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Allegiant- Veronica Roth

You know all those jokes about divergent and insurgent and how funny it would be if the third book was called detergent.
I kind of wish it was called detergent. It would have been quite funny.
So I was a little disappointed when the actual title came out and it wasn’t detergent.
It was foreshadowing the rest of the book I guess.

Summary
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)From goodreads

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Cons
Tobias
For someone who’s supposed to be strong and buff and stuff he’s surprisingly weak.

Spoiler alert.
He was almost willing to forget his girlfriend and who actually does that? It was just a little pointless how in the trilogy he was always made out to be some strong guy who was always there for everyone, but as soon as one person isn’t there for him he almost chooses the easy option and forget everything that happened. It just ruins the entire character, and undermines his love for Tris

Tris
For some reason I just found her really annoying. She just seemed too perfect and she was that type of girl in class who whenever they get anything right over you spends the next year gloating.

Tobias and Tris’ relationship
It seems like when they’re together they either fight or make out, it doesn’t make it that interesting for the reader and sticking their tongues down each others throats isn’t something that I like to imagine and picture when reading a book…

Death serum (spoiler alert)
This is just something that I don’t really understand.
Why are the divergent immune to the death serum? This is supposedly set in the future, so wouldn’t the death serum just be poisonous gas or something? And if the divergent, who have “healed genes” are supposedly immune, does that mean we would be? Because I’m not willing to bet my life that I’ll survive after being exposed to poisonous gas.

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)The twist about the outside world
It came out of nowhere. I would have never predicted it.

Pros
It takes guts to make an ending like that
Not much I can really say here without giving away some major spoilers.

Memory
It’s a little scary and makes you think, what if someone erased my memory- I would never know- it could have happened at anytime- from 30 seconds ago to a few years ago but I would never know, and never be able to know.

Favourite quotes

  • “I suppose a fire that burns that bright is not meant to last”
  • “I wonder if fears ever really go away, or if they just lose their power over us”
  • “Knowledge is power. Power to do evil…or power to do good. Power itself is not evil. So knowledge itself is not evil”
  • “But when I do feel all the strength go out of me, and I fall to my knees beside the table and I think I cry, then, or at least I want to, and everything inside me screams for just one more kiss, one more word, one more glance, one more”
  • “I didn’t know that idiocy caused people to just start spontaneously bleeding from the nose”
  • “Yeah, sometimes life really sucks,” she says. “But you know what I’m holding on for?”
    I raise my eyebrows.
    She raises hers, too, mimicking me.
    “The moments that don’t suck,” she says. “The trick is to notice them when they come around.”

Overall
I loved the first book. I loved the cover of the second book and the plot, partly. Looking back and editing my review, I’m not sure what I actually really liked about this book. In my mind all I seem to remember are the negative aspects. Originally I was going to give this book four stars, but I think I’m going to bump it down because I seem to be in a harsh mood today. So two stars. I mainly read this book because I wanted to finish the series and to see where it would go and I expect that’s also why most people would read it. However that’s exactly how I would recommend this book- just as a end to a series, not really for the thrill or the excitement of a book.

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Ship Breaker- Paolo Bacigalupi

In short, this wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.
I first heard of this book while looking on goodreads on the side bar of “readers also enjoyed similar books” with the similar book being The Knife of Never Letting Go (aka the best book to ever exist). So of course I had high expectations of this book- through no fault of its own, only because “it was in the wrong place, at the wrong time” 😛

Summary (from goodreads because I’m lazy…) 😛

Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)In America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life…

In this powerful novel, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future.

*my little edit because goodreads hasn’t included some details*
The main character Nailer meets a girl and of course he rescues her. They then try to run off together but of course things get in the way- e.g. Nailer’s creepy messed up dad who has serious anger issues.

Cons

Circles
I felt that it was going in circles. The plot started and ended in the same place. The ending was almost too happy because all the bad people basically disappear or die and most of the good people survive

Characters
I felt like I couldn’t connect to any of the characters. They seemed kinda one-dimensional and I just couldn’t connect. So whenever something sad or happy happened to them, I just couldn’t feel the same.

Plot
I hate to be mean and harsh but it felt like a wild goose chase. Nailer and the girl were just running around like headless chickens trying to run away from the bad guys, and it just kept going in circles. To give an example of this, when I read I often lose my bookmark and therefore have to find my original page. When reading this I found that I would always be rereading parts or skipping some parts and then having to reread the entire thing because I just couldn’t get the plot into my head.

