This book is the "Ready Player One" & "Ender's Game" crossover I never knew I wanted.
Aspects from "Ready Player One": The novel is set in a dysto...moreThis book is the "Ready Player One" & "Ender's Game" crossover I never knew I wanted.
Aspects from "Ready Player One": The novel is set in a dystopian world where individuals lived more in the virtual reality (e.g., online schools) than in the real world. Despite the war, technology is so advanced to the point that the war is no longer fought with guns & humans, but with virtual reality & people akin to cyborgs (neural processing system implanted in their brains). It's really similar to "Ready Player One" also in the sense that the romance happens between two "players" with conflicting loyalties.
Aspects from "Ender's Game": Kids are being dragged off to fight a war because they're more mentally equipped. In this novel, kids like Tom, the protagonist, are more capable of surviving the procedure of the brain surgery than the average adult due to the neural plasticity of a child's brain. From the beginning till the end, I was rather amazed by some details about the brain brought up by the characters that other authors (cough, Divergent, cough) would have overlooked or misinterpreted (sorry, Psychology major here). It was a truly believable world as the author explained how the various technology could work hand in hand. Furthermore, the teenagers (at least they are much older than the kids in "Ender's Game") were also subjected to training & obstacle courses in order to 'level up' in the sense that they can gain ranks & become famous with the help of sponsors. The war, however, seemed as pointless as the one in "Ender's Game", which I guess is the whole point of living in a dystopian world.
With these similarities, it is easy to claim that the novel merely plagiarised & combined several ideas from other books. However, I found the story plot to be strangely refreshing & fun to read (biased remark: & by that I mean BLOODY AMAZING). I've to say, I actually cancelled my morning's plans in order to finish reading the book tonight. Oh yeah, it is that exciting.
I guess the only downside is that it's part of a trilogy & we'll all have to wait at least another year until the second book is published. Don't let that deter you! Please do grab this book from the bookstore or library & read it now! You won't be able to put it down, trust me.
My faith in YA literature is (currently) restored. Thank you, Kincaid.(less)
Honestly, I was only excited about this book because my friend had informed me that it was written in my favourite character's point of view. To be fa...moreHonestly, I was only excited about this book because my friend had informed me that it was written in my favourite character's point of view. To be fair, I absolutely loved the premise of the story but I had something against the two female protagonists in the first two books.
I have to say, this idea of enslaved gods was really refreshing. If you haven't read the first two books, you have to turn back now because the third book would not make any sense. After minimal contact with Sieh in the first two books, I was utterly delighted to read his carefree & mischievous voice in the beginning. This is the god of childhood; a being who was enslaved for two millennia & yet, could still retain his child-like qualities.
In this book, the readers will understand more about Sieh's nature & his past. To make things more interesting, two mortals were introduced as characters who will play a huge role in the godling's life.
I know many previous reviews have complained about the incoherent style throughout the novel, but "The Kingdom of Gods" is easily my favourite in the series. Of course, I would say that I'm biased, seeing that my favourite character is the protagonist of the story. Despite the messy narration that made the book a little tedious to read (I had to re-read several parts a few times to make sense of what was going on), the plot is still the most intriguing & fun out of all the three books.
Summary: This is a must-read fantasy series!(less)
This book is an absolute dream! If the reader is anything like me, he or she will enjoy the book immensely.
The cover of my paperback says, "Enchanting...moreThis book is an absolute dream! If the reader is anything like me, he or she will enjoy the book immensely.
The cover of my paperback says, "Enchanting. Willy Wonka meets The Matrix. -- USA Today" I'm sorry, I beg to differ. The book is probably the combination of all the geeky fandoms you can think of, with references to even more. If you can understand at least 50 percent of the references, perhaps we should be friends.
Let's see what we have here. The main characters are nothing like the perfect, gorgeous people often depicted in many young adult novels. This is probably the reason why the readers are immediately drawn to the believably talented but socially-awkward protagonist. Furthermore, the story depicts a dystopia where Earth has already fallen prey to a vicious cycle of the over-extraction of resources and countless wars.
A virtual reality system, OASIS, was introduced as a gaming platform initially, but it quickly became a way of life in the light of a world filled with hunger and despair. It already sounds like a great premise to work with. It's definitely not an original idea, but the plot is sufficient for a memorable adventure.
To top it off, the pop culture references simply keep piling up. I felt like a kid in a candy store! I grinned like a mad woman when I saw "Whedonverse". It really felt like the book was written just for me.
