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Top Ten Series (Weishi)

I’ve seen a lot of tags like this (mainly on youtube) and it looked fun.

Disclaimer: I have not read every series in existence, so this list is literally my favourite series of this exact moment. It is very subject to change in the future. But it’s late and I feel like procrastinating so this is going to happen.

A few ground rules before we go onwards:
1. No Harry Potter, because that’s too easy.
2. I must have read multiple books from the series for it to appear on this list. So stuff like Ender’s Game or The 5th Wave where I can’t be bothered to read the sequels/they haven’t been released yet aren’t going to be here.
3. Only ten can appear – no more; no less.

This is sort of in order, though in reality it varies greatly depending on my feelings on individual books/series not being finished/genres that are hard to compare.

1. Chaos Walking – Patrick Ness
Also known as my favourite dystopian/science-fiction series ever. Possibly my favourite series ever (if you don’t count the serious nostalgic appeal of the HP series) and I can’t thank Yanni enough for shoving it into my hands.

2. Anna – Kendare Blake
Best Paranormal/Horror Romance that I have ever read. Mainly because the humour was perfect and the characters were fun and likeable and believable and Cas Lowood. Seriously, just read it for Cas. You will not be disappointed.

3. Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy
Favourite Middle-Grade series that I ironically read once I was no longer middle-grade. And honestly, I’m thankful that I did, because my gore tolerance is not high and there is some throat-slitting/eye-gouging/body-slicing that goes on. Well, I suppose it is 11+. And yes, I do love PJO, but it’s the darkness and humour and overall characterisation that pushes SP to another level for me (not to mention the seriously brillant planning in the plot. A++).

4. Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater
The writing and the characters and the dialogue and the world and just everything. Most realistic fantasy series that I can think of, and the only one where I am utterly convinced that it should be shelved as contemporary, not paranormal, because it is so believable.

5. Legend – Marie Lu
You will fall in love with the characters, and then Lu will tear your heart out. Repeatedly. And just when the first book can’t get worse, there’s the second. And when you think you’ve finally been through your utmost capacity of pain, Champion piles you in feels. I honestly recommend this book to anyone I know who likes dystopians or action or interesting worlds.

6. Unwind – Neal Shusterman
Which not only has a great use of third-person present that I’ve never seen done so well, but is interesting and full of very relevant questions and also likes to stomp on your heart.
And I haven’t read Unsouled. I’m sorry! I’ve been busy! I will, I promise, just let me get through House of Hades and Allegiant and all those other books that have been staring at me for months.

7. Skinjacker – Neal Shusterman
I wanted to not include the same author twice on this list, but I couldn’t. I wouldn’t know which series to bump down because I absolutely love both. Everlost and all its sequels are just so clever. Shusterman explores every single aspect of his world and asks the right questions to keep you thinking.

8. Percy Jackson – Rick Riordan
This is only referring to the first five books of the original series, and not the spin-offs. While I do like Heroes of Olympus, I haven’t exactly made my mind up yet on particular aspects, whereas I have some serious love for the Olympians arc. Percy and all his humour was what really made the series for me.

9. Underdogs – Markus Zusak
This one is a weird place for me, because the books vary a lot. While all are brilliant (as to be expected from one of my favourite authors), the first and third are weaker than the completely spectacular and heart-breaking middle book. However, I also know that Fighting Ruben Wolfe would not be as strong if it was not bookended by great character development and relationship arcs from the other two books.
In summary, this order idea isn’t really working out but I’m sticking to my choices because we’re nearly finished anyway.

10. Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld
The fact that this had illustrations (and absolutely gorgeous ones) bumped up my entire rating of this series. I love the steampunk setting and the world, and Deryn and Alek are awesome and endearing characters.

Do I have honourable mentions?
Nah, I don’t think so.
A lot of series I could put on here but 1. Haven’t read the second book or 2. the ending sucked. Endings are important, and if a series has a promising start but then goes swiftly downhill, I can’t do it. I can’t include it. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth no matter how good the first few books were. I won’t name any names here, but I’m sure you guys have a few (almost certainly accurate) guesses.

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Unsouled (Cover) – Neal Shusterman

UnSouled (Unwind, #3)I have no idea how long this cover has been out, I just saw it on goodreads while I was scrolling through and just decided that I HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THIS.

BECAUSE SERIOUSLY.

OH MY GOD.

This is kind of giving me Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood deja vu because you know that bit where SPOILERS they walk into the room full of those weird white soldiers that they made for the military, and they’re all just hanging from the walls and they’re mega creepy and like bleed green blood (I can’t really remember it exactly but I do remember that it was so damn creepy)?

