Posts Tagged ‘awesometacular’

The Monstrumologist – Rick Yancey

Also known as: Weishi-attempts-reading-horror-and-fails-at-not-being-a-massive-wimp.

Summary

People hunt monsters. And it’s freaking gory as all hell.

Cons

Gore

Here’s a fact about me: I avoid horror movies like the plague.

I am bad with scary things. I am bad with gore and blood and monsters and even kids books with really grotesque imagery can freak me out.

However, I am also bad at knowing my limits. Because this book was damn good, but me being me, I could not read it past midnight. That was a complete no. Reading in stark daylight was not scary in the slightest. Reading when it’s pitch black and you can hear every weird creak in the room and you’re convinced headless monsters are going to devour you is a no-no.

Language

Another con that is mainly my fault. I tried to rush through this book, thinking it was fast paced and easy and quick so I would be able to sprint through it.

Bad decision.

I missed a lot of crucial stuff because I was trying to read as quickly as possible. The language is pretty complicated and the vocabulary is a lot more advanced than I’m used to in your standard YA Fiction book.

A lot of the time, I had to glance back because I missed some damn important stuff. But the language was definitely suited to both the time period and the narrator, so it’s my fault, not the author’s. Though I will say that sometimes the narration slowed down the action, but all the description was pretty important, and I don’t know if any of it could have been cut.

Pros

The Normal Stuff

Plot was great, setting was great, characters were great. It was intriguing and lots of stuff was happening and there’s not much to say about it apart from that, so let’s get on to the awesome stuff.

Will Henry

I’ve heard some people don’t like Will Henry.

I freaking love this kid.

If Will Henry had been your stock standard protagonist, I wouldn’t have loved this book nearly as much, but he is so much more than that.

For starters, he acts his age. He is a child – a really mature one, but a child all the same. He’s brave and loyal and all that stuff, but he’s not unrealistically so. He gets scared, he runs when things get tough, he cries and shouts and gets into trouble. He mopes about when he’s upset, he doesn’t always think before he acts, and he’s brilliant.

Pellinore Warthrop

Before you ask, yes, I did have to look up how to spell his name.

Both of our main characters have had to take over the positions left to them by their dead fathers. It’s a nice parallel between two very different characters, and as the novel progresses, we see more of their similarities, and their interactions are pretty heart-warming.

It’s nice to see the most prominent relationship not be romance, but instead, this strange father-son relationship that’s really endearing.

Morality

It was a very interesting take on monsters, as they are seen as just natural animals, who happen to have one prey, being humans. There’s also a questionable morality in everything that the people do. Warthrop constantly questions ethics and his science and tries to find who the blame rests on. John Kearns (or whatever else you’d like to refer to him as) is called a monster, and the methods he uses to hunt them are pretty questionable, to say the least.

This series has massive potential to be awesome, though it could just as easily fail.

If Rick Yancey managed to make each book better than the last, this series will almost definitely be going in my favourites. But I’ve seen series with massive potential go downhill very quickly. So we’ll see.

Quotes

  • “There are times when fear is not our enemy. There are times when fear is our truest, sometimes only, friend.”
  • “Memories can bring comfort to the old and infirm, but memories can also be implacable foes, a malicious army of temporal ghosts forever pillaging the long-sought-after peace of our twilight years.”
  • “Perhaps that is our doom, our human curse, to never really know one another. We erect edifices in our minds about the flimsy framework of word and deed, mere totems of the true person, who, like the gods to whom the temples were built, remains hidden. We understand our own construct; we know our own theory; we love our own fabrication. Still . . . does the artifice of our affection make our love any less real?”
  • “Could there be irony crueller than this? How, upon his rescue, the truth had brought him here, to a house for the mad, for only a madman believes what every child knows to be true: There are monsters that lie in wait under our beds.”
  • “That’s a stupid question,’ said Malachi. ‘Because he didn’t warn him. He didn’t warn anyone.’
    ‘No, it’s a philosophical question,’ Kearns corrected him. ‘Which makes it useless, not stupid.”

