Ah, Marie Lu, how you have once again taken amazeballs and made it more amazeballs. :) It's an excellent hybrid of Game of Thrones, Throne of Glass, The Darkest Minds, and The Tomorrow People set on an island that is basically a hybrid of Renaissance Italy, the Roman Empire, and Malta. So, a lot of hybrid stuff going on.
It's a bit weird that we get the book mostly from a single first-person perspective this time (Adelina's), while all other perspectives (Enzo, Teren, Raffaele, etc.) are limited to brief third-person chapters. Something different for Lu, as is the whole fantasy thing (not sci-fi like Legend).
Raffaele is definitely the most interesting character after Adelina, though. There could be a whole series devoted to how the hey-hey he ended up being a consort. And he's a very great aversion of TVTropes' "What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart Anyway?" (view spoiler)[And is it weird that I ended up shipping him with Adelina by the time the story ended? I mean, because their Elite powers are pretty much polar opposites...and while I'm spoiling things, why oh why did Enzo have to die?! And I don't think there's room for diving into the Ballpit of Denial on this one... (hide spoiler)]
So, overall, a very great story. Can't wait to see what happens next! And am I the only one hoping for a trip to the Skylands, or to Tamoura?["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Presenting...a near-future America, mid-to-late 21st century or so (we can guess because iPods and plasma screens are now antiques). About 20 years eaPresenting...a near-future America, mid-to-late 21st century or so (we can guess because iPods and plasma screens are now antiques). About 20 years earlier, a bloody Second Civil War, called the Heartland War, was fought between pro-life and pro-choice armies. Yes, the war was fought over the conflict of abortion. Eventually, though, both sides agreed to a compromise called the Bill of Life, legally prohibiting abortions in the traditional sense - but allowing for so-called "retroactive abortions," in which underage teens can be signed away by their parents for vivisection, with their various vital organs shipped off for use in transplants. The whole process is called "unwinding," although I would personally prefer the term "cold-blooded genocide," largely because parents often opt to have their children unwound if they are not on their best behavior.
Three protagonists are on the run to avoid precisely this fate. Connor Lassiter is a small-time troublemaker, like most teenage boys. He accidentally discovers that his parents have three tickets for a cruise to the Bahamas over Thanksgiving - one each for his parents and his brother, but not for himself. Then he finds the Unwind forms. Risa Ward, despite being a musical prodigy, is being let go by Ohio State Home 23 due to budget cuts. Imagine. Lev Calder, youngest of ten children in a hyper-devout Christian family, has just turned 13, making him eligible for unwinding. In his family, the time-honored practice of tithing is taken to outrageous extremes - ten children are born and the youngest is told that he will be offered up for unwinding, and that he now has a holy purpose in life. It certainly doesn't help that half of Lev's siblings are adopted, but he is his parents' biological son.
They run through Ohio, through a high school and a large number of safe houses, meeting a number of fellow AWOL teens. Connor and Risa move through a network eerily reminiscent of the Underground Railroad, funneling runaways to a location called the Graveyard in the Arizona desert. Lev joins Cyrus Finch, aka CyFi, who delivers lots of quotably philosophical material in "Old Umber" slang (that is, the slang talk of young African-American men from our own time), but has someone else's brain tissue in his head, causing him a horrible kind of split personality.
At the Graveyard, the three kids eventually reunite under the auspices of the Admiral, an old man who used to be in the US Military and even helped write the Bill of Life, but now wants to atone for his mistakes by giving runaways a chance to live rather than be unwound and killed. (Of course, the book does call up the question of whether or not there exists a soul, and whether or not an unwound teen is truly dead since all his or her organs live in another person. It's real food for thought.)
