I have never read a series of books so out of order as I have had to with this series. It was too expensive to buy each of the three books so I consulI have never read a series of books so out of order as I have had to with this series. It was too expensive to buy each of the three books so I consulted the library. They had the large print hardback book and the CDs to listen to available right away. They didn't have the first book and the second was already borrowed. So I read/heard book three first. I was very impressed with the author that the story line and characters held together without the background of the first two books. Soon the second book became available in only the OverDrive (audio) version. So I took my chances.
Once again, I am impressed with how well the story holds together even reading it so out of order. As with book three the narrators: Mariel Stern (June), Steven Kaplan (Day) keep the story moving from within the characters' points of view. Though the ending of book two felt like the narrators were hitting their stride, the beginning felt a little unrehearsed. Still, I think this is a great way to tell a story from the male and female viewpoints. I think it makes the book more accessible to both genders. That's my guess. I wonder how males react to this way of telling a story. Both June and Day are fearless and human and show they deeply care for each other and their people. Both are trying to make a dystopian world a little more livable for all. I imagine that the audio versions of this story add so many more layers of believability to the story.
This was the first book I have had to rely strictly on the audio version. There was no Kindle or tree-book available to read along on. With my ADD that made it hard to stay within the story. But I limited my visual stimuli to crocheting a mundane pattern or closing my eyes. I think if I had a car, this would be a great ride along story. It isn't so exciting as to make the drive dangerous, but it keeps your attention.
Now that I know how the story ends, and how the middle is told, I will have to read the first part. I found I had one credit on Audible so as to 'buy' book one. Once my finances are better I will grab the Kindle version to go with it. I may eventually reread the story in the right order to see how much different it comes across. I highly recommend these books for young adults and older. The romance isn't horrible sticky. Rather it adds another layer of depth to the story. Enjoy!...more
Five stars! And that's with me starting to read it on book three! I never do that. I like to start at the beginning and read a long series to the end.Five stars! And that's with me starting to read it on book three! I never do that. I like to start at the beginning and read a long series to the end. Starting in the middle or later can be chancy at best. But there was no choice. I saw such high ratings and I think a GoodReads friend recommended it. So I jumped over to Amazon. WAY too expensive for me right now. So I went over to my library website to see if they had it. The had the regular version of book two and this third book. BUT with this large print book I was able to land the audio-CDs. How lucky was that?
Let me take a moment out for a font complaint. Why is it that large print versions don't give spaces between lines? Even with the larger font I still couldn't read it straight through. I needed to use my trusty dusty bookmark to keep track, like a first grader! Old eyes, what can I say?
What kept me going, though, was the audio version. The voices of June and Day were read by Mariel Stern and Steven Kaplan respectively. They were wonderful narrators! I must make sure when I finally get this series for myself that I get the Audible Whispersync with the Kindle version.
I must marvel at the writing of Marie Lu. That I can come into the story this late in the game and not feel lost is to her credit. Sure, I felt like I was missing a little background on how it all started and how relationships grew, or didn't, but I felt I already knew, somehow. There wasn't a lot of background descriptors dragging the story out, so I assume Ms. Lu snuck it all in there somehow. Magic!
And I am surprised that coming out of the book I have a hunger to read the entire series, real soon! I put all the books on all my wishlists. Just reading a book three should have had me feel I was finished, ya know?
Oh, and if you read this one, have some Kleenex on hand near the end. It's not horrid, but I haven't cried like that near the end of a book for a long time. But that shows the amount of truth that this story held for me. No, I am far from being a teen--65, but I could still relate to all that was going on with these characters.
Oh, and this is the first book in a long time that felt that either guys or girls could read it with equal fervor. Each chapter is either June or Day (Daniel) and both are tough but caring human beings.