Overall

I loved this book, however I’m still hesitant to give it 5 shuriken stars. It was great, but it was missing that special something that I need to bring it up to absolute favourite. So, 4 3/4 shuriken stars. If you can take the gore, and won’t be an idiot like me and try to skim through all the fancy language, you’ll be certain to love it.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

What do you do while trying to revise for exams? Procrastinate, of course! So, while I have some exams and modules and god knows what in the following weeks, I’m going to type up a review of a good book that I read ages ago, because you (whoever you are) are just so special. 😛
Hmm… Now I need to find a good book to make me happy.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
(Procrastination at its best.)

The Very Hungry CaterpillarSummary
There is a caterpillar. He’s hungry. It’s awesome.

Cons
I AM EMOTIONALLY ATTACHED.
I can’t give away my copy. It will never ever ever happen. Each time my mum does a clean up of what to give to charity, I can’t give it away. I am such a selfish person. I just love this book way too much.

Pros
IT IS MY CHILDHOOD
If you haven’t read it then YOU HAVE NO CHILDHOOD.
The covers of my book are so worn because I’ve read it so many times.
Hmm… here’s a funny story that just happened! When I tried to type worn, I accidentally typed worm instead. It’s like a pun! Get it?!
Another pun: This book is holy.
Like hole?!

The pictures are awesome
I love the caterpillar.

I would say the plot or the writing style or something, but it’s a kids book.

It’s a kids book
Like Percy Jackson or Skulduggery Pleasant. But MORE awesome.

Er… so I noticed that this was just me procrastinating and waiting time, so it’s nothing like a review. Okay. I’m going to get serious now.
HEHE. that is never going to happen (I will try though) <– the sad thing is that I actually laughed.

Symbolism
Sure, like when the caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly. It’s like people growing up and flowering and becoming awesome – like before and after reading The Knife of Never Letting Go:
Before – Your life will never be complete.
After – YOUR LIFE IS COMPLETE!

Favourite Quotes
Um… this could be a little hard considering it’s made out of short sentences and mainly pictures.

  • “In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.”
  • “On Saturday, he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.”
  • “He was a beautiful butterfly!”

Overall
I may be a little biased, since, you know, I have loved this book since I could read and talk. So YEAH! 5 Shuriken Stars!
I would definitely recommend it; for me it’s up there with Chaos Walking and Unwind and that lot!

Unwholly- Neal Shusterman

UnWholly (Unwind, #2)OMG THIS BOOK WAS FREAKING AWESOME. BUT THE ENDING NEARLY KILLED ME. (Note, if you have any thoughts of suicide, don’t read this book.)
I have no idea how to put what I am feeling now into words.

I guess I’ll just stick to blunt statements.

It was better than Unwind, if that is possible (even though I had doubts about it).

It kept me up till 2am last night, because my mind was racing all through it after reading it a few hours earlier… (which isn’t really good, because I had a exam today that I um… well… yeah…)

My heart broke.
Multiple times.
Neal Shusterman is crueller than Markus Zusak. (even though Weishi will kill me for saying this)
I HATE HIM FOR WRITING THIS BOOK, BUT AT THE SAME TIME I LOVE HIM FOR WRITING IT.

AND NOW WE HAVE TO WAIT AT LEAST A WHOLE YEAR FOR THE NEXT BOOK TO COME OUT. A. WHOLE. YEAR. (but please don’t let it be five years….)

;(
^ that just about sums up the entire book. ;(

(but don’t get me wrong, there were some happy parts… yeah… just some…)

There’s a funny story about this book actually:
Every day I was counting the days till it is released in the UK, and yesterday I was coincidently at the book store, when, GUESS WHAT? I SAW UNWHOLLY!!!!! SO then naturally I did a happy dance in the middle of the bookstore, and ran, actually sprinted to the till (Yes I got a few weird looks… BUT OMG IT WAS SO SO SO SO WORTH IT-at this point, EVERY SECOND MATTERS). I then sprinted home, well… if you can sprint on a bike, and I made record time. So next time I’m racing or whatever, just tell me Unwholly or Mark of Athena (OMG A WEEK!!!) or any other good book is at the other end, I can guarantee I will win that race. When I was home I was literally having a heart attack, and when asked by my brother what’s wrong I could only squeal and jump up and down whilst waving my rucksack frantically back and forth (.. I had forgotten to take out the book). So then, of course I started reading the book, hiding out in my room, so I wouldn’t get disapproving looks from my mum saying stuff like “Don’t you have an exam tomorrow?”

