An Anatomy of Beasts
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An interesting but less impressive sequel to a wonderful book, I felt that An Anatomy of Beasts could have done with more mystery-solving and less jungle-exploring.
It reminds one of Avatar in several ways, the detailed descriptions, and encounters with life on Faloiv certainly help a lot in that. And I don't necessarily believe that was a bad thing if anything it made these books immersive and fascinating. I just think this book is propelled almost entirely by that and it wasn't what I wanted.
I wasn't overly excited to read the sequel just because I have a horrible memory and forgot what happened in the first book. It took some energy to pick it up and make myself read it.
I am SO glad I did. After getting past the hard decision of just starting something, I fell right back into the world and its characters. The world building in this sci-fi book is beautiful. Faloiv is magical and mysterious. I feel a deep connection with nature, so this world appeals to me deeply. The connection ...more
Everything I loved about A Conspiracy of Stars was only further developed in An Anatomy of Beasts. If you love books with rich world building, Cole delivers a stunning planet not only full of lush plants, but descriptive animals. It's like walking through a virtual off planet zoo! Not only that, but An Anatomy of Beasts asks us what we will do to fight for our home. Where we will ...more
The protagonist feels too much. Everything she does is dictated by her feeling, and everything is an emotional plea. It got pretty old pretty quickly.
All she is is the embodiment of her beliefs, which all stem from her emotions. Then she doesn't even stay consistent in what she stands for, which then comes across pretty selfish.
The dialogue was crisp a ...more
After the events of the first book in the series (that you should really read before picking up this one,) our heroine Octavia is on the run from the rest of the humans of N'Terra. She finds refuge with the Faloii, the native inhabitants of the planet, who are harboring both refugees and secrets that will gradually be uncovered as the book heads to its curiously moving ending. It's the kind of ending that feels complete ...more
At first, it took me a little while to get into book two. Though it seemed a little faster paced than book one, I wasn’t exactly trapped on an ...more
Though my memory of “A Conspiracy of Stars” was rather fuzzy by the time I bought “An Anatomy of Beasts” (about a year between when I read book 1 and book 2, ooooops), “An Anatomy of Beasts did not fail to absolutely astonish and amaze me, even more so than its predecessor. I loved how the main focus of this book was more on Faloiv, as opposed to the human settlements. Though we only get a lit ...more
Another good thing about this book is that it answered a lot of questions and was satisfactory in unraveling some of the mysteries in the story.
However, I found a lot of things a bit ho-hum:
~ It's hard not to feel like the entire book is just a rather linear stream of difficult experiences for Octavia. It's getting almost easy to predi ...more
Ch 26: *switched to book* forty pages left. let's see how this is gonna end.
Ch 27: *sweats nervously* four-page chapter. a lot can happen in four pages...
Ch 28: Ten pages left. I've seen a lot of things happen in ten pages. I don't know how this can end but let's see.
Me: *looks for chapter 29*
Like I'm a big fan of ambiguous endings. Hell, I write ambiguous endings. But this ending was just cruel. I've scoured Goo ...more
It felt like some plot points were something - worn out, or drawn out, I’m not sure, but it lacked a certain finesse. Some of the happy coincidences Octavia (and others) experience go beyond the believable explanation of her symbiotic nature with the planet. Though it’s minor, I didn’t get what happened ...more
However, this book has some momentum issues that it's predecessor avoids, which makes it a much slower read. Also, I really struggled to remember the events of the previous book, which made a lot of the reveals less powerful. Considering the fact that I read the first book less than a ye ...more
I absolutely love the planet of Faloiv and all of the interesting beasts and plants there. This setting is amazingly creative and I enjoyed reading about it a ton. I also really loved Octavia and how she interacts with the planet and its natives.
This story helps ...more
I found the plot of Anatomy of Beasts to be more dragging compared to the first one, but it still has that suspenseful and electrifying atmosphere so it didn't bother me too much.
The moral dilemma that O deals within this book is so heartbreaking and powerful, and I liked how this was constantly dissected throughout the story. There were times when O came across as pretentious, especially when it came to her friends having opposin ...more
I adored this duology. Everything about it was right up my alley. Awesome alien planet complete with amazing animals and scientist characters. Umm yes please. But not all is as it seems and there are some good twisty moments.
The only reason I take of some points is that ending. The book completes but it feels so unresolved still to me. Maybe I just wanted to spend more time on Faloiv, I don’t know but it just wasn’t the ending I felt we d ...more
The world of Faloiv is amazing, and the way the world communicates is so cool (and one of my favorite parts about these books). But not only that, the plants and animals that she has created are unique and not just by how they look but in their relationships and reactions to each other.
I also love how the main character grows in this book and how she is discovering things about herself and her strengths that she did not ...more