As I have said before, where were authors like Marie Lu when I was a teen? This book kept my interest from beginning to end. And I think that if you are unlucky enough to not get the first two books you can start here and still have an active adventure!...more
I am SO impressed with this series! Especially since I had to read it backward. For the most part, I read it on my local library's Kindle and listenedI am SO impressed with this series! Especially since I had to read it backward. For the most part, I read it on my local library's Kindle and listened to the library Overdrive version. This last book, book one, I actually had had the chance to buy the Audible version. I figured I will eventually buy all of this series (Kindle and Audible) so that someday I would read it in the correct order. If it is good and held together reading it the way I did, imagine how good it is reading it the right way!
Spoilers are hard to avoid as I write this. In fact, I thought by knowing what was to come I wouldn't be able to continue. Then something happened between Metais and Day. Something seemed off as I remembered what was to happen in book two. Luckily, by the end of book one that issue revealed itself properly. Everything else held together very well. Again, I am so impressed with the world, characters and story that Marie Lu (author) built.
In this first book, you get to see how June and Day meet and start falling for each other. I had wondered about that. You get to see how Day meets Tess. You actually meet Day's family. You meet all the people who play crucial roles later in the series and now you know why (if you read it back to front, that is).
Yesterday, I saw that Legend is on sale on Amazon. It is $3.00. If you can, I suggest you buy it. If I had more than a dollar to my name, I would buy it now. Alas, that will have to wait.
Now a comment on the narration by Mariel Stern and Steven Kaplan who play June and Day respectfully. I don't know if this is their first narration gig or if they were finding their voices to these characters, but this one felt like they were new. Especially, Mariel Stern, whose voice appeared higher and a little crackly in comparison to the later books. Maybe she was attempting to sound younger? And, of course, if they recorded them in order that would still be the case, right? But as this story continues both voices become stronger and true to the characters. I was often in a situation where wearing headphones and listening were impossible and I had to read the book strictly by sight, and there were times my eyes were tired and I just listened, either and both methods hold up and maintain a fantastic story. An author who writes very well, combined with narrators who read very well, makes a wonderful experience, even in a dystopian world....more
I picked up this e-book about two years ago from BookRooster.com I'm glad I finally gave it a shot. This was a fun ride.
It starts in a dystopian futurI picked up this e-book about two years ago from BookRooster.com I'm glad I finally gave it a shot. This was a fun ride.
It starts in a dystopian future when a nerd, forever the recipient of the wedgies and other tricks of the bullies. It doesn't take long to like this kid. In spite of himself, he is a smart yet patient young man.
Without going into spoilers... hmmm...how to do this? Well, he ends up with a journal that his mother kept back in our days. Through this and a few other happenings, we see how much he is like his mother and we watched his magic bloom.
Well, that didn't give anything away, but it doesn't seem all that exciting. But it was! I really loved the characters, even the bad guys. They were all well fleshed out. The plot was an interesting take on the dried up meme of dystopia.
When I get new books that aren't from Amazon I usually download them to my Moon Reader Pro where I can read along with text-to-speech. That way I don't need a light like I do for my older generation Kindles. MRP is backlit like the Kindle app on my Tablet or on the Fire. It was a very fast read. I was sucked in right from the beginning and didn't want to let it go until the end. Sleep and other needs got in the way of the read.
There is to be a book two. I can't wait to read it. I didn't feel this book left me with a cliffhanger. We know how THOSE bug me! I guess the only reason I didn't give it five stars is because there were places that I felt there were holes in the story, that things had been left out with little segue between parts. I managed to pick up the threads but felt unnerved by how it was done.
By the way, It is now $.99 on Amazon for the Kindle version. Not bad for a great bit of entertainment!...more
"Damn!" Is exactly what I said as I deleted this book from my Kindle Unlimited list. Not because I would miss it, but because of the cliffhanger. I HA"Damn!" Is exactly what I said as I deleted this book from my Kindle Unlimited list. Not because I would miss it, but because of the cliffhanger. I HATE CLIFFHANGERS! Especially when the next book isn't available yet. It is the only reason I gave this book four stars instead of five. Sure there were a few editing issues, but the story flowed around them quite nicely.
