I'm not normally a fan of historical fiction, particularly from the WWII era, but--a big BUT-- this book is WONDERFUL. Completely engaging, action-pacI'm not normally a fan of historical fiction, particularly from the WWII era, but--a big BUT-- this book is WONDERFUL. Completely engaging, action-packed, and starring two brilliantly written, strong-but-still-relatable main characters and a plethora of great supporting characters. Full of twists and turns that surprise without feeling like cheap reveals and beautiful writing and imagery. I particularly appreciate Wein's ability to write the both sides of every character, shining a light on the negative traits of heroes and the tender hearts of villains. I can't recommend it highly enough. I only hope the female author and the fact that the two main characters are young women doesn't turn off teenage boys (or men!), because I think they would love this novel....more
I'm not normally a fan of self-help books and I picked this one up for reasons I can't recall. I realized very quickly that Strayed's book rises aboveI'm not normally a fan of self-help books and I picked this one up for reasons I can't recall. I realized very quickly that Strayed's book rises above the level of self-help into poetry. It's utterly gorgeous and revelatory, full of truth and beauty. I loved it and would highly recommend it to any lover of language and great story-telling....more
First, I am SO tired of reading YA books with love triangles. NOT EVERY BOOK NEEDS A LOVE TRIANGLE! In fact, most don't. Does anyone truly believe DeuFirst, I am SO tired of reading YA books with love triangles. NOT EVERY BOOK NEEDS A LOVE TRIANGLE! In fact, most don't. Does anyone truly believe Deuce will ever pick Stalker over Fade? Really? (Watch Ann Aguirre do it now, just to spite me.) I agree with a previous reviewer's feeling that Stalker, a former rapist, shouldn't be presented as a potential love interest. Even though this is a much darker, more misogynistic world (I love that the Enclave, so cruel and heartless in some ways, was a paragon of equality when it came to women's rights!), Stalker needs more redemption before we can truly sympathize or root for him. Maybe if they had gone into more detail about his childhood or his personal, inner struggle to reconcile his past actions with his new life in Salvation, it would work. Maybe not. Frankly, I think he'll end up dying in the third book, but we'll see. I would have preferred if Aguirre didn't plant seeds of doubt about Deuce's affection for Stalker, making it seem like that might actually happen. It's not necessary and it doesn't add anything to the book.
I guess a five-star ranking seems odd when I had such a major problem with it, but there were so many things I loved about Outpost. The action scenes were brilliant, super-exciting and well-paced, especially the big rescue at the end. The revelation about the Freaks/Muties was great, and I really didn't see it coming until about halfway through the book. It'll take the third book in a whole new direction and I cannot wait to read it!
I LOVE Deuce's strength and determination, her absolute insistence on being valued for her skills as a Huntress, even when her new society's view on women are completely different. I love that she's strong enough to be herself, even though she doesn't expect everyone else in Salvation to accept her. I love that she's smart and cunning and generally portrayed as a bad-ass Girl Hero who rescues people and not the other way around. Added to that, I love the internal struggle between that part of her personality and her identity as a normal teenage girl who's in love for the first time. I love the sweetness and tenderness in her relationship with Fade. I really can't state this enough. I just love her and Fade. The fact that this relationship is so foreign to both of them is wonderfully captured.
The secondary characters, especially Teagan, Momma Oaks, and Longshore, are very well-written, and I found the tensions in Salvation compelling and fascinating. I love the world Aguirre has created and I can't wait to see how this trilogy (series?) is going to end. ...more