the Aether sky - each idea was creative and memorable, building itself vividly in my mind. I also really liked the idea of society being split into two - the Outsiders and the Dwellers. Or the Savages and the Moles as they liked to call each other.
Perry and Aria, the two main characters, were not at all what I had been expecting but still incredibly likable. I was glad they were a bit different from the cliched characters I seem to be constantly bracing myself for in books these days. They were both well developed and intriguing to read about. Perry, especially, was more complex than I had anticipated and it was truly wonderful to see so many different sides to him. I also really, really enjoyed the romance between them. It was completely entertaining to watch their relationship progress from a cold truce of convenience to one full of sweetness.
Perry and Aria share a split narration during this novel. Normally, I don't think changing points of view work all that well, but I did like the way Veronica Rossi handled it. It worked a lot better than I thought it would and made the story just the little bit more engaging. I guess sometimes it is nice not to be stuck with the the thoughts and emotions of the same character and this is definitely one of those rare cases where alternating points of view are perfect.
The plot was another thing I thought was handled with care. It wasn't the most complex of story lines, but I did enjoy the way the events unraveled. There were a couple of moments which were genuinely shocking, but, mostly, the novel was free of any huge plot twists. That's not to say it was lacking in action - there were many well-written and gripping action scenes which kept the novel moving at an exciting pace.
Overall, Under the Never Sky is a thoroughly magical book that fans of young adult dystopia will definitely enjoy. I'm glad to have been able to read this in advance, and I cannot wait for the second book! Debut novels do not get much better than this.
A huge thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with this book via NetGalley.
"Just know that, whatever you choose, you will die today. The manner of your death, however, is up to you."
Just when you might be thinking the vampire genre cannot possibly have any more to give, Julie Kagawa unleashes her unfathomable talent onto us readers and proves that vampires aren’t quite past their sell-by date. Honestly, I have no idea how she does it. It seems everyone is ready to move on from the endless tales of blood-sucking and fangs, yet she effortlessly reins us back in with her powerful imagination. In Julie Kagawa’s world, vampires aren’t creatures to be admired under the sunlight, or even creatures you want to put your ‘bite me’ shirts on for. In new Covington, vampires are to be feared and avoided. Trust me, these vampires? They aren’t the sexy kind.
It’s hardly a secret that I worship Kagawa’s Iron Fey series. I adore her writing style and I love how easily she makes me fall in love with her characters. I am happy to say that the same applies here with The Immortal Rules. Once again, Julie Kagawa effortlessly manages to grab my attention with her beautiful descriptions and wonderful characterisation skills. There is very little I didn’t like (love!) about this story.
The world-building was perfect. The book opens with a scene at the gallows and it couldn’t have commenced with anything better. Instantly, the reader gets an understanding of the system in New Covington – the vampires are in charge and the humans are nothing but cattle. Allie, our heroine, is an Unregistered, one of the humans living in the Fringe, one of the humans who the vampires ‘ignore’. This also means Allie and her crew aren’t allowed any food or resources from the Inner City, because technically, the Unregistered don’t actually ‘exist’. There is a distinct dystopian feel in the air from the first chapter and I loved it. After a brilliantly strong start to one of my most anticipated reads of the year, I was giddy with excitement to read on at full speed. I knew I was going to adore this book.
And adore it, I did. There was action, excitement, suspense – everything I love in a gripping book. The story is structured impeccably well, flowing at a comfortable and natural pace. Once again, I am envious of people who can actually write, because Julie Kagawa certainly can. She doesn’t hold back with this story, giving us a thrilling and engaging plot.
I think it’s best to mention the romance now. After all, what is a Julie Kagawa book if not a brilliant recipe for creating the perfect boy? (I am trying hard – and failing - not to think about Ash and Puck at this moment). Zeke – also known as Ezekiel Crosse (Hey, don’t laugh!) – was the character I had been most looking forward to meeting in this book. The fact that we didn’t actually get to run into him until halfway through made it even better. That might sound strange, but I was glad Julie took the time to create the world and slowly unravel the plot before the romance took to the stage. When Allie and Zeke did finally meet, it was done beautifully. Not a smidgen of insta-love or love-triangle doom in sight. To watch as they grew to trust each other and then to care about each other was unbelievably sweet and perfectly handled.
