Posts Tagged ‘dystopian’

maze-runner

3 stars

Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1)

Synopsis:

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2)

Synopsis:

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive

Death Cure (Maze Runner #3)

Synopsis:

It’s the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

Will anyone survive?

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

The truth will be terrifying.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

Review:

Ok. I know a lot of people will probably feed me to the wolves for this but…

These books were just okay.  Don’t get me wrong, the storyline was great…it was the execution that left a lot to be desired.

The characters were very flat to me.  I didn’t fall in love with any of them.  If I had to pick one though I would have to say I liked Newt the most.  I felt really bad for him.

The pace of the book was slow and drawn out to me.  Dashner is very long winded.  It took me forever to get through them.  I would put them down for days on end and not be motivated to pick them back up.  I kinda had to force myself to read them.  It was disappointing to say the least.

I wanted it to be like the Hunger Games but it just wasn’t fleshed out enough to get it there.

The made-up-word-profanity drove me insane.  They were silly words.  They didn’t convey the emotion of the words AT ALL.  When I read the words I automatically replaced them in my head with the real word.  I mean, come on, “Shuck-face?!” who says that???

I think the thing that bothers me the most was the ending…Jesus, WTF.  I didn’t get it at all!  It left so many questions lingering.

Overall, it was just okay. It’s not something I would ever pick-up again and re-read.

I can’t believe I’m gonna say this but….the movies were better.

I don’t remember any real bad language, just the silly made up words.  I would recommend this for pre-teen and teens.

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game 1

5 stars

The Game (The Game is Life #1) – Terry Schott

Synopsis:

The Game…
A virtual reality simulation played by over a billion children around the world. The best players are celebrities, adored and worshiped by countless fans. Zack is a superstar among players.
His final play may change the world, forever…

Review:

I loved this book.  I found it for free (as of 2-9-14) for Nook on Barnes and Noble, you can get it here.  I am always afraid of downloading books that are free just because I have been burned so many times but this one surprised me.  I could not put it down.  It only took me half a day to finish because I refused to leave that world and now I am left with a major book hangover.

I found the pace to be very well planned and even.  I fell for “Zack” easily, he doesn’t come across as arrogant or self righteous even though he is a superstar in the real world.  I can’t quite decide if his Patron is on his side or not yet…

I thought it would be difficult to separate when they were in the Game or in the real world while reading but it wasn’t.  It was relatively easy to follow.  The only hard time I had was keep straight the names of different people, especially when they referred to “Zack’s” past avatars.

There were some grammar errors but it was nothing to hinder the story which, to me, has been very well thought out.  There are twists and mysteries throughout and some do not get answered in this book like who exactly some people are in real life or in game life, making you WANT to read the second.

Barnes and Noble does not have the rest of these books so I will be ordering them from Amazon ASAP 🙂

I would recommend this for ANYONE who loves sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian.  There was no language that I can remember and no sex.

If I had to relate this to something else it would be a Matrix meets Ender’s Game meets [insert favorite dystopian novel].

List of Books in Order:

The Game

Digital Heretic

Interlude-Brandon

Virtual Prophet

matched 3

3 stars

Reached (Matched 3) – Ally Condie

Synopsis:

After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again. 

Review:

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I enjoyed this book.  It was a great way to finish the series.  I do wish there was a little more of what happens after but it still ended well for me.  I am still a little hesitant on this becoming a movie (at least the first book).  Disney optioned it but I just can’t see it translating very well.  I think it would have been a better twist had the “Pilot” turned out to be someone you already knew and never would have guessed.  There was never really any “holy crap” moments.

The pace of this book was much better and it kept my attention.  I finished it in 4 days.  Normally I finish a book every 2-3 days so it wasn’t bad.  The characters are much better developed and I cared for them more in this book.  There probably should have been a little more “meant to be” emotions between “Cassia” and “Ky”, they never came across to me as star-crossed lovers.

I did like how every chapter was a different characters POV.  It really made you feel like you got every side of the story as it went.  That was one driving factor for me.  I kept reading to get back to certain character’s chapters and what they were going through.

Overall the story of this series is original (at least to me and what I have read in the past).  The pace is somewhat slow in some places.

I would recommend this for pre-teen and teen.  There was no language I can remember and no sex.  It is an easy read.

List of Book in Order:

Matched

Crossed

Reached