BOOK REVIEW: NEVER FADE

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Okay! Finished book two of The Darkest Minds (with only a day to spare for A Series a Month) and I’m going to throw up a quick review before I get cracking on book 3, In the Afterlight.

SUMMARY:

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

THOUGHTS:

WARNING: Spoilers from book one MAY be included in this

Unfortunately, I felt a lot of disconnect with this second book (you can read my review of The Darkest Minds here) and felt it fell kind of flat. Maybe it’s because I was really tired last night trying to power through it, or maybe it was the book, I’m not really sure right now. But I stayed up pretty late getting it done, and maybe that’s why I just wasn’t feeling it.

I will say this- I’m really starting to love Vida. She’s brash and bold and all edges, but I know there’s a lot more to her than meets the eye. I’m reaaaaally shipping her with a certain character who shall remain nameless so no one yells at me for spoiling anything. BUT YOU KNOW WHO IT IS.

I think this review is less of a review than a confused rambling- I’m not sure where I’m going with it. To be perfectly honest, I don’t remember a lot of what happened, and it seemed like a lot of things were really anti-climactic, like the fight with Mason and them seeing the Slip Kid. I expected just a little bit more, so the disappointment was just a little bit more sharp.

But I did like it. I thought it was very well done, especially writing-wise. Although I personally skimmed some of the random details and setting, I know a lot of people really love that. I’m more of a sparse reader- I like to get right to the action, and that gets me in trouble sometimes because I’m a huge skimmer.

So I guess I was kind of on the fence with this one, but since I loooooove Cole and Vida (no, he’s not the aforementioned person that needs to remain nameless) I’m definitely going to read book 3. I did like Never Fade, but I think I wasn’t in the right mood to really enjoy it this time. I just hope I can get the series all done before tomorrow night!

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A SERIES A MONTH REVIEW: THE DARKEST MINDS

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I finally finished my first book for the Series challenge! I’m almost positive I’m not going to finish the whole series before the month is over, but I’ve been doing pretty good reading this month, at least. I finish my TBR book for January, which is exciting, and I’m going to have the house to myself this weekend, so that could be promising for some serious reading! But anyway, I wanted to throw up a review of The Darkest Minds, the first book of Alexandra Bracken’s series of the same name.

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SUMMARY

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.’

THOUGHTS

Okay! I finally read The Darkest Minds, and it only took me three years to do it. Three cheers! Well, I’m happy, anyway. So, I gave it 4 stars for mainly this reason: I thought it was a great book, really chunky and interesting (I binged it in a day), but I was really confused through a lot of it. I couldn’t figure out why she was so upset about  being what she was. I thought it was really cool, and an advantage, but about halfway through the book when you find out what her powers did, I understood. But I didn’t quite get it at the beginning. Also, the action sequences came hard and fast, which I would usually love, but since my brain was still trying to figure out what Ruby’s deal was, I ended up being confused even more. Of course, I was also sick, and that could have contributed to it. 

In any case, I did really like this book, especially when I got everything straight in my head. I loved the slow-burn romance (I am NOT happy about the ending), I loved the secondary characters- Zu especially- and I didn’t predict much of what happened. There were some things that you could kind of see coming, but I’m not one for trying to figure out a book before I read it- I just let the book carry me along, for the most part, unless it’s super obvious. So I liked that part of it. I thought all the character development, especially Ruby’s, was really good, and I can’t wait to see where Alexandra takes her in Never Fade, book two. 

WHAT TO WATCH

That was another bonus for this book- it was exciting, fun, had a romance, but there was nothing to make it inappropriate for younger teens. Aside from some violence (which was never graphic) this book was clean and appropriate for everyone. I would recommend it even for younger teens who are looking for a thicker book that tackle.

So there it it! Book one is done, now on to book two!

