Michael Grant finishes off the series perfectly to my liking.
I have raved about this series and recommended it to so many friends. None of them have g...moreMichael Grant finishes off the series perfectly to my liking.
I have raved about this series and recommended it to so many friends. None of them have gotten into it as much as me, I'm not sure why. I think it's perfection; the premise, the slow disintegration and rebuilding of the society, the powers and how they change the characters for good and for bad. The writing is pacey and eloquent and humorous and sensitive without ever being mushy.
I didn't get far into Stephen King's Under The Dome (but I have the audiobook and will attempt again) -I have been watching the TV series though. I know I can't judge King's book on this basis but I have to say, when I watch the TV series, I compare it unfavourably to the Gone series. The TV writers have missed completely what Michael Grant nailed at once - as SOON as the normal rules of life are broken - all bets are off , and true character shines through. Just because Grant's characters are children doesn't change a thing, there are instantly heroes and villains, selfish and generous acts and people who default to order or anarchy. That's what I loved about the Gone series; Grant completely captured that.
I loved the ending to this series and was satisfied with all the outcomes - which is a huge deal for me; usually I'm bemoaning someone's death (and pretending it didn't happen - I've done that with Hunger Games and Harry Potter - won't say who to save spoilers but I absolutely go 'lalala didn't happen to some character deaths to this day ..hahah :) I ama sad to say goodbye to these characters though - I loved Sam and Astrid, Quinn, loved the arcs they all went on and where they ended up. Loved Deka and Lana and Caine and of course The Breeze, loved Emilio and even Albert :) Love these books.
I will read this series again and again try anything else that Michael Grant writes. 6 out of 6 stars for me.(less)
After a slow start, Dan Wells hooked me in and I'm now hanging out for the sequel so much so that I may have to purchase an actual book instead of lis...moreAfter a slow start, Dan Wells hooked me in and I'm now hanging out for the sequel so much so that I may have to purchase an actual book instead of listening to it ('Fragments' the sequel doesn't appear to be on audio book yet *sadface*)
The beginning felt a little weighed down by backstory and medical jargon. But I'm glad I stuck with it. The quality of the writing kept me going at first and then the story kicked up the action and I was hooked. Keira, the main character annoyed me at times but by the end of the book I've grown to love her.
My one complaint would be a lack of romance. All the connections are there but I feel like the author fails to make them. Still, it makes for good tension and I hope there is some pay off for romantics in book two.
Overall, a good story about an intriguing world. If you like the new TV series Revolution, you may just like this. (less)
I'd read a few controversial reviews of this book a while back and because of those, decided I wouldn't read it. But I ran out of books on holiday at...moreI'd read a few controversial reviews of this book a while back and because of those, decided I wouldn't read it. But I ran out of books on holiday at a resort recently and this was left in the exchange so that is the sole reason I found myself trying it.
It's tricky to review because I have done a lot of work concerning women in abusive relationships and was in a abusive relationship myself for about two years. Without getting too personal I have to say this book gave me major flashbacks and they weren't good.
That said, I've never had issues with fiction being controversial or provocative. My only rule is that it should be *consciously* so and I'm not sure that is the case here.
Travis is a Bad Boy and I love bad boys. But there is a difference between boys who are Bad Ass and boys who are just Bad. Travis lapses too often into Plain Bad with controlling behaviour that is the type of thing I warn young girls about. So while I don't like to criticise art for being irresponsible, as the mother of an 8 year old daughter and a sister of three girls Abby's age - this book freaked me out. Put it this way, while I, in my late 30's, now happily married & with my own mind, can say I enjoyed parts of this book I won't be leaving it around the house for the young girls to find. I'm not a prude and I discuss any and all tough topics with them regularly but I guess this book cuts too close to glamorising controlling guys than I'm comfortable with.
Aside from the controversy, I kept thinking throughout that a good Editor who would've scratched some scenes (like the one where he nearly shuts Abby's face in the door…rem…) could've toned down the douchebaggery of the love interest. And speaking of editing; I think this book was self published so am not sure what kind of editing process it has gone through.. but someone missed the author's ticks- the repetitions got so bad at times I would stop reading to roll my eyes when they appeared.
The first is that she is obsessed with people touching both sides of other's faces.
"America kissed each of my cheeks" "I leaned back and looked into his eyes, touching each side of his face with my hands" "I reached up to take his face between my hands" "She grabbed his face with both hands" "…and then a pair of warm, familiar hands were on either side of my face."
People's faces also 'compress' a lot, or fall, and Abby is constantly 'searching the room with her eyes' (not her nose, to be clear I guess). I'm not trying to be a smart arse but I always wonder how this stuff makes it past editors. It screams at me every time I read that kind of repetition; one of the reasons I didn't make it through 50 Shades of Grey was this stuff; Christian's Long Fingers were mentioned about a dozen times before I couldn't take it anymore. Is this just a tick I have?
I did enjoy parts of Travis and Abby's story and some of McGuire's writing - it kept me reading which is more than I can say for so many books. And while the author (on Facebook) seems to deny any responsibility for the negative role modelling this story could send to young girls -for me the responsibility for making sure a book that makes it to printed form is ethically and morally sound (or at least justifies it if not) - lies with the editors and publishers. Although the author writes the material, it is up to the publishers how it's marketed, who it is targeted at and what lines it crosses. (less)