(view spoiler)[Of course, Connor, Risa, Lev, and also a total delinquent named Roland are found and taken to the nearest harvest camp. The tithes, like Lev, are kept separate from the other kids, called "terribles," and the tithes get better accommodations - better food, better lodging, better everything. The whole place is painted in horrid bright pastel colors, like the neighborhood in Edward Scissorhands. There's a small rock band that plays "Don't Fear The Reaper" as kids walk into the room where they will be unwound. (Risa joins this band as the keyboardist.) We get to see, in graphic detail just like in Michael Bay's film The Island, Roland being unwound by nurses and surgeons in sunshine-yellow scrubs. They flush him of blood and replace it all with fluorescent green preservative. They remove his feet, his legs, his stomach, his chest, and finally everything in his head. All this time, while Roland curses his unwinding team and tells them to go to hell, they say things like "That's natural," or "That's okay," and even try to make small talk with him, asking him if he works out, things like that. And then, when it's Connor's turn, a group of young anarchists called clappers - so named because they clap their hands and set off liquid explosives that they've put into their bloodstream - start doing their thing, and all hell breaks loose in spectacular fashion. (hide spoiler)]
Basically, we're meant to come to hate the adults in this world, who still haven't learned how to give a damn about the sanctity of life, even though they've banned abortions. They still endorse murder by dissection of teenagers who deserve to live. My personal opinion is that a person's soul cannot live in another's body, and that taking someone's body apart against their will is a violation of their soul. It kills their soul, and by extension the person themselves. It's murder, cold-blooded murder, and I would hope that by writing this work, Shusterman can help prevent a world like this from coming to fruition.
Edit: I just learned that Shusterman is writing a sequel called Unwholly. Set for publication in late August 2012, it's apparently going to focus on a new character called Cam, who is made entirely of Unwinds' organs. I can't imagine what way the author is going to take this, but I can't wait to find out.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Great book. Just not quite as good as its follow-up, Easy Prey, nor is it quite as good as the TV movie based on it, featuring Mark Harmon as Lucas DaGreat book. Just not quite as good as its follow-up, Easy Prey, nor is it quite as good as the TV movie based on it, featuring Mark Harmon as Lucas Davenport....more
Very recently, a friend of mine pulled out this book and let me get a quick taste of it. Like the drugs to which main character Jane Charlotte got hooVery recently, a friend of mine pulled out this book and let me get a quick taste of it. Like the drugs to which main character Jane Charlotte got hooked, so I was addicted to this outrageously crazy - and unmercifully short - novel.
Jane Charlotte is being interviewed by a psychologist after her recent murder arrest. Her excuse - she's a member of an evil-fighting organization, more specifically the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons, nicknamed Bad Monkeys after the people she eliminates. Or does she? It sounds too good to be true, but oh, you kid.
Jane's adventures started in 1979 when, at age 14, she got to kill off a serial killer, who was the janitor in her high school. The weapon was an NC gun - a bright orange, almost toy-like device that can put you to sleep, or induce a stroke or heart attack, depending on the setting. Jane found it under the sink, after a crossword puzzle directed her to do so. And it's all soundless.
Fast-forward a few years, beyond her short-lived stay at UC Berkeley. This quote sums it up best: "I was like one of those starving-artist types, people who convince themselves back in grade school that they have a destiny to become actors or musicians or writers. For them, college is a place to mark time until their destiny kicks in" (pg. 52). Yeah, that part I can relate to. Soon enough it's September 2001 (yeah, 9/11 plays a small but important part in the story), and she's in the hospital because of injuries sustained at the hands of a nasty dude.
In the hospital, Jane is visited by a guy who, dressed in an all-pink cheerleader's outfit (complete with pom-poms and matching wig), looks like Marluxia from Kingdom Hearts, on some kind of super-effective uppers. You know that things are off-kilter when your only bedside visitor looks like the Graceful Assassin on Cross-Dress Day at your local high school. (In my high school, they had one. No one bothered dressing for the occasion.) Pinkie Dude introduces Jane to Bob True, a member of the organization which Jane's about to join. And...
