Posts Tagged ‘Apocalyptic’

Champion- Marie Lu

Summary (from goodreads to avoid spoilers! 🙂 though there may be some spoilers to follow after the summary…

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

Champion (Legend, #3)Cons

The weird ghost things, and religion connotations
It just didn’t fit really with book since the book is all about war and politics and dystopia and stuff. It just seemed a little washy to be honest with the ghosts. I did think it was kinda cute though but I personally just didn’t really like it that much because I don’t really believe in the afterlife.

The last part- the 20 years later thing
I loved what June did for Day at the end before the 20 years after. I thought it was so smart and cute and it made me truly feel how much she loved him. But the 20 years after part, while it gave hope and stuff, it made Junes sacrifice for nothing.

Pros

The ending
It was bittersweet. I loved it. But at the same time I hated it. I felt like the characters deserved a better ending, but as a book it couldn’t have ended better (though I didn’t really like the last last part of it with the 20 yrs later).

Characters- development
Anden: When he was like his dad he was terrifying. So that put me in a strange place as a reader, as he seemed to be both the hero and a villain. But that’s what good books should kinda do 🙂
June: In legend, while I did like her, I didn’t love her. I grew to love her more in prodigy. By champion, its like “whoa, when did you get so awesome?” I loved her and how much she actually understood everything, especially at the end. Words can’t actually express how much I love her now.
Day: I loved how far he would go to save his family and how he would even go so far to give up his own life but at the same time, that was his flaw; that he only really considers his own life that he is giving up, not all the other people who would be affected if they lost him.
Eden: he is such a cool kid: “Daniel thinks you’re really hot” is what he says to June on their first meeting. Such an awesome kid 🙂

Writing Style
There’s not much to say on this point, only that it was awesome. It explored the views of loads of characters so I felt as if I was with them at almost every moment of the journey.

Plot
There’s also not much to say on this point: the title and it being in the “pros” section is kinda self explanatory.

Romantic stuff didn’t get in the way
Usually for dystopia books either the romance or the love triangle gets in the way but as you can tell from the title of my sub-paragraph in this book it didn’t! There was still a little romance to make it interesting, but not enough that it took over the book and just made it soppy.

Favourite Quotes (warning could be spoiler hints below!)

  • “Sometimes, the sun sets earlier. Days don’t last forever, you know. But I’ll fight as hard as I can. I can promise you that.”
  • “You drive me insane June. You’re the scariest, most clever, bravest person I know, and sometimes I can’t catch my breath because I’m trying so hard to keep up. There will never be another like you. You realize that, don’t you? Billions of people will come and go in this world, but there will never be another like you” (the cutest quote of the whole series)”
  • “I can feel his presence here in every stone he has touched, every person he has lifted up, every street and alley and city that he has changed in the few years of his life, because he is the Republic, he is our light, and I love you, I love you, until the day we meet again I will hold you in my heart and protect you there, grieving what we never had, cherishing what we did. I wish you were here.”
  • “Day, the champion of the people, the one who can’t bear to see those around him suffer on his behalf, who would gladly give his life for those he loves.”
  • “I hear about you a lot too,” Eden replies in a rush, “mostly from Daniel. He thinks you’re really hot.”

Overall
Some books end their series with a sizzle or a pop, but not this. It ended like the New Year’s Eve fireworks with explosions of light and sound. 5 stars obviously.

Alice in Deadland- Mainak Dhar

Before reading this book I looked up some review of the book just to see what I should be expecting. I found lots of review saying that it was written badly, the writer was home-published (or something like that), the plot wasn’t original or interesting, etc. But to be honest when I was reading it I didn’t find any of those faults annoying enough to make me put down the book in a fury of anger.

Alice in Deadland (Alice in Deadland, #1)Summary
So as you may have guessed from the title its like a book mashup of Alice in Wonderland and the Zombie Apocalypse. It follows the basic plot of Alice in Wonderland- ish- maybe- not really sure- ie I read it ages and ages ago as a kid and the only recent memories I have of it is when the new movie came out.