I imagine the majority of people who won’t like this book will have had trouble warming to Julie Kagawa’s work in the past. But if that’s not you and, if like me, you are a self-proclaimed official fan of Julie Kagawa, it is very likely you will LOVE this book. In which case, I couldn’t recommend this more.
'Burn a Pure and breathe the ash. Take his guts and make a sash. Twist his hair and make a rope. Use his bones to make Pure soap.'
Pure is one of the mos...more'Burn a Pure and breathe the ash. Take his guts and make a sash. Twist his hair and make a rope. Use his bones to make Pure soap.'
Pure is one of the most anticipated novels of 2012, especially for fans of the young-adult dystopian genre. I, myself, was dying to read this, so you can imagine my excitement when I finally got a copy.
It does not disappoint. This book was everything I was hoping for. It had the mesmerizing post-apocalyptic world that I love to read about in dystopian novels. It had amazing main characters who were easy to like. It had a gripping plot that kept me hooked and guessing. And, of course, it had great writing. Julianna Baggott is an expert writer and I thoroughly enjoyed the style and pace of the words. It wasn't at all difficult to lose myself in this book. As soon as I had read the prologue, I knew it would be a captivating read.
The world-building was perhaps the aspect of this novel I enjoyed the most. The Detonations were responsible for Pressia's destructed world. While the privileged - Pures, as the 'wretches' like to call them - are sheltered and safe in The Dome, Pressia and others make do in the ash-filled environment left after the chaos. This hostile environment consists of the Meltlands, Deadlands, Rubble Fields, beasts and creatures known as Dusts - humans who had fused with the earth itself. That's one of the ideas that especially drew me in to this story - the idea that people who had been present during The Detonations had bits of whatever they had been touching fused to them. Pressia, for example, had a doll's head fused to her arm, a doll's head instead of a fist. It was a strange idea, especially when some of the survivors had living things fused to them, but it was pretty imaginative, nonetheless.
Pressia was a brilliant main character. I loved her determination. I loved that she wasn't always a fierce, brave character, that she did have some weaknesses. She wasn't a simple character - not in the slightest - but it was very easy for me to understand and appreciate her attitudes and feelings. Partridge was another one of the main characters. The majority of the novel was split between his and Pressia's points of view. I loved the contrast between his introduction to the novel and Pressia's introduction. It lets you instantly become aware of how different their lives are, and, also, how separate. You would not imagine how they could possibly have anything to do with each other. But when they eventually did meet, I liked both characters so much, I was kind of hoping, perhaps even expecting, that the two of them would fall for each other. So you can imagine my utter shock when I found out (view spoiler)[they were in fact half-siblings! (hide spoiler)] I was not expecting that to happen at all but did think it made a great plot twist.
So then, all of a sudden, Bradwell's character becomes a lot more appealing. I can't say I was too drawn to him at first, but he does begin to stand out quite a lot after that revelation. Bradwell has birds fused to his torso. Out of all the fusions I read about in this book, this one was perhaps the hardest for me to picture. I'm not sure why exactly, but I just couldn't. I also really enjoyed the initial tension between Bradwell and Partridge. (I thought this would, perhaps, be due to a rising love triangle, but clearly not!) The dialogue between them was very entertaining to read, and, at times, quite humorous.
The plot, itself, was a roller-coaster of a ride. I loved that nothing I thought would happen actually did. Perhaps I had been missing all the signs, I don't know, but every twist and turn in the story line gained a small jaw-drop from from me. The climax, especially, was beautifully structured. It was fast-paced, full of action, and just generally epic.
The only reason I haven't given Pure a full 5-star rating is because of the other points of view, i.e. those not belonging to either Partridge or Pressia. There is Lyda's point of view, which I found difficult to appreciate simply because I did not like Lyda's character. And there is also El Captain's point of view, which, although slightly more interesting than Lyda's, still felt a little unnecessary. It wasn't a bad move as such to include these points of view. I just found myself more eager to skip ahead to Pressia or Partridge's point of view.
