Y A W N! Think nearly break your jaw joints! And what a shame! The description made it sound like fun women finding their inner goddesses. I think theY A W N! Think nearly break your jaw joints! And what a shame! The description made it sound like fun women finding their inner goddesses. I think their inner goddesses fled mid-book. I thought with this 'new start' taking place in Hawaii it would at least give scenery and traditions and history a good read.
Alas. No. There were nods but not enough to make up for the lack of character development or plot with any interesting thing happening.
I started to love the yoga instructor, but she wasn't allowed her own reigns. She seemed to have something going but how she would choose that boring housewife to hang with was beyond me. Neither women grew, at all. And the ending was so disappointing. It felt like the author didn't want the story to be told the way it wanted so she forced the story into strange convolutions.
The only thing I like about this book is its title and description. Too bad it didn't live up to either....more
Great idea for a story. Irritating main character.
I was lucky to get this book free from NetGalley. Thank you! It was well worth the read.
London is nGreat idea for a story. Irritating main character.
I was lucky to get this book free from NetGalley. Thank you! It was well worth the read.
London is now part of a dystopian world and survival seems near impossible for this family, even though it is a well to do family. Must really suck for those with less.
But the spoiled daughter of these particular parents has no clue what is happening in the real world outside her house. They have tried to spare their child the worst of it. That seems a big mistake as this poor girl just doesn't know how to live once she isn't in her sheltered life.
Father, in hopes of saving many people, has obtained a ship. Eventually, the small family must join the rest of the people he has attempted to save.
The process of the story before the ship is interesting. But gets quite exciting when they move aboard. I don't want to put in any spoilers so I won't tell you any more of the plot. But I would assume one could call this a coming of age for this main character--I hope so. I didn't see enough growth in her by the end of the book to make me want to read anymore. She moans, complains and mourns the whole book. Yet her father and everyone onboard try their best to help her.
Maybe it is because I am not the target audience for this book, but I do love a good dystopia, and those elements are there. Maybe resolve is coming as this was only book one. I might want to read the next. Not sure if I want to put up with the brat anymore....more
I want to thank NetGalley for letting me read this book. It was one of those books I think everyone should read.
We know what happened, Salem Witch TriI want to thank NetGalley for letting me read this book. It was one of those books I think everyone should read.
We know what happened, Salem Witch Trials and all. As a human being, this topic should make you sick. As a woman, you should see all the warnings of letting anyone think they know better for you than you know for yourself. As a religious person, you should be wary of folks that don't read the whole book and think they are hand in hand with the deities. This whole subject screams that scripture that should most be used "Judge not lest Ye be judged." And in the case of most of these thumpers of parts and not other parts of the Holy book, my dad quoted better than anyone. 'The Bible is God's Word. SO "Judas hung himself." "Go Ye and do likewise."' Too bad he wasn't around to speak his mind to people like the brother in this book.
As much as I think this is a good book for everyone to read, it is so HARD to read. It wasn't the fault of the author. She did a fine job with her research on the subject and kept the story moving. I loved her ability to give the old English feel to the story without making it boring. You knew what was going to happen virtually hiding your eyes because you don't want to see, but still wanted to see how the author was going to pull it off. She didn't disappoint....more
This was a good ending to a good series. It was good because it offered plenty to think about. When a government can tell a person what they can or caThis was a good ending to a good series. It was good because it offered plenty to think about. When a government can tell a person what they can or can't do with their bodies, where does it end? Can they make you give up a kidney because it can save someone else? And who is held responsible when something goes wrong? And though there are scientists that can prove or disprove as much in the scientific realm as theologians can do the same with the Holy Books who can we trust?
Let's say you decided not to give up your kidney. You feel you need it as much as anyone else. Where does your right to live stand in comparison to someone else's? What if the government decided who should or shouldn't have babies? Can you see what a sticky-wicket of a world it would be?
In this last book, which makes me sad to say as I will miss these characters, there are a wedding, a kidnapping, and healing while running for one's life--or that of another. The action picks up and isn't as slow as book two.
It has been nearly a month since I read this but I feel good reviewing as I feel I remember quite a lot. At least it made a big enough impact for me that I could remember the gist. **SMILE**
Now a quick question for the author: What was the purpose of the hidden room? Did I miss something? Or did I imagine a greater purpose than that given to us? Could there be more in store for us?