Cons
Writing style
I know in my little rant above I said the writing style didn’t bother me that much and it’s true. The reason why its in the cons section is that while it didn’t bother me that much I know it could have been so much better. When bad stuff happened to Alice she felt sad and cried and stuff, but I didn’t feel as sad as I should have felt. There are those situations where the writer can just write a little to make the reader feel sad because they can relate to the situation, but to be honest the thing that happened to Alice the majority of the readers won’t be able to relate to it and so he has to make  the reader relate and feel her pain. I just feel it didn’t happen. I felt sorry for her and a little sad because I imagined it happening to myself and how I would react, but it could have been so much better. (So if you are dying to know what happened to Alice: *spoiler alert*: her family all died)

Pros
The idea
I love modern day (ish) retelling of farie tales, old classics, etc. I also love zombie books. So of course I loved the idea of this book.

Zombie twist
Technically they can’t really be zombies because they are half intelligent

Favourite Quotes

  • “You take anything you fear and cannot understand and make it an object of hate. So much easier to hate and destroy than to seek to understand”
  • “Man had proven to be the most jealous of lovers, preferring to destroy the Earth rather than give her up”
  • “Better dead than undead”

Overall
So yeah, while I did enjoy the book, I didn’t love it. It was a quick read that kept me entertained and didn’t require too much emotional content. Its a good book if you’re looking for something that easy and doesn’t sap the life out of you, but if you are looking for a deep book with loads to back-story and stuff that makes you want to curl into a ball and cry, this isn’t one of them. 3.5 stars.

Partials- Dan Wells

Partials (Partials, #1)

Summary

It’s a post apocalypse world and the rest of humanity has ended up on this island while the rest of the world is overwhelmed with Partials- robots who were genetically engineered to help end this war a while ago- and they look exactly like humans and from what we know they don’t age. And the rest of humanity is doomed because there is this illness called RM that causes babies to die.

So we follow the main character called Kira who decides that she needs to capture a Partial to cure RM ans save her best friend, Madison’s,  child. So then she goes to the mainland captures a Partial, goes back, escapes with the partial, goes back to the mainland, is the experiment, then finds the cure and goes back to her home and saves her best friends baby daughter.

Cons

Slow Beginning
I found it hard to get into partly because the entire first part of the book is what it says on the blurb and I kinda wanted the proper plot to actually get started.

Couldn’t get into it
Usually when I get a book out from the library I finish it before I had to renew it, but this time it took me 3 renews to finally finish it! By the time I was properly into it I think I must have been at least 2/3 through with it- mainly to do with the awesome plot twist!

Possible Love Triangle
There wasn’t one in this book, but I wasn’t sure which other section to display my concerns… At the end of the book Kira decides to go off with Samm (the partial)

Pros

Romance
As I said before there was a love triangle, but the good thing about it was that it didn’t overwhelm the book. It didn’t become one of those books that was so heavily focused on the romance that the plot suddenly dissipates and dies. It was good how Kira kept to her boyfriend even though she was travelling with others for weeks. But

Plot Twist
Unlike many recent “plot twists” that I have read lately, this plot twist was actually half good! It was something that I would have never expected and to be honest it will probably be the reason why I will read the next book. The only sorta flaw I have about it is that I don’t understand how it works because it completely goes against the information that we know, However I like this because it will hopefully mean an interesting plot and character development in the next book.

Characters
Not all the “good characters” were “good”. And when I say that, I don’t mean there was a traitor among them. I just mean that Haru who is Madison’s husband, is a complete idiot. It just gives some diversity to the book which makes it pretty awesome.

Favourite Quotes

  • “Well, thanks for not shooting anyone, I guess”, said Marcus. “My contribution was to somehow refrain from peeing myself. You can thank me later”
  • “I’ve never been this wet in my life, ” said Kira. “Even immersed in a bathtub I swear I was dryer than I am now. ”
    “Look on the bright side, ” said Marcus.
    Kira waited.
    “This is the point at which you would traditionally suggest a bright side. ”
    “I’ve never been a real traditional guy,” said Marcus. “Besides, I’m not saying I know a bright side, I just think this would be a great time to look at one.”
  • “If you can’t know the truth, said Isolde, live the most awesome lie you can think off”
  • “I need a sample of your blood,’ said Kira.
    Marcus raised an eyebrow. ‘I didn’t know we’d reached that stage of our relationship”
  • “Was that the girl who went to Manhattan with you?” Asked Marcus. “I think we owe her a cookie” “I think we owe her a whole damn bakery” said Xochi”

Overall
This book wasn’t as good as I had hoped it would be just because usually I have high expectations. As to recommending it- if you feel like you could cope with my list of cons as well as others that you will probably discover, then read it. Overall though, I would give 3 shuriken stars: the “average” rating of dystopian books that I have been reading lately.