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SUMMARY:

Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

THOUGHTS:

PLOT: I don’t have a lot to say about this book. I think I went into it with too high expectations from the rave reviews I had seen before the release date. I don’t know what changed between the ARC and the finished copy, but I didn’t see the kind of excellence I wanted to. The idea, in and of itself, is great. It’s a different take on a sort of cult life, futuristic fantasy faction land, and I loved the originality of the idea. The execution, however, felt like too much of the author trying to make elements of other popular YA books fit into her novel. The Prim (Hunger Games) little sister in danger situation? Check. The factions that all excel in one field or another, a la Divergent? Check. A love triange? Check. (But, to be fair, it wasn’t much of one). It saddened me that the execution fell so flat for me, and I wish that even the pacing had been better. There was a lot of talking, talking, talking, each character thinking, feeling guilty, feeling torn, and then all at once a flurry of action that made sense, but with no buildup or anticipation. The cliffhanger at the end was good, although abrupt, and I’ll probably at least skim the next book, since it’s only a duology.

CHARACTERS: Eh…I don’t want to talk about them. Honestly, it’s been a week since I finished this book, and I don’t even remember them. The girl was Zo, someone whose name started with a G….Gryphon? I don’t have the book, and now I can’t check. I think it was Gryphon. Anyway, they all did a lot of thinking- mostly about how betrayed everyone would be if they knew the truth. It was all so roundabout, and it got tiresome quickly, especially with so much potential for other things. I don’t think I can really say anything more about the characters- just that they were all intending to do something selfless, and ended up only seeming self-absorbed.

WHAT TO WATCH

This one was pretty clean, with only a few references to sex- one of the gate guards is particularly disgusting, and takes what he wants from many of the girls in the community, and intends to do so with Zo as well as her younger sister, but (SPOILER) nothing happens. That’s all.

OVERALL: I’d give this one two and a half stars, maybe. It was only okay in some parts, but there were a few occasions that I really enjoyed it. So of course, these are all subjective opinions, and I’d love to hear yours if you’ve read it!

REVIEW: ILLUMINAE

SUMMARY

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

THOUGHTS

This is just going to be a bunch of gifs, because what can you really say about a book this good?

So then, I’m sitting there, nearing the end of the book, and I kid you not- for the last 150 pages or so, this was my expression:

But then, just as all was winding down, the final blow was delivered, leaving me feeling like

So that’s that. Illuminae one of the (if not THE) best book I’ve read all year. Go read it now. You won’t regret it.

ARC REVIEW: INHERIT THE STARS

SUMMARY

Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.

Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren’s life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.

But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?

Author Tessa Elwood’s debut series is an epic romance at heart, set against a mine field of political machinations, space adventure, and deep-seeded family loyalties.

THOUGHTS

I’ll be completely honest- I didn’t remember a lot about this book when I started it and since I hadn’t heard a lot, I didn’t expect much in terms of ‘Everyone says I’m going to love it!’

All of that was blown away.

The writing was amazing- not in the fantasy-elegant way that we’ve been seeing a lot of, but clean, fast, and engrossing. The characters- oh, my heart. Each one was round, dynamic, and nothing you could call stereotypical. There was good and bad in each of them, and you never could quite tell which was going to take over in any given situation.

Every time I thought the plot was going to veer in a direction that most stories of this kind do, it changed, twirling off into a completely different universe and making me excited and surprised all over again.

The romance is understated, subtle, and presses ever closer before you realize it, because you’ve been holding your breath waiting for the other shoe to drop on Eagle and Asa. Gosh, Eagle. Imperfection and wonder in a gorgeously damaged being- but not damaged like you might think. I won’t ruin the surprise, but don’t think that it’s another of those messed-up relationships where the girl still loves the guy even though he’s awful. No, the romance sets the background and keeps everything in motion even when you don’t think it will, and has that sort of quiet tension without 80 pages of teenage angst. I loved it. LOVED IT.

Inherit the Stars is a book I’m already eager to read again, and if there’s no more, I’ll be crying, for sure. I’ve fallen in love with the characters, the universe, and the potential for greatness only hinted at in the first book. Five stars, wholeheartedly.

