17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland…
17-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt…
All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. ...more
It was a breath of fresh air meets dance for joy reading something that wasn't humming the tune ->>>
"single white female with mystery power seeking equally mysterious man for long walks, moonlit dinners and dire consequences".
Nothing against that particular breed BUT I'm the type who wants a premise to grab me as much or more (usually much more) than the characters and their relationships. Imagine my delight to read something that offers up a ...more
And if they were alive, but stuck in some radioactive wasteland...well, that wasn't exactly good news either.
Strangelets had me curious from the moment I read the description and saw that a group of random and unconnected people on the brink of death were going to wake up somewhere else unknown. I knew that they couldn't be in purgatory because of the futuristic nod, but I was very curious to know what the deal would turn out to be.
I loved the first half of this story. We start off with ...more
My first question while reading Strangelets was: What is a Strangelet? I knew the book featured young strangers mysteriously thrown together in an even more mysterious setting. I thought it was a cutesy way of referring to strangers, similar to how the terms piglets and eaglets refer to a small, cute version of the adult animals. ("Oh, wook at the cute, wittle strangelets!") Umm, no. When the answer was given near the end of the book, it ...more
Strangelets finds a group of teenagers who wake up in a strange hospital-like facility. There doesn’t seem to be a way out, nor is there any food. The kids all share something in ...more
I found the story to be annoying, dragging and boring!
The concept of a couple of unrelated teenagers who were about to die traveling thru a black hole to meet in another place/world was interesting, at first. I became tired of the constant introductions: “who are you? Why are we here? Why are you doing this to me? Where are we?”
I also grew bored of the sense of danger that never amounted to anything: “what ...more
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Gagnon's characters lacked personality and could not elicit much emotion from us aside from indifference and maybe a little annoyance. The story is told in the alternating points of views of Sophie, Declan and Anat. Sophie was sick but after dropping into an alternate dimension, she finds herself miraculously cured, she's a little fragile and scared, a totally nondescript character. Declan is in a word, a thief. He stole something, ...more
When I first started the book, Sophie seemed brave and likable. Well, that got blown out of the water pretty quickly. She's a total Mary Sue and super ...more
Im not sure what I was expecting when I began reading Strangelets.. What I got was a story in full swing.. 3 different teenagers in 3 different parts of the world die at the exact same moment or do they? Well friggen purchase the book because I am telling you.. YOU want to but this book..
Sophie’s waiting to die of cancer the doctors have told her only a miracle can save her.. ...more
Declan, Sophie, and Anat are three teenagers who are moments away from death when they are sucked through a ...more
Interesting premise that started strong, but eventually petered out with flimsy explanations that did not suspend disbelief in the slightest, and romantic moments that felt forced and out of place amid the life-or-death setting.
(art by ~calisto-lynn) (hide spoiler)]) and even that isn't really close to STRANGELETS.
Since this book is easily spoiled, I cannot really say much about the story or the characters. Unless, of course, you are willing to read through mild to major spoilers for the book and no ...more
Sophie, Declan, and Anat don’t know each other, but they are about to. They all mysteriously disappear and end up in the same place. What’s even weirder is that there are other kids there when they wake up- Zain, Nico, and Yosh. They all have to rely on each other if they want to survive. Problem is they have no idea where to go and what happened to everyone else. Also, there appears to be no one else around to help. The place is deserted. Sophie, ...more
Thank you to Soho Teen for providing me with a review copy, in exchange for a honest review.
Strangelets is actually the 2nd book that I've read by Michelle Gagnon. The first being "Don't Turn Around", now I'm not entirely sure if Gagnon's books are for me. Strangelets is a highly unusual book that I have trouble categorizing because it's a blend of so many different genres. Strangelets has a great premise, but ultimately it isn't ...more
What I liked most about the story is that I didn’t know the direction it was going. I understood that all of the characters were on the verge of death before they woke up in the strange hospital, but I didn’t know what it all meant. Lots of theories were tossed around by the characters and myself and honestly, all of them ...more
The three main characters were all interesting in their own ways. Some good and some bad. Sophie has been sick for a long time, and had come to grips with the fact that she was going to die. Declan on the ...more
I'm not sure who told authors that every YA needs romance but they're badly mistaken. There is no need to add romance to a science-fiction/dystopian YA, especially not when it's poorly done. Most of this book takes place in less than a week. In that time, crushes start, relationships between complete strangers flourish and it all detracts from the plot. This isn't summer camp! I buy summer camp ...more
You could definitely feel the suspense as Gagnon brought readers to her conclusion. The entire first half of the book, I was on the edge of my seat wondering where she would go with it. The characters were well drawn, and I have to admit that my favorite character was Anat. There aren't a lot of kick butt Israeli girls in YA fiction. I kept reading just on her character alone. She generally had the best ideas, and her instincts were spot on.
I felt that the big reveal of why this was ...more
This is a review really hard to do, because Strangelets is one of those books that you liked yet you don't know how to explain why. And worst, you can't say openly the things you probably would, because it could spoil it for everyone.
The plot is very interesting, as you read in the summary. 3 strangers that were about to die just wake up in a very different world. A dangerous one. It is above all levels of creepy. Once you are into the story there is nothing that can put you back.
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For most of the book I really had no ...more
This book had such a unique and exciting storyline, a very fresh and intriguing premise that had me guessing until the very end as to what was actually going on (I never did come up with the answer, which was refreshing).
Six teens on their deathbed or only seconds from death find themselves awakening inside of a hospital, with no idea where they are or who put them there, they are distrustful of each other but come to realise that to escape and to figure out what is going on they ...more
I was really excited to read Strangelets, I read Michelle debut last year Don't Turn Around and it was a great thriller, and I was hoping that this book would be just as good. Strangelets had me on the edge of my seat, you didn't find everything out right away, you were just as confused as the characters. Each character came from a different place and had me wondering what was going on, who were these teenagers and what did they all have in common.
When all three of these teenagers ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It had a fast moving plot that kept me captivated and an array of characters I really liked hearing from.
Absolutely did not see the twist coming, but I love where it ended up.
Michelle has a way of writing that pretty much ensures I'll read anything and everything she does.
Sophie is lying in a hospital bed in California. She knows she’s going to die, but instead of being scared she’s embracing it. Declan is a typical bad boy. The one time he decides to do something without thieving to buy something for his girlfriend he ends up in a situation where he’s gunned down in an alley in Ireland. Anat is trying to escape her life and be with the man she loves. Doing so involves her crossing through a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel...more
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