I liked the idea behind the story, but not so much the execution. Ally and Luke's relationship seemed to just blink into existence without much reallyI liked the idea behind the story, but not so much the execution. Ally and Luke's relationship seemed to just blink into existence without much really supporting it. I felt like I was missing parts of the story throughout the entire book. Ally seemed to give up on her ideals remarkably fast which bothered me quite a bit. The ending did redeem the book some in my opinion and left a cliff hanger for the second book, but overall I found the story lacking....more
I loved the concept behind Across the Universe even if it did remind me a bit (okay maybe closer to a lot) of the movie Pandorum with a few changes. II loved the concept behind Across the Universe even if it did remind me a bit (okay maybe closer to a lot) of the movie Pandorum with a few changes. I did find the beginning a bit tedious, and some parts a little predictable-like say the ending-but it did pull me in and capture my attention. (As all books should)
I did feel the characters fell a little flat. I wished Elder would have been a stronger character. I get that he’s growing throughout the story as he figures out the truth, but I felt that he lacked some backbone. He’s supposed to be the hero right? Then be a hero! I loved Harley and wish he would’ve had a larger part in the overall story. To me he could’ve been the hero Elder wasn’t. And Amy, while at times she was strong she also came across as someone much younger than 17.
I felt the mystery side of this book was well developed and pulled you in, but the action side was kinda lacking. Lots of threats, but little actual danger. I think if Revis would have mixed more action into the story we would’ve gotten a better picture of the characters and the story could have really dug it’s claws into you, but I still really enjoyed this book and started reading it’s sequel A Million Suns immediately after....more
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I liked the plot and MC. I felt she was a realistic of a teenage girl forced to take care of her famiI enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I liked the plot and MC. I felt she was a realistic of a teenage girl forced to take care of her family after a major catastrophe. I liked the lightning aspect, and found the whole idea of the 'false prophet' completely believable. Well done Ms. Bosworth!...more
I found Cinder to be an ingenious retelling of the old classic, seriously-who wouldn’t love a cyborg Cinderella? Ingenious. Let me start by saying thaI found Cinder to be an ingenious retelling of the old classic, seriously-who wouldn’t love a cyborg Cinderella? Ingenious. Let me start by saying that I was impressed by Marissa’s world. It was futuristic, but still retained enough of what we understand know to get a clear picture. I liked that the world was still relatively divided into the countries we have now so that you’re not trying to figure out just where in the world the story is actually taking place. And, despite the obvious advances in technology life pretty much continued as normal, which I appreciated.
As for Cinder herself, I found her to be a strong character, aptly developed and easy to root for. She has strength, determination, love, and a healthy hint of rebellion. She doesn’t rely on a fairy godmother, she makes things happen for herself. She’s not madly in love with a prince she’s never met, nor does she expect him to solve all her problems so they can live happily ever after.
There were parts of the story that were too easy to figure out. (I’m trying to be vauge for those who haven’t read it yet.) And the cliffhanger at the end is bound to upset some, but I liked it. I’m hooked Ms. Meyer! Bring on the next! (Quickly, please? I hate having to wait a year for the next installment!)...more
I’ve always been a fan of dystopian novels, and Ms. Rossi certainly didn’t disappoint. Some my argue that this isn’t exactly dystopian but more sciencI’ve always been a fan of dystopian novels, and Ms. Rossi certainly didn’t disappoint. Some my argue that this isn’t exactly dystopian but more science fiction/post apocalyptic, I say the lines between all 3 genres are kind of blurry and it fits in all places. Set in the distant future, I’m assuming we’re still on Earth, Aether storms have ravaged the planet sending some people into enclosed cities where they’re safe from the storms and some living outside having reverted back to tribes somewhat like the dark ages. Those in the pods have been genetically engineered to not have diseases and to be genetically perfect, while those on the outside have been altered by the Aether and some have special abilities to see, hear, smell, etc better than a normal human.
While I don’t usually care for dual narration style writing, I did feel like it worked well in this story. You get a wonderful sense of who both Aria and Perry really are and their motivations which adds a lot of depth to the story. You clearly see how they’ve came from completely different worlds and can’t understand each other despite the fact they speak the same language. I enjoyed the time that Rossi took to develop their relationship from distrustful/hatred to begrudging acceptance to common ground and finally to romantic attachment.
I wouldn’t exactly consider this to be a romance type novel, it’s much more of an adventure with a hint of romance thrown in which I definitely appreciated. There is lots of action, plenty of personal growth, exploration of a world seen through both perspectives of something completely new and known dangers and safeholds. While some things I did feel weren’t very well explained, l really enjoyed the flow of this book and the characters we were introduced to. It was a well built story that I thoroughly enjoyed!...more