Summary
I AM SO WORRIED THAT IF I GIVE A PROPER SUMMARY I WILL SPOIL THINGS, IT TOOK ALL MY WILL (and the fact that I don’t want to be murdered), NOT TO SPOIL AND RANT ABOUT IT ALL AT SCHOOL TODAY. THE ENDING WAS WORSE THAN MONSTERS OF MEN (kinda…). IT BROUGHT ME ON THE VERGE OF BREAKING DOWN.
So I’m just going to copy the blurb off goodreads then add my own comments below, I don’t really want to be murdered again. (Yes, that is correct, I can resurrect) 😉

Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simultaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.

Cam is a product of unwinding; made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds, he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles with a search for identity and meaning and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam’s fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he’ll have to question humanity itself.

Rife with action and suspense, this riveting companion to the perennially popular Unwind challenges assumptions about where life begins and ends—and what it means to live.

Connor: throughout the book he struggles to cope with the responsibility of managing all the unwinds or whollies, as they are now known as. There is a moment in the book that I feel so sorry for him that makes me want to crumble… ;(
Risa: She does something unthinkable. Then it becomes thinkable.
Lev: OMG I LOVE LEV. IN UNWIND AND IN UNWHOLLY. I mean, how can you criticise a guy who turns his blood explosive? Well, yeah, he plays another part in the story, and he does something at the end which I seriously don’t understand… And he meets a girl… but I dunno how far their relationship will progress (if at all in the next book)
Starkey: I WANT TO STRANGLE THAT GUY. At first I admit… I liked him. BUT at the end of the first chapter I wanted to TEAR HIS THROAT OUT.
Cam: ;(
Trace: MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER OF THIS BOOK. I SERIOUSLY CAN’T SAY ANY MORE THAN THAT OR I WILL BE ONCE AGAIN MURDERED. 😉

Cons
um… ARE YOU CRAZY?!

Pros (that’s more like it…)
THE ENDING
I have to stop typing in capitals…. (just imagine the rest in capitals, and imagine me screaming and shouting it):
I have no idea whether this should be in the Cons or in the Pros. it was just so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so good, but so heart breaking, and so crushing. after reading it I just slumped. I killed me so much. I could never had seen it coming. at one point I thought one character was bad, then another character was good, but oh then they all turn out to be the other way round. just this one small detail really really killed me though (note. the names that follow are based on real people in the book, but i have used a different name to avoid any spoilers) (and sorry in advance for the caps, i really really just need to let it out) LUKE THOUGHT GEORGE WAS A TRAITOR BUT HE WASN’T AND  HE MIGHT NEVER EVER FIND OUT COZ OF STUPID JUNE AND STUPID ADAM. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT ADAM JUST LET GEORGE DIE. AFTER EVERYTHING HE DID FOR HIM. I am on the verge of re-breaking down again… ;(

Lev
Yes. He deserves his own little paragraph. HE WAS AWESOME. I liked him the the first book, and I loved him in this book. But there’s just one thing that I didn’t get about his story; how can a sofa be a better cover than a wall? So yeah, he was awesome. I loved how he progressed through the books; Unwind, Unstrung and Unwholly. How at the very beginning of Unwind, he was just this innocent kid who would always do things according to the book, and then at the end of Unwholly just to be someone who lives their life on the spur of the moment.

Wil
WIL ;( WIL ;( Yeah, he kinda gets mentioned in this book, but only if you have read Unstrung will you be able to understand it.- they never actually mention his name… I just wish… Una… I really really really hope that she comes in in the next book, or at least sometime… SHE HAS TO HEAR HIS MUSIC ONE FINAL TIME.

Cam
Yeah, he’s also a special character who gets his own paragraph. It was so cool watching him progress. Like from a baby to a mature teenager. But it also brought up some philosophical questions; how can you exist, but not exist at the same time?, is Cam actually a person? etc. I did hate him at one part for trying to replace Joseph though (again, code name, but not necessary a new character)

Trace
I just wanted to put his name there. but seriously guys, i cannot write about him.

