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 oTHE 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....more
For me this book started okay and ended okay, but oh my was I ever ready for it to end. The middle seemed to just drag on for me. I don't know if I'llFor me this book started okay and ended okay, but oh my was I ever ready for it to end. The middle seemed to just drag on for me. I don't know if I'll be giving the sequel a chance or not. ...more
A MATTER OF DAYS by Amber Kizer I just finished the audio of A MATTER OF DAYS this morning. I totally enjoyed it. Listening to it made my 5 hour driveA MATTER OF DAYS by Amber Kizer I just finished the audio of A MATTER OF DAYS this morning. I totally enjoyed it. Listening to it made my 5 hour drive yesterday fly by.
Nadia and her younger brother Rabbit are left alone after the Blue Star virus kills her mother along with most everyone else on Earth. Having lost her father in Afghanistan 2 years early, this is a real blow. Luckily she has some direction. Her uncle has given her instructions to travel to West Virginia to meet him at their Pappy's old coal mine. Apparently, it has been built to last any disaster.
Packing their Jeep with all the supplies they can manage, Nadia and Rabbit leave Seattle and begin their journey. Along the way they come into contact with some good people and some not so good people. They even manage to pick up a few strays along the way. (A dog and a bird - I just love they end up with a bird.)
I felt the author did a great job conveying the emotions of the characters and describing the world after the virus pandemic. A MATTER OF DAYS is a thrilling story. I loved when the kids talked about the advice their Secret Ops father taught them to live by, especially "Be the cockroach." This is a nice edition to the YA post apocalyptic category....more
It all begins with a terrible car crash. Eve gets flashes of pain and is semi-conscious enough to know that she is at a hospital. She hears the doctorIt all begins with a terrible car crash. Eve gets flashes of pain and is semi-conscious enough to know that she is at a hospital. She hears the doctors explaining to her mother how serious the injuries are, how important it is to keep her stabilized, and how she shouldn’t be moved. But, Eve also knows her mother and when Terra Spiker wants something done, it happens. Soon, Eve is being transported to the lab at Striker Biotech and being doctored by her mother – one of the world’s leading scientists.
Eve begins to feel better very quickly and soon becomes very bored. Her mother won’t allow any outside contact and insists she stay at the lab instead of recuperating at home. In order to give her something to do, Dr. Striker gives Eve a project. She is to do some beta testing on a new piece of software meant for the educational sector. It is meant to teach students about genetics by walking them through the steps of creation. So, Eve builds a boy. She has to choose everything about him from the kind of sense of humor he has to the size of his feet.
During her time in the lab, Eve meets Solo, a young man who works and lives at the lab. After spending time with Solo, Eve begins to see her mother and the work she does at Spiker Biotech differently. Everything is very secretive and vague and her mother won’t answer questions about what she does. Soon, Eve learns more than she ever wanted to know and ends up running and having to choose between her mother and what is right.
Eve & Adam is a great book to group with The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson and Skinned by Robin Wasserman. It really makes you wonder how close we really are to this kind of technology. How cool would that be? Hmmmm, or would it? ...more