It also seems that Warner Bros already bought the rights to the film in 2010 (even before the book was published!), and Cline will be the scriptwriter. I do hope the movie will be as brilliant as the novel. If you haven't already read this book, you really need to run to the nearest book store and get your own copy now!
My thoughts on this book can be summarised in fangirl speak: ASDFGHHJKL; I CAN'T. MY FEELS. I CAN'T.(less)
This book is so beautiful, I can't even properly describe my feelings-- “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” (a quote from thi...moreThis book is so beautiful, I can't even properly describe my feelings-- “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” (a quote from this novel, of course)
I have to admit, I really, really hate the romance genre. This book, however, caught my attention with its pretty title & I went to read the blurb. Ugh, seriously? Corny romance. I decided to give it a try, nevertheless. Lo & behold, it is now one of my favourite books.
"Why," you ask me? John Green has this really wonderful talent of telling a corny, romantic story with witty lines. I simply can't get over his witty lines. They are, without a doubt, the selling point of the book.
I urge you to go to the nearest book store to grab this book before its horrible movie cliché-s itself into existence.(less)
The only thing I hate about this book is that there is absolutely no ending. Yes, there are other tie-in issues that wrap up the whole Civil War arc,...moreThe only thing I hate about this book is that there is absolutely no ending. Yes, there are other tie-in issues that wrap up the whole Civil War arc, but I feel there is something lacking in this seven-parts series (especially when it's the main story here).
Even so, the ending that can be found in Civil War: Iron Man is really quite dissatisfying. On the other hand, I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire Civil War plot. Also, the art is incredibly beautiful. I highly recommend getting this rather thick graphic novel in your neighbourhood's comic book store!
The plot goes like this: Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man became the public face supporting the Superhuman Registration Act, while Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America turned against his namesake country & rebelled against Tony's cause.
Why, you ask? Apparently, a tragedy involving a couple superhuman heroes took the lives of approximately 600 civilians in a place called Stamford. Thus, the government saw fit to pass a bill that would require superhumans to register their secret identities. Many people took sides, whereas a handful tried to remain neutral.
But the big question is... Whose side are you on?(less)
This is definitely my favourite book out of all the tie-in Civil War comics, especially with the Captain America & Iron Man specials. After readin...moreThis is definitely my favourite book out of all the tie-in Civil War comics, especially with the Captain America & Iron Man specials. After reading the Iron Man tie-in issues, I have so much feels for Tony, it's absolutely excruciating.
Tony Stark simply wanted what's best for them, America, & the world. The Cap didn't share his views. The discovery that was revealed in Civil War: Frontlines #11 about Tony quite literally broke my heart. Everything that had been said & done during the civil war would haunt Tony for the rest of his life... & he knew it wasn't worth it.
The art is absolutely amazing. But the plot is what took my breath away. I'm really glad I found out about this series because now I have more to add to the Superhusbands/Stony feels. I highly recommend getting this book at the comic store right now.(less)
I'm definitely a biased reader, since I'm a fan of Loki & all. Being a fan of the Norse mythology & the comics Thor, I've grew to love Loki as...moreI'm definitely a biased reader, since I'm a fan of Loki & all. Being a fan of the Norse mythology & the comics Thor, I've grew to love Loki as a complex character.
This book explores the Norse mythology quite a bit & allows the readers to see many of what we would consider as 'evil' actions through Loki's state of mind.
It is also interesting to see that Odin is portrayed as a morally grey character, because he truly believed that the gods' destiny was the key to everything.
Nevertheless, the book will make you sympathise with the supposed villain Loki & you'll question whether he was truly evil at all.(less)
If you hate Loki, this is a good book to start sympathising the 'villain'. You will grow to love the character soon enough. On the other hand, if you...moreIf you hate Loki, this is a good book to start sympathising the 'villain'. You will grow to love the character soon enough. On the other hand, if you love Loki, this is a book which makes you want to strangle Odin for his A+ parenting, & probably murder a few of the Aesir in their sleep.
I was disappointed when I found out that it was not a hard-cover after receiving the book through post. Nevertheless, the beautiful, glossy graphics and brilliant story plot made the book worthy of its price.
In the Thor comics, we have never seen Loki's side of the story and we can only begin to imagine the mechanics of his mind. However, this book wove the Norse mythology into the comics story arc so seamlessly that I, a mythology geek, was quite impressed. We see the many events (from the mythology) that unfold, which sparked the bitterness and anger in Loki, thus turning his harmless mischief into something dark, hateful, & malevolent. As a fan, his tragic transformation was really quite difficult to watch.
This is a really amazing novel for any Loki fan! I highly recommend it. (less)