Twists
Yeah, I know twists happen in all good books… but this was unique, exceptional. Nothing on earth quite like it. The came out of nowhere, well not quite nowhere, otherwise this would be in the cons. They just aren’t predictable, but they can be logical.

All Emotions Possible
At times I wanted to tear the book out, and scream in frustration, at other times I just hugged the book. I felt all the emotions that I could possibly feel in the course of a couple hours. And I’m not just saying that coz I love the book. I’m saying that because it is the cold hard truth.

Plots, Plots, Plots, Plots…
Yes, I am talking about the evil man, lets call him Rudolf (not that Rudolf is evil or anything, he’s actually my favourite reindeer- I used to always leave carrots for him at Christmas :P). He was smart. I’ll give him that. Smart and evil. He used to be good. But then he became evil. ………. I’m just going to give up and say (spoiler alert- but it happens in our first meeting of him so I don’t know if it counts really as a spoiler): Rudolf is Nelson. Nelson is the guy who Conner shot with his own trank gun in Unwind. Nelson gets fired. He becomes a parts pirate. :O And some other stuff happens… But he is so so so so so so smart. But ironically even though getting his own gun turned against him lost him his job, he never actually learnt from his mistake. 😛 But in all seriousness, he is one of the best villains ever. If I ever became a evil guy, he would be one of my first choices, but that would be flattering myself because I can’t plot as well as he can. 😛

Favourite Quotes: 

  • “Words don’t hurt you.” Which is one of the hugest criminal lies perpetrated by adults against children in this world. Because words hurt more than any physical pain”
  • “All this time, Lev ever realized what he needed. He did not need to be adored or pitied. He needed to be forgiven. Not by God, who is all forgiving. Not by people like Marcus and Pastor Dan, who would always stand by his side. He needed to be forgiven by an unforgiving world”
  • “I have no idea,’ he tells her, and there is such a spark in his eye when he says it, she can tell having no idea is exactly the way he wants it.”
  • “We want what you no longer want.”
  • “The eternally sleeping princess, thinks Cam. But I shall free you from those poisoned brambles that surround your heart. And then you will have no choice but to love me.”
  • “Either things happen for a reason, or they happen for no reason at all. Either one’s life is a thread in a glorious tapestry or humanity is just a hopelessly tangled knot.”
  • “He only wishes there were something that would heal the scars in his mind, which he can still feel. He sees his mind now as an archipelago of islands that he labors to build bridges between – and while he’s had great success engineering the most spectacular of bridges, he suspects there are some islands that he’ll never reach.”

Summary
Do you even need to ask? 5 SHURIKEN STARS. NO QUESTION. BEST BOOK IN A WEEK. BEST BOOK IN A MONTH. BEST BOOK IN A YEAR (Sorry, can’t go further than that)

Speaker for the Dead- Orson Scott Card

Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga, #2)Wow, just wow.
This book is one of the best books ever written. However, I wouldn’t say that it was better than Ender’s Game (oh, just in case you didn’t know, this is the second in the Ender’s Game Saga, by Orson Scott Card (but for the purposive of this review, lets just abbreviate this down to OSC) :D, and there are four books since it is a saga! :D). Maybe it’s equal to?, but definitly not better, because Ender’s Game was AMAZING! Anyway, back to Speaker for the Dead.

So, if you haven’t read this book, please don’t judge it on the cover, or on the title, or anything, just trust me and read it! At first I was a little reluctant to read it, because I didn’t want anything to spoil Ender’s Game, and I was worried that this sequel would be a huge let down, partly because on Goodreads (note. the best book site ever), it had a slightly lower rating: Ender’s Game, 4.23 and Speaker for the Dead, 3.94. And usually the second book in a series has a higher rating, because most of the people who decide to read it, mostly likely had a high opinion on the first book… And so before I read this book, I was so worried…. 😦 But rest assured, that worry has been replaced by anticipation!

