Six students are taking cover from a world infested with zombies in their High School. One of these students is Sloane. But the difference...more(3,5 stars)
Six students are taking cover from a world infested with zombies in their High School. One of these students is Sloane. But the difference between Sloane and the others is that she can't find a single reason to survive.
Yes, this is another YA novel about zombies. But I have to say that this is a pretty different one. This is not about the action or excitement. This is more about emotions. This is about fear, about guilt, about love, about hopelessness. And yes, at first, that kind of made me bored. I'm used to those fast paced novels about raw and simple survival. And this is not it.
So yes, I have to admit I struggled with the first part of this book. And Sloane really annoyed me. I don't know how many times I thought "If you want to die, just walk out that door and get it over with!". But I have to admit that the story grew on me, Sloane grew on me. And in the end I found it really enjoying.
I'm not saying the book should be more action filled or violent. But if it just had something that had drawn me in straight from the beginning this would be 4 stars review. I'm kind of sad that it isn't because maybe it deserves it, because it truly has something that makes i worth reading.(less)
I'm a big fan of apocalyptic novels so I was really excited to get my hands on this one. Yes, here we go, yet another book about the world shattering...moreI'm a big fan of apocalyptic novels so I was really excited to get my hands on this one. Yes, here we go, yet another book about the world shattering into pieces (not literally, but you get the point). Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is about Miranda and her family who has to struggle to survive on small rations of food, a small supply of water and the heat from their wood-burning stove after the moon gets knocked closer to earth by a meteor and the climate on earth goes nuts.
I found the basic story line of the book pretty interesting. I'm not sure in what extent I felt that the facts about the moon and the climate was believable (there was never that much details) but I felt that the scenario the family was put in was realistic indeed. And I did enjoy the book to the extent that I read it in a couple of days.But I also had a few issues with it; - I didn't enjoy the fact that the book was written like a diary. I'm not sure why but it felt kind of juvenile. - I would have wanted to know more about what was happening outside of Miranda's home. How was the society in general coping with the crisis? - I felt like this was a YA book that got to stuck in the YA category. I think that the langue and story line sometimes was a bit to simple. And that always disappoints me because that doesn't have to be the case with YA literature (there's so many good examples).
yes, it was still enjoyable enough to deserve 3 stars, but I guess it's 3 stars of the weaker kind. (less)
So, this is supposed to be a fun, different and feminist take on YA literature. And yes, I guess in some parts it is. But not funny enough, or differe...moreSo, this is supposed to be a fun, different and feminist take on YA literature. And yes, I guess in some parts it is. But not funny enough, or different enough or feminist enough to be such a big deal.
This is about Frankie Landau-Banks who's tired of being excluded from her boyfriend's all male secret society. This is about Frankie Landau-Banks who makes a pretty good plan (yes, I'm personally pretty impressed by her plan) to mess with that society and how it's all supposed to be. But is it funny? Yes, sometimes, I have to admit I think Frankie is a pretty funny and really likable character. Is it different? Nah, not really. Is it the best girl-power book ever (as said on the cover)? I certainly hope not because I hope we've come further on that note. To be honest I felt like; Huh? Is this it? Isn't this kind of old news? What's the big deal?
But yes, I gave the book 3 stars because it's nicely written, pretty enjoyable, sometimes a bit funny and Frankie is a character you just got to love. So giving it 3 stars might sounds a bit harsh. But I blame it on the fact that I'm 25 years old. I might have felt differently if I was 15 or so. Yes, I'm saying maybe, because I'm not totally sure. Being Swedish I was pretty well educated in feminist issues even back then and I might as well have felt the same way I do now, how is this book such a big deal? (less)
I did read this book right after I finished reading Looking for Alaska by John Green. Not that they're exactly the same but I can't help to still comp...moreI did read this book right after I finished reading Looking for Alaska by John Green. Not that they're exactly the same but I can't help to still compare them because there's quite a few similarities. They're both young adult novels about a group of teenagers going to a boarding school and they're both excellent coming of age stories. But I still have to say I enjoyed Jellicoe Road a bit more. Okay, let's be honest here, I didn't just enjoy Jellicoe Road, I loved it! I got so caught up in the story that I couldn't stop reading it (which wasn't the case with Looking for Alaska even if that's an excellent book as well)! I stayed up reading this book way too late two nights in a row!
Jellicoe Road takes place on a boarding school and is narrated by Taylor. It's Taylor's story about her search for her past, but it's also a story about a car accident that happened on the Jellicoe Road twenty years earlier. And let's not forget that it's a story about life, love, growing up and most of all, it's a story about true friendship.
So why did I love this story so much? First of all; I really liked the characters! I might even say I loved them (and that's true to every single one of them). They all have a lot of depth to them and feel honest and true without being predictable (I hate predictable characters). I could really relate to them and I really enjoyed seeing them grow through the story. I also loved how the relationships between the characters felt really believable and honest. Melina Marchetta didn't make the relationships too easy or uncomplicated and I like that because that's how human relationships play out. They're never that simple no matter if it's about love, friendship or family. And I have to say this is one of a few books that I really got caught in from the first page, it usually takes me a good while to get into a story. But not this one! There's a lot of excitement, mystery and interesting characters that keeps you intrigued through the whole book...