Release Date: December 8, 2015 by Running Press Kids

I was provided a digital ARC of this book before the release date through NetGalley and Running Press Kids, but this in no way affected my review of the work.

BABY BOOK REVIEW: (ARC) THE SCORPION RULES

ARC AUGUST #1

Thanks to Simon & Schuster

ARC through Netgalley

The Scorpion Rules to be released September 22, 2015

I’m calling this another ‘book I can’t review,’ and this time it’s because I was so annoyed I couldn’t finish it. If I don’t finish, I can’t call this a real review. But I’m still going to tell you why, and what to watch.

THE CHARACTERS: I can’t even tell you how irritating they were .The only one I liked was the non-human overlord- at least he added some dimension. The rest were interchangeable- characters to add bulk that didn’t add anything to the story. I learned a hundred names and then got them all confused. Each character could have been so distinct and grabbing, especially the rebel Elian, but no. There was 0 dimension to their personalities. They all acted like frightened children up to the point I read. I mean, technically they’re kids, and their lives are in danger, but their lives have been in danger since they were born. Get used to it.

At any rate, I felt a major disconnect with the characters. They earned my disgust instead of my loyalty, my wrath instead of my love, and that will kill a for me book very, very quickly. If I don’t love the characters, I can’t love the story.

THE SETTING + PLOT: I did enjoy the world-building- it was a very well thought out plan and the descriptions were really interesting- it was almost a believable world that Bow created for readers. The plot, however, was sorely lacking. I read several chapters and skimmed even more, and nothing happened outside the school that they live in. The most exciting thing that happened was a goat getting loose and climbing a tree- I mean, you’ve created this whole world, and you don’t let us explore it? The plot really fell flat for me, which I find is happening a lot in these majorly hyped books. I’m obviously not in the majority, but I just couldn’t finish this book. Here’s why

WHAT TO WATCH:

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There’s a love triangle. A bad one, one that’s not well-developed and not well-executed, but the fact remains. And it’s a F/F/M triangle- by which I mean the main character, Greta, is ‘in love’ with a boy and a girl.

This, I simply do not read. Besides the fact that it was terribly written, I don’t read LGBT material- to be perfectly honest, it creeps me out a little bit. And too, in this particular instance, for the first half of the book Greta is all about that boy and his perfect hair and perfect face and she’ll do ANYTHING for him. But then, in 2.5 seconds, she’s suddenly in love with her (female) roommate, who is her everything! She can’t live without her! It’s just too hard to bear!

Please. Spare me the insta-love. Spare me the badly written characters and choppy love triangle. This book gets 0 stars from me- or 1 star if I have to rate it at all. The premise was interesting, but the execution falls totally flat.

ARC August isn’t off to a very good start for me. I’m hoping that my next book will be better.

See my ARC August list here!

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REVIEW: THE LEVELLER

SUMMARY (GOODREADS)

Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

MY THOUGHTS:

Baby Review:

This book was like taking a vacation. The plot wasn’t too deep, the characters didn’t have some deep-seated angst or hatred for the world, no one was emotionally scarred, and it made me laugh. Perfect for easing yourself out of a reading slump, which is where I’ve found myself for the past two weeks.

PLOT:

I’ll be perfectly honest in telling you that I found the plot to be pretty far-fetched. I mean, I really don’t know a lot about science, but I didn’t quite connect all the pieces of why they were able to hold people captive in their own mind, and I would have liked to know more about the Black and why it messes people up , eats walls, etc. But then, if I had been given all those extra details, it wouldn’t have been as easy and as light to read. As it was, the plot was quick and airy, the reasons never quite as important as the action, and that was totally fine for me. I wish they would have gotten through all the introductory settings more quickly, but I understand that they were needed to introduce all the characters that did end up playing an important role as opposed to just being funny side friends. That could also just be me- I’ve never liked setting books up and all the general interactions of characters, so when a short book spends too much time on them, I tend to get impatient. However, I was glad not to be loaded down with all kinds of extra information that kept me from enjoying the details and frankly, the rest of the book. At the end of the book, when the bad guy is revealed and the problem is resolved, I felt that it was a little bit too quick, everything resolving itself in a matter of pages, but It didn’t feel…wrong. It was just a quick ending to a quick read, nothing too deep and there is absolutely no problem with that, to me. It wasn’t a mystery, it wasn’t a thriller, it was just a plain old good read.

