I didn't really know what to expect going into this novel, I was aware of all the hype, but I wondered what kind of story could be told about a girl wI didn't really know what to expect going into this novel, I was aware of all the hype, but I wondered what kind of story could be told about a girl with a deadly touch. From the first chapter the reader is thrown into the Juliette's isolated imprisonment,but when she gets new roommate she soon finds herself running for her life in a world on the brink of destruction.
The characters in Shatter Me were pretty spot on. You have the The Girl, The reddeming himself Hero, Funny Sidekick and The Villian. Mafi writes a compelling villian. I found Warner to be very unique from the usual nameless and faceless dystopian villains. I just kept thinking "OMG, he is super creepy".
I liked the structure of Shatter Me and the way Adam and Juliette's past are weaved into the present. However,The writing of Juliette in the novel has a tendency to be flourished with something close to purple prose. Mafi uses this writing style as apart of Juliette's character. However, for me it started to become a little grating and hard for me to take seriously. For example
“Hate looks just like everybody else until it smiles. Until it spins around and lies with lips and teeth carved into the semblance of something too passive to punch"
Yes, this novel does have a superhero-vibe to especially towards the end, and I think the pacing was just right for it. Shatter Me would make a great graphic novel. It relies heavily on visuals and action scenes. It will be interesting to see how this series works to set itself apart from this superhero movies compariosn, if it even does at all.
In the end This novel felt more to me like a prequel or origins story, I just wanted there to be a little bit more story and less like "this is how I came to be". It's one of the few novels that I think has the potential to be serialized very well.
I really enjoyed this books and can't wait for the next one. Can I at least get a title ?!?...more
Divergent has a unique concept. Tris and her family live in a peaceful Utopia where society is dived into factions which represent indivual ideals DauDivergent has a unique concept. Tris and her family live in a peaceful Utopia where society is dived into factions which represent indivual ideals Dauntless (bravery), Amity (peace), Abegnation (selflessness ) and Euridte (intelligence).
Every child is raised in thier own faction , but when they turn sixteen they are tested to determine the best faction for them. They can either choose to stay with thier faction or leave it all behind to join another faction, never to see thier families again
Faction before family.
Tris soon finds herself on the other side of her quiet faction and in an adrenaline-filled, high altitude, high risk world where she is forced to push beyond her limitations and finds the fearlessness within her.Through it all Tris also has a secret she has to guard with her life, or it could get her killed.
This story is alot like a rigorous gym class, Tris and her compatriots go through the ringer of death-defying activities lead their fearless leader and coach Four. While reading I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next.
I found Four to be an excellent YA male protagonist. We get a sense of who he was before and after meeting Tris and he isn't out to prove anything and he also isn't perfect. As the novel progressed I could see why a relationship would form between Four and Tris
There are a lot of characters in this story. I sometimes had a hard time time keeping up with who all the male characters were, well except for Four because his name is Four. I also felt like the ending was very rushed, it was all a lot to grasp in the last few chapters.
This book had a slight twist or plot reveal that I thought was nicely placed. This novel doesn't start off as dark as the Hunger Games but it does get progressivly darker,which in retrospect I didn't really see coming. The ending felt a little rushed but it's a great journey with a lot of suprises along.
Divergent is a great novel for Hunger Games fans, I can't wait to see how Insurgent devels further into the story and the world of Tris and Four....more
The first few pages of the novel throws readers into the salt mine prison of Endovier in the magic stripped land of Ardalan. Here Celaena Sardothien aThe first few pages of the novel throws readers into the salt mine prison of Endovier in the magic stripped land of Ardalan. Here Celaena Sardothien a.k.a Ardalan's Assassin, the country's most dangerous assassin, is being released into the custody of the crown prince to fight for her freedom in a competition to win the title of the King's assassin.
The novel starts off strong, but overall the story feels watered down. It seemed like there was supposed to be this fierce competition but it was just really boring. I mean there was very little action involved and the other competitors where throwaway characters.
The real star of this novel is Caelana. I mean come on, she is an eighteen year old assassin and I wished the story would have been more focused on her, than on a competition that was more than a little predictable.
When inside the King's Castle, Celaena must compete in a series of test over the course of a few months. This leaves time in-between test for two other mini story lines; including foreign princess staying at court and the ancient queen of Ardalan. Although they seemed more like distractions than storylines
Another character I like in the series was Kaltain. I suppose you could call her an antagonist. She is a young girl at court who schemes to get the attention of the prince. I sometimes wonder if it's a good thing when I find myself more interested in the antagonist than the protagonist.
From what I understand from interviews, the novel originally featured flashbacks that were edited out of the finished copy. I think that is where much of the disconnect comes from. Everyone in the novel knows who Celaena is and her past; they know why she is feared; but the readers don't. All we know of Ardalan's Assasin is what we learn from Caelna's POV.
This novel also features a love triangle between Celaena, Prince Dorian and the Captain Of The Guard. I really didn't understand why these two men are smitten with Caelena, I just didn't get the connection. To be honest I had a hard time telling Chaol and Prince Dorian apart. I mean I guess Dorian was more open than Chaol but when it came to Chaol/Celaena/Prince Dorian it just bored me.
There seems to be a running complaint in YA assassin books that the assassins don't get to assassinate enough,I think this is also one of the downfalls of this books. I'm sure the four novellas released add more padding and depth to the story, however as introductory novel this book left me disappointed.
I wish had the opportunity to read Throne of Glass in its original incarnation.I would be really interested to see how the two compare.
Throne Of Glass is an epic fantasy with a few good characters and a storyline tilting more towards love and loyalty than assassination and action. If you are going to read this book I would highly suggest reading the four prequel novellas first. A decent debut novel, but a bit to claustrophobic for my liking. ...more
Just the amazing concept and start of this novel is filled with so much nightmare fuel for me. Because Eva is the recessive soul she has no control ov Just the amazing concept and start of this novel is filled with so much nightmare fuel for me. Because Eva is the recessive soul she has no control over the body she’s been “Reduced to smoke, stripped of everything but a voice only Addie could hear”. I love how Eva describes herself as a “ghost haunting Addie’s life.”
The closeness of the sisters is so tangible and strong in the novel. As they begin to break away from the world they know, it is interesting to see the rifts come up between the girls. Eva begins to feel guilty for not letting go and making them hybrid, while Addie begins to feel jealous when Eve learns to control their body without her being mentally present. And what makes this all so complicated is they have no real way of getting away from each other.
The only weakness of this novel is the society and world building. Neither one is fleshed out enough to make the world they live in feel very real. For instance, the medication they use for Eva to control the body is somewhat of an Applied Phlebotinum. If no one is a hybrid and being a hybrid means being shipped away, why would this kind of drug be around. And what would be the point of it ?
I’m curious to see how Zhang expands the concept and world of What's Left Of Me in other novels.
In the same vein of Unwind and Uglies, What’s Left of Me is about surviving and finding your voice in a society that doesn’t want you to exist.
Sidenote: I love the title of this book, but did Harper Collins realize it's also the name of a Nick Lachey song and single ?...more