Pros

Possible future
I love the name of the next book “The drowned cities”. It seems to mystical and beautiful. I felt that this book didn’t live up to what it could potentially have been, but it has potential to improve. The world was pretty awesome

Final showdown
There’s the saying that you never really know who you truly are unless you are under pressure e.g. a life death situation, or at least from my memory it goes something like that. In the last fight scene (not proper fight- just the “good guys” against the “bad guys (aka Nailer’s crazy dad”, I felt like this situation was kinda replicated. *spoiler hint alert* Such as when Nailer’s dad was trapped he became a little puppy with the cute wide eyes, and we realise that even though he is such a horrible person he didn’t used to be and underneath he still has some nice parts.

Favourite Quotes

  • “Killing isn’t free. It takes something out of you every time you do it. You get their life; they get a piece of your soul. It’s always a trade”
  • “I’m a chess piece. A pawn,’ she said. ‘I can be sacrificed, but I cannot be captured. To be captured would be the end of the game”
  • “It’s human nature to tear one another apart. Be glad you come from such a successful line of killers”

Overall
It was just a so-so book. There weren’t specially any bad things about it but at the same time there weren’t many specially good things about it too. 3 shuriken stars

Unravelling- Elizabeth Noris

An awesome title. A cool-ish cover  (minus the human face) What could go wrong?

Plenty.

Summary
There’s this countdown going on and its going to be the end of the world. Or Janelle’s world for that matter because there are other worlds- parallel worlds just like ours but of course at the same time different. And then Janelle almost dies from getting hit by this truck that literally came out of nowhere: and the only reason why she survives is because this strange kid at school, Ben, puts a hand on her and mends the broken bones and mushed up skin. So then as the story progresses we realise that this Ben guy is actually from another planet and he’s all twisted into the plot about the countdown to the end of the world.

Unravelling (Unravelling, #1)Cons

Main Character
I think Noris tried too hard to make her into the badass strong female lead that it just seemed flat. By the end, or even the middle of the book I was just so sick of Janelle

Romance
I’ll admit there were some sweet parts to their romance, but for me anyway it seemed too fast. I get it from Ben’s perspective- he’s loved her since they were a kid because she was the one who saved him from drowning. However I don’t get it from Janelle’s perspective. I get that Ben also saved her but she hasn’t been craving him since they were kids. It seems fake and flat and I wasn’t at all convinced that she suddenly feel totally in love with this guy. And speaking of not totally in love with the guy, what about Nick? The only reason why she was with him was that he was attractive, and then as soon as she dumps him she runs off with Ben.

Ending
It was stupid and so there will probably be spoilers to follow in this paragraph.
It seems as if the author really hated Janelle and seemed to just throw everything she could to make for an “entertaining” story for her readers. So of course it begins to get unrealistic when almost all the people she loves is dead. So her dad dies and she’s just “I’m just going to move on now” but in reality shouldn’t it be harder or take at least longer to move on? And the same for her BEST FRIEND. He freaking died. And moments later she is making out with this guy that she has only really properly known for a few weeks. How crappy a person is she?

Mid-end
So when her dad dies she’s all sad because well.. he’s dead. But then the writer goes on to say how in the house she is now going to be finding all his hidden Christmas presents that he buys early and then hides. At that point my heart was melting for Janelle even though she pissed me off as a character so bad.
But then, near the end of the book, the house decides to blow itself up.
I just don’t understand what Noris is trying to do.
She makes me really sad when she talks about the christmas present thing, but then she just decides to blow the house up, taking all my pity with it.
It just seemed to me anyway a little pointless.

Sequel
From goodreads:

Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

Seriously? What is the likelihood of that happening? They’ve already been to the end of the world and now her boyfriend is a suspect in human trafficking?

Pros

Plot
The concept if the book was good. I liked how in the end it became aliens and other universes and all that stuff and the mystery and her dad and all the stuff to do with the plot.

Fast Pace
Although I found many problems while reading the book I still managed to finish and to be honest I did actually finish quite quickly. It was an easy read as long as you ignored how annoying the girl was 😛

The World
It was an amazing concept, partly because how creepy would it be if it were real. Those are the kind of books with the best potential.

No love triangle!
Congratulations. There were characters who could have been introduced to a love triangle but they weren’t which was good!