CHARACTERS:

Obviously, with such a small book, you don’t get a lot of character development. Nixy was a decent heroine, feisty in her own right, and I appreciated her frustration as I can relate to being annoyed with a video game you just can’t seem to beat. On the other hand, I found it a little bit ridiculous that a teenage girl could do what so many ‘MEEP-O men’ (and women, as was so pointedly added in the book) completely and totally failed at, and ended up emotionally scarred from, to boot. Nixy Bauer is totally calm when professional adults come back and have to be treated for PTSD? That’s going a little bit too far.  I mean, there’s something to be said for mental fortitude, but really? She came out unscathed? No. Nope. That was the only major problem I had with the writing of The Leveller.

Wyn was a charmingly bland character. All the right features in all the right places, perfect smiles an Cuban good looks, but he didn’t really strike me as worth dying for. Or risking my life for. I mean, especially not for such a piddly sum as five grand. Not when his dad’s a billionaire+ and I need to pay my way through college! That would pay for like, a semester at an OKAY college where I’m at. But back to Wyn- His name works really well with the story- Wyn and Nixy, fighting for their lives! I liked that about this book: there were lots of well-chosen names. Wyn was one of those, but nothing else about him made an impression on me. He was just kind of…there, but I suppose that’s what happens when you don’t spend much time of character development.

Nixy’s friends, Moose and Chang, were actually key players in this novel, surprisingly enough. And I really liked them. They’re the kind of people I always used to hang out with, smart and funny and goofy as all get-out. That little plot twist at the end was pretty good, I’ll admit, and even if you *TOTALLY SAW THAT COMING*, it was a pretty solid ending to the story. Everyone ended up pretty much safe (except that one girl- I really would like to know what happened to her).

OVERALL:

I liked the book. It was kind of cheesy (the MEEP? Nothing will lower your terror impact more than saying MEEP all the time) and very light, but I appreciated the lack of complex interaction as a stepping-stone for getting back into my heavy-duty reading. It wasn’t as realistic or intense as Jen Alexander’s Aftermath, but that didn’t mean it was a bad book. I give it a 3 of 5 stars, and yes, I would recommend it to a friend who needs a quick read.

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WoW: THE LEVELLER

WAIT FOR ITTTTTT…..

It’s Wednesday! And you know what that means: another book on my to-read list! I’m trying to pick books that aren’t too far off so if you think they sound good you won’t have to wait long, and here’s this week’s pick, coming to our shelves June 23, 2015:

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OFFICIAL SUMMARY:

Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

WHY I’M EXCITED:

First of all, the names. Nixy and Wyn? THOSE NAMES ARE SO COOL AND THEY SOUND AWESOME TOGETHER. (Yes, that was internet shouting, sorry.) And this Nixy girl sounds super, super cool. I’m a huge fan of this genre- real-life video games that turn deadly? YES, please! I loved Jen Alexander’s book The Aftermath that was released last year, but this one sounds even better. With a little bit of gaming romance, this one os shaping up to be a real winner.

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ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA

“If they didn’t take you seriously, they would never see you coming.”  

OFFICIAL SUMMARY:

Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

MY THOUGHTS:

Did that synopsis confuse you as much as it did me? I mean, it sounds kind of interesting, right? But all those new words and the whole Reduction premise seem so confusing. I’ve read Peterfreund’s other books (most of them, anyway) and they were

Well, let me tell you, it doesn’t get any less confusing. The entire book, I struggled to keep straight the Reduced, the post-Reduced, the terminology- everything. I liked the book, when I did understand it, but I feel like I missed out on a lot of important plot points that could have made a really big impact- that could have made me love the book- because the backstory was explained in such a roundabout way.

