The breathtaking roller coaster ride that is The Beautiful Ones trilogy comes to a huge climax. It really is a ride as I had no idea what twists wereThe breathtaking roller coaster ride that is The Beautiful Ones trilogy comes to a huge climax. It really is a ride as I had no idea what twists were coming next.
The Ugandan side of the mission is over and now DeAnn and Olivia are now relocated to the USA, and if anything this is the book of the trilogy that hit me the hardest. The stark realisation that the African portions were hard to stomach, I personally feel that what comes from the Almighty USA is by far harder to comprehend.
Morals and Ethics are really out of the window this time and, as in the previous two books, the possible reality of what I was reading struck home, the fact that this was SO close to homemade this more of ann out-right horror story. IN the same way that A Clockwork Orange was never meant to be Horror, the nature of the outcomes (or possible outcomes) make this scarier than any Stephen King book.
United rounds off and almost finishes the Beautiful Ones story (as mentioned before there is a prequel short story that answers a few more questions) in such a way that I was actively hoping that the next books were around the corner. After speaking with Ms Faure on Twitter last week, it seems we have a bit of a wait for the next batch of missions. I for one, can't wait....more
The second book in the Cassandra Trilogy #1, Torn is exactly as the title describes. You become torn about ethics and morality. O.M Faure goes deeperThe second book in the Cassandra Trilogy #1, Torn is exactly as the title describes. You become torn about ethics and morality. O.M Faure goes deeper than in Chosen to highlight the possibilities of what is to come.
In Torn, you start to get the flesh and bones of Olivia and DeAnn, your relationship with both characters change and you start to see that they really aren't what you expected from the first book. DeAnn especially has a huge amount of growth throughout this book.
I read this pretty much straight after I finished Chosen. I bought both Torn and United (book 3) together and once I had finished Chosen at around 2 am, I had to start Torn as cliffhangers bug me and, well, it just made me start reading.
The middle part of the story is quite possibly the most hard-hitting and morally difficult to read. Faure gives us more home truths about a future that makes Nuclear War look like a picnic at the beach.
I am so glad I got the opportunity to jump into this world. Not only have I been entertained, but I have also genuinely started to think about the issues raised and have started to wonder how I can do my little part to make a change. I won't say that this will happen for everyone who reads the Trilogy, but each one who does can only help the cause. ...more
The fact that I got this book for free, will make no difference in the manner in which I gush over this book (and the two that followed).
Chosen introdThe fact that I got this book for free, will make no difference in the manner in which I gush over this book (and the two that followed).
Chosen introduces us to Olvia and DeAnn - one you will love and one you won't... it is up to you to decide which is which.
For me Olivia was the sympathetic character that I rooted for from the start, she wasn't meant to be in the situation she found herself, the Programme was destined to clash with Olivia, whether she liked it or not. DeAnn, on the other hand, thought she deserved to have a spot and demeaned everyone and everything to get there. For me, in this first book, DeAnn has very few (if any) redeeming features. O.M. Faure gives us everything we need to dislike her and it's pretty easy.
Obviously, Chosen takes chances and gambles on making big leaps in the storyline - it is all set up rather quickly and then you get hit by facts; that if you are even slightly human, will start to make you think about the world we currently live in. The Trilogy is never preachy in its delivery, it just gives you the hard facts and allows your morality to decide whether the 'story' affects you or not.
This is the start of a journey that has so much going for it and will educate and entertain you in equal spadefuls....more
Being a Prequel, most would suggest that this be read first and then dive into the books themselves. However, The Disappearance should not (in my opinBeing a Prequel, most would suggest that this be read first and then dive into the books themselves. However, The Disappearance should not (in my opinion) be read before reading the complete First Trilogy. Without spoilers, the prequel fills big answers to big questions left from the Trilogy.
Don't think these answers are plot holes being filled by a short story, The Disappearance stands on its own and probably wouldn't make much sense without the background novels.
The Disappearance is only available through The Readers Club on Faure's website, it is well worth signing up to the club (it is free) and for a change, the newsletters are enjoyable to read and not just the sales pitch for the next (or current) books out. ...more
As with the few other Target Doctor Who novelisations I have read, there is enough difference between the TV serial and the Book to keep things intereAs with the few other Target Doctor Who novelisations I have read, there is enough difference between the TV serial and the Book to keep things interesting for the seasoned Who lover.
I chose to read this one out of curiosity to see how the first regeneration was handled in novelisation format. It is a really easy quick read, where the action flows rather well. I almost wished that the TV serials had such good pacing, as at times they can drag on a little with far too much exposition and corridor running... but it would be Doctor Who with out running down corridors over and over.
I am looking forward to reading more of the Target books this year, just for the pure quci dose of escapism that they provide....more