This is my first introduction to Hugh Howey. I've not read the Wool Series, but I'm definitely going to now.
If you follow my reviews, you know how ofThis is my first introduction to Hugh Howey. I've not read the Wool Series, but I'm definitely going to now.
If you follow my reviews, you know how often I dislike first person stories when the author is the opposite sex. This tends to be truer for YA books, but it usually rankles nonetheless. (see reviews for The Fifth Wave or Beautiful Creatures)
So it speaks volumes that I can't say enough good things about Howey's story and version of a fully complex and interesting MC, Maya. True, things get a little predictable in places (hence the 4/5 stars). But ultimately, the world, our world perhaps accelerated, and the conflict Maya has with herself and her history during this bizarre adventure is truly worth your time. Howey's writing is excellent. Weaving in bits and pieces of back story, showing volumes in just a few sentences. Absolutely one of the finest writing styles I've ever come across. Whether this story is a complete departure from what he's done with his Wool series, I don't know. Whether people who are fans of that series will love this story, I also don't know. But I can tell you as a first time Hugh Howey reader, this book has undoubtedly sent me on a quest to read everything else he's done and will do. ...more
The world of Celaena just keeps getting more and more complex. This is a great addition to the series. And for once, the plot does not hinge, truly hiThe world of Celaena just keeps getting more and more complex. This is a great addition to the series. And for once, the plot does not hinge, truly hinge, on secrets between friends. In fact, this book is all about truth and how it ultimately will set you free. Really excellent addition to the series. And I'm very bummed the next book isn't out for a while. The addition of Rowen as a character and his depth is a true highlight. Sarah J. Mass has made it into my five-star review list. I can't really describe more without spoiling many things about the whole series. So just do yourself the favor and read the first two, then anxiously await the fourth installment along with me....more
Sarah J. Mass gets better here. Much, much better. First, the writing is far superior to Throne of Glass. Second, the plot does not (completely - moreSarah J. Mass gets better here. Much, much better. First, the writing is far superior to Throne of Glass. Second, the plot does not (completely - more on that in a moment) hinge upon the characters not sharing something. And third, you finally start to understand the truly complex world building she has achieved here. While too similar of voices still keep me from giving her all five stars, this book was definitely enjoyable and had me not just wanting, but needing to read the next installment.
Now all that being said, there are two considerably large plot points that hinge on two or more characters keeping secrets from one another. The only problem I have with this is, the reasons seem and feel rather flimsy and more for author/story convenience rather than something someone would actually do. Despite that, however, this book a quick exciting read and the frustration from the secrets is really minimal because there's so many other interesting things going on.
I have to give Mass some mad credit for walking that fine line between damsel and bad ass. When Celaena got a little too wimpy it wasn't just a man who came in to "save the day" but saving the day is born more out of friendship than gender roles. And Celaena herself saves herself and her friends on more than one occasion. So, while there are many adult themes in this series, I would recommend this to teens as a great example of a strong, complex heroine.
I still recommend this series to fans of Maria V. Snyder's Study Series and Robin LaFevers's His Fair Assassin Series. If you love those books, you will absolutely enjoy this series....more
I admit it. I totally bought this book for its cover, at first. But as I dug in, I found myself completely engaged and interested in the many places BI admit it. I totally bought this book for its cover, at first. But as I dug in, I found myself completely engaged and interested in the many places Bonnett explored. That being said, this is not one of those books you can just sit down and devour. It's slow, and quite honestly, I read it at the same time I was reading something completely different. I'd sort of switch in and out because this is one of those books you can read a chapter here or there at a time. Almost like work of short stories.
Fans of Judith Merkle Riley's The Oracle Glass will love this book. Though the protagonist, is much younger and less savvy at first, she definitely grFans of Judith Merkle Riley's The Oracle Glass will love this book. Though the protagonist, is much younger and less savvy at first, she definitely grows into a strong and interesting woman. I love books which place young heroines in very difficult patriarchal places and times. I very much enjoyed watching the young Nella discover herself as she discovers the many secrets of her husband and the house.
For sure this is a slower read, but enjoyable nonetheless. And truly, if you're a fan of Judith Merkle Riley, you will absolutely enjoy this story. ...more
"No thanks", is my usual rule about books written in first person by the opposite sex of the protagonist. But Alameddine does an amazing job with this"No thanks", is my usual rule about books written in first person by the opposite sex of the protagonist. But Alameddine does an amazing job with this. It's a beautiful book where everything and nothing happen. Where my heart pounds even in the restful dips of the story arch because I'm so connected, so happy to be on Aaliya's journey. Alameddine captures the absolute spirit of Aaliya, an outlier, a woman trudging her own path to do what she loves, to stay independent, to be herself. Truly a remarkable novel.
The only slightly irritating thing, and really I would've graded down a half star if possible, was there are no actual chapters. Which can be frustrating, when you're looking for that 'stopping point' just before bed.
Yet all in all this is a book worth staying up for. It's a book worthy of your absolute attention and diving in as a lovely journey....more
When I downloaded this book sample for my iPad, I honestly didn't think it would be something I was into. Sometimes literary (you know, with the capitWhen I downloaded this book sample for my iPad, I honestly didn't think it would be something I was into. Sometimes literary (you know, with the capital "L") is too fussy for me. But boy was I wrong. Hosseini coaxes the reader into his story and then roots you to the characters and world. His threads are picked up and dropped and picked up and dropped throughout the journey and as you come to the end you realize the picture has been fully woven... you've worked for it. It's an absolutely stunning novel that I would recommend to anyone who has a love of words....more
Wow. I mean, that's pretty much all I can say about this book. My only assumption here is that because Mr. Yancey is a well published author, his agenWow. I mean, that's pretty much all I can say about this book. My only assumption here is that because Mr. Yancey is a well published author, his agent and book editor saw fit to allow him to publish such cliched drivel. And I'm not even talking about the ridiculous alien plot-line, logic holes, or absolutely pointless back story vomit.
I know. I'm usually not so mean in reviews. And I hate to say terrible things about someone's hard work. I do, I swear.
But as a woman I feel I must say something about the absolutely awful representation of a female protag as presented in first person by Mr. Yancey. I am sorry for the women in Yancey's life, because he must think very little of them. His version of a young female is both boring and irritatingly cliched. It's like he took all the snippets that he knows about women from Glamour Magazine and tried to stuff her into an insanely boring shell. She's annoying. Simpering. Ridiculous. Illogical. Again, I feel sorry for the women in Yancey's life.
I usually have a rule about authors writing MC's in first person when they are the opposite sex. Especially in YA literature. Because being a teen girl is hard. And unless you've been one, it is impossible (as Yancey clearly proves here) to write from an informed and meaningful perspective. And I do not mean to say this just for men attempting to write from a teen girl's perspective. I find the same to be exactly true of women who write from a teen male's first person perspective. However, and perhaps this is because it is easier to find on the shelves, I think this is done successfully more often.
I won't go into all of the other problems with this story, because by far the biggest fail in this is the author's attempt to portray a fleshed out and layered female protagonist. Plot, logic holes, repetitiveness, and pointless back story aside....more