Free to Fall's Concept: 5 Stars Character Development: 5 Stars Engrossing: 5 Stars Ending: 4.5 stars Free to Fall's Writing: 5 Stars RomanceWow. Just wow.
Free to Fall's Concept: 5 Stars Character Development: 5 Stars Engrossing: 5 Stars Ending: 4.5 stars Free to Fall's Writing: 5 Stars Romance: 5 Stars Fast-paced: 4.5 stars
This isn't just your typical romance between teenagers, it's a romance of humanity. Honestly, Free to Fall is such a realistic science fiction that effectively uses today's society to project the near future, and that's the best thing about this book. The crazy thing about it? It could happen. Take a look at the world around you, observe the younger generation and see where their eyes fall.
They never look up.
Their eyes stay glued to their phone and tablet screens with their earphones blasting away their thoughts. Is it all of them? Of course not, just like in Free to Fall. Not everyone becomes a slave to mere reason, and those that don't are the ones who are guided by the Doubt.
I can't really explain this book without going on and on about the greatness of it. Just heed my advice: read. this. book. To be quite frank, I hate the synopsis because it makes Free to Fall sound like some sappy romance in the midst of technical difficulties, but this book is so much more than that...
The analytical approach to society. The realism. The fast-paced writing. The Biblical, Greek, and classical references mixed with scientific and mathematical facts to further enhance the concept of this book (can't ignore the basic foundations of humanity and its frenemy). The well-developed characters. The anticipation and frequent twists. There may be some things that you can guess, but not everything unless you're the type that can. But...considering that this is something new, something fresh, I doubt you'd be wholly detached.
Free to Fall literally had me hanging off the edge of my seat and making small outbursts even in public....more
IT'S OVER??? I WAS JUST FLIPPING THE PAGE FOR MORE AND I SAW "Acknowledgements." Way to crush my spirit...
The 5th Wave is the definition of original. The characters are dynamic, the idea behind aliens is fresh, and the plot is fast-paced and bittersweet. I'm starting to believe Rick Yancey specifically wrote The 5th Wave for me. It's not surprising, isn't it?
The plot. Although the idea of an alien invasion isn't exactly new, Yancey succeeds in creating his own twist in what these aliens, the Others, are and what they do. The simple fact behind the Others is terrifyingly radical; I wasn't expecting it at all. The 5th Wave is fast-paced and not full of action, but is rather balanced out between action and romance, which makes this book perfect. Some of the concepts throughout the book, or sayings, made me really think. I had to stop and re-evaluate my life decisions after reading just a sentence. But it's not just the plot and these meaningful words that make this book awesome, it's
The characters and writing. Most of the characters—even the children!—are a thrill ride and they're just...my best friends. How Yancey can switch up his writing style with multiple POVs is beyond me and indicates true passion for writing; it's mere talent. -Cassie is a damn sarcastic and witty character. I couldn't believe how she could have that amazing personality with the happenings around her. No matter the situation, I laughed like a maniac because of her choice of words, and I felt guilty for it. Honestly, how could I feel so guilty? Cassie brings the life into The 5th Wave without a doubt. -Zombie may have been weak in some ways, but he was the strongest of all characters in my opinion, especially after his biggest fault. For someone who's supposed to be so strong, I found him completely adorable too; I just wanted to pinch his gaunt cheeks. -The Silencer was a good character but he sort of...bored me most of the time. Even though he's of extreme importance to the plot, I looked forward to every POV except for his...I know I must be the black sheep in this situation, but he's just not my cup of tea.
-Ringer doesn't even have her own POV. How dare you, Yancey. It's a little distasteful, but I guess that's how it's supposed to be what with her stoic, vicious, mysterious, and charming character (I'm still expecting her POV soon). Ringer is hands down my favorite character. We. need. her. -Sams (shut up, Cassie. I'm calling him Sams and there's nothing you can do to stop me) is smart and so precious for his age. I just want him for my little brother. These characters are who make The 5th Wave, The 5th Wave. I mean, come on. I cannot imagine this book with a single protagonist who complains about everything 24/7. Rick Yancey. Rick. Yancey. I'm just mind-boggled from the freshness this book delivered to me. Seriously.
The book as a whole makes me type furiously at the fact I have to wait so long for book 2. After I finished reading The 5th Wave, I became lost in thought and found myself continuously flipping the book over and over, and my sister had to pull me out of my trance. I'm in love and that's all I can say....more
As much I wanted to like this, I couldn't find myself to. Crash has an entertaining protagonist named Julia (or Jules), which helped me enjoy the storAs much I wanted to like this, I couldn't find myself to. Crash has an entertaining protagonist named Julia (or Jules), which helped me enjoy the story, but I'm left completely unsatisfied with how the book led to the ending (there has to be a word [e.g. climax, resolution, etc] for that sort of situation). There were tons of rambling and reminiscing that had no place in the plot, choppy sentences, and the use of "dog[s]" that made me want to pull my hair out.