...well, let's just say things go seriously even more off-kilter from there. The organization has its hands everywhere. Every eye not attached to a head, every book you check out from the library (or throw out the upstairs bathroom window, like Jane used to do), every clown or harlequin at the Venetian, is watching you. Is there any way to escape? Read and find out. And when I say, "Read This If It Kills You," I mean it literally in this case. Because there's every chance reading this story could kill you. Just make sure to buy your own copy, run a magnet over it, and make sure you don't have any posters - or books, CD's, DVD's, etc. with people on the cover - pointed directly at you. It is a deadly delightful blend of various small bits and pieces of Rubicon, Fight Club, Super 8, and more. It can, and hopefully will, please everyone....more
While this Preston & Child tale doesn't include the great Agent Pendergast, it's still a very decent read all the same. It features archaeologistWhile this Preston & Child tale doesn't include the great Agent Pendergast, it's still a very decent read all the same. It features archaeologist Nora Kelly (who does feature in later Pendergast books, along with journalist Bill Smithback). It features crazy Anasazi ruins that have deadly secrets within. It features crazy rafting. It features a crazy guy singing crazy songs. It features a crazy Italian master chef. All around, it's crazy. Enjoy....more
Since I imagine Chloe Bennet to be Adelina, I'll start with a quote from Agents of SHIELD which I think could accurately apply to Adelina:
So...we gotSince I imagine Chloe Bennet to be Adelina, I'll start with a quote from Agents of SHIELD which I think could accurately apply to Adelina:
So...we got a cool title now. :) But now we got a summary that really hammers home Enzo's death. :( How I wish Marie Lu hadn't done that. I want to swim in the Ballpit of Denial on that one, but I don't think there's room to do so.
Until October, then - five stars in advance, a few pictures and random thoughts, the usual shebang....more
Patterson has never written anything - and do I mean ANYTHING - like this Crichton-esque scientific thriller that poses the question: What happens ifPatterson has never written anything - and do I mean ANYTHING - like this Crichton-esque scientific thriller that poses the question: What happens if animals start to attack humans for no apparent reason, more than usual?
The answer: (view spoiler)[it's a crazy one. Apparently, we've been pumping so much crap into the atmosphere that all the plastics and polymers are joining together to form simulated pheromones that convince animals that humans are bad and must be eliminated. Once this is found out, the governments of the world try to solve the problem by going dark for two weeks just to see if it's true.
Guess what? Within three days the ban is being flouted right and left. And animal attacks get so bad that the main characters, including some government people, evacuate to a safe place - Thule, Greenland. This is where the novel ends - humankind managing to kill itself off right and left. And given that Patterson's most recent release before this one was Nevermore, I'm sensing a pattern here.
Now, anyone who has read my review of Daemon will know how much I hated that book due to the fact that it was plagued with a Villain Sue - an antagonist that is totally impossible to defeat no matter what. Daemon's major problem is not the Villain Sue syndrome itself - it's the fact that the Villain Sue is a computer program. One specifically stated to not be an AI. Add in the complete lack of sympathy for any of the characters in Daemon and you have a recipe for ultimate suckage. On the other hand, Patterson's creation comes across far differently, like a combination of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, State of Fear, and (obviously) Nevermore. Here, the animals are vicious and murderous, but they act out of self-defense from exaggerated fears. They're not entirely in control of their actions. And while a lot of the humans are F**KING ASSBUTTS who literally cannot sacrifice their creature comforts to save their lives, enough of them are relatable and greatly written - especially Oz and Chloe, and the woman President in 2017 - that the novel is more easily readable as a result. (hide spoiler)]
I hope there's a sequel to this one. I really do.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Imagine, if you will, that vampires, werewolves, zombies, (view spoiler)[Baron von Frankenstein, Mongolian death worms, (hide spoiler)] and other creeImagine, if you will, that vampires, werewolves, zombies, (view spoiler)[Baron von Frankenstein, Mongolian death worms, (hide spoiler)] and other creepy things are real. Imagine that many of these creepy things want to destroy the world. Imagine if one of these creepy things is tasked with guarding the United States from the other creepy things.
That is why, in the bizarre universe established by Christopher Farnsworth, our nation is protected by a 150-year-old vampire, Nathaniel Cade. Bound by an oath, sworn on the blood of Abraham Lincoln and conducted by voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, Cade is our nation's last defense against things that go bump in the night. When his new human handler, Zach Barrows, meets him for the first time, he soils himself. Poor guy. But it was kinda expected. Cade is seriously scary.
Told in a narrative very similar to the gone-too-soon one-season wonder The Event, with past occurrences repeatedly being recounted in between the present-day progression of events, we not only get Cade's backstory, but also the story of the major danger he and Barrows have to face and prevent from destroying America. It really is a major danger. One word: (view spoiler)[Unmenschsoldaten.(hide spoiler)] And it is a great story, as you can see from the fact that I have been able to place it on a great deal of shelves, more than any other book I've read and reviewed here so far.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It's actually been quite a while since I finished this book - and its sequel, Red White and Blood, so I'll keep this one short and sweet since I haveIt's actually been quite a while since I finished this book - and its sequel, Red White and Blood, so I'll keep this one short and sweet since I have more to say about RW&B. It was a pretty good continuation of this awesome series, with a threat that somehow seemed even scarier than the Unmenschsoldaten of Book 1 - if that's even possible. I would love to give it six stars, but this site doesn't have that option. :(...more
Holy. Freaking. Mud. Farnsworth has really outdone himself here.