Well yeah, that’s what this reminded me of.

If you don’t get that reference, then let’s just say I’m kind of terrified by this cover.

That, plus the title UNSOULED is just so awesome.

And so creepy.

Seriously, I don’t know if I would be able to sleep at night knowing that cover was right there (on a side note, I love the american covers. The new UK covers are really ugly in comparison).

So I’m intrigued to know what it means, the sleeping heads on the wall and the one awake one that’s just staring out all creepy, and oh my god the more I look at it the more I get creeped out.

By the way, I love the font they use for the title.

So yeah! Creepy ass cover! It’s going to be amazing, I hope, and good job designer for being better than the UK designer!

If you want a comparison:

Here is the new UK cover for Unwind:

And here is the american cover for Unwind:

Sure, the UK one is striking and bold and probably attracts a different audience’s attention and stuff but COME ON! THE AMERICAN ONE IS SO MUCH PRETTIER.

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)

Unstrung- Neal Shusterman

UnStrung (Unwind Trilogy, #1.5)Summary
This is a short story, telling us about Lev; How he turned from an innocent little kid to a terrorist clapper…
It tells the story between Lev’s time with CyFi and the Graveyard. So after he leaves CyFi, he turns up at this ChanceFolk village, where they oppose unwinding. He makes friends with some people, the main guy being Wil. And then some stuff happens, and it doesn’t end well for some people… 😦

Since this is a short story, I’m going to review it slightly differently- more like a ramble of my thoughts of in! 🙂 And the thoughts are most likely to be short, snappy and not very developed, since it’s a short story, and I don’t want to give much of it away.

First, a ramble about the ending… IT WAS SO SAD…. 😦 but I could totally see it coming… because how else was Lev supposed to end up in the Graveyard… The only thing I didn’t see coming was that other people were going to go down with him… ;(

Wil was awesome. He’d better show up somehow in Unwholly.

Lev, with the clapping was awesome. But also sad, because it shows how he turned sorta into a terrorist…

The ChanceFolk were so nice… But also kinda random, because I don’t really remember them being mentioned in the first book.

Also, along with this book, comes the first chapter of Unwind and Unwholly 😉

4 Shuriken Stars

Unwholly (Cover) – Neal Shusterman

Unwholly (Unwind, #2)Is this the real cover?

I have no idea, to be honest, but I just saw it on goodreads and decided it looks legitimate. I think it’s real. Actually, I’m 99.9% sure it’s real now. So let’s review it!

It’s really obvious that someone else took a picture of the book (An ARC, i think, as it says that in the top left of the picture, not that you guys can see. You’ll just have to trust me.) and uploaded that onto the internet. And it’s got the same colour scheme and writing and so on ,as the american cover (for those of you who haven’t seen the american cover, here it is)

UnwindI think I prefer the first cover more, it’s slightly more creepy in my opinion, with the whole faceless, zombie-esque person. I have a feeling this guy is Cam on the cover, since he doesn’t look anything like Connor or Lev in my head, and hopefully is not Risa. But it’s still awesomely creepy, and just makes me so excited. I can’t help it, I love this series.

And the summary looks awesome! It’s pretty long, just to warn you, but read it anyway.

Summary

“In a society where unwanted and troublesome teens are salvaged for their body parts, Connor, Risa and Lev continue to fight against the system that would ‘unwind’ them. Thanks to their high-profile revolt at the Happy Jack Harvest Camp, people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of so-called troublesome teens might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question and a new law passed. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests, not to mention the illegal ‘Parts Pirates’, that want to see it not only continue, but expand.
Connor, Risa and Lev each struggle to rescue as many AWOL teens as possible and offer them sanctuary. But life at the Graveyard is hard, rivalries bubble under the surface and the cracks are beginning to show.
And then there is Cam, a teen who does not exist. Made entirely out of parts from one hundred other ‘unwinds’, Cam is a 21st century Frankenstein, a rewound, struggling to find a true identity and meaning, and a place in society. But when a sadistic bounty hunter who takes “trophies” from all the ‘unwinds’ he captures starts to pursue Connor, Lev and Risa, Cam finds his own fate inextricably bound with theirs…”

Final Thoughts?

Well, I’m freaking excited about this book, my only worry is that it won’t be as good as the mindblowing first book. But I was worried in the same way for Everwild, and that proved to be awesome. And again with Everfound. I guess I just have to trust Neal Shusterman in being the awesome writer he is and making this awesome. Urgh! I want to read it so bad!

