dude. i LOVED this. fast paced with characters that are revealed slowly, and the plot twists and how things still keep moving and how you don't know .dude. i LOVED this. fast paced with characters that are revealed slowly, and the plot twists and how things still keep moving and how you don't know . . . you don't know until the end.
sorry. first off. TIME TRAVEL. i am normally not a fan of anything time travel related, but this is awesome. plus it digs into all the kind of issues that would come up if you could really, you know, go back in time.
second. FINN. the threesome. i just. i really liked the characters and was totally pulling for them.
third. alternating POVs that totally worked in this really awesome way.
fourth. the way that the POVs and tenses and non-linear story-telling TOTALLY WORKED TO EVERY ADVANTAGE.
oh, heck. just read it. please. you won't be disappointed. it's pretty freaking awesome. ...more
so i really had no idea what i was thinking going into this book (i didn't read the author's earlier work), but this was so. good.
i am not sure why iso i really had no idea what i was thinking going into this book (i didn't read the author's earlier work), but this was so. good.
i am not sure why i don't have such a problem with the "lack of world building" in the last few novels i have read, but i am all about suspension of disbelief these days. seriously, i didn't even question the idea of a world above earth - due to the Sky God - but perhaps that says a lot about what i have been reading. :)
pros: the concept of the edge. the way it changes you. The Ground.
morgan's brother, lex. and alice. because sometimes you love who you love, no matter the reason.
the slow build up of relationships and reveals about the world with internment.
how a small town can be so lovely, but also so suffocating.
the fact i want more.
how religion played the part of not asking questions, and how you can question but still have faith.
the ending was rushed. a lot. i am hoping the second book will fill in some of the other characters.
i wanted to know more about what lay under pen. what is lurking there? her art? why does she destroy it and then rebuild?
do people like basil really exist? i mean, arranged marriages that work so brilliantly and he loves her so much despite the fact that morgan is kind of . . . all over the place some times?
i mean, there's the whole part in the cavern. and i don't really get how it happened all so fast.
overall conclusion: i can see this appealing to a lot of readers, especially those who like cinder and recent series along those lines. the writing is lovely, it starts quiet but then grows, and yeah. i would like the next book now please.
i don't know where the recommendation for this came from, but i am quite glad that i picked this up. granted, this would normally be something that ii don't know where the recommendation for this came from, but i am quite glad that i picked this up. granted, this would normally be something that i would poo-poo at, but i am thrilled that i didn't really know the premise.
(love triangles - so over them.)
HOWEVER, i really felt like this wasn't a love triangle. i thought kiera cass did a wonderful job of setting up what a first love is like, and then what happens when you see the world beyond. besides, this is like a dystopian version of THE BACHELOR (something i have also never watched).
so props for keeping me entertained. for making me care about politics and niceness and meanness between girls. it felt realistic despite being such a structured and almost forced plot. i really had to run and download the next book, and am BUMMED the third book doesn't come out until may!!...more
so . . . i really liked this book. but i didn't like cress as much as i wanted to, as a character, but i think that's because i'm not a romantic at heso . . . i really liked this book. but i didn't like cress as much as i wanted to, as a character, but i think that's because i'm not a romantic at heart. i couldn't relate all that much. (also because if i was stuck on a satellite for seven years with net access, i would have read quite. a. few. books. and would have been even more awkward with people.)
but i loved the way the other characters developed. i loved that the group was split, and had to learn how to deal with new strengths and new weaknesses. i liked seeing more of kai, and the pressures he is under as an emperor.
the writing and the plot have improved throughout the series. the original fairy-tales and how they are woven throughout is sheer genius.
i would have given this 4 stars. right now it only gets 3.5 stars because the best part happened at the very end.
WINTER. I WANT YOU NOW.