The characters I liked. They were dynamic, they changed, they served a purpose, and especially Persis didn’t give up her purpose because ‘that there Helo is pretty cute. He’s my mortal enemy, but whatever. My country doesn’t matter anymore.’ That was refreshing. Persis was a strong lead, and I really liked her personality and the fact that she was willing to sacrifice her reputation to serve a greater cause. Most heroines won’t do that, at least not to this extent. And the princess regent was also not swayed by what her friends thought- a true depiction of what a ruler should be. So I really did enjoy the character interaction when they weren’t talking about all the details of Reduction and forced Reduction and whatnot.

As for the length, normally I like a good, long book, but this felt like forced length. Too much time was spent on describing the math and science of the genetic mutations- and that’s big, coming from me, because I love the details of things like this. I usually want to know the logic behind the genetics, but this time it fell flat to me- too much roundabout explaining and never a solid, direct, ‘This is what happened.’ So that was a problem for me, but to others, maybe it was great. I’m just one person.

Overall, I might recommend this book to a select few people that I think could enjoy the details and the deep world-building that was done (impressive, but confusing) but to the general public, I would say to find another book that isn’t this intense. It’s not a light fluff read, and you should only read it if you’re ready to really put thought into it.

WHAT TO WATCH:

This was a solidly clean read. The only thing that I would even consider is the fact that the descriptions of the Reduced and the violent lengths the Galateans are willing to go to for their revolution. Other than that, I can’t think of anything that I found objectionable to my sense of morality. Kudos to Diana P. for that!

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UNINVITED

“Prove them wrong.”

Official Summary:

When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

My thoughts:

     I wanted to really like this book, and for a while, there in the middle, I really did. The beginning was slow, a little too much high school drama for a book that promised action and thrills, but I thought it painted an interesting portrait of what could potentially happen in our future- if science isolates a gene that marks people for something they may not become, but it’s easier to keep them all quarantined, what would society become? So yes, I did like the new perspective. But I found the characters lacking- Davy, at least. She keeps thinking that her world will go back to being perfect, and even though it’s intentional- I know Jordan wanted to portray someone who never expected it adjusting to the lower class of society- it drags on a little too much. I love Sean, but the romance seems rushed and confusing- borne of convenience, not of any real attachment (which may be a correct assumption- in the summaries of book 2, Unleashed, that I’ve seen, Sean isn’t even mentioned and a new love interest appears) and is kind of shallow for what it prompts Davy to do. I suppose I liked it, even though as I think back there wasn’t a lot keeping me reading, but I won’t be revisiting the series for later books and I won’t give much thought to Davy and Sean after this.

What to Watch: (SPOILERS)

     The violence is probably the most prominent thing to be careful of in this book. There is death, people are beaten, all to show how the gene affects people- say they’re a monster, and they’ll become one. Davy kills a man when Sean’s life is threatened, and there are numerous occasions of violence throughout the book, especially when Davy her friends are sent to a training camp where the government is trying to mold their genetics into killing machines for the military instead of just violent kids on the street.

     This novel did include some romance, and Davy and Sean’s kissing gets pretty heavy sometimes, even though nothing happens. A girl in the cage with Davy is taken advantage of by the teacher frequently, for ‘protection’ from their peers, and the teacher tries to make the same ‘arrangement’ with Davy, which she refuses.

     As far as language goes, there were a few occasions, but not too many.

Honestly, I didn’t love this book, and I’m not dying for more, but I did like the fact that it was a realistic fiction from the near future- I could easily see this situation (or one like it) taking place here in the United States- or any modern country, for that matter. Of course, it’s always your choice what to read, so read on!

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