The plot of Going Nowhere is a great topic. Mari graduates from Grad school with no job and just an expensive degree She has to move home to stay with...moreThe plot of Going Nowhere is a great topic. Mari graduates from Grad school with no job and just an expensive degree She has to move home to stay with her parents until she can get on her feet. It’s something that I think a lot of people experience and nobody wants to move home. It feels like you are admitting defeat even though it’s actually pretty common.
Mari makes me laugh in the beginning because she feels sorry for herself and is overly dramatic about it. For some reason this endeared me to her when it probably shouldn’t. I just thought she was pretty funny and some of the stuff she did I might do if I was in the same situation. I think everyone can have their over dramatic moments especially when you are frustrated. Mari is trying to figure herself out and what she really wants to do with life. I thought her fear of relationships is interesting because it doesn’t seem to be rooted in anything besides inexperienced. It’s more like she holds herself to this high standard where it’s easier to not try at all than it is to fail. I like that Mari is flawed, she can be self-absorbed at times but it nice to not have her dancing around as little miss perfect.
I love Mari and Jason’s interaction right off the bat. Including that she keeps calling him bartender when she talks to him in the beginning. Actually they end up having all kinds of nicknames for one another it’s very cute. They start off as friends and then blossom into more. They have a lot of banter that I enjoyed. Although towards the end of the book I kind of felt frustrated with them both and how they handled things. Especially Mari, I probably would have told her to grow up and stop acting like a baby if I was her friend. Then I would tell Jason to simmer down. I have to say though it was nice that they did have some big fights where they made up by the end of the night. So it wasn’t like this couple is totally perfect and then this one things happen and it shatters everything. They were a couple you could relate to more because they do have spats.
I loved the supporting characters. I like when a book has a strong family and friend base. Trent, Blake, Declan, Lindsey (not so much I didn’t like her), Emily and Kayla. So Mari did have people to turn to when she needed to talk or someone to drag her out of bed and tell her she was being stupid. Same went for Jase, Declan was there to kind of mellow him out. I would love to hang out with Emily and Kayla because they both really rocked.
I enjoyed this book because it’s fun, romantic and light. The strong supporting cast helped invest me into the story. I wanted to hear about them just as much as the main characters. It also makes me excited for the next book which I am assuming is going to be Declan and Emily, which I freaking love those two. (less)
Wow this book was over before I even realized I had even reached the end. Honestly I flipped a few more pages thinking. Wait what, no there has to be...moreWow this book was over before I even realized I had even reached the end. Honestly I flipped a few more pages thinking. Wait what, no there has to be more I’m only halfway through. Turns out, no it’s not a 500 page book Burn Out just had me that captivated. Seriously…
So we have Tora, she’s living alone in this underground bomb shelter of sorts, except for the fact that she’s packing a loaded secret room full of guns that could blow up a whole planet and then some. This shelter is not your typical let’s store some cans on a shelf variety either. She’s got all kinds of cool gadgets and safety precautions to keep her safe. The down side...she’s alone and the Sun has gone off into Super Nova status (perhaps not that but I forget my sun cycles) the punch line is the sun is at the end and it’s scorching the earth that you burn to crisp if you step outside with protection. With the untimely death of her mother and sister and then the murder of her father Tora is left to fend for herself. She’s doing so pretty well actually but there are people who want the guns. Which leads to all kinds of dangerous situations and crazy discoveries. There’s a new planet but will Tora ever get to it.
This book was pretty crazy. I think it was bending my mind because it had that thriller aspect to it. You never knew who to trust and I had these images of people walking around in the dark killing each other. One time you would think this guy was okay and then he would shoot at you, then this gal seemed top notch and then she would punch you. that’s not exactly how it happened but you get the jist. You can trust no one ever. So it messes with your head in that respect. You feel almost as tired as Tora trying to sort through who is good and who is bad and besides that what the heck has happened since Tora has been under ground in general.
I liked Tora a lot. She has a lot of snark is pretty well adjusted for someone who has been trapped underground by herself. She obviously has trust issues thankfully but at the core of it all she is a good person. She also can be pretty bad ass if she wants to be but not completely perfect. That 40 minutes a day of walking hasn’t done much for her Stamina. She’s resourceful and easy to root for.
The other characters all have their plus and minuses but like I said since you couldn’t really trust anyone there were often times I felt afraid to get attached to them. I don’t want to give too much away because this is one of those books you really need to form your own opinions about them because of the nature of what is going on. I’m not even going to mention the romance because it’s complicated and I felt afraid for Tora. I really did not want to see her get screwed over.
This book has some unanswered questions at the end, that I’m assuming are going to be answered in future installments. As I said I wanted to keep flipping and have more pages appear. I’m excited to continue on with the series to find the answers I’m looking for.
For a sci-fi enthusiast like me I would definitely recommend this book to you. With the Earth being destroyed it also has it’s dystopian element too. (less)