Favourite Quotes

  • “So your perfect proposal, what would it be?” Ben asks. “Seriously?”… “I don’t know. It would just be the two of us, and I guess I’d want him to say something honest, not overly romantic, not something that would make a great story to tell his friends. I’d just want him to lean over…” As I say it, I lean slightly toward Ben, close enough that I can feel the warmth of his body radiating into the empty space between us, and drop the volume of my voice. “… and say ‘Janelle Tenner, fucking marry me.”
  • “Life is a fragile thing. Apparently the whole world is fragile too”
  • “Humans have precious few instincts, but that’s because we don’t listen to them. We let logic and knowledge get in the way. My dad always said that when instincts are at war with something society has taught you, listen to your instincts first and ask questions later”

Overall
So when I first read this I thought it was okay partly because I had high expectations for this and you know when that happens you tend to ignore the bad stuff that you’re reading? Well.. ignore the bad stuff until you snap and think “screw these high expectations I hate this book”. But anyway I read this book a while ago and I’ve been somehow putting off this review for a while now and now looking back on it I realised my original 3 shuriken star rating was too kind. So shock horror I’m dropping it now down to 2 stars– parly due to my bad mood and also partly to do with the book not leaving a good lasting impression

Q & A (Slumdog Millionaire) – Vikas Swarup

Q & ABefore I start reviewing this properly I would just like to say that I am calling this a “half-review” because I only read around “half” of it :O.

I know.

I am ashamed of myself.

Only kidding.

While there are some people in this world who would yell out and look down on me for leaving a book unfinished, I really don’t give a damn. Unless it’s a good book and I didn’t have time to finish it because it was from the library.

But anyway, I just don’t really see the point of forcing yourself to read a bad book, its like you are eating a plate full of, lets say peas, and then while you are eating it you discover that the taste is peculiar and then when you inspect it further you realize that the peas are moldy- you wouldn’t then just carry on eating!

Summary
It is nothing like the movie. The main/ only similarity is the “Who want to be a millionaire” aspect of it and the “slumdog”. The rest is just different- from what I have read anyway. But because I never finished this book I’m just going to take the summary from goodreads because I would feel like I was deceiving you.

Vikas Swarup’s spectacular debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, India, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all twelve questions on India’s biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper or gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.
Ram takes us on an amazing review of his own history – from the day he was found as a baby in the clothes donation box of a Delhi church to his employment by a faded Bollywood star to his adventure with a security-crazed Australian army colonel to his career as an overly creative tour guide at the Taj Mahal.
Vikas Swarup’s Q & A is a beguiling blend of high comedy, drama, and romance that reveals how we know what we know – not just about trivia, but about life itself. Cutting across humanity in all its squalor and glory,Vikas Swarup presents a kaleidoscopic vision of the struggle between good and evil – and what happens when one boy has no other choice in life but to survive

Cons
The main character
I just didn’t connect with him. I really didn’t like him- he just annoyed me.

The writing styleSlumdog Millionaire
It seemed childish and just poorly written. I felt as if it were just dictating what was going on rather then actually showing or telling me the story. It seemed just emotionless and flat. However having said that I did like the way that he set out the story- how Thomas’ story isn’t told in order and how they did it per question. But that just added more to the disappointment because it had so much potential.

Unrealistic
There was just too many things that happened that would be too coincidental to have actually happened. Like how his best friend loved that actor dude and just so happened to meet him in some poor district’s movie place- because really what is the chance of a famous, rich actor going to slum districts to watch his own movies. And also going along the same scene. How stupid really is his friend?! A creepy, weird, strange “old man” joins the movie in the middle and out of the basically empty theatre decides to sit next to him. If anything like that happened to me I would be out and running before the creepy guy had a freaking chance to do anything.

Too many issues were crammed into this one book
Religion. Child abuse. Murder. Theft. Homophobia. Corruption. Torture. Bullying. Violence. Prostitution. Pedophilia.

Pros
The movie was good!

