The Fifth Wave (The FifthWave, #1)

The Fifth Wave

Author: Rick Yancey
Published: May 7, 2013
Pages: 457

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Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Review:

My first impression of the book was the simplicity of the words make this an easy read. The plot isn’t overly complex or difficult to follow. But as I was reading, the author would throw in a sentence or a paragraph that had me stopping and rereading what was written. The author has a great ability to lead the reader down a certain path in order to draw out specific emotions.

The book itself is divided into multiple sections, with each section switching POV. The main heroine, Cassie, is strong willed, stubborn, immature, self absorbed, struggles dealing with her emotions, and well , everything a teenager is supposed to be. The author did a great job staying true to her character/voice. Not that I always liked everything about Cassie, but her feelings/emotions/reactions were consistent with a young adolescent who is despite to survive.

The scene where Cassie runs into a person while getting water was heartbreaking. I don’t normally quote books within my review but I felt like this passage held a significant amount of loss, pain, and loneliness. It was worth pointing out.

“But it wasn’t him screaming, it was me screaming, me and everybody else who was left…all of us helpless, hopeless, stupid humans screaming, because we got it wrong…it’s not how it ends. It ends with us killing each other…”

One of the things I thought slightly ridiculous was what Cassie packed for travel. Some of the items were just silly considering she needed to pack light. For example- a cell phone that does not and will never work again. Even her reasoning behind doing this I don’t exactly understand. Something about it being hers. I did however think her choice and reasoning behind her book choice was fun. I will say one of the difficult things was reading about how Cassie lost her family. I think this is partly due to having a family and kids myself and also putting yourself in her shoes.

Cassie’s famous high school crush, Ben, gets introduced in the book. In the beginning, I was excited that Cassie might get her chance to be with him. The way she talked/journaled about him, it was as though he was everything she lost or missed out on because of the alien invasion. But as the book goes on and you get to know Ben more, I didn’t want Cassie to end up with Ben. Yes he is brave, strong, attractive, sometimes funny.. But I didn’t feel like he is what Cassie needs. By the time I hit last 25% of the book, I kept putting the book down and didn’t really want to pick it up. I think this was because I knew Cassie and Ben would eventually encounter each other and even though I think they would be horrible together, I wasn’t sure what the author would think/do And I was right, by the end of the book they finally encounter each other. I thought their exchange was more awkward and I guess I felt like they just didn’t fit right. What did everyone else think??

The author doesn’t spend much time telling the story through Sam’s perspective which is probably a good thing. I think it would be difficult for any author to create the correct voice/mannerisms/reactions for a five year old boy. Overall the author did a pretty good job of this but there were moments when Sammy would say something or something was noted in the text that a young kid just wouldn’t normally say/take note of. Especially one who was as sleep deprived and hungry as he was.

As the story continues, Ben and Sam’s path cross. During this time, I couldn’t help but grieve the boy both he and Ben should of had the opportunity to be and the man they are forced to become. As I was reading the book, I felt terrible for what they were going through. All I kept thinking, hoping, was if Cassie would get to them before they turn into this hard emotionless shadow of themselves.

And then there is Evan Walker. Evan Walker, wow, I’m not sure where to start. He is everything Ben is (strong, attractive, strong, brave..) but he is also loyal, calm, nurturing, and comfort. I know, comfort is a weird way to describe him. But everything he is and does, it all provides comfort and safety. The way he cares for Cassie is astonishing and in a way romantic. According to him, he says Cassie saved him. But I think they saved each other. Because what he brings out of Cassie is more than safety. I think he brings back part of her humanity. Losing part of herself, her humanity, has been something Cassie has been struggling with throughout most of the book.

And the twist the author puts in the story is surprisingly amazing. I’m not going to give anything away but I will admit, Some of the twists were completely genius! One of the dilemmas the book brings up is how the world is an either or- either I survive or they do, I die or I live, sometimes I die if I stay or I die if I go, either he is human or he is Other.. You get the idea. I think the bigger question the author brings up is does it matter anymore? Especially when you would do anything for the person who you love.