Ten things I’d want during the Apocalypse

This has been inspired by James Dashner from The Kill Order where he does his own list.

So first, lets determine what type of Apocalypse it is.

Since this is me being me, and I am a tree hugger- exactly how I started my English oral in year 8 (I am a tree hugger and I am proud to be one), so anyway, this Apocalypse is going to be about the sea levels rising and drowning and killing everyone because the ice from the ice caps have melted.

Side note: How is “hugger” not a word?! It’s underlined in red and is really annoying me… 😦

So without further ado, my top ten! (probably, maybe, maybe not in order. You can decide.)

  1. My friends and family- but not the annoying ones 😛
  2. Two lifetime worth of books- one for reading, and the other for burning to keep warm, even though it is a sin to burn books 😦 That’s why I have two copies of everything!
  3. A huge mansion in Scotland, because when all the ice caps melt, it won’t affect parts of Scotland, and because once the temperatures rise, Scotland would be perfect.
  4. A magic bag full of food of any sort. Failing that, a magic bag full of cookies.
  5. A ship. Like Noah’s ark but without the animals and the effort which went into building it.
  6. A invisibility cloak to shut me out from the evil government (sorry, idea stolen from James Dashner!)
  7. A teleporting machine, for obvious reasons
  8. A zapping machine, like in the Kill Order which disintegrates a person when shot at. But not just for people, because the shark population will rise I guess 😛
  9. SEEDS!!! For Trees!!! So I can carry on with my hugging obsession with trees!
  10. A freezing machine so I can slowly freeze the water back to snow again!

Although this is a fun top ten “review” there is a edge of seriousness behind it, as I decided on a Apocalypse that is probably going to happen 😦

The Kill Order – James Dashner

The Kill Order (Maze Runner, #0.5)To be honest I was a little disappointed by the ending of the Death Cure partly due to the fact that Thomas’ best friend/ worst enemy, died and the evil annoying Brenda survived. So naturally, I was hoping that this book would explain the relationship between the two. It didn’t happen. But nonetheless it was a good book!

Summary
Spoilers to follow- but obvious spoilers.

Unlike what I thought it didn’t follow the story of Thomas and Teresa in their early years (ish.- it involves one of them for half the book). It  is set 13 years before the day that Thomas goes into the Glade and follows the story of Mark and Trina.

Wow. A lot of the main characters have T names!

So back to the story.

Trina and Mark are experiencing the world during/ after the sun flares. At first they are surviving just great! Then comes the evil people who shoot darts at people turning them dead or into what we call cranks now. So then Mark and Trina’s little gang run and get into all sorts of mess, and along the way pick up a kid who is immune (not telling who! :P) and then as you can expect they all die since we haven’t heard about them at all from the other books…

Cons
The Deaths
They were a little hurried. If I had just read them I may not have understood, but because my brother had read it before me, I knew what happened so yeah. I just thought it was a little hurried.

Pros
The last page
It included an awesome part at the back by James Dashner saying what his “Top ten things he’d want during the apocalypse”. It has The Kill Order. James Dashnerinspired me to make my own- to come probably!

Background of the background
In the book there is the background story of Mark and Trina and how they survived the apocalypse while it happened, and in the present they were coping with death and destruction. I’ve always wanted to use that in a sentence. Death and Destruction.

Action packed
As my brother put it. It was full of action as the title suggests and fast paced.

Madness
Losing your mind is scary, terrifying maybe and definitely hard to write, since people who go crazy, tend not to get better. But James Dashner did it perfectly. Each time something snapped within Mark’s head it was described so well and awesome and amazing and sad and depressing.

