Monday, April 20, 2015

Book Report (Last of 2014!!! FINALLY!!!)

Finally!! The last book that I read in 2014.  I think.

Anyway.  It was a winner.  Because Hugh Howey is a god.  I don't think it was AS GOOD as Wool or Shift and especially not Dust, but it was pretty damn close. It got a lot of crap reviews on Goodreads, but I think that's just because the Silo Saga was SO FRICKING GOOD, people can't get their heads out of the asses and realize that different isn't ALWAYS bad.

Yes, I hear how ironic that sounds coming from a woman who's slogan just happens to be DIFFERENT IS BAD, but it is what it is.  Le sigh.

Sand was a fantastic story.  Howey sucked me straight in from page one.  He built an incredibly real world, despite the fact that I didn't believe for one instant that it could ever happen.  I mean, a suit that moves sand around so you can 'dive' a few miles under it? I'm thinking no.  But I don't really understand physics.

When Palmer is in the building, I had hives.  I hate the dark, and I super hate being confined, even an office building could feel like a closet if you were trapped in it, and MORE THAN ANYTHING I hate the idea of being all alone.  Last man on earth, adrift in space or on the sea...shudder.  It's my absolute horror.

So five stars.  Now for the back of the book: The old world is buried. A new one has been forged atop the shifting dunes. Here in this land of howling wind and infernal sand, four siblings find themselves scattered and lost.

Palmer has never been the same since his father walked out twelve years ago. His elder sister, Vic, is trying to run away from the past; his younger brothers, Connor and Rob, are risking their lives to embrace it. His mother, left with nothing but anger, is just trying to forget.

Palmer wants to prove his worth, not only to his family, but to himself. And in the barren, dune-covered landscape of his home, there is only one way to earn respect: sand-diving. Plunging deep below the desert floor in search of relics and scraps of the old world. He is about to embark on the most dangerous dive of his young life, aiming to become the first to discover the rumoured city below.

Deep within the sand lies the key to bringing his family together – and tearing their world apart.

So the takeaway: GO READ THIS BOOK.  The end.

And now, the first book I read in two thousand fifteen!!! This is actually sort of a letdown since I couldn't wait and I've already reviewed The Martian, but whatevs.  Fake it till you make it, and that includes excitement, no?

Cress is book three of the Lunar books, and I didn't think it was AS cool as Cinder, or even Scarlett, but it was still good enough and it moved the story along so now I can't wait for book four.

I just didn't really connect with Cress at all.  I didn't find her mannerisms to be very believable at all- I guess I have it in my head how I think someone who'd been all alone for what, twelve years, should act (I made it up, of course, I certainly don't have any idea for reals) and Cress just didn't act like that. At all. I thought her obsession with Thorne (my beloved Captain Jack Harkness forever and ever amen) was flighty and stupid and I'm pissed because I can't decide if she was right in the beginning and he truly is a good and decent dude, or if he's right when he tells her he only said nice things after the fact to get out of trouble. I hate not knowing things.

I could have done with some more Kai because I LOVE KAI, but all in all, I'd give this one a solid three stars.  I feel bad knocking it just because I didn't like Cress the girl, but it's more than that, I think she just wasn't written very well.  And I think it's a little tacky that there's now three girls and three dudes and they're all paired up nicely, but sigh, such is life, I suppose.  Regardless, I cannot WAIT for Winter, and I'll buy Fairest if it's ever less than say...four bucks.  They don't have these at my libraries, grrr.

Okay, for the back of the book in case you're interested:  In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Final verdict: Not that great, but you sort of have to read it if you've read the other two, and if you want to know what's going on before Winter comes out in November.  Anyone read Fairest? Is it worth my time, and more importantly, my money?

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