EXAMPLE: When I was reading Crash, I read too many choppy sentences. It was sort of agonizing. I thought maybe the writing would improve. Dear dogs, I was wrong. And I hated that.
The writing was just too juvenile for YA fiction.
It was difficult to feel a connection with the characters, excluding Jules (although she was whiny). It seemed as if McMann tried a bit too hard to make Jules' siblings cool because of the conversations between each other. A lot of the humor was forced and I didn't even crack a smile, although I did laugh out loud during a few scenes. The amount of [pointless] lists used—there had to be about eight—throughout Crash overwhelmed me to the point where I skipped them:
Five reasons why the lists, made by Jules Demarco, were frustrating: 1. They appeared every so often in vain. 2. There would literally be only five reasons. 3. They went on just like this. 4. They came when you least expected it. 5. They were just annoying.
I don't know, maybe McMann needed a reason to take up half a page.
The rivalry between the family was pathetic. All throughout Crash I couldn't help but think, that's the reason why they basically want to rip each other's heads off? Over pizza (view spoiler)[and an affair (affairs are terrible, but that shouldn't be a reason to hold an insane grudge for years and force your own children to stay away each other when it's your problem). The whole explanation of the rivalry has more to it, but it was all jumbled up that resulted in confusion. (hide spoiler)]? Not only that, Jules' and Sawyer's parents were an irritating mess. Who holds grudges for over FIFTEEN YEARS? The last time they had sex probably must have been when the Demarcos had Rowan; they had so much anger in them that needed to be smoothed out. Hey, it happens.
McMann wanted to go for suspense I should guess, but the plot itself was predictable. Some readers would probably think the ending had a crazy plot twist, but with the writing style, it wasn't hard to predict situations and the ending even after one sentence.
Overall, Crash is an okay read, but that's for readers like me, who actually want a book to feel like a book (AND STICK WITH THE PLOT), not a verbal story. If only there were more interesting visions...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I couldn't put this book down. I wish I could write a full-on review but I have school so this is a rushed review. But honestly, this is just... suchI couldn't put this book down. I wish I could write a full-on review but I have school so this is a rushed review. But honestly, this is just... such a beautiful piece of writing. So much better than the first and second novels. I've waited MONTHS to get my hands on this and book 2 and it was well-worth the wait. I'm sobbing right now bc BEAUTIFUL....more
Oh...my LORD. This, for me, is the second best next to my Harry Potter. I absolutely love this. It's full of action and the story is well constructed.Oh...my LORD. This, for me, is the second best next to my Harry Potter. I absolutely love this. It's full of action and the story is well constructed. There are no boring characters because they all give you some type of emotion to feel (does that even make sense?). Roth, you are truly amazing for this. "Divergent" had me screaming, SCREAMING so loud that five policemen and a friggin helicopter came to my house because apparently someone called and said they heard a female screaming. It was embarrassing for me to tell them it was because of my book but I didn't really care because I still had this book to finish and that's all that mattered to me. I thought "Divergent" was coming to life; I was so wrapped up in it. I immediately started reading "Insurgent" when I finished. I'm so so SOOO glad my sister recommended it to me. 5 happy stars....more
**spoiler alert** This was my first science fiction novel that I read last year and I had my doubts (not really; I thought the author looked interesti**spoiler alert** This was my first science fiction novel that I read last year and I had my doubts (not really; I thought the author looked interesting). However, this was fascinating. I couldn't put this down. It's as if these teenagers survival experience was pulling me into the book. Every time I was snapped out of reading, it would feel like I didn't exist and/or my life was just a dream. The details of the three teenagers' mutation was horrific, but I absolutely loved it. If I ever read another science fiction novel, it would have to be something similar to this....more
"Crossing Oceans" was an inspiring book. It had me screaming, crying, and laughing at the pages. I wasn't going to read it, but I didn't have anything"Crossing Oceans" was an inspiring book. It had me screaming, crying, and laughing at the pages. I wasn't going to read it, but I didn't have anything else to read and I do not regret it. I had to give it 4 stars; everything went by a little too fast (book should be a bit longer). Other than that, I enjoyed it....more
This book is part of my life. It starts off all right, but as you read farther into it, everything just becomes amazing. Harrison planned and wrote thThis book is part of my life. It starts off all right, but as you read farther into it, everything just becomes amazing. Harrison planned and wrote this book well. I am now reading the second book "The Thirteen Curses" and it starts off great! I definitely recommend this to everyone of all ages....more