So, now when you've read this review; go and get your hands on the Jellicoe Road. You can thank me later! (less)
Looking for Alaska was probably the hardest book ever for me to rate. When I first finished reading it I thought it was an obvious 4 star book. An exc...moreLooking for Alaska was probably the hardest book ever for me to rate. When I first finished reading it I thought it was an obvious 4 star book. An excellent book but not quite up there with my absolute favorites. But then I asked myself; "How did it take me several weeks to read this book? And how am I suddenly 2 books behind in my reading challenge?". Yes! It's Looking for Alaska's fault that I'm behind in my reading challenge because it hasn't taken me this long to read any other book. And that's plain weird...
...Because I did think it was an interesting story-line and I did really enjoy John Green's writing. The story's about Miles a friendless teen who convinces his parents to let him go to a boarding school to find the "great perhaps". Miles gets to know Chip and Alaska, two quirky, smart and strange teenagers that becomes Mile's partners in crime (literary). Together they discover life, friendship and love through drinking, smoking, talking and the occasional prank. That's until tragedy hits.
What I like the most about this books is the characters! They're pretty awesome in all their quirkiness! I've read many reviews claiming that the characters are too much. But they've all probably forgotten how it's to be a teenager! You're supposed to be too much! Everything is supposed to be a much bigger deal than it really is! I mean, almost every teenager is a bit manodepressive (if you weren't, you missed out on the glory of the teenage years!). I especially loved Alaska and I want to defend her from her book reviewing haters; It's actually healthy to be a teenage girl who enjoys sex! Especially when you're far from a stupid bimbo! And it's okay to laugh one minute to cry the next if you're a teenage girl! Especially when you actually got a brain!
But, yes, there's a but. I still can't get over the fact that it took me so long to finish the book! Even if I loved the characters and liked the story I didn't get caught up in it. It didn't keep me up way past my bedtime just to read one more page. But I think I'm going to blame the simple fact that I'm too old. This was never written for me, this was written for the teenage version of me and she would love it! So therefore I think that the 4 stars are fair because I have to review this book for was it is. It's a novel for teenagers; and it's a really good one!
That being said I don't want to scare off any readers who are a few years past their teens because this is a really good and enjoyable read for us "old folks" too...(less)
First of all; This was a truly great read! It would get 5 stars for pure entertainment and excitement!
But let's get into things with a really short re...moreFirst of all; This was a truly great read! It would get 5 stars for pure entertainment and excitement!
But let's get into things with a really short resume of the story; Alex, a seventeen year old girl diagnosed with cancer is out in the wilderness to spread her parents ashes. That's when it happens, an electromagnetic pulse that changes everything. And most importantly, it changes everyone...
So what did I like about this novel? First off all, there's the characters. They are in my opinion well written and believable. Sure, you could say it's not a lucky coincidence that Alex knows that much about survival and guns and that Tom is in the military (so yes, he knows his fair share about survival and guns as well). But you know what!? It doesn't bother me that much. I mean the point of the book is for the main characters to survive. It wouldn't be that exciting if they all died in the first pages. I think all of the three main characters have enough depth to them and most importantly you understand them and feel for them (even if you don't always like them). I especially like Ellie! Sure she's annoying and all, but what would you expect of a eight year old when the world turns to ashes!? (Poetic of me).
And I also think this book brings something new to this genre. Because it's not just a zombie book (could you even call them zombies? Zombies are dead. These people are not dead they're changed by and electronic magnetic pulse) it's more of a survival book (which is the case with a lot of zombie books but especially this one). Finding food and shelter is a bigger problem than the cannibalistic kids walking around.
The only thing I had a problem with was the ending. I think it's okay to end a book with some kind of cliffhanger but I still think it's fair to give the reader some kind of peace of mind. But there's no peace of mind in this, it's just a pure and brutal cliffhanger.
But let's get to the point; This book was so entertaining! You all need to go and read it (especially if you're into zombies and survival like me)! The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is my stupid rule about 5 star books needing to touch me in some kind of life changing way (okay I exaggeration a bit but you know what I mean) and I can't honestly say that about this book. But still; I truly enjoyed it! Go Ilsa!
3 stars might sound a bit harsh because I did really enjoy this book. But let's face it; 3 stars means "I liked it" according to Goodreads. And yes, t...more3 stars might sound a bit harsh because I did really enjoy this book. But let's face it; 3 stars means "I liked it" according to Goodreads. And yes, that sums it up pretty well; I liked Inside Out. I didn't love it, I didn't think it was amazing, but I liked it.
