Even though it was written over 100 years ago, The Time Machine is amazingly relevant, though-provoking, and even exciting. Unlike the classics with p...moreEven though it was written over 100 years ago, The Time Machine is amazingly relevant, though-provoking, and even exciting. Unlike the classics with pages of useless rambling, this book is short enough to maintain brevity and is filled with enough plot to hold my attention from page 1. Wells's rumination on the fate of humanity was captivating enough that I didn't fall asleep (it was actually quite clever - the way he worked his theorizing into the plot without making it boring). The idea and mechanics of the actual machine are still futuristic by today's standards, making Wells and absolute genius. And for those people who just have trouble with old books because of the out-dated language, you should know that The Time Machine is incredibly still quite readable and definitely worth it.(less)
Time travel hurts my brain. And to be honest, I'm still a little confused. But as always, Owen's weaving of fact, fiction, mythology, (and now - a lit...moreTime travel hurts my brain. And to be honest, I'm still a little confused. But as always, Owen's weaving of fact, fiction, mythology, (and now - a little religion) is masterful in this book. I stopped every few pages to google a new character and always found that they were from a novel or mythology or even history and worked seamlessly into the story. (less)
I believe the general consensus is that this series began slowly going south right around The Final Warning. If you're reading this review wondering i...moreI believe the general consensus is that this series began slowly going south right around The Final Warning. If you're reading this review wondering if this book miraculously saves the series, then my answer is: maybe a little bit.
But I'm still not even close to satisfied. We have the brand new cool idea of flying kids, a funny and likable protagonist, and an almost infinite number of directions to take the plot. So why isn't it going anywhere?
This is James Patterson we're talking about here. THE James Patterson. He's famous for his amazing stories. This one just feels sort of slapped together. Seriously, you can't just have camel-riding riflemen appear out of the desert for no particular reason. Even worse, you can't have one main character threaten to KILL another character and then never even MENTION the incident again.
*heavy sigh* At least they weren't saving fish. Its time to get back to having a clear and consistent villain and some clear plot development. Saving the polar bears was great, but it didn't feel like what this series set out to do, more like something Patterson thought "Hey I can probably sell 250 pages of this for 12 bucks." Really, the most interesting part of this entire book was the epilogue.(less)
Not to sound completely redundant (because I know from other reviews that I'm in good company with my opinion), but this book was terrible. Sure, in t...moreNot to sound completely redundant (because I know from other reviews that I'm in good company with my opinion), but this book was terrible. Sure, in the first couple of Maximum Ride books it was easy to forgive the lack of clear purpose and the plot holes for the witty moments and the unique flying thing, but we have to draw the line somewhere. For me, that line exists at global warming. This is not supposed to be an essay on pollution and hurricanes. It is supposed to be a book about six flying kids trying to save the world. From evil mass destruction, not melting ice!
The whole saving-the-world thing wasn't really clear to begin with, but now we've just been blown waaaaaaay off course. This book had virtually no connections to the first three, and left me wondering "What happened here?!?"
I can only hope that the next one is better.(less)
When I first finished this book, I was angry. Angry that Ender was tricked into destroying an entire race. Angry that now he would have to search the...moreWhen I first finished this book, I was angry. Angry that Ender was tricked into destroying an entire race. Angry that now he would have to search the cosmos for a home for the hive queen. Angry that he didn't get a happy ending. Angry with the military. Angry with humanity.
After seething around for a little while, ranting to my brother (who hasn't read this and thought I was crazy), and altogether being rather upset. I realized that my reaction was probably exactly what Card was going for.
I realized that I was supposed to be upset, I was supposed to wonder if such a thing could actually happen, if children could serve as commanders and if humans would annihilate a race to prevent the possibility of another attack.
The brilliance of Ender's Game is that it asks these questions. On one layer, it is an action-packed story about a boy fighting mock battles in a room with no gravity. On another, it is a story that asks fundamental moral and philosophical questions.