Yes, it does remind me of other dystopian books, Divergent, Hunger Games, etc. But it had its own story. I loved the characters and the nearly constant suspense toward the end. I refused to read the last 10% just before bed as I could tell I wouldn't be able to sleep if I tried. But it left me hanging. GRRRRRRR!
As much as I want to say I won't, I can't wait to read the next book in the series!...more
I am SO SAD! This is the end of the series. I could live in this series forever. I want to be Jess, or Harpreet. They are my favorite characters. BothI am SO SAD! This is the end of the series. I could live in this series forever. I want to be Jess, or Harpreet. They are my favorite characters. Both are pilots who fly between Earth and Mars and globally on either. Oh, include the moon in that for Jess.
REAL science fiction. Real research involved in the science. These things are all possible and hopefully the space travel will be something we do.
Mars as a colony is grand! Its a believable world peopled according to what is possible in the beginnings of populating another planet.
Creepy things have taken over the political system of Earth. Such a marvelous planet to an outsider. Rain, oceans, breathable air. But recycling bodies? 'Rebodying'. Ew. Although some of the science might be worth looking into for incurable diseases.
I know. You are looking at what I am saying and wondering what in the world I am talking about. Sorry. I should stick with reviewing. I try so hard not to make spoilers that I find relaying what the book is about nearly impossible. Meanwhile, these are the books I would have died to have to read when I was a kid. Still they hold up for me at 64. Though a little heavy in males, I find that the author has included all ages and sexes which is refreshing. And they learn from each other.
Okay, there is a bit of romance, but Jess isn't all googly she holds on to herself and the couple completes each other intellectually and emotionally. That, too, is refreshing.
Cidney Swanson, also took a chance an included a sibling that has a disability. Jess's brother, Ethan, seems to be a bit of a savant or has autism or Asberger's Syndrome. She never labels his differences as such, just describes him with his assets and problems in ways that he is just human like all of us. Ms. Swanson is amazing in how she portrays this character.
In fact, the writing of these books is fantastic. I think I found an editing oops, but it was so minor that I can't remember it at all. THAT's how an author writes!
The series ended very well. I was glad to stick it out to the end. I didn't have that incomplete feeling I often feel at the ends of books. Even still, I feel I will have to reread them all again and again! I recommend everyone who is a sci-fi buff to read them all. By the way, The first book, Saving Mars, is free right now. But for once I don't feel bad about spending the money on the rest of the series. I think Ms. Swanson's promotions of her books are very well done. Please, find these and enjoy them like I did--do....more
Whew! Another 3:30 morning for sleep. Today I slept until nearly 3:00 in the afternoon. Caged in Bone was so stimulating that I just couldn't go to slWhew! Another 3:30 morning for sleep. Today I slept until nearly 3:00 in the afternoon. Caged in Bone was so stimulating that I just couldn't go to sleep even when I finished reading it. Sure we were left in a safe spot having a few threads tied up. But you could tell there was more. Luckily, I was too tired to see if I had the next book ready so I didn't start reading it yet. I am itchy to get started on it, though.
Have I mentioned that I love Elise Cavanough? After this many books with her as the main character, I nearly think of her as real. Heck, she did live in Reno for quite a while; she could have been a neighbor. **wink**
This book is a continuation of the stories before, saving Heaven (Shamain), trying to resurrect someone we love (sorry, Spoilers!) all the while each character fighting their own personal demons, real and imagined. The book grabs you and won't let go.
By the way, disclaimer: I was given this book by the author for an honest review. So I say, those five stars and my review are fully an honest reaction to a fantastic book in a fantastic series of serieses (is that a word?).