(I know this doesn’t have much to do with the book review, but: THERE IS GOING TO BE A ENDER’S GAME MOVIE IN 2013!!! This is why the world can’t end this year…:( I can’t wait. And just to clarify, the thing I can’t wait for is the movie, not the 2012 end of the world thing…, I don’t think I’m that crazy…)

Summary
This book takes place about 30 years after the first book, and originally it was meant as a stand alone book, so I guess, if you can’t be bothered to read the first it would still make sense… But I’m not advising that, because I felt that if I hadn’t read the first book, it would have been so much harder to connect with some of the characters, such as Ender (btw, I’m going to refer to him as Ender, instead of his other name, in case I release a spoiler to people who haven’t read either book). It is still about him finding a home planet for the hive queen. At the start of the book, we get introduced to a whole new range of character, and then, SUDDENLY. They are replaced by Ender. As he is a speaker for the dead, he decides to travel to the home planet of Pipo, Novinha and Libo, to speak for someone who died. However, when he is travelling to get there (it takes about 20 year, but he only feels it for about 1 week), he hears some news; Novinha wanted to cancel his appointment, and that there were more people wanting appointments… And so his trouble starts… The rest of the story is about him helping, and almost healing all of the people and piggies on the planet, as well as trying to heal himself, by getting rid of his guilt (which, although it doesn’t sound like much, is a major part of the story) 😀

Cons
Too many characters
I just felt that it was really hard to get to know all of the characters… because there are so many… And although we got to know a few of them…, it just made the ones that we didn’t get to know, in a way worse… Does that make sense???
Also, since I have no where else to put this I’ll put it here :D: I HATE OUANDA… she just frustrates me so much…. and I felt so sorry for  Miro at the end… How could she do that???? It just means that she is full of LIES… EVERYTHING ABOUT THEIR PAST TOGETHER… Miro… ;(

Individuality
Imagine a balloon being blown up. That’s Ender’s Game. Then Imagine the balloon deflating. That’s Speaker for the Dead, in comparison to Ender’s Game. Ender’s Game was just so unique, and there was nothing quite like it. And kinda the same with Speaker for the Dead, but just less… After reading it, and looking back at it, I realised that it is just like any science fiction book… about aliens…

Pros
Marcao’s Speaking scene
I just loved this moment. Without trying to sound cliché; it was magical.  I loved how Ender was able to make us see him in a new light every time, and how it wasn’t just the people in the book that saw him like that, but how we did too. It has almost completely changed the way that I think; how we, as the human race, can’t judge a person when we don’t know them (because although it is considered morally wrong, and if someone was questioned, they would most likely say that they didn’t, but it really made me think, and it made me sad, because I realised that sometimes, I actually did this), such as with Quara, how she was so quiet; if there was someone in the world today (as of course there are), wouldn’t that person be made fun of, maybe some sniggering comments behind her back, maybe some even said to her face?, but those people don’t know the truth about her, how she could have had an abusive father, who shocked her into being physically unable to speak, like in the story?
It just worries me, because little bits like that, could so easily be true.

Manipulation
Usually I really hate being manipulated… but this time was different… especially after I have finished reading this book, I just looked back and saw how well the author wrote this book. He could manipulate our feelings towards different characters so easily, such as the Marcao speaking scene, and how we felt towards each character in the end…

Humanity
There’s a quote by I can’t remember who that’s: “The only thing we learn from history, is nothing”. After reading this book, I totally agree. It’s almost sad… This book has made me realise even more, how cruel humanity is, and I can think of examples of how this book relates to real life. I would say, what I am referring to in the book, but being perfectly honest, I don’t think I can do the book justice…, if I try to explain.

Emotions
It has everything a book could offer; sadness, happiness, humour, action, loss, gain, doing what’s right, and what someone want, etc. I can’t imagine what else someone could want in a book…