Character relationships
Dee Dee and Trina especially. It was adorable. Another character relationship which was adorable; Trina and Mark. They were so cute together! But I did want to know properly how they got together, because to me (I may have misread part or skipped out some by accident) at one point it was like they were just friends and then they were making out. But they were so cute!! And it tore me apart half way when Trina didn’t remember him ;(

Favorite Quotes

  • “Let’s get this started, people. It won’t be long before we all lose our minds”
  • “What would I do without you? I’d die of stress and depression before nature killed me”
  • “Mark thought that was all barking up the wrong tree. “Or they ran away from the fire. Not every person on earth is as wacky-brained as you, good sir. Most people see a huge roaring inferno coming at them? They decide to cut and run. Just saying”
  • “Though he’d never know for sure what had happened to them, his mind was super talented at imagining the absolute worst.”

Overall
Although this book wasn’t what I was really hoping for in terms of the plot, it still was amazing but depressing at the same time. 5 shuriken stars just like the other books in the series.

The Other Life- Susanne Winnacker

The Other Life (The Other Life, #1)Just in case you didn’t know, this website is run by two people: Me (Yanni) and my bezzie mate Weishi. And of course we have different writing styles, my ones mainly using lots of “…”
Because she was procrastinating all through half term Weishi decided to go through all our (mainly my ones) reviews and change all my grammatical mistakes!
She especially complained about my use of “…” (all through biology today… -_-)
So this review. Just for you Weishi, there will be no “…” besides these 😛

Summary
From Goodreads:

3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life. 98,409,602 seconds since the heavy, steel door had fallen shut and sealed us off from the world

Sherry has lived with her family in a sealed bunker since things went wrong up above. But when they run out of food, Sherry and her dad must venture outside. There they find a world of devastation, desolation…and the Weepers: savage, mutant killers.

When Sherry’s dad is snatched, she joins forces with gorgeous but troubled Joshua – an Avenger, determined to destroy the Weepers.

But can Sherry keep her family and Joshua safe, when his desire for vengeance threatens them all?

Cons
There’s a sequel
It kinda mystifies me because if the writer chose to end the book slightly differently then it would have made a great stand-alone book (which nowadays is a category far too small for my liking) I’m just a little worried that the second book won’t live up to this book’s standard. But then again I worried about that with Neal Shusterman’s Unwind and Unwholly and they turned out to be one of the best books ever!

The Blurb
Tbh Joshua isn’t actually that obsessed with revenge. It’s only a little, and he only puts then in danger once. Only once.

Not enough gore
It was fast and racing, but in my opinion anyway there wasn’t enough gore for a book about Weepers/ zombie-ish creatures.

Pros
I am Legend
It reminded me just a little. No. Maybe a lot. of I am Legend, and this is a good thing because it’s one of the best movies ever made! I think it was mainly the zombie-ish creatures which reminded me of it, as each time I pictured them all I could see was the creatures in the film. It was awesome!

The Cover
I can’t stop going on about how awesome this cover is. In school I just about wave it in front of people’s faces telling it to the world.
It’s like at first it’s a butterfly! Then as you look closer, it’s a blood butterfly! Then it’s a people dripping blood butterfly! Then it’s a dead people dripping blood butterfly! Then it’s a dead butterfly dripping blood chasing life people! It’s so cool!!!
And that’s just about the butterfly!
There’s also a city, which is like “The Other Life” and the barbed wire also like “The Other Life”. Awesome right?

Evil Government Organisation
Evil people. Spoilers-ish to come
Have you ever thought how the government could be hiding something from us? Like we read it in books and everything; where the government has some sort of evil experiment which then gets out of hand, and then when people start dying they don’t lift a finger to help… – because then they would be admitting that they failed and that their society isn’t as good as people think; for example, in Russia, where the government said that there was no crime and so they refused to recognise it and so people did all sorts of illegal stuff. So. What if our government is doing that right now?

And all the other usual Pros:
Plot
Characters
Writing style
etc.

Favourite Quotes

  • “3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life. 98,409,602 seconds since the heavy, steel door had fallen shut and sealed us off from the world” (from the blurb but hey ho!)
  • “I didn’t even know if any of my friends were still alive. What had they looked like? They were nothing but a fading memory” ;( I’d go crazy if that had happened to me
  • “”Every member of this family could recite the entire movie by heart” I wonder what movie this is? Could it be? Could it be? Nope. It’s Ariel. That movie about mermaids swimming and walking (I’ve never seen it- yup I may have no childhood)
  • “I do care. That’s why I hunt them. But if you’ve seen what I have, then you learn to deal with the murders and disappearances. You learn to push it aside and move on. The other life isn’t here any more  This new world has its own rules. Survival of the fittest is one of them. If you’re hoping for kindness and pity, don’t hold your breath.”