Anyway, I highly recommend this series. Sure there is romance but it doesn't take over the main story and sometimes adds to it....more
As much as I hated people assigning books for me to read as a teen, I think this should be one for everyone. It was eerily too close to much that is hAs much as I hated people assigning books for me to read as a teen, I think this should be one for everyone. It was eerily too close to much that is happening today. Men/young boys need to learn what women think of them. Women need to get stronger and make sure they are holding up half the sky. There is no sense of majority men in politics leaving the other half no representation.
I was fortunate to have a free credit on Audible so I picked up the Special Edition with Claire Danes as narrator and a host of other voices. It certainly made the reading experience come to life, as regrettable a life it was to read about. I did read along on the Kindle version that my husband shared with me. I knew I had to read it before watching the Hulu version.
Many have told me to read this book in the past. I wish I would have gotten around to it before now so that this would be a second reading. It is too heavy, scary to read again so soon. Yet I may have to again before the year is over. I want to make it a part of my being, pull the wisdom down to the cellular level.
After the book, there is another section with a man covering the tapes found by our main character. It is set in the far future and after much study, they are analyzing the tapes and what kind of world the producer of the tapes lived in. I found that part of the writing so different and amazing. The vocabulary so different than the rest of the book. I have read poetry by Margaret Atwood and then this book. So I find it fascinating from a writer's viewpoint that a person could have such a range in their writing skills.
After that (epilogue?) Ms. Atwood talks about writing the book and how her experiences played a big part in how the story became so real. Again, I was entranced!
Please don't watch the series before reading this. Though they are doing a nice job, they still aren't getting the depth of feelings that you get from the book. In fact, the first scene is actually from the end of the book. I found that just wrong. But maybe as time goes on it will make sense why they did that. It certainly is the cautionary tale for all of us who have taken our freedoms (even the ones we haven't attained yet) for granted.
Please read this book, with the Special Edition Audible if you can....more
I found this second book to be slower and not nearly as exciting as the first book. But then how do you compete with emergency skydiving? I tried to bI found this second book to be slower and not nearly as exciting as the first book. But then how do you compete with emergency skydiving? I tried to be patient realizing we were getting to know other characters better.
Having a disabled person as the main character was a plus. I love it when authors take a chance with something other than perfect people and let us see characters who are different.
Still, the first half of the book took place in two rooms. THAT was boring! Sure we needed to get to know our characters' thoughts but there had to be another way to do that.
Towards the end, things picked up and felt more like the first book. Knuckle were whitened, nails were bitten. And I was praying that there would be no cliffhanger. And there wasn't. The book left you in a safe enough place but you knew there was more that needed to be done. Luckily, I had book three lined up and took off with that one!
Something I need to add here is another original idea of these three books is the moral dilemma similar to abortion or capital punishment. What if we were forced to give up our organs to those we match who are dying? This book takes further into what if by being forced we become disabled or otherwise harmed? Who is held responsible? I love books that make you think and this series does do that while presenting well-developed characters and lots of adventure.
Shoot, I just decided that I need to raise this from three to four stars, just due to my own review. I will remember this series long into the future that hopefully doesn't have the dilemmas presented here....more
I'm jealous of folks who get to read this series one book after another. It has been so long since I read books one and two that I had sort of forgottI'm jealous of folks who get to read this series one book after another. It has been so long since I read books one and two that I had sort of forgotten a lot of what happened before. I sort of remembered as I went along but by now the story was so deep and often scary that I just couldn't handle much of it at all. I know I was charmed by the characters and story the first couple books. A little of that crept through. But in spite of all of that, in spite of a big sister who has grown up with a mental patient for a mother and a disabled sister, and who is in love with an angel, no really! they are all living in a post-apocalyptic mess and this big sister is trying to save the world.
But how again did little sister turn into--um--a demon or locust? I vaguely remember mad scientist types but I read the series too long ago.
Even still I got into this book and didn't want to stop reading until the world as they knew it was safer.
So if it has been a while since you read the first two, maybe a re-read is better. If you haven't read any of the books, try to get all three so you can read them in a row and not get lost like I did....more