It was great - strong female lead and gods and goddesses - then she's just struck by an arrow, falls in love, gives everything up to be with her "beloIt was great - strong female lead and gods and goddesses - then she's just struck by an arrow, falls in love, gives everything up to be with her "beloved" and bear his child. Disappointing, and the ending kind of came out of nowhere....more
**spoiler alert** Started off great, with a really cool concept - Probability storms! - but then it just slowly became worse.
First off, I hated how t**spoiler alert** Started off great, with a really cool concept - Probability storms! - but then it just slowly became worse.
First off, I hated how the author cast the only female protagonist, Moa, as the "weak" one who always "needed protection". I understand that they're ghetto kids and she's skinny and underfed, but so is Rail, and Rail can't BREATHE for god's sake. I would have perhaps had a much smaller issue with this if it wasn't MENTIONED EXPLICITLY EVERY CHAPTER. Seriously there are so many versions of "but Rail had to look after her"..."but Moa must be protected"...that I wanted to hurl the book against the wall. It's not like Moa is completely un-resourceful, and she's pretty badass when she saves herself even while she's terrified at the same time, but some of her most badass skills (like being an amazing lockpick) are just completely forgotten when she gets the artifact.
So, for that reason I also disliked the character of Rail. It was great to have a POC main character, and his dreadlocks were great and so was the idea of the respirator, but he was so filled with his righteous duty to protect Moa, and it almost seemed like he thought he OWNED her.
Ultimately, the golem was my favourite character, and even then his character was screwed over towards the end. The ending was rushed overall, actually. Suddenly characters change, suddenly Rail wants to leave... There were a lot of trailing threads, actually, like the girl in the picture...
It was an interesting read, but wholly frustrating on the character front - and insulting to the reader at times, because we are TOLD so much that could have been shown, or that could have been subtly left for us to infer, especially towards the second half of the book.
(ALSO JUST CASUALLY ALL THE GHETTO PEOPLE ARE FORCE CANNIBALS? THAT WAS NEVER ADDRESSED AGAIN)...more
Fantastic premise, and if done well it would have been amazing - but it wasn't. The characters were shallow. We spent the entire book in Lisa's head anFantastic premise, and if done well it would have been amazing - but it wasn't. The characters were shallow. We spent the entire book in Lisa's head and yet I still have no idea what she's really like or what her personality is. Tammy's storyline had no resolution at all even though she was suffering just as much as Lisa. Who is Suzanne, honestly? Three mentions of her, and she was supposed to be Lisa's best friend? They didn't even have a conversation. And James was sweet but just empty. The idea of Lisa becoming Famine had so much potential, but in the measly 177 pages, nothing really came of it. There were huge plot holes, such as why she was chosen to become famine in the first place, and then why Death just let her walk back to her old life even though he earlier said it was either become Famine or die. (Also Death as Kurt Cobain? Really? He had a couple of hilarious lines but overall it didn't really work) And what I found REALLY irksome is the way that every time sex is mentioned, Lisa is mentally all like "EW" and "YUCK" and "GROSS" (they were the actual words used), even though it's pretty clear that she and her boyfriend are sexually active. She has the mentality of a twelve year old. Kessler didn't even have the guts to reference sex directly - when she was talking about Lisa and James, it was all about James and "when the mood struck HIM to be amorous". It's like Kessler thinks that sex is just a guy thing - girls can't want it; they have to just do it to please their guys and they actually think it's icky and gross. Uuuuugggghh. So much potential, so much agony....more
Brilliantly vibrant setting and a heartwarming yet grittily realistic story. I did, however, find Perera heavy-handed at times, especially in the wayBrilliantly vibrant setting and a heartwarming yet grittily realistic story. I did, however, find Perera heavy-handed at times, especially in the way she felt the need to switch perspectives. For the overwhelming majority of the book, we follow Aaron's third-person perspective, but in tiny snippets, Perera inserts in paragraphs from other people's perspective - saying things that the reader should be left to infer. The ending was also a bit sketchy and I wasn't quite sure everything turned out how I hoped it would turn out - it was maybe dragged out for just a bit, and yet there were a few things left un-dealt with. Overall, though, this book was wonderful. I would definitely recommend it....more
Incredibly interesting writing - some of the words and the thieves' cant was enthralling - and the idea of a daytime/nighttime city was brilliant, butIncredibly interesting writing - some of the words and the thieves' cant was enthralling - and the idea of a daytime/nighttime city was brilliant, but honestly, it was about twice as long as it should be. The events were rambling and by the time you got to the end, you forgot half of the start so the reveal of the mystery wasn't much exciting. It could have been tightened a LOT....more