Overall
Well, I can be a little biased towards the living dead (but they don’t actually have to be zombies) but this book I have to say deserves the 4.5 shuriken stars that I’m going to give it.
It combined all of my favourite things: the living dead, a tiny amount of romance, a government plot, the world ending, gore, etc.
But if you hate all the things that I mentioned above, forget this review, forget this book as it would probably only convince you that you are the living dead for not having a heart 😛

Dark Inside- Jeyn Roberts

Dark Inside (Dark Inside, #1)Seriously. This. Book. Frustrated. Me. So. So. So. Much.

The blurb of my book told me what happened on the LAST FEW PAGES…?!

I first picked up this book because I liked the cover… Yeah I know, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, I try… but still… ANYWAY. So I started reading it and I found I was getting more and more frustrated as I read it. To be honest, I really really wanted to like it, because it just seemed like a me type of book (come on… A world gone mad, people getting possessed, gore, EXACTLY what I usually like to read). But as I was reading it, I was just getting annoyed because what happened on the blurb of my copy… just didn’t happen. UNTIL THE LAST 30 PAGES. Where the characters FINALLY meet like it says on the blurb.

Summary
Just read the blurb of the hardback copies (or read this goodreads-afied copy- which is still one of the blurbs, but just a better version)

Since the beginning of mankind, civilizations have fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…and now us. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening: An ancient evil has been unleashed, and it’s turning everyday people into hunters, killers, and crazies. This is the world Mason, Aries, Clementine, and Michael are living in–or rather, trying to survive. Each is fleeing unspeakable horror, from murderous chaos to brutal natural disasters, and each is travelling the same road in a world gone mad. Amid the throes of the apocalypse and clinging to love and meaning wherever it can be found, these four teens are on a journey into the heart of darkness–and to find each other and a place of safety.

Cons
THE BLURB
Yeah, I know, I ranted about this above… BUT I’M NOT DONE YET!!!
Why would you put something on the blurb of a book when it doesn’t happen until THE LAST 30 PAGES??? But the thing is, it’s not even a spoiler… It was just me waiting for the moment where all the characters meet, FOR THE WHOLE BOOK.

Fire. Melting.
Note. this actually has nothing to do with fire or melting. I just like the words :). But it does kinda link.
The characters just merged/ melted together. Throughout the book I kept forgetting which person had which story; and that isn’t because I read it over a few days, I actually managed to read it over a weekend 😉

The characters
Is it bad if when I was reading it, they all just merged into one? It was just a little confusing. I mean all their substories were completely different, but when I was reading it I just kept forgetting who was  who.

Pros
The writing style
I bet you’re surprised that there are Pros about this book even though I ranted about how annoying parts of this book was for a whole paragraph. 😛
So yeah, I liked the writing style. It was fast paced and it literally (I’m not even exaggerating) made my heart race. I was reading it in bed one night and I was literally shaking and jumping (well… as much as you can while sitting down) because each time a chapter ended there was some sort of massive cliffhanger which might have maybe made me skip ahead a little to see what happens… Yup. I’m one of those people who can’t not give into the temptation to read ahead. I’m not proud of it. 😦

The idea
So yeah, the concept was good. Sorta like “I am number four” but with the aliens being the bad guys and the  bad guys infecting all the good guys and then the bad guys ripping apart all the good guys that are left… So nothing like “I am number four” I guess I was just thinking of the aliens living “peacefully” around us.

I’m running out of Pros…

The Cover?
The cover was cool I guess, its not the best I’ve ever seen… but it certainly isn’t the worst. I still like it though I guess.

The title was cool
It was like referring to the darkness inside people and the darkness inside the world?

Quotes

  • “I knew they would find me. I’m glowing in the moonlight.My darkness was too bright to hide forever. They’ll find all of us eventually. They play the odds and they’re up a thousand to one”

Overall
So it was an okay book. You should read it if you like YA fiction and don’t mind some gore, I just got frustrated because of the blurb, so if you don’t mind stuff like that or are already prepared, you should read it. Wow. That was a long sentence… So I’m unlikely to be reading the sequel unless people say it is amazingly good… 3 shuriken stars.