Ignoring that one minor flaw, this novel is definitely worth a read. Overall, I thought it was spectacular and had lived up to my expectations. The wait for book 2 will be a long one, but if it is anything like Pure then it will be worth it.
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Mother created Elysium so that she, and those like her, could live in peace, far away from the greed and intolerance raging war on the Surfac...more3.5 stars
Mother created Elysium so that she, and those like her, could live in peace, far away from the greed and intolerance raging war on the Surface. - History Text, Year Five
An underwater utopia, with its obedient citizens and immaculate gardens, is the imaginative world where J. A. Souders’ debut novel takes place. This is a setting both rich in detail and chilling in its perfection. What first appears beautiful and ideal is quickly made evident to be nothing more than the mask of one woman’s disturbing supremacy. Mother is the undisputed leader and Evelyn Winters, her hand-selected daughter, is Daughter of the People. Through a world founded on mental manipulation, controlled coupling, and an intolerance for individual differences, Souders delivers a riveting and deeply inventive story of power and perfection. Renegade proves it can be just as enthralling as its mesmerising cover.
While the world-building is exquisite, and Elysium a thrill to picture, it is the dark traces of Mother’s influence that truly captivates. She is, first and foremost, a terrifying enigma. Her carefully controlled appearance and calculated manner slowly, subtly, exudes authority. She is a deified figure among the people of Elysium, inciting both fear and respect. To the reader, her ideals are disturbing, her vision of an Aryan-like race and strictly organised gene pool far from the illusion of excellence Elysium offers. Furthermore, the occasional shattering of her composed exterior hints at a complex past and upbringing, raising many questions to the surface. More than anything, she is fascinating, and her large role in the story brings a touch of exhilarating terror to the book.
Much of the plot centres on Evelyn’s escape to the surface with Gavin, the Surface Dweller. For the vast majority of their journey, it is exciting, the action non-stop and gripping. Along the way, however, the characterisation suffers. While Evelyn starts of as an intriguing protagonist – her memory-wiped mind forming a strange personality, indeed – her transformation during the course of the novel is not particularly interesting. Although not at all unlikeable, she is disappointingly forgettable. Gavin, similarly, fails to leave a lasting impression. He is simultaneously easy-going and determined, and perhaps easier to connect with than Evelyn, but nothing more than the expected love interest.
Which bring us on to the romance, perhaps the main blemish to what would have otherwise been an outstanding read. This aspect is undoubtedly responsible for many of my issues with the characters. Rapid declarations of love have never appealed to me, even more so when the time frame in question is a mere handful of days. Most disappointingly, the romantic plot was missing that much-needed spark and chemistry. There were very few opportunities, if any, to truly connect with the romance, and that resulted in an inability to fully connect with Gavin and Evelyn when they were together, which was, essentially, most of the book. Having said that, it was not an outrageously awful romance. Moments of sweetness and light emotion were noticeable, just not particularly affecting or powerful.
Romance and faintly lacklustre characters aside, Renegade captivated in every other way and held enough of my attention to make this a mostly thrilling reading experience. With the ending opening up exciting possibilities for the sequel, I am curious to find out what happens next.
I’m not entirely sure if I read the full description for this book, but as soon as I saw the words lightning addict, I knew I would have to g...more2.5 stars
I’m not entirely sure if I read the full description for this book, but as soon as I saw the words lightning addict, I knew I would have to give it a try. It’s not a concept you see every day (or at all, even) and I was eager to meet this lightning addict myself.
Mia Price, unfortunately, was a bit of a disappointment.
It doesn’t take much to intrigue or convince me these days, and once I decided a book with a lightning addict for a main character would be completely exciting, I set my expectations for Struck incredibly high. I wish I could say I was right to do so, but this book failed to impress and a (small) part of me regrets having read it. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy parts of it – I can think of a handful of aspects that were impressive enough – I just wish it had delivered more.
My main issue, and what I believe is responsible for my general lack of enthusiasm for this book, was Mia Price. As a main character, and a potentially intriguing one at that, I expected her to leave a more significant impression. There was very little emotional investment from me and any reaction she seemed to draw was a negative one. I was either bored senseless by what was churning through her mind or extremely frustrated with her decisions. Now I’m hardly an expert, but when someone stands over you with a knife with the intention to kill you, you’re not supposed to be so quick to trust him again are you? The romance between Mia and Jeremy, her would-be killer, felt incredibly unrealistic to me, and, I hate to say it, borderline insta-love.