Favourite Quotes

  • “This is how humans are: We question all our beliefs, except for the ones that we really believe in, and those we never think to question.”
  • “It’s the most charming thing about humans. You are all so sure that the lesser animals are bleeding with envy because they didn’t have the good fortune to be born Homo sapiens”
  • “Quim,” she said, “don’t ever try to teach me about good and evil. I’ve been there, and you’ve seen nothing but a map”
  • “Order and disorder’, said the speaker, ‘they each have their beauty”
  • “Dona Crista laughed a bit. “Oh, Pip, I’d be glad for you to try. But do believe me, my dear friend, touching her heart is like bathing in ice.”
    I imagine. I imagine it feels like bathing in ice to the person touching her. But how does it feel to her? Cold as she is, it must surely burn like fire.”
  • “Darkness bound them closer than light”
  • “As long as you keep being born its ok to die every now and then”
  • “What type of man of you is there, when his son asks for bread, and will give him a stone?”
  • “If you believed that someone was perfect in the heart, Bishop, so righteous that to live another day could only cause them to be less perfect, then wouldn’t it be a good thing for them if they were killed and taken directly to heaven?”

Overall
This is going to be quite blunt, as I think I have rambled a lot through this review… , oh, I’m rambling again… :D, so, as I said to be blunt: Read this book. Read Ender’s Game. They are amazing! You won’t regret it. 5 shuriken stars. One of my all time favourites.

The New World- Patrick Ness

The New World (Chaos Walking, #0.5)Because this is a short story this is going to be a short review! (I feel like such a rebel, starting a sentence with because! :D). This book is the short story prequel to the chaos walking series, by Patrick Ness (which if you haven’t read my review for those books THEY ARE AMAZING!!!! THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!)
IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THOSE BOOKS READ THEM NOW!!! STOP READING THIS REVIEW AND GET YOUR HANDS ON THE SERIES!!!
OK. My rant is over! Actually… maybe not quite… I will probably ramble a bit over this review! To be completely honest, I’m really not sure how I’m going to write this review… so again, I’ll probably ramble… I think I’m rambling now…
Anyway, as I said, this book is the prequel to the Knife of Never Letting Go and that series, it is a really short story, and I think, it can be found on Patrick Ness’ website!- I’ll put in a link at the end of this review! I personally would recommend you to read this book after reading the Knife of Never Letting Go, as after you have read that book, you kinda get a bond with the characters, so the book just seems so much better, and so much more heart- wrenching… 😦

Summary
This short story is about Viola, in the scout ship and the settler ship… It basically tells her story from her departure from the settler ship to when she crashlands! (This is probably why you need to read the Knife of Never Letting Go first, otherwise you will have no idea who these people are…). It focuses on her and her parents and also a little on her settler life; including Bradley!!! (HE IS AWESOME!!!). And as you know… the scout ship crashes… so her parents die 😦 and it is just so sad!!!, because of the way Viola treated them, just before they died… But anyway, I’ll let you find the rest out for yourselves!

Favourite Quotes!

  • “‘Fire,’ he said. ‘The ability to make fire at will. It allowed us light to see in the darkness, warmth against the cold, a tool to cook our food.’ He gestured vaguely in the direction of the Delta’s engines. ‘Fire is what eventually led to travel across the black beyond, the ability to
    start a new life on a New World.’”
  • “Hope. That’s all anyone ever talked about on the convoy, especially as we got closer. Hope, hope, hope.”
  • “‘I’ll take it,’ I say. ‘I’ll take your hope. I’ve got it, okay? Mum?’
    But I don’t know if she hears me-
    Because her hand isn’t gripping back any more.”
  • “Start it to give a light against the darkness”
  • “And so I sit in front of Bradley’s fire, on the surface of a dark, dark planet, and I have their hope, if not any of mine.Except the hope that it’ll be enough.”
Overall
What can I say? Only to read this book and this series; because IT IS AMAZING!!! YOU WON’T REGRET IT!!! AMAZING!!! If you still need to ask; 5 shuriken stars! I would however, recommend you to read this short story after you have read the Knife of Never Letting Go, as it may not make too much sense otherwise… but it doesn’t matter too much whether you read this book after or before the other books in the series! You just need to read this book sometime in your life; or YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE COMPLETE! 😀

The New World: PDF file:
http://www.booktrust.org.uk/usr/library/documents/short-stories/the_new_world.pdf