Please read these books. Starting with Seasons of the Moon series, then Cain Chronicles, then Descension and Ascension (which I think I am nearing the end) then the newest one is the Preternatural Affairs series. I can't wait!...more
This was the best sci-fi series I have ever read. Lots of space travel and well researched situations to keep the reader engaged. Check out my reviewsThis was the best sci-fi series I have ever read. Lots of space travel and well researched situations to keep the reader engaged. Check out my reviews on the previous four books to feel my glow. I am so excited that there is going to be yet one more book that I totally turned 'Fan Girl'. As soon as I finished reading this book last night I wrote to the author to gush and beg for the next one. Gosh, I can't wait to read six. It is supposed to be out this Spring, yet another reason I want Winter to LEAVE!
Once again, I am so impressed with the main character Jess and her autistic (?) hacker brother, Ethan. There is a lot of enjoying time on Mars through the family left there, time on Earth, and even time on the Moon. It was just so much fun!
Please do yourself a favor and grab the triology for $2.99 Then enjoy a great adventure. Then follow up with the science links that Ms. Swanson puts in the back of the book. It is worth every penny!...more
Disclaimer: I won this paperback version from First Reads giveaways on GoodReads.com Thank you!
This is the first 'tree' book I have read in a long, loDisclaimer: I won this paperback version from First Reads giveaways on GoodReads.com Thank you!
This is the first 'tree' book I have read in a long, long time. Most of the time I have a hard time with font and line spacing and find myself frustrated and getting headaches. The font in this book was dark against white background and was large enough to allow short periods of reading. Still, I miss the text-to-speech help and the ability of instant dictionary lookup.
This book is strange. Science fiction gone wonkie and scary. Maybe because of that it is best that I did take it in small doses. There is dystopia and questions of paranoia to keep you wondering what is really happening. But stay with it. The story is good, and very imaginitive. I am so glad I read it.
On the downside, I think the book could use more editing as there are misspelled words and sentences that make no sense. It isn't often enough to pull one out of the story but it is there. Oh, and without giving any spoilers, the lisping is the worst to read. The message given is strong and I think would stand better without that constant impediment.
Anyway, I think most sci-fi buffs will like this book, especially those who like apocalyptic dystopias....more
Oh. My. Goodness. I love, love, love this series! Oh, how I wish this would have been around when I was a young adult. I think it would have been theOh. My. Goodness. I love, love, love this series! Oh, how I wish this would have been around when I was a young adult. I think it would have been the motivation I needed to pursue being an astronaut, math skills be damned!
Don't be afraid to read it if you are a little younger than a "young adult". I think even as young as a 10 year old could read it as this is a fairly benign story. Still it is a great adventure with space travel and futuristic life on Mars and Earth. I'm 64. I can't get enough of these books. There are older characters to relate to in the story, too.
Speaking of characters, as much as I love the girl from Mars, Jess, her brother, Eth, is even more fascinating. He is a highly functioning autistic person or maybe he has Asberger's syndrome. The author never applies a label, which I find refreshing. Eth uses what he knows and plays the role he is assigned in the mission even through his own disabilities. But then the rest of the crews does the same thing. Each character has their own short-comings and strengths. That is why the series works so well.
As I have stated in the reviews of the first two books, I think guys would like this as much as the gals as there are characters they can relate to, and the action and adventure just keeps coming.
On this, the third book for me, I found it a little less action and more setting the stage for more to come. I can hardly wait for the next book, but I have to wait for my next paycheck as I have spent my allotment for books for this month. By the way, this three volume set is still $.99.
I think everyone, especially science fiction buffs will love this series. The author has done her homework and even gives websites for Mars fans to look up all they need to know about Mars and spaceflight. Enjoy!...more
Strong fem lead. Check. Space ships and shuttles. Check. Dystopian post apocalyptic world. Check. Adventure. Check. BUT... The story had holes and oftStrong fem lead. Check. Space ships and shuttles. Check. Dystopian post apocalyptic world. Check. Adventure. Check. BUT... The story had holes and often lost me. Dare I even say, it bored me? Yet, I couldn't resist looking to see if I have book two. Big mistake. I've started reading it. Actually, not only do I have the next book, I have the omnibus edition with all three books. So that is what I will be reading from next.