The main character Trella lives in a dystopian world where she's a scrub. That means that she's a nobody (as she puts it) keeping things clean for those who live on the Upper levels. But without asking for it she finds herself being the leader of a secret and dangerous rebellion.
So let's start with a little talk about the characters, simply because that's what I like to talk about. Trella is a pretty decent main character (I never fall in love with her, but I like her enough to care). But what is it with the dystopian heroines and their issues with showing emotions? I have to say; Doesn't she remind you a little bit of the well-known Katniss Everdeen? Just saying! (Please give me a suggestion of dystopian novel with an emotional wreck as the heroine. I would be thrilled!).
I want to give Maria V. Snyder credit for the world-building in this novel. Lovely! (Not that the world is lovely, but the details and work she's put into it is), And I would like to give her A LOT of credit for the ending! Very unexpected! And it leaves me more excited to read the sequel than I thought I would be.
So why don't I love this book? To be honest, I'm not sure. But I can make a decent guess. Even though I think Snyder has made a great job with the world building! It's not a world that I'm personally drawn into. I guess I feel a bit claustrophobic (which probably is the point). I kind of miss the trees, the streets and the sky! But oh well, that's probably just me...
So, do I recommend this book? Yes I do! It's a fun, fast and enjoyable read. It's just not my personal favorite (but good enough in every way). (less)
I had to use a half star again. Because this isn't a 3 star book for me. But it still deserves more than 2 stars, because I did find some...more(2,5 stars);
I had to use a half star again. Because this isn't a 3 star book for me. But it still deserves more than 2 stars, because I did find some parts of it to be pretty enjoyable (so I guess it's somewhere between "it was ok" and "liked it");
I'll start with a really short resume of the plot; Sherry and her family have been living in a bunker for over 3 years (because of a rabies type of disease that's spreading through the country). But one day they run out of food, so Sherry and her Dad have to leave the safe world of the bunker. On their food hunt they get attacked and Sherry's dad gets taken away by the attackers (Sherry calls them for monsters). But Sherry gets saved by boy Joshua who tells her about the the weepers (some kind of zombie like creatures that are a result of the "rabies") and together they set out for a mission to save Sherry's dad.
Well okay so this is supposed to be a zombie story. But they're not called zombies. And some of the "zombies" look like humans and some of them look like dogs. And you can kill them buy shooting them in the chest (I'm a firm believer of that zombies have to be killed through the brain, but never mind). But except from the fact that the "zombies" are kind of weird there isn't anything that's really original with this story. It doesn't bring anything new or interesting to this genre! To be honest; I've heard this before!
I also struggled with relating to the main character Sherry. I even forgot her name a couple of times while I was reading (not a good sign, right?). I think she lacks some depth, something unexpected or original. There we go again; the lack of originality.
Now I'm just whining. So what did I enjoy with this book? Well, there's two simple things really:
1. It was a fast and in some parts pretty enjoyable read. It's not bad. There's just something missing... 2. The ending; It actually gives you some hope for the sequel. It might actually be pretty enjoyable and maybe even have an original twist. Too bad that it takes a whole book to convince me that there might be more to this story..
So... Do I recommend this book? It depends. I think there's a lot of better and more original books in this genre. But if you're really into these kind of post apocalyptic YA novels you'll probably find this to be enjoyable enough. But that's pretty much it (for me at least). (less)
I really enjoyed this! It was an exciting, fun, and fast read! But it still had some unexpected and original twists to...moreWhere do I start with this one?
I really enjoyed this! It was an exciting, fun, and fast read! But it still had some unexpected and original twists to it. In other words; Just the way I like my dystopians! I also really enjoyed the fact that the book was narrated by two main characters; one boy (Day) and one girl (June). This gives you two perspectives to the same story. And in this case this fact really adds something to the story.
Day is a wanted criminal that only does what he has to do to take care of his family. June is a girl living in the wealthy parts of town and soon to be an important part of the countries military. But when June's brother gets murdered Day's and June's roads cross and their stories starts to unroll in unexpected ways.
While I really enjoyed this book I still have to point out that this is not a book that I'll carry around in my mind and heart forever. I didn't fall head over heels for the characters. Day is pretty much the typical dystopian hero. What is it with the dystopian worlds? They're filled with guys who are bad-ass and super sensitive at the same time. I guess they're the type that teenage readers (girls) fall head over heels for (there's nothing bad in that, I would probably have an imaginary crush on Day if I was 16!). But as an adult I want more! And June feels a bit stereotypical in the dystopian world as well (I'm still looking for that dystopian heroine that's an emotional wreck! But I guess it's not good for the marketing of a book..."Emotional Emma Saves the World"). Don't get me wrong; Day and June and the other characters in this book are good enough. But I guess I want some more depth and originality to them.
But all in all I do recommend this book! It's one of those "guilty pleasure"-books. It's not going to add anything new (I'm thinking; lessons, thoughts, impressions...) to your life. But it's a really fun ride while you're on it! I guess you could compare it to a roller-coaster; a lot of fun but not a life-changing experience! (less)