Category Archives: Dystopian

REVIEW-Champion by: Marie Lu

 

SUMMARY:
He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

WOW! What a ride, This book caused a HUGE amount of problems some good and some bad, but my overall it was a REALLY GOOD BOOK!

Overall Reaction:

One of the things I couldn’t stand about this book was that this book felt a bit rushed, the beginning was okay, and then things got amazing, and by the time the climactic end comes rolling around, I feel like it detracts from the greatness. An example of this is when they are meeting with The leader of the Colonies, and we get like a sentence of what he looks like. He talks quick, we never really find out what his motives are, and what really happened with the plagues. Personally, I felt like it didn’t have a HUGE effect on the ending, but it still would’ve been nice to see that fixed.

Another thing I was confused about was the lack of action. Sure, we’ll always have the ending, but even then this book is mainly focused on the politics side of things as most Dystopian novels tend to lean toward. It wasn’t necessarily something that made the story not as great as it could’ve been, it just felt like this book was becoming what every other Dystopian book is, and that bummed me out big time.

Speaking of things getting cliche at the end, the end part was SUPER cliche. I can’t really tell you without spoiling it, but when it happened I was a bit frustrated. One of the reasons I liked Legend some much was because it wasn’t like your normal Dystopian novel, it has it’s own twists and quirks that make it feel different and fresh, and to finish on that note, it felt like it was trying to become what every other Dystopian novel is. While I’m not angry at the ending, I am a bit frustrated that we had to end on that note.

When we finally finish the third act, we get a “Ten years Later” thing, This made me angry. The reason I was feeling discontent was because it felt like the author took a turn for laziness at the end, I would’ve LOVED to have seen what had happened in this ten year gap, a novella, a novel, a short description of what happened, ANYTHING! Sure, we do get a good list of events that have happened, but I want MORE! GIVE ME MORE!

Another thing that surprised me going into this book, was the depressing tone it had to everything. It felt like everything was against Day and June, and not a SINGLE thing could go right between them. I liked this because it generated this whole mystery over the ending and made you sad for the book to end, but also made you anxious to see what happens.

Overall, this book was pretty good, it played with my emotions and did a good an AMAZING job in the plot department. It struggled a bit in the  Character and Relationship department, but honestly overall it made for a very fun and entertaining read!

Star Rating: ⅘ stars

Percentage Rating: 87%

 

Review- Legend by: Marie Lu

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What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. (Goodreads Summary)

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

cooltext133089303484155 Well this book was amazing. I knew I wanted to read it soon, but I guess I just always never got to it. Now finally I have and this book is amazing. There are two characters, June and Day. Day is a criminal, and June is a detective leading so different worlds their worlds suddenly crossing paths. I love this batch of characters, this is literally my favorite book I’ve read this year!

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cooltext133089343094800Well this book is amazing. There was a bunch of  plots twists that were amazing, although I saw one a mile away. The world building was good too, this is not your normal dystopian book. It is fast paced and does not have the normal or usual plot line for a dystopian story. This story is original and is a little like Les Miserables.

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I love everything about this book the characters, the plot, the story it was all so amazing I have no words on how to describe to you this book!

 

Rating:

5/5 stars


5 stars

REVIEW-Pretties by: Scott Westerfeld

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Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect.

Perfectly wrong.

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun — the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom — is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life — because the authorities don’t intend to let anyone with this information survive.

cooltext133089303484155Well for the most part I really liked the characters.  Tally Youngblood is getting more awesome by each book. She is quick, fast, and her voice is an easy one to read. Overall I really enjoyed her character as well as all the other’s that this book follows!

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Well while I really enjoyed this  book the beginning was dragged around a little but the other half was a bit amazing, I enjoyed it but didn’t enjoy it as much as Uglies the first in the series.

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If the third book says bubbly I will freak out. This book focuses on being inside new pretty town. UGH I swear every time they said that I rolled my eyes. I think this book suffered from middle book syndrome but overall I really enjoyed this book. Sorry for the shortness of the review but I honestly read this so fast I barely remember all of it. But the ending is amazing!

Rating 4/5

 

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Thank’s for reading my review, as always I will post another post soon and until then, read, subscribe, and have a good Christmas break!

-Jared

CLOSED-Review+ Giveaway The Fire of Invention by: J. Scott Savage

Age: 10-13

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cooltext133089402245467 13-Year old Trenton Coleman lives in what most people would say is a total nightmare. in the cove, (A city that has sealed itself in a mountain) Creativity is bad, and Invention is a swear word. Life is always normal. the government has a strict set of rules for making or building something. It has to be approved and it can’t be new. Until one day Trenton bends the rules to impress a girl named Simoni The government catches him and says he has 2 options. First he be sent to re-Training (Which most people don’t ever act the same when they finish it) Or to go inside one of the coal machines to grab a piece that was messing up the electricity in the Cove. We then follow Trenton as he chose to go inside the machine. He ends up finding a clue to something, Something not approved by the Government. but everything goes downhill from there, Then we meet Kallisa Babbage. the daughter of a “crazy” inventor (oops I swore (;  ) Kallisa’s father, Leo was tampering with a water heater (which is not approved) By the way and made it explode killing everyone in the building. Kallista believe’s that the clue Trenton found was left for her and she needs to continue to find the rest of the clues her father has left behind for her. They then partner up to find all the clues Leo Babbage has left. Did I forget to mention that at almost every clue there was spare parts. But what exactly do they make? Is Leo Babbage really crazy? Is everything what It seems to be? Find out in The Fire of Invention by: J. Scott Savage.

cooltext133089303484155I really liked the characters in this book. My favorite character has got to be Trenton (Main character) Right off the bat you can tell Trenton isn’t someone who follows rules. His personality was just so realistic and human. At the beginning of the book he was a shy/confident guy  what I mean by that is that he was shy on the social side of things but confident in his machines. But by the end of the book he was confident!