(seriously. here is the character i have been waiting for!!)...more
if you had any questions about the background of the "compounds", this will show you something. also makes braydon's pride about his dad working at NOif you had any questions about the background of the "compounds", this will show you something. also makes braydon's pride about his dad working at NORAD really twisted. which i love.
so, the same issues of one dimensional characters are still present in this installment, and yeah, the writing didn't really get better the way you exso, the same issues of one dimensional characters are still present in this installment, and yeah, the writing didn't really get better the way you expect second books to get. i suppose it reminds me of the lorien legacies series, except it's SURVIVAL and i am such a sucker for this.
i think this story definitely benefited from the dual POVs of brothers alex and dean. we heard from dean in the first book, but alex's voice was a nice counterpoint, especially since he told the story of outside, and dean was inside.
to me, the ending was a little too easy, but honestly, i wish it could have stopped there. i don't think there's a need for a third book. this was a strong story with a good ending (batiste! max! ulysses! the twins!) and yes, i am purposefully ignoring the whole deal with astrid, because let's just not go there.
even easier read than the first. i read both books in one sitting. another reviewer said these were like mindless entertainment movies, and that's what they are. enjoyable, but you can't think too hard about it or you'll go nuts. just back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
the premise of this novel thrilled me. i LOVE survival stories, and i am constantly thinking of things i should pack in a go-bag (not paranoid, just pthe premise of this novel thrilled me. i LOVE survival stories, and i am constantly thinking of things i should pack in a go-bag (not paranoid, just prepared). so throw some kids in a walmart and bring on the natural disaster, and you know i'm going to be in.
i liked the relationship between dean and alex, because as an older sister, i could so see myself being that way. (maybe that says too much about me, but whatever. it's true. special bond!) i hated the whole thing with astrid. bored by the triangles. i mean, really? a lot of the kids i felt were undeveloped and kind of stereotypical - the whiner, the precocious adorable little twins, the kid from the bad family, the jock, the jerk, the electronic nerd, the book nerd, etc. but i suppose when you are trying to keep 14 characters straight, it helps to have a defining characteristic.
easy, quick read that i didn't want to put down. i mean, it's definitely not the best writing ever, but it's good. i mean, they could have talked more about how you can't just like on soda and so you have to ration the water, or what to do when they run out of candy, or ice cream, but hey.
oh, i don't know how to rate this! 2.5? the thing is, it wasn't horrible! i was just kind of bored. i liked cassie at times, but the whole thing withoh, i don't know how to rate this! 2.5? the thing is, it wasn't horrible! i was just kind of bored. i liked cassie at times, but the whole thing with evan was just. WEIRD. also, the whole ben parrish thing.
i did like the psychological aspect of it - trust no one goes against the human's wiring as a social creature, so that's always an interesting dialectic, but not enough of it made sense. the aliens, for the example. i couldn't figure out their motivation for the kids and the fifth wave and WHY in the first place.
not a whole lot of anything new. i didn't read it quickly because i didn't find it a real page turner until about the last 30 pages. the alternating POVs didn't work so much, and the only thing i thought was interesting about evan was the line about how it was hard to rewire the first 16 years of his life.
but he was twilight level creepy. and mostly i was disappointed. sigh. ...more
i don't know what category to put this book in. maybe i need a sci-fi shelf, though i'm pretty clueless . . .
anyway. i was all good until the ending.i don't know what category to put this book in. maybe i need a sci-fi shelf, though i'm pretty clueless . . .
anyway. i was all good until the ending. i don't know how that's even . . . remotely ethical or whatever. i liked jeb. stupid love triangles though. give it a rest! sadly, i know i am going to read the sequel. i just can't help myself sometimes. ...more
i too was really bothered by the ending. however, there are things that make sense - the way "brother" was so possessive of elysia (here's the thing.
i too was really bothered by the ending. however, there are things that make sense - the way "brother" was so possessive of elysia (the beta clone), the comment "mother" made at the very beginning - and what the governor did, etc. and i didn't really get the whole "oh my god i'm so in love" thing, but then i remembered that elysia is beta TEENAGE clone. in a drug induced world. she is supposed to be fairly ridiculous. come on, this is a book that says that teenagers hit the "awfuls" so no one would miss them later.
i mean, the whole island is based on stereotypes, and very western world stereotypes at that.
i also don't believe that whole "soul-less" thing. i mean, what is "awakened" if not the soul? and for those concerned about the science of the whole thing, i think that is going to be addressed in book two, because that last reveal definitely brings all the science into question.