If this story is to be believed, each and every notorious serial killer in history - JHoly. Freaking. Mud. Farnsworth has really outdone himself here.
If this story is to be believed, each and every notorious serial killer in history - Jack the Ripper, Son of Sam, BTK, Zodiac - all were controlled by the dreaded Boogeyman. And he's back. He's hungry. And he has some major unfinished business with Nathaniel Cade, the President's Vampire. Let the showdown begin.
But that's not what really makes this novel so awesome. What does that job is the ending, the first real cliffhanger ending in this series so far. Let's just say, it's really shocking. So shocking, in fact, that it makes Cade take God's name in vain - which is his biggest pet peeve. It's that terrifying, and pretty much guarantees at least one more entry in this series. I seriously cannot wait. At all....more
Just as the Grisha Trilogy does an alternate Russia, this book does an alternate India. And just as Grisha has mostly sorcerers, this one is all aboutJust as the Grisha Trilogy does an alternate Russia, this book does an alternate India. And just as Grisha has mostly sorcerers, this one is all about the shapeshifters. Overall, pretty good stuff....more
One year ago, Perdido Beach, CA, was cut off from the world by an impenetrable force field twenty miles in diameter. All the children age 14 and underOne year ago, Perdido Beach, CA, was cut off from the world by an impenetrable force field twenty miles in diameter. All the children age 14 and under remained, while everyone else vanished, resulting in what was called the Fallout Alley Youth Zone or FAYZ. Some of the kids developed powers. All sorts of powers.
Eight months ago, the food started to run out, and the Darkness in the wilderness began to grow.
Five months ago, the Darkness tried to convince the kids of the FAYZ to kill themselves in order to make it through to the other side.
Four months ago, two different plagues, a freakishly mutated flu and an even more freakishly mutated variety of insectoid parasiste. So much body horror.
Now, the story continues...
The Darkness is growing ever stronger. The two camps in the FAYZ, Sam's group by the lake and Caine's "loyal subjects" in town, can't fail to notice that there is a large black splotch on the otherwise blank FAYZ wall. And, even worse, that splotch is growing fast. Soon, the entire FAYZ will be in total darkness at all times. With Sam's power being the ability to make light (similar to the Lumen in I Am Number Four, understandably darkness is his biggest, most crippling fear. Even more understandably considering this isn't the garden-variety, comfort-in-shadows kind of darkness we're talking about here.
Grant more than delivers in this fifth, penultimate novel of the series. And I thought Plague was the most awesome thing he'd ever written. As Grant promised in his ten spoilers, the darkness and nightmare fuel have really been jacked up. And it is excellent. I promise, if you've been a fan of the Gone series since the beginning, you will not be disappointed. But you will experience Fear. Lots and lots of Fear....more
This story is not as disrespectful as you might think, given that it takes immense historical liberty with the story of Jesus' birth. Far from it, itThis story is not as disrespectful as you might think, given that it takes immense historical liberty with the story of Jesus' birth. Far from it, it really reaffirms the existence of God. I admit, I was scared Grahame-Smith might have gone and done something that I, as a Catholic, would have found offensive. Thankfully, he hasn't.
The Three Wise Men, here, are cast as criminals, especially Balthazar, now the dark, murderous "Antioch Ghost." By sheer divine intervention they escape from the prison of the despicable and disgusting King Herod (and do I mean despicable and disgusting! He makes Lord Voldemort look squeaky-clean), and make their way to Bethlehem where they run into none other than Joseph, Mary, and newborn Jesus. And, with Herod coming to kill all the babies of Bethlehem, to prevent the Messiah prophecy from coming true, Balthazar, Gaspar, and Melchior have no choice but to help them escape to freedom.