Favourite Quotes (NB these are just some of the quotes that I found on the internet which I liked because to be honest I don’t really remember reading any of them)

  • “Love doesn’t happen in an instant. It creeps up on you and then it turns your life upside down. It colors your waking moments, and fills your dreams. You begin to walk on air and see life in brilliant new shades. But it also brings with it a sweet agony, a delicious torture”
  • “The one conclusion I have reached is that whiskey is a great leveler. You might be a hotshot advertising executive or a lowly foundry worker, but if you cannot hold your drink, you are just a drunkard”
  • “That dreams have power only over your own mind. But with money you can have power over the minds of others”

Overall
So now I am faced with a dilemma. I loved the movie and out of loyalty for it I really want to give this book a good rating. But then on the other hand I basically hated the book because it was nothing like the movie. I think overall though as a “professional” *inset string of laughter and coughing here* book reviewer I am going to have to judge this book on itself only and not let other factors such as how awesome the movie was to influence me. So here it is. Drum roll please. . . . . . 1 shuriken star. 😦

Like all book review though this is my opinion and there are probably some people in this world who would love it and if you can cope with my list of cons as I could not- you may as well give the book a chance 🙂

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.

Rebel Heart- Moira Young

Hm… I was trying to think up of a snazzy way of starting this review, like with a pun or explanations or something, but I really can’t think of anything, so I guess I’ll just start it bluntly:
It was good, but not as good as the previous book: Blood Red Road

Rebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2)Summary
Saba and her brother, Lugh are going across the desert to get to this place that they think is going to be good and happy and good. But Saba starts going crazy, and I’m not just saying that, she actually does. She starts seeing all the people who she had killed and thinks that their ghosts are following her. So she goes to meet this stranger to get help and she begins to “heal” her and she does but she is “left open” at the end. Then they all go on a wild goose chase to find Jack.

Cons
I did not read Blood Red Road just before
So, me being me, I was thinking that this book is like most books and it would just go through what happened in the previous books briefly at the start so I could skim read over that.
But that didn’t happen (ooooh such a rebel 😛 starting a sentence with “but”) and so I read through the book without a clue at what was going on. It had a lot of references to the previous book. A lot. So yeah, that’s my recommendation. Read the previous book before.
Actually! I’ll give you a small summary of what happened in Blood Red Road right now!

Summary of Blood Red Road (NB this may not be very accurate)
Jack and Saba were “going out” and Jack leaves Saba to go to inform Molly that her husband, Ike is dead.
DeMalo is a bad guy who was the evil mastermind behind the king/ emperor.
Saba originally travelled to rescue her brother Lugh
Something happened to Lugh while he was captured but he won’t say
Saba used to be “The Angel of Death” because she killed loads of people in the cage
Saba killed her friend called Epona while they were escaping to save her from being tortured and killed by the enemy

Back to Cons!
The characters
None. Of. Them. Were. Likeable. 😦 (apart from Tommo! <– but he was kinda creepy…)
Saba just annoyed me because she started turning really weak like how she always  listened to Lugh “because he was the man of the house”.
Lugh really annoyed me because he was always trying to take charge even though he was just some dude. And his only justification is because “he’s a man”
Emmi: I hate people who can’t keep a promise
Jack: He was too selfish and the only reason why he wanted to meet Saba was so she could save him, but in the end he didn’t want to be saved…

Saba and DeMalo
I MEAN WTH? WTH?
NB spoiler in the next paragraph

WHY THE HELL WOULD SHE SLEEP WITH HIM? He was her enemy?! And what about Jack? Yeah… But still… WHY? He’s such a creep too… He had dresses for her at the exact size.

Saba and Tommo
I swear Tommo is like 5 years younger than her and especially since they’re like 14 and 19…
It just seems just a little weird to me..

Pros
DeMalo
He was a complete creep. But yeah. He was interesting. It was nice how the some of the characters weren’t all bad or all good.

The fast pace?
I’m struggling a little to think of Pros…
Yup. This book was fast. I managed to finish it in a day. Congratulations to me. But that was partly because I was suffering from “No books being read for over two weeks disease”

Favourite Quotes

  • All the time I’ve knowed you, Jack, you kept the door to that heart of yers locked up tight an the key hid away. Looks like she found it.
    He says nothing. Molly waits. Then:
    Keys ain’t her style, he says. She kicked the door down
  • “Burn with me. Shine with me.”
  • “Saba! I’m afeared! cries Emmi.
    If you are, you ain’t no sister of mine! I shout. Come at me agin!
    I ain’t afeared of nuthin! She yells.
    That’s more like it.”
  • “Pa? You never said. What’m I gonna be? Good or bad?
    He kisses the top of my head. Whispers in my ear, so’s only him and me can hear. You, my darlin daughter, are gonna be somethin else entirely”
  • “What happens to you changes you. Fer good or ill, yer changed ferever. There ain’t no goin back. No matter how many tears you cry.”
  • “No, you need to listen, she says. This ain’t Silverlake, an you ain’t the daddy. Out here in the real world, the person who knows what they’re doin is the daddy an right now, that’s me. So. Do like daddy says an shift that tasty butt of yers. Unless, of course, you want it shot off.”