Rachel Cohn is a brilliant writer. it was a quick and fast and neat read about a world that could exist somewhere even in this reality. it raised a lot of questions about humanity and spirituality and more. i was a little sad it was over, to be honest, and will be picking up book 2 as soon as i can - i want to know more about astrid and biome city and liesel-with-her-door-locked and zhara. funny thing is, i don't really care about the two main characters - or at least, the blond dude. i would like to see elysia continue to grow, especially as she learns things that aren't on her microchip. anyway, i like the premise better than Matched and it has the same sort of problems of instant-love, so that's promising. ...more
a nice quick read that delved into new territory. i mean, cinderella as a cyborg? pretty awesome.
the characters started to get richer as the story wea nice quick read that delved into new territory. i mean, cinderella as a cyborg? pretty awesome.
the characters started to get richer as the story went on, and the plot picked up too. (even if i saw the big plot point miles and miles away.)
it's a good story that the young set will really love. i hope the writing gets stronger as the series progresses, and i look forward to reading the next books (though i wish they were coming out faster!). and i did like the ties to the fairy tale - especially the concept of the foot. and the evil step-mother. oh, just HOW evil! ...more
there are stragglers. there's a government. climate change happens and the snow doesn't stop fallingso i just kind of don't get it. the plot, i mean.
there are stragglers. there's a government. climate change happens and the snow doesn't stop falling. willo is trapping animals (especially hares) in the mountains and dogs too and he makes a coat from the dog skins and also sometimes he wears a dog skull?
(i don't understand how he wears it? a dog head is much smaller than a human head. even a kid. i just.)
written in a type of dialect, which didn't bother me as much as i thought i would.
it wasn't bad, it just didn't grab me. i couldn't follow what was really going on. except - they want to stay out of the city. there are pony men. did the next door neighbor farmer actually turn them in? what was up with patrick? why did the government care so much? what are they planning on doing?
i was confused. but it was different, and i like different. ...more
i really liked callie. think i liked helena even more. will certainly pick up Enders in december when it comes out, but don't feel stressed about it,i really liked callie. think i liked helena even more. will certainly pick up Enders in december when it comes out, but don't feel stressed about it, which is nice!
(liked the twist with the love triangle, but that whole thing seemed a little forced to me.)
so this was better than bumped, but still not the same level as the jessica darling series. i wonder if this is aimed at a younger audience? which doeso this was better than bumped, but still not the same level as the jessica darling series. i wonder if this is aimed at a younger audience? which doesn't really make sense, but it does seem to be . . . a dumbed-down-version of mccafferty's writing.
melody and harmony really come into their own here. i was annoyed with the boys, to be honest, and wished they were just gone. (except for ram and zeke!)
fast read, political undertones, a coming of age story that you wouldn't expect. ...more
i hate the love triangle. i really do. i think the same story could have been told without the xander/ky/cassia matching mishap. i mean, what about thi hate the love triangle. i really do. i think the same story could have been told without the xander/ky/cassia matching mishap. i mean, what about the abberations and anomalies - they obviously have relationships without getting Matched, so what does that mean?
that said, i found this installment more . . . emotional. more moving. indie and eli, vick. hunter. the boy with the cavern. it didn't move that quickly, but i felt a lot more for the characters this time around - except, interestingly, cassia and ky.
looking forward to the last book and hoping for some serious closure, though i feel like this set up so many threads, how is one book going to possibly wrap them all up?...more
but i really liked locke in this. (i didn't like jenna very much.) i liked kara. and i liked dot maybe the most. how awesome is dot? she made me want to cry. love.
i liked the idea of the story. i liked the world building, but also the sense that certain things didn't change. i liked the differences between locke and kara, the way some things stay the same and some things don't. i thought there was just enough development, but with the clear sparse writing that makes pearson's work so unique.
but it wasn't a necessary story. it did feel a little tacked on, and cursory. (you do, i think, have to read adoration to understand inheritance.)
if dot wasn't in it, i think i would be a lot less happy. besides, i read it in one sitting, so it's not like i lost a lot. ...more
so, i think i would have rated this higher if it hadn't been put in this "alternate universe". i am a little tired of this trope, i think, especiallyso, i think i would have rated this higher if it hadn't been put in this "alternate universe". i am a little tired of this trope, i think, especially when not much has been done to create the alternate universe.
(i also didn't think adina's motivation was really necessary, but you know.)
what i did like: taylor. i loved every bit of taylor, including miss miss. i also loved cross dressing pirate, SURVIVOR METHODS, and tiara. oh man, tiara, i love you.
i liked the moral, i liked the plot (when i didn't feel like i was being asked to suspend disbelief too much), and i liked the whole presentation:
after all, what really is the moral of this story? who is the narrator and why are they telling it?
i think it's going to be a book i'll reread and like even more. ...more