I should note that normally I avoid books that ask philosophical questions like the plague. But whether because of the brilliant writing or the intriguing take on space travel, I would highly recommend Ender's Game.(less)
I hesitated to read this book after finishing The Death Cure, because anything that happened in the past would have to be depressing by requirement of...moreI hesitated to read this book after finishing The Death Cure, because anything that happened in the past would have to be depressing by requirement of the plot. Eventually I got over it and picked up this book, discovering that sadly, I was right. However, The Kill Order is still worth reading.
First of all, this book could stand alone, but it won't be nearly as meaningful if you haven't read the entire Maze Runner trilogy first. Don't read this until you've read all of those. The Kill Order was thrilling and fast-paced, and I literally could not put it down. Dashner did a fantastic job of slowly revealing the origins of the virus and slipping in little foreshadowing comments (such as the comparison of the infected people to "cranks"). The prologue (and the epilogue, but I'm trying not to give anything away) kind of perplexed me, because it didn't really belong with this story. Taking into account the end of The Death Cure, I can only assume that Dashner wrote it just to remind the readers of where all of this is eventually going, and while typing he was laughing maniacally thinking "You CARE about these characters?!? I'll show you!!"
All right, that's probably not exactly what happened, but having Theresa narrate the prologue and thinking "It'll all work out in the end" does seem a little evil. As was the ending, but I'm not going to spoil that. All I'll say is that given the circumstances that you knew the book had to end with, I thought it was well-done and not overly depressing.(less)
I'm always a little disappointed with how little story is always in these companion novels. Almost half of this book is the first couple of chapters f...moreI'm always a little disappointed with how little story is always in these companion novels. Almost half of this book is the first couple of chapters from I Am Number Four and from The Power of Six. Plus it included the story of Six's Legacy, which had already been previously published. But I suppose we can't judge authors for trying to make money, and Nine's story was long enough to be exciting. I would recommend reading this before The Rise of Nine, because Nine's character made much more sense. There was also an excerpt from something that sounded like a book from the Mogadorian's point of view, which would be very interesting.(less)
I was so hoping this book would be good. It had such promise: teenage spies who can project themselves somewhere else, a thief with natural talent, an...moreI was so hoping this book would be good. It had such promise: teenage spies who can project themselves somewhere else, a thief with natural talent, and mysterious people who can trap these invisible spies. What happened to the end? If there was a climax, I must have missed it somewhere, because suddenly the book was over and nothing exciting had happened at all. I hope with the characters already established the second book will have some substance.(less)
This was the first James Patterson I've read (I know I'm behind) but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I liked the writing style and the comme...moreThis was the first James Patterson I've read (I know I'm behind) but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I liked the writing style and the commentary of the protagonist, and I found myself rooting for the characters. It was fast and compelling, as I discovered at 1:30 in the morning when I just needed another ten minutes to get to a good stopping point (I stopped at 2:30). I don't know if reading other Patterson novels would change how I felt about this one, so I fully intend to finish this series before I find out.(less)
I'll accept the bizzarre impossibility of this just because it was kind of cool to have the actual setting be an evil and maliciou...moreThe prison is alive?
I'll accept the bizzarre impossibility of this just because it was kind of cool to have the actual setting be an evil and malicious character. But overall, I wasn't that impressed. The characters were likable and the plot was interesting and unique, but there were some problems. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I could have let go of my confusion over the setting (not just the prison and where it was, even though that did bug me, but the real world) and why on earth they were riding around in carriages when they had devices that removed wrinkles. If you don't mind suspending even science fiction reality, you'll probably like this book a whole lot more than I did.
-Were we supposed to be surprised that Finn was the long-lost prince? Because by page 80 I had realized that it probably wasn't a coincidence that Claudia only met him on his seventh birthday and he kept remembering a birthday cake with seven candles. Unless I was supposed to figure this out 100 pages before the characters, in which case, good job dropping hints.
-When exactly was this all supposed to take place? So far in the future that they created a living, moody prison, but they all pretend they're back in the 1500s. It was stated that after some devastating war, they wanted a simpler time. So naturally they chose one of the bloodiest, most war-ridden, and plague-filled periods in history to make everyone live in.
-The prison is TINY? Like, people smaller than atoms? Someone please explain to me how a person can be smaller than an atom. Last time I checked, people were MADE of atoms.