I liked this one, BUT there are too many things wrong to allow me to rate it above a 3. I liked the characters, the premise, and the hot make out scen...moreI liked this one, BUT there are too many things wrong to allow me to rate it above a 3. I liked the characters, the premise, and the hot make out scenes, but there were way too many convenient solutions in the story.
I didn't want to stop reading though. It was action packed. (less)
SICK by Tom Leveen This is a one-sitting read. SICK is fast paced and action packed. I LOVE Brian and his tough, mohawk wearing best friend, Chad. Aft...moreSICK by Tom Leveen This is a one-sitting read. SICK is fast paced and action packed. I LOVE Brian and his tough, mohawk wearing best friend, Chad. After a virus spreads through their town, they end up stuck in the theater department with a few of their classmates. The main problem is staying away from the very violent killers outside of their portion of the school. The second problem is, Brian is separated from his younger sister and girlfriend, Laura.
We see a TON of violence as Brian and Chad, along with the theater kids, fight their way through the zombies in their attempts to rescue the two girls and eventually escape the confines of the school grounds. (They are locked in with a HUGE metal fence)
THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers would be a good pairing with SICK. Both books involve a group of students trapped inside a school avoiding dangerous zombies and deciding whether or not to attempt escape.(less)
Welcome to a distant future in America where the President of the United States has been assassinated and the American People’s Party has taken over....moreWelcome to a distant future in America where the President of the United States has been assassinated and the American People’s Party has taken over. Radley, a seventeen-year-old, was sent by her parents to Haiti to volunteer in an orphanage, but when she hears about the turmoil in America she is determined to get home to her parents. She jumps on the first plane she can with the hopes that the man who runs the orphanage can get a call through to her parents by the time she lands.
After waiting at the airport for hours it is clear to Radley her parents aren’t coming. She gets a ride to the bus station so she can get home on her own, but when she arrives she finds out that strict travel restrictions have been put in place that will prevent her from purchasing a ticket without approval signed by the government allowing her to cross state lines. Even worse, the APP has declared Martial Law and is putting anyone who even seems to be a problem in jail. Exhausted, with no cash, worthless credit cards, and a dead cell phone, Radley does the only thing she can – walk.
Radley walks until she can’t take another step, rests in as much safety as she can find, and eats whatever she can get in her hands. When she finally gets to her neighborhood and sees her parents’ cars in the driveway she feels an amazing amount of relief – that is, until she realizes that no one is home and that the police keep knocking at her door. Finally, after she’s eaten everything in the house that wasn’t spoiled, Radley decides to go North and attempt to cross into Canada to avoid the APP and hopes she'll find her parents eventually.
Safekeeping is told in first person and a lot of it is Radley’s thoughts and observations of the world around her. Karen Hesse does a fabulous job showing Radley’s character development. She changes from a very sheltered and taken care of kind of girl to someone able to survive on her own. This is a frightening look at something that could easily happen in our world and I think that is why this story is so compelling. (less)
THE HUNGER GAMES + The Bachelor. Honestly, there isn’t really much to this story, but I couldn’t stop listening to it. (I did the audiobook for this o...moreTHE HUNGER GAMES + The Bachelor. Honestly, there isn’t really much to this story, but I couldn’t stop listening to it. (I did the audiobook for this one.)
So, the Prince needs a wife. Girls of a certain age fill out a form and then 35 are chosen lottery style to go live in the palace until they are eliminated from the competition. The time table is totally up to the Prince. It could take days, weeks, or years. The number goes from 35 until eventually there are only Top 10 left and they are called the Elite. Then he chooses his wife from those final ten girls.
I don’t know why I wanted to listen to this book so much once I started, but I did. I absolutely can’t stand the thought of competing for a person. There is no way I could sit back and share the person I liked with other girls. I would be seething with jealousy if he was kissing the other girls for sure (which he does). This is the same reason I can’t stand those shows like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. It is just creepy and skanky to kiss and cuddle and date so many people at once and expect to find a meaningful relationship. Anyway….
What I needed more of was world building! There was some explanation of the wars, current political troubles, caste systems, etc… But, I didn’t get a good feel of what life was like. For instance, America is a 5 (five) which includes artists. Her father is a painter, her brother is a sculptor, and she is a singer. (In fact, her last name is Singer.) Anyway, we never even go with her on a singing job or see her interact with people in her province.
Oh, I forgot to mention the love triangle. Of course America is in love with someone lower than her in the caste system. He can’t provide for her and gets upset and breaks it off with her. He is the only reason she put her name in the lottery anyway. Will she be able to put aside her feelings during the Selection?
The sequel is called THE ELITE so you know that America makes the cut. Will I listen to it/read it? Yes. I want to know what happens - who she ends up with.(less)