The police are snowed under. Something has to give. Drastic measures need taking. ...more
You see, I'm one of those people who believe not everythingis black and white, even governments. In fact, I'd dare say they're the shadiest of the shadies. And why not? They govern the land and the people, they manage the country's funds, they are our representatives in international affairs, ...more
We are the people!
We are the image of the future.
We are the first drops of a flood.
We are the lightning on the horizon.
We are the sound of the coming storm.
We are the wolves at your door.
Well there’s hating a book and there’s hating THIS book. It’s quite strange, this dumbfounded feeling after reading something that I found so terrible. I’m usually left speechless when I’m graced by something so good that conveying how much I love it is a pain. Riot is certainly a pain to remember, so ...more
I received a free copy of this book on netgalley in return for an honest review and quotes taken from this uncorrected version, subject to change in the final edition.
The year is 2018, England is overpopulated and the government has decided that mandatory sterilization of the unemployed and uneducated is the answer. The story opens to the scene of the first male citizen being "snipped." And, honestly, I have never heard or read about a man's balls in such a non-sexual, intimate ...more
If you're my friend on Goodreads you are likely to have noticed that I don't give two star ratings lightly (Edited to note that I've since changed it to one star because dear lord). If a book is good enough to keep me engaged 'til the end and isn't actively offensive, my soft heart tends to go for three stars regardless of if I actually truly LIKED it. I also have never reviewed a book here before, but I feel like this book won't let me rest until I explain why it pissed ...more
My current status: Has pounding headache. Aaaaaah.
The main thing I remembered while reading this book is the headache that always accompanied it while I read. It was that bad. I kinda even wanted to stop reading it because it really made my head ache (Literally!) The only reason why I’m giving it a 1.5 rating is because the plot of the book was actually good. Too bad everything else is bad.
The plot was great. It had the very dystopian feel. I ...more
Actual rating - 1.5
Riot started out okay, but it quickly got boring.
When books have a part where the main characters go on the run, they can get quite boring.
There's usually some action that saves it, though.
There was some action in Riot, but unfortunately, it didn't save it, and i was still bored.
It felt a lot longer than what it was because of that, and by the halfway point, i was wishing that the end would come.
Agreed, the choice of narrator was questionable and overuse of unconvincing language (“flipping”) was jarring. The story itself, however, remained dramatic and I found I couldn’t put this book down.
I was quite annoyed ...more
Albeit Riot doesn't do the best job of defining, or answering all that, it was a fast-paced and interesting read, and that is where its strength really lies. It can hook you in, being a short and engaging story.
My problem lies in that the ...more
This books plot is about excessive population, and the governments tactics in rectifying the overpopulation. This is a dysfunction and uncommon dystopian with a new and original world.
I didn’t think the adrenaline rush of SIEGE could be topped but reading Riot is like diving head first of a cliff. It never stops, from the first chapter till the last page. How Sarah Mussi doesn’t lose the tension in 350+ pages I do not know. It’s an amazing skill – something that guarantees her a spot on my insta-buy list.
Both main characters, Tia (our narrator) and Cobain are sympathetic but not faultiness i.e real. I particularly appreciated Tia’s character ...more
Riot’s narrator is a hacktivist, whom we quickly learn is leading a dangerous double life, protesting ...more
I definitely liked this, but I'm not sure how much, exactly.
For one, it felt like there was too much in too little time. Like, with Siege, it all made sense to squeeze it in that time frame, because it was something that would realistically unfold like that. But this... this was... No. Actually. When I think about it, it's not impossible. I mean, we do get a history of how things have been going on for a while, how the unrest has been simmering, and it makes sense that this is where it ...more
There were a few things that originally annoyed me about this book when I first started reading it. There were a few Americanisms, such as ‘mall’, that were included even though it is set in London and Tia, the female protagonist, is slightly irritating ...more
And, man, I was reading this first chapter or two like What a good concept. I mean, it's ludicrous, but the protest of 'My body, my rights' is hardly farfetched, and 'EVE' is the Anonymous of 2018. It sounded quite exciting.
Then, that excitement ...more
Riot follows the story of Tia Thomson, born to a control freak of a dad, who happens to be an evil politician. Tia goes against everything he stands for. This book is set in England, and shows the manipulation of the government and the reaction from the public towards the introduction of a new snip bill. Which proposes to sterilise youths ...more
The writing is very basic - it's like reading a script, the characters just do things, there is little description and it is usually something like "the building was big". There's a lot of telling rather than showing. The plot was sometime stiff and unrealistic (jumping from a bridge into the Thames?)
She could have
Let's stress readers, I did read all of the reviews on here for this story and on Amazon before borrowing from my local library. Now, I really wished I hadn't. What a waste of time. Almost immediately, we are thrown into this situation and at eight in the morning here, it's too gruesome to talk about. I felt physically sick as I tried to plough on into the story just to see if anything picked up. But, it was too slow and ...more
Well, where to start...?
I didn't like Riot. Not at all. I could barely follow what was happening during the book. The plot didn't seem to follow any sort of logical sequence and jumped around to random events that seem to have no significance to the last thing that happened. I barely understood the dialogue - there were so many unusual words introduced with no explanations with them. I wasn't sure if they were related to ...more
The concept of the book was interesting and held promise but the narrative felt too rushed, it wasn't really fully explained. There was too much time spent on them escaping and there was a lack of development between characters. However, the last few chapters started to pick up slightly. Mussi has a nice concept but the narrative was just too slow.
AND THE YOUTH RIOT.
I have so many feelings about this book. For ...more
"I believe the children are our future.
Arm them well, and help them fight for their rights."-Sarah Mussi
Riot follows the story of a hacker named Tia who under the guise of her username Eve starts a revolution with her Hands Off: My Body, My Choice campaign. Along with teen criminal hottie Cobain it's up to Tia to stop the one man who can put an end to all this No More Children In Need bill. Easier said than done considering that man also happens to be her farther.
Riot should of been a great ...more
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
At the beginning of Riot, I was in love. I loved everything. I loved the premise. I loved the writing. I loved Tia's voice and I wasn't expecting it to go where it did in the early pages. But somewhere along the way, the book seemed to step back from its original idea and went somewhere else. Riot is kind of a political thriller, but it takes a big step beyond its original premise. I ...more
I received this courtesy of Hachette Children’s Books through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Riot had all the makings of a great book but fell short on the follow through of a pretty cool idea. We start off in the year 2018 and things have really changed and certainly not for the better, England is crowded to the max and there are people living in poverty and need everywhere. The government has come up with a bill to take down the ...more
There are a lot of dystopian YA books out there at the moment (believe me – I've read most of them!), but the majority are set in other similar world to our own, or our own world but further in the future. The unique thing about riot is we are only talking about four years time. AND it's in Britain – not America. That's terrifying; the events of Riot could really happen in the very near future. And that is precisely what makes it such fascinating ...more
I received a free copy of Riot from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Beware; if the introduction of Riot doesn’t scare you off and you get through it, a unique story awaits you.
Riot is an action roller-coaster which definitely didn’t disappoint me, despite its rating on goodreads, which discouraged me for just a moment. But, I sat down and read it over a pretty short time span.
In chapter one the reader finds himself in the middle of ...more