Space Junque has been on my to read shelf for so long I had forgotten it. I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. It is unique in the genre. I'm hoping the next parts of the story are better. ...more
Being an Under the Dome TV series addict, I knew I had to read the book. I have only read one other Stephen King book and that was On Writing which IBeing an Under the Dome TV series addict, I knew I had to read the book. I have only read one other Stephen King book and that was On Writing which I loved. I have avoided SK because I don't do horror. I get nightmares. But since I loved this so much I may have to read his other, less scary books. I already have The Stand in my personal library, but I would rather have Large Print or Kindle version and the Audible version to help me along.
The narrator, Raul Esparza, was amazing! He is the first male narrator that did believable women and children voices without sounding fake in my experience. He had many accents to throw in for good measure. What I felt the most unreal was there were few Maine accents and many southern types. But it didn't make the story less interesting, it did help keep the population of Chester's Mill individualized.
A warning, outside of the same main characters and a couple incidences, this book is not like the television series. Still, I can't wait to see what gets thrown into the mix.
It is nice to know that the man who wrote a book on writing writes a heck of a book!
Wow! What a ride! Look if I'm dingy today, I blame Rachel Fisher. This book started out rolling and didn't stop. Real life got in my way, or I would'vWow! What a ride! Look if I'm dingy today, I blame Rachel Fisher. This book started out rolling and didn't stop. Real life got in my way, or I would've finished this in a day or so. Somewhere around 60%, it felt slower but that was the calm before the storm. I figured last night. I'd start reading it midnight and I would fall asleep. The sun was well up in the sky for two hours before I fell asleep. I could not put the book down. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Fi and her friends.
I gave this five stars because, as usual, Ms. Fisher told a wonderful tale. But I noticed that somewhere around 60% of the book, there were a few mistakes words left out or tiny misspellings. The other thing that really bothered me and I know this is just me, how did Fi deal with dirty diapers? I've had four kids. I could not have fought a war with any one of them hanging from me. I know Fi is a really strong woman. But somehow I have a hard time grasping a woman who just gave birth and running 3 miles with her baby in the backpack. It just seems rather impossible to me. But that doesn't stop the story. And it is an amazing one. Maybe I missed something in reading it.
I love the ending! I will have to reread the trilogy again as I miss this great bunch of characters!...more
What? I am finished reading? But-but-but I want more!!! Okay it isn't a cliff hanger ending and the story can very well be finished. But I love the chWhat? I am finished reading? But-but-but I want more!!! Okay it isn't a cliff hanger ending and the story can very well be finished. But I love the characters and want to continue with their story.
The story is well written. I can feel a lot of research as gone into this book to keep it as realistic as possible. A sad state of affairs and one I hope our world never sees, but the book gives suggestions of how people survive the pandemic and pull their lives back together in spite of horrendous challenges.
I wish I could write more but I feel too tempted to put in spoilers. So let me leave it at: this is a great read. And let's keep it at that.
Oh, I nearly forgot to mention that this was a complimentary copy from BookRooster.com for honest review....more
Poor, struggling, young adult dystopia this isn't. Instead the main character has made it to the upper-class. Survival takes on another dress. SocietyPoor, struggling, young adult dystopia this isn't. Instead the main character has made it to the upper-class. Survival takes on another dress. Society and politics are the main course rather than grizzle from the garbage. Though I find the strong fem lead one of my criteria for a good book, this one is strong in a way I don't like from about halfway through the book. She easily gets caught up in the intrigue and loses her way often, becoming one of those she hates for the one she loves. Oh, yeah, there's romance and the angst involved.
This is probably the worst book to read when you are financially the poorest you have ever been, when the country faces the fiscal cliff at midnight tonight, but in spite of all the above, the book has an interesting point of view and you find yourself rooting for humanity. And I am leaning to actually wanting to read book 2. Go figure. Tracy Rozzlynn is a great story teller....more