The Maze Runner- James Dashner

I love the plot. I love (most of) the characters. I love the author. I love the book. It is one of the best series I have ever read! It is just AMAZING! …<— trying to calm myself, as I am hyperventilating just thinking about it! (so, I may ramble a lot in this review… :D). *Taking a deep breath* This book is the first in a trilogy, by James Dashner, called the Maze Runner trilogy (such imagination(!)). The books that follow it are the Scorch Trials and the Death Cure, which are equally as good, apart from the ending of the Death Cure, as it just leaves too many unanswered questions.. URG… I HATE THE ENDING… sorry… rambling again…. This trilogy also has a prequel, called the Kill Order, but that isn’t out yet…, unfortunately …

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)Summary!
The main character of the book is this guy called Thomas, and kinda also this girl. The book starts with Thomas going up the shaft, into the maze, and being surrounded by kids around his age. Also, all he can remember is his name, nothing, not anything else… (how creepy would that be?, if I were him, at that point, I would have teared my head apart…). Then the plot THICKENS! The next day a girl is sent up, who is the first girl to have EVER arrived in the Glade (aka the maze)!!! dum dum dum! The plot is basically about them trying to get out of the maze!

Cons
How James Dashner writes off so many characters…
He killed so many of my favourite character… At the end of the book, I was emotionally traumatized…  and I was so close to tears… ;( I just hate how, with some characters, he doesn’t give them the proper noble death and funeral they deserve… It was just like “Bang. You’re dead. Bye!” I just wish that James Dashner had made their deaths longer, so it would give the characters a proper closure that they deserved…

I guess that’s the only con I have!

Pros!!!
The plot
IT IS AMAZING!!! And that is about the only thing that I can say without giving away too much of the plot!

The twists!
I DID NOT SEE THEM COMING! The plot was just so fast paced, and the twists came one after another, it was just breath taking and then it left me speechless.

The Ending
I can’t say much,apart from it was an amazing ending! It was left on an amazing cliffhanger. I really shouldn’t say any more.

The Characters
I just felt that I connected with them immediately. Especially Minho. He is so cool! I found myself in their situation, and I couldn’t help feeling sad, when they felt sad, and happy when they were happy! I know. It sounds really cliché…  but IT’S TRUE!!!

The front cover
I know, this is a minor point, and that “you should never judge a book by its cover”… But the cover of this book looks awesome!!! And it is exactly how I imagined it!!!!!!!!

Favourite Quotes

  • “You’re the shuckiest shuck-faced shuck there ever was”
  • “shouldn’t someone give a pep talk or something?” Minho asked, pulling Thomas’s attention away from Alby.
    “Go ahead” Newt replied.
    Minho nodded and faced the crowd. “Be careful,” he said dryly.
    “Don’t die.” *I LOVE THIS QUOTE!!!
  • “You’re disgusting when you eat,” Chuck said, sitting on the bench next to him. “It’s like watching a starving pig eat his own klunk.”
  • “I’ve been shucked and gone to heaven.”

Overall
Overall, this book is amazing! It is definitely a must read! Easily 5 shuriken stars!!!

Unwind – Neal Shusterman

Unwind (Unwind, #1)I saw this in a book shop once. One look at the cover and you know it’s going to be interesting. So I read the back, went “Huh, that sounds kinda cool” and left it like that.

Then I got round to reading it.

And I think my entire brain exploded.

AND HOLY FREAKING WAFFLES THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING

If you can’t imagine a book this amazing, then think of it this way. Take your religious god(s), deity, figure, or person you just think of as plain awesome (if you aren’t religious, let’s go with Chuck Norris). They drenched the book in tears of angel-ninjas and sewed it together with the fabric of the universe, each word whispered in melodious harmonies through the Medusa Cascade (Dr Who references are always appropriate), into the vortex of eternity and bound together in the light of the time continuum, covered in the brightest stars that shine in the depths of creation. (and if that didn’t make any sense, then replace the words with some form of the word awesome. E.g. Awesome awesomed the awesome in awesomes of awesomeness…)

Now that’s over, we can start the summary of the awesometacular book. Go!

