I wanted to like Revolution 19. I generally like dystopian novels, I almost always love YA titles, so I was expecting to enjoy this.
Unfortunately, RosI wanted to like Revolution 19. I generally like dystopian novels, I almost always love YA titles, so I was expecting to enjoy this.
Unfortunately, Rosenblum failed to make his dystopia sufficiently frightening. Part of it was having main characters who seemed to have no ability to see the obvious results of their actions. I could have managed to see past that though as almost every novel (particularly those for young adults) has that problem these days. However, I could not get past the complete lack of fear the dystopian setting inspired.
Yes, it's a totalitarian government. Yes, there is a sweeping propaganda campaign. However, there also seems to be no real crime rate. There's no dark underbelly to the pristine façade we're shown. The 'rebels' have at least as many problems with propaganda and strict control of their citizens as the overlords. If you can't cheer for the plucky underdogs -- or at least want those in power to lose -- then what's really the point? "Three cheers for fascist robots" isn't a very compelling rallying cry. ...more
Everyone I know loves this book. Everyone. It's one of those books you're assumed to adore if you're into fantasy. I seem to have missed it as a childEveryone I know loves this book. Everyone. It's one of those books you're assumed to adore if you're into fantasy. I seem to have missed it as a child so I picked it up.
I almost wish I hadn't.
It's not that The Last Unicorn is awful. It's a decent enough story with an interesting enough plot. The writing is stunning, if a bit overly descriptive. Unfortunately, I felt as if I needed to be high to truly appreciate it. As I am not one to get high that was a bit of a disappointment.
Beagle seems to enjoy a good metaphor...and a mediocre metaphor and an all out unfortunate metaphor. The first is fine, even the second can be dealt with in moderation. The last was what eventually started to turn me away from the story.
This was compounded by the realisation somewhere around the mid-way point that for all the writing was stunning, it wasn't saying much of anything. It was like walking through rainbow mist. Yes, it's pretty, but you spend too much time wondering why it's coloured.
I do think The Last Unicorn can be enjoyed for its prose alone. There are some wonderfully playful turns of phrase and more than enough vivid descriptions for anyone. I simply wouldn't expect much more than that. At least not without pulling out the lava lamp....more
That it’s taken me months to calm down from my intense anger enough to actually write this review is indicative of just how horribly awry Collins wentThat it’s taken me months to calm down from my intense anger enough to actually write this review is indicative of just how horribly awry Collins went when she wrote Mockingjay. If you are looking for an action filled story of the leader of a rebellion and the oppressed masses rising up to declare their freedom you’ll have to look elsewhere. This is not the dystopian adventure Collins promised with The Hunger Games, it is a thinly veiled teenage romance with a side of quasi-adventure slipped in.
There are elements of the book that I did like, particularly the fact that Collins at least allows Katniss to be aware of her figurehead status rather than pretending she is actually in charge as in many other YA novels. Peeta’s character shift was a welcome reprieve from the saintly figure he was in the previous two books. Finnick’s story is both adorable and heartbreaking. The juxtaposition of President Snow and President Coin had possibilities rarely seen in YA fiction.
Unfortunately, such elements were neglected in favour of Katniss’ ongoing struggle to decide between Peeta and Gale. Why she simply could not have been single and in therapy is beyond me. Apparently every female main character in fiction must be paired off in the end. In fact, Katniss’ choice is so important that Collins drives both boys’ characters to even further extremes, something that has the frustrating side effect of removing what few moral grey areas existed and forcing readers to believe that there is only one true path and everything else is evil.
To make matters even worse, Collins decided to go the way of Rowling and add a painfully trite epilogue to an already problematic series. A warning to parents: if you do not want your daughters to believe that marriage and children solve all of your problems you will want to look elsewhere for their reading material. Katniss not only allows herself to be coerced into having children, her mental state is greatly hurt during her first pregnancy and she is still coerced into doing it again in order to give her the requisite son and daughter of clichéd fairytale endings. This may be a message Collins finds appropriate to send to teens, but it’s the opposite of what I’d want my own children to learn....more