Take my word for it, a leap of faith, as it were. This book is amazing....more
I picked up this book after hearing that it was the inspiration for the upcoming NBC series, Revolution, which I have been looking forward to seeing fI picked up this book after hearing that it was the inspiration for the upcoming NBC series, Revolution, which I have been looking forward to seeing for months. Judging from the source material, it's most likely going to be a loose adaptation, which in this case would be for the best.
What happens in this novel is that a strange electrical storm, centered over Nantucket Island, wipes out all the electricity on Earth in an instant. The story follows two groups of people in the aftermath of this "Change" - pilot Mike Havel and the Swedish-American Larsson family, whom he was airlifting to a cabin in Idaho, and the friends of Juniper Mackenzie, a bar guitarist and practicing Wiccan from Portland, Oregon. They do meet up and take up residence in an isolated rural community, but it takes a good half of the book for this to happen, just like in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
This all sounds good at first, until you realize a few things. First, other than a few roaming bands of bandits, the book has remarkably few villains, or at least few people to root against. Compare the similar, if more teen-oriented, world-blackout-cum-zombie-apocalypse novel Ashes. While that book had some serious and nearly fatal flaws, it at least had a clear division between the heroes and villains. On another note, Stirling really likes to overuse the word "cum." No, not that kind of "cum," but the kind I used earlier, when it would probably have been easier to simply say "garage" rather than "garage-cum-machine-shop." Then there's the number of contrived coincidences, like the fact that Astrid Larsson, the Tolkien-loving young daughter of the Larsson family, also happens to have a real talent for archery and even has a bow and arrow to demonstrate her Katniss Everdeen skills. Even more contrived, Mike Havel, who is of partial Finnish and partial Ojibwa descent, had an old sword on his person when the plane went down, and he uses it to hunt and lead young men into battle, with a strange and excessively repeated Finnish battle cry which I will probably misspell here: "Haakkaa paalle!" And speaking of unspellable Finnish, it's not the only incomprehensible foreign language to be gratuitously used and abused throughout the book. Juniper, the Wiccan, likes to pray - and curse - in Irish. All the time. At least sometimes Stirling has Juniper translate her own Irish dialogue.
Even though I am now convinced that Revolution (especially since it's a cocreation of JJ Abrams and Eric Kripke) will be far superior to the Stirling books that inspired it, I will continue with this series until it becomes absolutely intolerable. Which, given my negative experience with the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, will probably happen around a similar point, book 3 or so.
Edit: By now it's pretty obvious that Revolution is not based on this book in any way. Thank the Lord, because it's so amazing as a result....more
Eight months ago, Perdido Beach, CA, was cut off from the world by an impenetrable force field twenty miles in diameter. All the children age 14 and uEight months ago, Perdido Beach, CA, was cut off from the world by an impenetrable force field twenty miles in diameter. All the children age 14 and under remained, while everyone else vanished, resulting in what was called the Fallout Alley Youth Zone or FAYZ. Some of the kids developed powers. All sorts of powers.
Four months ago, the food started to run out, and the Darkness in the wilderness began to grow.
One month ago, the Darkness tried to convince the kids of the FAYZ to kill themselves in order to make it through to the other side.
Now, the story continues...
Remember Hunter? The guy who could shoot microwaves out of his hands, accidentally killed his attacker, and got banished from Perdido Beach for it? Ever since, he's been living up to his name, killing off wild animals and leaving them for the kids in town to eat. Until now. He's just returned to Perdido Beach, to show the council of kids something...disgusting. He's got giant wasp-like things poking out of his skin in several places. Needless to say, the things kill him, and Sam has to cremate the body. And there's more wasp things where those came from.
Even worse, it's not the only plague the Perdido Beach kids have to put up with. The mild flu circulating during the previous book, Lies, has mutated into a killer Supernatural Death Cough, which causes its unlucky victims to cough hard enough to break their backs and barf up their insides. "Body Horror" just doesn't quite cover it.