Overall. I loved this book. This plot is genius! The ending is well, amazing. I did take a star away because I didn’t love or always like Cassie’s character. And I felt like the author did a lot of telling us what emotions were happening or how things were instead of showing us through examples and conversation.

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BirthMarked (BirthMarked #1)

Birthmarked

Author: Caragh O’Brien                                                                                                  Published: March 30, 2010                                                                                                 Pages: 361

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother’s footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be “advanced” into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

Review:

This story was surprisingly good. Although, I did feel there were times the author added pointless filler information that really slowed the book down. But overall the depth of the main character was remarkably realistic and refreshing. The main character Gaia has a scared face and her whole life she has been treaded like a freak. Because if this, she doesn’t feel like anyone could truly like or lover her outside her one friend and her parents. Gaia lives outside the wall and is a loyal midwife until her parents are put in prison. Getting captured after sneaking over the wall to see her parents, her loyalties begin to shift. This is especially true once she meets Leon. While imprisoned she is asked to crack the code her parents left. Once she does, she realizes the horror of what she has done. Gaia loses everything inside the wall but she grows stronger and more determined to survive.

This story asks the reader to see both sides of the question: what is morally right? Is it right to focus on the individual or try to save the whole, meaning the entire community? If certain people have the genetic makeup to save the population, how far would you go to save your friends, family, and town?

 

Terms of Use

Terms of Use

Author: Scott Morrison                                                                                                Published: January 1, 2016                                                                                                 Pages: 369

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Circles is the most popular social network in the world: vast, ubiquitous, and constantly evolving. Days before expanding into China, Circles suffers a devastating cyberattack—and a key executive is brutally murdered.

As he fights to save the company he helped build, top engineer Sergio Mansour uncovers evidence of a massive conspiracy that turns the power of Circles against its users. But as Sergio investigates, someone is watching his every move—someone ruthless enough to brand him a criminal and set a vicious hit man on his trail.

Desperate to clear his name, Sergio turns to Malina Olson, a beautiful and headstrong doctor who has an agenda of her own. Now, he and Malina must survive long enough to expose the truth in a world without hiding places, where a single keystroke can shift the global balance of power.

Review:

This book isn’t the typical book I pick up but I’m glad I was given the opportunity to review it. This book is a complex mystery thriller with each chapter bringing something new. It was a little difficult to get into but I was hooked once I was a couple chapters in. Have you ever wondered what possible ramifications could come from giving too much information out on Facebook? Some of the things in this book hit a little close, especially with the upcoming election.

Overall, the book is very well written and extremely suspenseful. Some of the technical language went right over my head, but didn’t take too much away from the book. I’m sure if I had more of a programming or computers background, I might have gotten more out of the book. Either way, I still thought it was a good book.

The Wicked We Have Done (Chaos Theory #1)

The Wicked we have done

Author: Sarah Harian
Published: March 18, 2014
Pages: 272

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:

Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice. If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends. She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either.

Review:

The concept of the plot was intriguing and because of this, the author was able to capture the readers attention from the very beginning. Unfortunately the writing style, or more so the grammatical errors took away from the book and it made it difficult for the reader to get lost in the world being created. If you are able to look past some of the odd sayings, grammatical errors, and the constant switch from past to present tense, then you find yourself reading a book that is full of physiological games and somewhat freaky scenes.

This book is about a girl named Evalyn who supposedly was one of eight, who killed 56 people during a college faculty banquet. Because of this, she was sentenced to one month In the compass room. Here she will be subject to different simulations and her reactions will be recorded and judged. If her reactions, either hormonal or emotional, are imbalanced and her “moral compass” is deemed evil, then she will be executed.

