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. Both...moreI 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.(less)
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 sl...moreWhew! 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!(less)
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 reviews...moreThis 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!(less)
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, lo...moreDisclaimer: 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.(less)
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 the...moreOh. 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!(less)
Strong fem lead. Check. Space ships and shuttles. Check. Dystopian post apocalyptic world. Check. Adventure. Check. BUT... The story had holes and oft...moreStrong 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. (less)
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 I...moreBeing 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'v...moreWow! 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!(less)
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 ch...moreWhat? 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.(less)
Poor, struggling, young adult dystopia this isn't. Instead the main character has made it to the upper-class. Survival takes on another dress. Society...morePoor, 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.(less)
I love this series. This second book maybe more than the first, as it is more a survival type book. I love the characters and the plot. I love the poe...moreI love this series. This second book maybe more than the first, as it is more a survival type book. I love the characters and the plot. I love the poetry and arts alluded to.
Once again, this is borrowed from the library. The first book I read using Overdrive to listen and Adobe Digital Editions to read. Since that background hurt my eyes I more or less used it when I didn't understand the words the narrator spoke. In this case, the second book, I was able to borrow the Kindle version. That is much easier for me to read. But I refuse to buy these books at $10 and $11 a pop and not be able to lend them to friends as I would be able to with tree versions. I have the third in the series on hold. This time the library only has the CD and a hardback copy. Wish the library had just the Kindle versions. But it is for everything in this paragraph that this book, or the series won't get five stars as I believe the author deserves for her wonderful stories.
I would still recommend these books for anyone from pre-teen on up. I think that they could be read aloud or listened to on CD together as a family, as there are many moments of educational opportunities. And though there is a little romance, and a pull for the main character towards two different love interests, the author kept that part quite PG. In truth, I couldn't see it get any deeper with her mixed feelings anyway. There is too much for her to learn of herself before moving into a deeper relationship.
Great series. Can't wait for the next to be available for me at the library.(less)
Wow. How do I review this without giving anything away? Well, the title lets you pull the wool over your eyes as you deny what you think might happen....moreWow. How do I review this without giving anything away? Well, the title lets you pull the wool over your eyes as you deny what you think might happen. You hope it won't.
The story was captivating and the characters believable. The world is rather dystopic so you aren't sure why it is the way it is. Now that I am finished I see there are sequels. I think I will try them and hope for more.(less)