Without a doubt, Grant really stepped up to the plate starting with this novel, which I consider to be one of my top five YA stories of 2011, along with (in no particular order) Angel, Clockwork Prince, The Power of Six, and Divergent. Here the series really starts getting into more deep-dark, mature territory, due to the combination of grossgusting plagues, the ever-present Darkness (of course), and even teen sex. Face it, that last one was coming sooner or later. At least Grant leaves out his typical graphic detail where that stuff is concerned. And, of course, it gets even better with the follow-up, Fear....more
Blink is a street urchin living in Toronto, and Caution is a runaway trying to escape her troubled past. Together, the two of them get caught up in aBlink is a street urchin living in Toronto, and Caution is a runaway trying to escape her troubled past. Together, the two of them get caught up in a very strange situation after Blink witnesses a bunch of suits leaving a hotel room, and finds the same room trashed beyond belief.
Sounds interesting, but unfortunately it doesn't really pay off very well. My major problem with this book was the writing style employed for the scenes centered on Blink. These were written in a second-person point of view, which gives the impression that Blink is constantly talking to himself in his mind. My literature professor once told our class that there was a reason why second-person POV was so rarely seen, and now I know why. It's so weird and unusual that I found it incredibly distracting, to the point where I dreaded any and all Blink-centric scenes.
Caution's story is presented in a more conventional style (third-person POV), which makes me wonder if there was a secret ghostwriter behind these scenes. The backstory, interspersed with infrequent flashbacks, intrigued me at first, but eventually I managed to get bored of this too. How that happened, I'm not entirely sure. Perhaps I was so tired of reading Blink's weirdly written story that I just wanted to finish the book as quickly as possible.
Oh well. Now I can look for something I'll like more....more
Another good discovery from Wattpad for me. I admit, the Avatar: The Last Airbender-style symbol on the cover was what attracted me. But hey, it's gotAnother good discovery from Wattpad for me. I admit, the Avatar: The Last Airbender-style symbol on the cover was what attracted me. But hey, it's got a lot of adventure, a lot of magic, and a lot of god-awful spiders. (Everything a growing boy needs, pretty much.) And even a floating mirror. If not for the fact that this predates the current season of Once Upon A Time, I would have thought it was a reference to the Snow Queen and her Spell of Shattered Sight.
Well, that's this one done. Can't wait to see what adventures are in store for Sam, Travis, and company next!...more
The sequel to Cornwell's The Cove takes the reader to San Francisco, where FBI agent Lacey Sherlock is searching for a nasty guy called the String KilThe sequel to Cornwell's The Cove takes the reader to San Francisco, where FBI agent Lacey Sherlock is searching for a nasty guy called the String Killer, who killed her sister seven years earlier. It also features the return of Agent Dillon Savich, a main character from the previous book, who develops a relationship with Sherlock while he helps her solve the crime. It's a tad bit less enjoyable than its predecessor, but still a good read....more
Welcome back to the world of the Lorien Legacies. This sequel continues the story of Number Four, who remains on the run with Sam and Number Six. It aWelcome back to the world of the Lorien Legacies. This sequel continues the story of Number Four, who remains on the run with Sam and Number Six. It also introduces a new Garde teen, Number Seven, who as the first book indicated was hiding in Spain, more specifically in a Catholic convent/girls' boarding school. Seven's Cepan, Adelina, has pretty much given up on training her young charge, instead deciding to devote her life to being a nun. Meanwhile, Seven is developing her Legacies, including the ability to restore dying life-forms to health, and underwater breathing (this one is rather appropriate, given the water motif on the cover as opposed to the flaming sun representing Lumen on I Am Number Four, as well as Seven's chosen human name, Marina.)
Back in the States, Four and Six continue to practice their legacies, and we learn a little more about Six's past. Four also gets a crush on Six, which would go against the assertion from the previous book that the Loric people fall in love for life. (view spoiler)[Which is perfectly okay, since Sarah Hart, now relegated to a minor supporting role, turns out to be a traitor, turning Four and Sam in to the FBI. What a rhymes-with-witch. And, soon enough, Six travels to Spain to meet not only Seven, but also a little girl called Ella, who is secretly Number Ten of the Garde, blessed with Aeternus, the power of age-changing immortality. And Sam gets trapped in a Mogadorian compound in West Virginia, while Four meets another Garde, the muscular, gravity-defying Number Nine. (hide spoiler)]
I really wish there would be a movie of this one. It's awesome, even more so than its predecessor. So now I have very high hopes for The Rise of Nine. Although I still wonder, is this series going to still be six books long? Because at the rate it's going, in order to get to that length it would either need to be chock-full of filler or split into two sub-series the way the Maximum Ride books were. Oh well. Doesn't stop me from enjoying it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Baldacci introduces a new series with this novel, featuring Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, both disgraced Secret Service agents whose charges were asBaldacci introduces a new series with this novel, featuring Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, both disgraced Secret Service agents whose charges were assassinated and vanished, respectively, eight years apart.