Summary

Abortion is illegal. You cannot harm a child until they reach 13, when you can choose to have them ‘unwound’ (basically kill them and use they’re body parts to help other people) which is described as not killing the child exactly, as they live on through other people. Kinda. Unwinding is a common and accepted practice in this society. Connor is chosen to be unwound because he gets into too many fights, Risa isn’t good enough at playing piano in her foster home, and Lev is the 10th child of his family and you have to give away 10% of your possessions to the church. So Lev is a Tithe, one of the children who actually wants to be unwound. And then awesomeness ensues. Pure, amazing, mind-blowing awesomeness.

Cons

I’m only starting with this because it’s going to be short.

Hmmmm…

I have one Con, I think. Maybe 2.

WHY IS THE SEQUEL NOT COMING OUT TOMORROW. WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL AUGUST. IT’S KILLING ME.

and the other con….

WHY IS THE MOVIE NOT OUT YET. I WANT TO SEE IT SO BADLY.

Yeah, that’s about it.

Pros

Everything. Absolutely everything. The plot was amazing, it had a breakneck pace, it was so exciting and thrilling. It never let you go for a second. You were sucked into this book and could never stop this amazing journey of the book. The twists and turns were so good, and there were scenes where I was literally panicking and trying to turn the pages as fast as I could so I could find out what happened, and force myself not to read ahead because the suspense was killing me. (You know the bit where Connor talks to the Admiral in the plane. I was freaking out so badly there. I think I could have ripped out half the pages in the book at that point.)

And the characters were all awesome. Lev’s development as a character was really unexpected but really cool to see. He did a 180 turn, but it was an understandable development in his personality. And Roland. Man, that one scene where Roland shows his vulnerable side (you’ll know the part I’m talking about if you’ve read the book. Because that is also the most disturbing part of the book.   Urgh, the brain thing. Urgh. I think I actually shivered when I was reading that.) And Cy-Fy was my favourite character. Definitely. My favourite scene in the whole book is when Cy-Fy asks for forgiveness with the suitcase and the crying and the stolen stuff… I love Cy-Fy. And of course Connor and Risa were awesome. And I really disliked Ariana (I mean, I understand why she did it, and everything, but STILL.THAT… let’s move on before I start using really bad language).

And the entire ethical dilemma that surrounded the entire book that we’re having now. All about not enough organ donnors and overpopulation and so on. I thought it was a really interesting take on this issue which is in tons of debate right now. And all the problems that come with being unwound, like if you get a part of someone else’s brain, or if the other person had asthma. Or the fact that you can sometimes get the donor’s skills (that truck guy doing card tricks. Creepy as hell.)

The writing style was really cool. It switched between characters really well, and it was third person, but from different perspectives, if that makes any sense.

And the end! It wasn’t a cliffhanger like Everlost, but still! And the hand! And Lev!
You know, when I was reading the last few pages of the book, I was getting really upset because the book was ending. I was so annoyed that it was ending. And afterwards I tried to read “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” by Carrie Ryan, which is not a bad book. Just, compared to Unwind which I’d just read, it didn’t match up. I found it quite hard to get through after all the pure awesomeness Unwind threw at me page after page.

And my favourite line ever. “Nice Socks.” Well played, Connor, well played.

Man, this book was a rollercoaster ride of excitement and amazingness.

Quotes

  • “In a perfect world everything would be either black or white, right or wrong, and everyone would know the difference. But this isn’t a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is.”
  • “Roland glares at Connor and Connor glares back. Then he says what he always says at moments like this.
    “Nice socks.”
    Although Roland doesn’t look down right away, it derails him just enough for him to back off. He doesn’t check to see if his socks match until he thinks Connor isn’t looking. And the moment he does, Connor snickers. Small victories are bet­ter than none.”
  • “I’m Switzerland; neutral as can be, and also with great chocolate.”

Overall

Do you even have to ask for a rating? This is one of my favourite books of all time. OF ALL TIME. It might surpass Harry Potter for me, though I don’t know. They’re such different books it’s really too hard to make a comparison. And Harry Potter is connected to my childhood. Every time I reread them I always get all this nostalgia and other gooey stuff. The type of stuff everyone got when they were watching Toy Story 3.

5 shuriken stars. So epic, so amazing, so fantastically awesomely amazing. I really want to just sit here and gush over how amazing it was. This is what convinced me to read Everlost by Neal Shusterman, and what has made him one of my favourite authors.