Adams has written a total psychopath, and sometimes I’m kind of worried because he doesn’t seem to think this character is necessarily a psychopath. Or maybe he’s fooling us. See, I interviewed him about this terrifying character and this was his response:
“I loved writing X because he doesn’t see himself as a bad guy at all. And maybe he’s not. What he has is a plan to save the world and the power to put it into action even though his means seem ruthless. But, like he tells Danby, God didn’t say to Noah, “Hey, beardy, get all the animals” – he said get two of each. X thinks it’s important to save people with skills to rebuild the world rather than try to save everyone. I think if you got access to government emergency plans, they’d have similar sort of ideas on the books. If you’re an author, sucked in.
Tumble & Fall
Otherwise known as Tumble & BORE (sorry, I hadn’t seen anyone use that pun yet). Tumble & Fail: the most boring apocalyptic book ever. A gentler, kinder soul might say that it’s a character-driven novel exploring the way three teens face the oncoming apocalypse. That gentler and kinder soul would be wrong. The apocalypse is treated like background radiation. It keeps getting mentioned, but it’s hard to see what the hell it’s got to do with the book. Honestly, you could remove it and most of the book would scarcely be affected which is problematic considering how much the book rides on that concept.
This book is made even more boring since, for a bunch of people about to possibly die, and have everyone they love die, these are the most disaffected people ever. No joke, the first hundred pages or so of this novel is people standing around going:
“Hey, heard about that apocalypse thing?”
To any authors trying to figure out how to end their series, I advise you to talk to Ann Aguirre because that lady knows what she’s doing. If I had to sum up my feelings in a gif, it would be this:
I imagine Horde feels similar to a satisfying run. (As I am the kind of person that goes out of her way to avoid that sort of activity, I wouldn’t know firsthand but I’ve read about it.) Your adrenaline’s up and your blood is pumping, you’re in that magic zone where everything’s a rush and you haven’t started to feel the fatigue. It has all of the best bits of the previous Razorland books (action, danger that feels real, character growth and subtle, heartwarming feels) minus the self-righteous assholes running around saying the monsters will eat you if girls wear pants.
Deuce continues to be, hands down, one of my favorite YA Heroines.
So, this book happened.
(Nathan Fillion sums up my feelings exactly)
You know the phrase ‘be careful what you wish for?’ It should have been the tagline, but I don’t mean that in the way you might think. I imagine you have questions, so I am going to pretend I know what they are and answer them. ONWARD!
Dual POV! How could it not be awesome with dual Tris/Four* POV?
Yes, technically it was dual POV, but Four’s voice is basically identical to Tris’. Without the chapter headers, I don’t think I would’ve been able to tell them apart. As far as I can see, the only point to having dual POV is so you can see what’s going on when Tris isn’t in the room. Supposedly (according to Veronica Roth) Four’s more of a sharer but I didn’t really see it.
*I continue to think of Tobias as Four because the name Tobias makes me picture furry bald men in denim short shorts (thank you Arrested Development.)
But you’re in Four’s head, how can that not be magically delicious?
Awhile ago, Proxy briefly floated across my radar and the premise sounded promising (plus yay for gay MCs!) but I didn’t really have any grand expectations or insane drive to get it right away, more like passing curiosity. So when I had a chance to read it, I thought to myself ‘Hmm, I recall this seemed rather interesting, why not?’ What a wonderful impulse that turned out to be. Proxy was an intense, action-packed ride from the first chapter right up to the last page.
While neatly avoiding info-dumps, Alex London has created a creepy and completely plausible future dystopia with a sharp divide between social classes. Each Patron, the members of the wealthy upper class, have everything including a Proxy from the lower class to take the punishment for infraction they incur. Punishments range from enforced labor to severe beatings and the system is upheld by inescapable credit debt incurred from birth for all but those rich enough to buy their way out of it.
WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS BOOK?! YOU GUYS! THIS BOOK!
This book gave me all the feels. Seriously, all of them.
You know what, let me just get this out of my system:
Ok, where were we?
There were parts of this book where my bones hurt, it was so intense. Full on shallow breathing, hand on my heart, ‘let me take to my fainting couch because I am light headed with feels’ intensity but in the absolute most bestest way there is.
I don’t really know if I can give any kind of analytic review because a lot of this book is definitely dependent on how you feel about Kai and Elliot and, not gonna lie, I shipped them. I shipped them hard.
I was charmed from the first letter Elliot wrote Kai when they were six. I don’t know what it is about childhood pen pals, but they just get to me.
Whenever I look at What’s Left of Me and Once We Were‘s covers, I can’t help but to think that the cover artist truly gets this series and how clever he/she is. This always gets me excited because I love seeing the cover actually mean something to the book. As much as I love pretty dresses, it’s the depth and complexity that I really crave. It’s the kind of cover that you don’t quite understand just by looking at it, but as you start reading, pieces of the puzzle fall into place. If What’s Left of Me‘s cover shows Eve, the recessive soul, struggling to find her voice and strength, then Once We Were depicts two souls (the outlines of the face), two distinct personalities, searching for their own identities. But how independent can you be from someone who you share a body with? Someone who has a different set of hopes, dreams and goals?
The Bone Season is easily the most hyped book of 2013, surpassing even the conclusion of the Divergent series, Allegiant. As the first in a seven book series, it’s already been optioned for a movie and did appear on the New York Times Bestsellers list its debut week. But when I heard the magical words “the next J.K. Rowling” my interest, along with many, was instantly piqued due to my severe lack of will-power. But like any book surrounded by a massive amount of hype, there’s concern that it won’t live up to it. And, in my opinion, The Bone Season both did and did not, leaving me very conflicted at its conclusion. For every one thing I loved about it, the yin wasn’t far behind.
It’s clear that The Bone Season‘s strength lies with the world building. As frustrating as it is fascinating, London 2059, under Scion rule, was one imaginative place that kept me in a state of awe over such creativity of all the intricate layers to Paige’s world.
Patrick Ness is quickly proving himself to be one of my all-time favorite authors. I’ve had the Chaos Walking trilogy on my to-read list for months now, and I’m rather annoyed that it took me this long to finally get to its first installment. Thankfully, my sad, procrastinating self was spurred into action after I read Ness’s A Monster Calls, which was so beautifully gripping that it convinced me to finally crack open The Knife of Letting Go.
And then it took me almost two full months to finish it. Aren’t I terrible?
Despite what my extremely spotty progress through this one may lead you to believe, I really loved this book. It’s unorthodox, creative, and powerful. It’s a marvelous piece of fiction that has firmly convinced me that Ness is an immensely talented writer whom I will probably have to begin worshiping in the near future. Or, at the very least, following with a degree of obsession that could possibly be classified as slightly unhealthy.
There’s no doubt in my mind that most people are going to be captivated with The 5th Wave. It’s engaging, features a witty protagonist, mystery, the right amount of anticipation and a romantic story line. Not to mention, it happens to be one of Penguin’s big titles and had a lot of marketing money poured into it. It’s not everyday that an ARC crosses my threshold with such a soft cover. Nor are they usually accompanied by beat up Teddies and survival bags.
I had seen the reviews surfacing and shouting praise left and right, including Kat. And for most of the novel, I was right there with most people who loved the story, rooting for Cassie. But somewhere around the 50% mark, I felt the book lost some of its original luster.
Yancey sets up the world perfectly and there’s little fault to be found there. The narration is introduced by Cassie, who tells the reader of her life before the aliens came and the 4 waves that subsequently wiped out most of the human population.