It's very complicated, more so than this one-sentence paragraph would imply. But that doesn't make it any less thrilling....more
Seven months ago, Perdido Beach, CA, was cut off from the world by an impenetrable force field twenty miles in diameter. All the children age 14 and uSeven months ago, Perdido Beach, CA, was cut off from the world by an impenetrable force field twenty miles in diameter. All the children age 14 and under remained, while everyone else vanished, resulting in what was called the Fallout Alley Youth Zone or FAYZ. Some of the kids developed powers. All sorts of powers.
Three months ago, the food started to run out, and the Darkness in the wilderness began to grow.
Now, the story continues...
Orsay Pettijohn, the girl with the ability to see into people's dreams, starts being treated like a prophet, especially now that she has a "companion" called Nerezza. After managing to make contact outside the FAYZ with Connie Temple (Sam's mom), Orsay tells everyone that they must leave Perdido Beach as soon as possible. With no way to leave other than turning fifteen, Orsay - and Nerezza - start suggesting that the easy way out is to die, thus sharply dividing the kids of the FAYZ.
Not that they don't have enough problems, of course - Caine and company continue hostilities with the Townies, further exacerbated by the constant belligerence of Zil Sperry and his Human Crew. (A Nazi by any other name, I guess...) Meanwhile, more characters are added into this already-saturated mix - a group of foster kids living on an island which was the private estate of two Hollywood stars. Adopted from a wide array of countries like a lot of celebrities' foster kids, these five, led by Thai-born Wisdom (who prefers his original name, Sanjit) and African-born Virtue ("Choo" for short), struggle to survive the loss of power and illness among the younger kids. It doesn't help that Caine shows up and tries to take over the island - but the reaction from Sanjit and Choo has to be seen to be believed.
After reading the fairly long - and fairly disappointing - Hunger, I was understandably worried that Grant would write in lots of filler for Lies and its immediate sequels, up to the forthcoming series conclusion Light. I was way wrong here! Lies is a vast improvement over both of its predecessors, but of course it just gets even better with each new entry in the series since then....more
At the end of the last novel in this series, The Doomsday Key, Sigma Director Painter Crowe, upon observing the crescent-and-star-inscribed-within-theAt the end of the last novel in this series, The Doomsday Key, Sigma Director Painter Crowe, upon observing the crescent-and-star-inscribed-within-the-Freemason-square-and-compass tattoo on a dead Big Bad, made this succinct statement: "A war is coming."
The war is coming, yes, but it's gotta take a bit of a backseat in this novel due to a far more pressing matter that could result in the end of the world if not taken care of as quickly as possible.
In Utah, a strange Native American burial ground has been unveiled, one laden with most unusual artifacts. These artifacts are very dangerous. They are ancient, but they appear to have been made with some seriously advanced technology, including nanites. And the nanites are starting to denature the landscape around it, which if it is left unchecked will result in a seriously catastrophic geo-disaster as it approaches the volcanic hotbed that is Yellowstone.
As Sigma Force is sent to stop this, they also have to investigate a few other important things as well. For instance, the fact that this isn't the only such site, and that there are more nanite-laden artifacts in such places as Iceland and the Appalachians. And they discover an old design of the Great Seal of the United States, which had fourteen arrows, instead of 13 to represent the number of colonies. Mysteries, mysteries everywhere...
This novel was delayed a year, presumably so Rollins could work on his standalone thriller Altar of Eden. Despite how subpar that book was, The Devil Colony was still very much worth the wait, and it really lives up to the high standard set by The Doomsday Key. Now that Steve Berry has pulled a similar move with his horrifically lousy new book, The Columbus Affair, I can hope that Berry has a similarly awesome thriller waiting in the wings for next year. Incidentally, Berry's 2011 thriller, The Jefferson Key, had a very similar, if less sci-fi-oriented, focus on a conspiracy surrounding the founding of America. Coincidence? You be the judge....more