Ignoring my feelings towards Mia, I can say that the start was an intriguing one and the plot kicked off nicely. Admittedly, the whole concept of lightning causing an earthquake felt incredibly far-fetched to me, but I decided not to dwell on it. The rest – two opposing cults, the Prophet’s Followers and the Seekers, both looking to recruit Mia - I found interesting enough. The storyline was unique, which is something I’m sure many people will appreciate, and it progressed well enough throughout the course of the book. There was a tendency for the plot to fall flat occasionally, especially during the middle, but the climax was well-presented with a decent amount of action and suspense.
One thing I felt was missing was more lightning action. This is purely personal preference, but if Mia was a lightning addict, I wanted a better sense of what it felt like to crave this thing. More lightning strikes would have been welcomed, but that’s just me being particular.
Some of the secondary characters bothered me nearly as much as Mia – Parker, Mia’s brother, being one of them – but others were strangely fascinating. Mia’s mother, who was a strong supporter of the Prophet, and Rance Ridley Prophet himself are two that held quite a bit of my interest. I did think both were insane most of the time, so that might have had something to do with it.
Although Struck failed to meet my expectations, and Mia proved to be a less than impressive main character, I can still see this potentially appealing to many people. Jennifer Bosworth has created an original idea and I applaud her for that, I just wish I could have been more invested in the story. Overall, this was disappointing, but not completely terrible.
Heather Anastasiu’s Glitch is another case of good potential lost. In a futuristic society, computer chips are inserted into members of the public to...moreHeather Anastasiu’s Glitch is another case of good potential lost. In a futuristic society, computer chips are inserted into members of the public to limit their thoughts and emotions. In effect, they are one ‘community’, feeling and seeing nothing but grey and working like cogs in a machine – with the exception of ‘glitchers’, individuals who show anomalous activity. This was an interesting idea, one that had the capacity to develop into something quite exciting and gripping, but unfortunately, it was very badly executed. Glitch proved to be an incredibly mediocre novel at best.
The central character, Zoe – or Zoel to the rest of the Community – was the main source of my irritation with this book. She was unexceptional, even with her special telekinetic abilities, and failed to draw any positive response from me. What irked me most was the inconsistency in her character. Understandably, having spent most of her life linked in with the rest of the Community, there were many emotions and thoughts she had little familiarity with. It made very little sense to me for her to be able understand certain new emotions and not others. What’s more, she goes from not even knowing what ‘kissing’ is to using the word freely in her thoughts like she has always recognised its definition and how to do it. Aspects like this, coupled with her completely exasperating reactions to the love interests, made her a difficult protagonist to appreciate.
Yes, I said love interests, as there is of course a love triangle present. The two candidates are fellow glitchers, Max and Adrien. I have done my fair share of complaining about love triangles in previous book reviews, so I’ll save repeating myself here. What became most troublesome for me was Max’s character. Honestly, I was quite intrigued at first when he showed signs of anomalous behaviour. With his ability to take on the form of others, he had the potential to be an interesting character. In the end, however, he turned out to be very disturbing at times, from asking to see Zoe’s genitalia like it was a perfectly acceptable request, to becoming very possessive of Zoe and their ‘togetherness’. Zoe, despite it all, could not help but still feel for him.
Adrien, in comparison, was much easier to like. Like Zoe and Max, he has his own glitcher ability: to see the future. As his feelings for Zoe were partially founded on the visions he had of her, it was slightly more understandable for him to be so drawn to her than it was for Zoe to be so infatuated with Adrien. Although not an outstanding or particularly memorable character (or love interest), I did prefer him to nearly everyone else in the book. He had quite a significant role in the plot, and brought with it some good scenes of tense action.
In the end though, Glitch was not as enjoyable as I would have liked, and I doubt I will be returning to continue this series in the future. Although the concepts were fascinating enough, it was difficult to give this story the interest it needed.