Overall
So yeah this book was okay. I personally would give it 3 shuriken stars, but that’s because I didn’t really read the book before, so I guess it’s my own fault that I didn’t really understand what’s going on.

Breathe- Sarah Crossan

Breathe (Breathe, #1)I picked up this book thinking: “This book is about trees and what would happen if they were all gone. I’m a tree hugger. I should love this book and hopefully it will go onto my top “ten” list.”
But of course, what was I expecting? When I get my hopes up for something I usually plummet down, especially if I begin to over think about it.

Summary
All the trees are destroyed. ;(
Let us have a moment to remember all the dead trees.

So, all the trees are dead. So how are we going to breathe?! The government sets up a building called the Pod, and only those who are extremely useful, or extremely lucky are able to get into it and survive, the rest kinda just dig themselves a hole and die.

Our story follow the two people called Bea and Quinn. They live within the Pod, Quinn is a Premium and Bea is an Auxilliary. The premiums are basically the rich and posh people.

One day Quinn takes Bea outside the Pod on a camping trip (they have to take air tanks), but as they are going out they meet this girl called Alina who belongs to a rebel group, who asks for their help. So of course, Quinn being the type of guy who falls in love with every girl he meets, decides to help her.

After some pages, they all eventually get out. And the rest of the story is about how they meet the rebel group then get kicked out then try to find it again.

Cons
I hate writing bad reviews, so over this Cons section I’m just going to write short sentences to get it over with quickly.

The Writing
It was all too fast. I never thought I would say that. I love fast books, but I guess this one was just too much about the plot, and not enough about the characters or their world. To put it bluntly, so I can move on; I didn’t like the writing.

The Character Development
Nada. Meaning nothing (I just like the word). I mean, I guess there was some, but it all seemed a little forced, as in Crossan only did it for the sake of it, rather than doing it because she wanted them to change and act from their experiences. Like when Quinn suddenly “falls in love with Bea”…

The Characters
I think I had a problem with all of them… But to save me getting all depressed from writing a bad review, I’ll just do a few.
Alina; I think she was slightly better than the others, but I still found her annoying, especially with the Abel “dying ” thing, and that “mystery” that surrounded him; I mean, it was quite obvious that he was probably a spy… but she still doesn’t believe it because she’s in “love” with him…
Quinn; As I said before he’s the type of idiot to fall in love with any pretty girl he meets. It’s just so shallow… and stupid… and but making him the main character, it’s in a way encouraging  this in the world
Bea; Quinn effectively kills her parents, and because she’s so “blinded with love” refuses to see it. How can she seriously love a shallow dumb ass more than her parents?
Petra; I respected her. She loved trees. But in the end she was stupid.

Pros
TREES
I’m a tree hugger. Of course I’m going to have a section on this.
They are just so important and just so amazing and I love them so much. Without them 90% of us would die, and the other 10% would live in a Pod where the government would plan to imprison us there for the rest of our lives. And by the time we realised their importance, it will be too late… ;( and if we don’t die of oxygen levels, we’ll die from global warming and climate change.

The Plot
It was the main thing that kept me reading. It was good. 🙂

Favourite Quotes

  • “Outside they unearth conspiracy on a breathtaking scale” It’s a pun! Get it?!
  • “All the millions and millions of stars remind me, too, how small and fragile I am. And unimportant, really. If this branch were to creak and moan and break under my weight, and I were to plummet to the ground, the stars in the sky would continue to decorate the world. And even if the last tree disappears from our planet, the stars will still be up there. Flickering their goodnights”
  • “In another world I think we would have been friends, son”

Summary
I like it. I did not love it. I wish I did love it. I love trees. But I don’t Love this book. I only like it. You may love it. You may not.

If you like books that are all about the plot and not about the characters, you may love it.

3 Shuriken Stars. Would be 5, if the writing was better and would be 2, if I was not a tree hugger.