And if you came here and just read through all this and don’t know whether to read Uwind or not? GO READ IT! NOW! GO! GO GO GO GO GO!

Also, did any of you see the short film MainstayPro made for Unwind? I loved it. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go ahead and look them up. They made a ton of videos for the Hunger Games before the movie came out as well.

Sorry, that was really random, but I guess I’m a pretty random person. Ah well.

🙂

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.

Everwild – Neal Shusterman

MARY IS A PSYCHO

Those are the words that kept coming to mind while I was reading this book. If you haven’t read it, then you’ll know soon.

Everwild is the second book in the skinjacker trilogy (Everlost, Everwild, Everfound), and it definitely holds up the amazingness of the first book. To be honest, it surpasses the first book. I enjoyed this one a lot more. Maybe because it’s darker, more intriguing, there are a lot more storylines happening between different characters, and altogether it’s awesome. It really is. If you haven’t read these books, then read them! What’s wrong with you? Go read all of them now!

Now I can’t really summarise this book without ruining the last one, so here’s the only way I can really do it.

Summary
Urgh, Mary! NICK!!!! Mikey and Allie? MILOS YOU CREEP! ZIN! NO THE DOG!!!! MARY YOU CRAZY PSYCHO WITCH!

That’s pretty much how the story goes.

Cons

It ended
Seriously, that’s my only Con. Now I can’t wait to read the next book, but I have too much work.Damn you, Neal Shusterman for making me skip my homework to read your amazing books. Why do you have to write such awesome stories?

Pros

Plot = AMAZING
All the twists were amazing. Especially the one involving Allie and all the skinjackers. And then everything with Mary. Geez, I was like :O throughout a lot of this book. I love the direction Neal Shusterman took this book, how it was so much darker and all the ethical problems with skinjacking and ripping and so on and so on. It was all just so amazing. I never wanted to put the book down.

Characters = AMAZING
My favourite character is Zin. She was awesome. She reminded me of Deryn from the Leviathan Series – Scott Westerfeld. MAybe it was because they had similar circumstances, but she had the same basic personality as Deryn. And I love Deryn, so of course I would love Zin.
Milos, the creepiest afterlight EVER, was so annoying. Creepy dude. Urgh.
Of course Allie and Nick and Mikey and so on were all awesome. And then we get to the most stand-out character in the book.

Mary.
I feel like she deserves her own little section.

She is so messed up. I don’t even know where to start with her. I won’t mention why she is messed up, for all you readers out there who haven’t read this book. But all of you that have: “SHE IS FREAKING PSYCHOPATHIC”. Every time she worked out what was going on, did her reaction take you by surprise? Because every time I waited for her to lose it and she didn’t. I was sitting there going “WTH???” :O And slowly, as the book progressed, she turned more and more psycho until I knew what was going to happen at the end. I saw that ending coming from halfway through the book when Nick revealed his plan to Zin.
The reason this took me so by surprise is that Mary was always portrayed as a loving, caring character so I presumed she would be like Mary from the Gone Series – Michael Grant. But she definitely developed as a character. Definitely. This also confirms my belief that Nick should not be in love with her. I like Nick, I think Nick’s cool (apart from the thing with the dog. Not cool. I understand why he did it and stuff but I loved that dog. And I love Zin.) and Mary’s completely cuckoo so he really needs to find another girl.
There were many times in the book where I wanted to physically punch Mary. I had to put the book down and calm myself down before I continued reading so I wouldn’t get so agitated with her.

Neal Shusterman, how do you get me feeling these violent thoughts about characters that aren’t real? How is this possible?

 And the ending. The ENDING!
That was one hell of an ending. I knew it was coming. I really did. But to end there. Right there. Now that’s just cruel. It’s-Rick-Riordan-and-the Son-of-Neptune-ending type of not cool. God. I have to find out what happens. I NEED to find out what happens.

Quotes (The only ones I can do without ruining the book)

  • “On a sunny Tuesday – for it seems so many awful things happen on a Tuesday – six astronauts and one schoolteacher attempted to pierce the sky. Instead they touched the stars.”
  • “Heaven might shine bright, but so do flames.”
  • “Great tragedies have great consequences. They ripple through the fabric of this world and the next. When the loss is too great for either world to bear, Everlost absorbs the shock, like a cushion between the two.”

Overall

Do you even have to ask how many stars I’ll give it? 5 shuriken stars, easily. Guys, you have to read this!