Once the inmates wake up in the Compass room, this is when the games begin. Evalyn is the first one to experience this when she “sees” her baby brother running out of her room asking her to chase him. The author did an alright job creating a creepy vibe, especially when it became difficult to tell what is real and what isn’t. Although there were many scenes in the book that were somewhat creepy, they lacked enough detail to truly create a disturbing image.

The story doesn’t really change much with all the characters in the book “seeing” people from there past crimes. This reminds me a lot of the hunger games series in how 12 inmates are in an arena that is manipulated by a creator. Some of the inmates try to kill each other, most try to run a way from there past. But they are all led or guided on a certain path, forced to travel where the creators want them. In one scene, the creator decides to flood them out. This scene in particular reminded me of Catching fire where part of the arena if flooded.

I felt like the book was frustrating in how the chapters jump from the present to the past to further in the past. I found myself wanting to yell, ‘just get on with it’. The book somewhat dragged, as though the author was trying to make a bigger deal or make Evalyn’s story more complicated than it actually is.

I didn’t like Evalyn’s character. She let everyone walk over her and she went along with the idea that she was guilty. Her reasoning behind choosing the campus room was because she wasn’t sure if she was innocent or guilty. Seriously! Did you plan and kill people, no? Then she isn’t guilty of the crime they accused her of. Another thing that irritated me about her character was how immature she is. She is in her 20’s but treats her mom horrible because she doesn’t approve of her major.

Overall I found myself bored with the book. I just couldn’t finish it which is to bad because the book had a lot of promise. I read 3/4th of the book… That was more than enough.

Highway to Never After (Sanguivorous #2)

Highway

Author: S.K. Munt
Published: November 3, 2014
Pages: 359

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Isaac Hayes always gets what he wants, and Charlotte Swift has always resisted submitting to him, only to succumb to his demands to protect her in the end, because she never cared enough about anything to fight for something else. And so Isaac had his true love, polished and gleaming, like so many of his hard-earned trophies.They were content, she was safe, and Isaac was triumphant.

But now that Will Furlough is in the post-apocalypse picture, Charlotte’s determined to keep him there, or walk out of Isaac’s perfect frame all together. Isaac doesn’t want to lose her, but now that Charlotte has morphed from being his passive aggressive sweetheart, to his hostile captive, Isaac’s got no choice to up the ante to keep her safe.
To keep her medicated.
To keep her guilt-stricken and indebted to him.
To make her his again before Will gets back.

She’s left him no choice, really and in the end, he knows she’ll thank him for rescuing her from herself again.
After all, the Doctor always knows best, right?

Review:

Holy Shit! Excuse my language but I find myself at a lack of better words to describe this book. There were parts of this book, especially the end, that had me at the edge of my seat, fearful of the horror that might happen next. This book had some intense scenes. Isaac is a horrible person and deserves everything he got. No, actually he deserves worse! Charlotte is to gullible and needs to pull her head out of the clouds and start seeing people for who they are. Poor Will!! This book is just as good, if not better, than the first book. I can’t wait for the third book to come out!!

Palpitations (Sanguivorous #1)

Palpitations

Author: S.K. Munt
Published: July 9, 2014
Pages: 444

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Good girls don’t smoke
Good girls get their injections
Good girls are excited on the eve of their wedding.
Good girls die in the first five minutes of the zombie apocalypse
Charlotte’s naughty streak is either going to pay off, or get her devoured.
And there are worse things going bump in the night than the red-eyes.

A hostage. A viral outbreak. A sexy, suspenseful apocalypse road-trip adventure unlike NO either.

Be devoured.

Review:

This book was unexpected. I’m not usually into zombie books but I’m really glad I gave this book a try. The author did an amazing job creating strong emotions from the reader. One moment you hate Wills character, then the next you love him. Chars character was surprising with unexpected twists. The only annoying thing about her character was how much she kept falling. The plot was amazing and held the readers interest. This really was a good book. There were some grammatical flaws but the plot made up for it.