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In long: I loved the story line! The plot was just so rich and the story left you wanting more! This world is just so interesting! I just loved this story! Notice I’m doing a lot of !’s But seriously it was great!, No swearing! (Which is always good in a children’s book)  I’ve never read anything by Savage but now I can see I totally missed out! I seriously read this book in two sittings. Right of the bat Savage just captivates the audience into this irregular world that leaves you hungry for more. I just can’t begin to describe this book, it’s just plain amazing! I am so excited for everyone to read this! If you have a 10-13 year old that likes fantasy this is the book for you! So if you do get it ASAP! This is a must read!

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Rating: 5/5 Stars!!!’

 

 

 

giveaway

I have been lucky enough to be able to be sponsored by Shadow Mountain publishing to giveaway one copy of Mysteries of the Cove: Fires of Invention! You must be 13 years old or have a parents approval before entering this giveaway. May the odds ever be in your favor…

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If you’ve done this than your in… All you have to do is be able to provide me your address and you will get the book ASAP

 

SYNOPSIS:

Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and “invention” is a curse word.

Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion—an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.

Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlikely anything they’ve ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on—and quite possibly their very lives.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Scott Savage is the author of the Farworld middle grade fantasy series and the Case File 13 middle grade monster series. He has been writing and publishing books for over ten years. He has visited over 400 elementary schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and lives with his wife Jennifer and their Border Collie, Pepper, in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains.

 

Review The Giver By: Lois Lowry

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cooltext133089402245467Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

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Well My favorite character in this book is probably The Giver. He is an old man filled with mystery and wonder and I think that that is part of one of the reasons that I like him so much. I loved learning about him and the way he explained stuff in this book just captivated me in a way I haven’t been captivated before!

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Well I liked a lot of things in this story, I loved the shortness of the book but I loved how long or how everlasting it was. It wasn’t a gripping page turner but a sort of relaxing, fun, read. I really loved how they explained the colors and didn’t use color to describe things and I really liked that!

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I honestly felt like this book rushed this a little too fast for me but I have to say, for me the first time for me reading this was a little better than this time.

Thanks for reading my review Make sure to comment or subscibe and I will have another post up soon so, goodbye!

4/5 Stars

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Fuzzy Mud By: Louis Sachar

# of pages: 192

Suggested Age: 9-13

Publisher: Random House

Source: NetGalley

Summary: Tamaya Dhilwaddi and Marshall Walsh have been walking home from school since forever. When one day Marshall leads Tamaya to a (Shortcut) There Chad (a bully in the school) finds them walking home together and grabs Marshall and trys to beat him up. Tamaya freaks out and all she can do is to grab a handful of this fuzzy mud and throw it at Chad’s face. Tamaya grabs Marshall and they run home. The next day they come to school and Chad doesn’t show up. And what’s even worse is that her hand she used to throw mud at  chad is hurting and blistering bad. The doctor thinks that it’s just an allergic reaction but Tamaya thinks otherwise. If her hand is hurting and Chad isn’t there something bad’s happened to Chad. And she is going to try to find him one way or another.

Characters: I enjoyed this read. My favorite character was Chad. Just learning about this characters life and feeling the sorrow and saddness of his life and why he is so sad was so juicy and good.

What I liked: Again I have been blown away by Louis Sachar. Kids will gobble this book up and enjoy every second of it! Just like I did. While the story is short I really liked this story and how you got to read the reports of how they judged the maker of this disaster. I really enjoyed the

What I didn’t like: This book was really short and was filled with silliness It’s the story of mutant bacteria breaking out on a town. He makes it sound more light-hearted than it really should be and made it feel like it came and was nothing and then passed. I really wanted to learn more about Tamaya’s emotional state and seeing how she reacted to the town being under quarantine.

THIS BOOK COMES OUT….  August 4th 2015

4/5 Stars

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Uglies By: Scott Westerfeld

# of pages: 278

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Summary:In this futeristic world all teens wait till they turn 16 to undergo a massive surgery to be changed from a normal ugly into a pretty. Tally Youngblood has dreamed of being a pretty. But when her friend Shay runs away the Government wont make her a pretty, unless she finds Shay. The one who made her stuck being Ugly.

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Characters: I really liked Tally. She didn’t have crazy story development but it was more mild and more focused on the part that she needed to find Shay to be a pretty. I wasn’t really a fan of Shay especially at the end. But I sort of liked her at the beginning. I also want to learn more about her Tally Youngblood’s family and her friend. Continue reading Uglies By: Scott Westerfeld

Allegiant By: Veronica Roth

# of Pages: 526

Author: Veronica Roth

Summary: This is the third and final book in the Divergent trilogy. Tris and Tobias lead the city to get out of Chicago. While getting out though they meet someone. Someone so important. The creators, the creators of Chicago…

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Characters: Well I kind of actually prefered Tobias’s point of view. I loved to listen and learn all about the mysterious Tobias Eaton. I didn’t actually like Tris in the final book. I mean I didn’t not like her but I just enjoyed Tobias’s POV. But I also enjoyed to see Tris developing into this awesome fighting character.

What I liked: I loved learning about the outside of the gate. The ending was to die for. It was beautifully written and I loved the ending but hated it. If you don’t know what happens at the end  pick up this book and read it. It’s not the best book but try to work your way through the writing.

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