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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Book Recommendations

     On my last poll I asked what everyone's favorite genre was for books, and the majority of those who voted said Dystopian/Sci-Fi/Post Apocalyptic, so since this is my favorite also I thought I would give a few recommendations that may help you with what to read next:

1. The Hunger Games - don't count it out just because it's listed as YA.  An amazing book even for adults!
2. Ready Player One- some people may not enjoy this, but for myself, having grown up in the 80's and 90's, it had some great pop culture references that brought back a lot of nostalgia
3. The Road- McCarthy's writing style is very unique and a lot of people don't like the lack of "" in his books, but this is one of the few books I've found myself re-reading over the past few years when I don't have any new books that seem buy-worthy.
4. The Dark Tower Series- don't start these unless you plan on a year long relationship with the series as there are 7 in the series, but trust me, it will be worth it
5. The Uglies Series- another YA series that I really enjoyed, although it was a few years ago that I completed it, so not sure how I would feel now that I've read so many other great sci-fi books
6. Red Hill- zombies, nuff said
7. Pure- the third book in this trilogy was definitely lacking, but the first two more than made up for it
8. Life as we Knew It- all three books in this series were great
9. Divergent- the way this series ended was a very gutsy move on the author's part, but one that has stuck with me for a while now.

     I hope these are some recommendations you haven't read yet, but if you have, offer me a few suggestions also.  I'm always looking for new great books :) Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

More Than This by Patrick Ness review

     I read A Monster Calls (or should I say looked at the pretty pictures since there wasn't too much of a story) and The Knife of Never Letting Go a couple years ago and I was very impressed with Mr. Ness's writing style, so when I saw that one of my friends on Goodreads strongly recommended this book I decided to give it a shot, and although I didn't like it as much as Knife it was still a good fast read.
      Part sci-fi, part post-apocalyptic, it kept me hooked from start to finish wanting to know where the main character actually was (Hell? a dream? a wasteland of the real world?) and did not disappoint with the numerous plot twists within to keep me guessing.
     My only real complaint about this book is the ending, which I'm sure has been mentioned by other readers before me.
     Although we get answers to a few of our questions, there are so many more that were left unanswered....**spoilers! do not read beyond this point if you intend on reading the book!**...who was the Driver really? Was he a robot? An alien? A superhuman? Why did he save Seth after trying to kill him?  What happened once Seth went back into the coffin?  Etc, etc.
     I don't know if there will ever be a sequel to this book.
     Immediately after reading I opened Google to see if there would be a continuation, but it's been 3 years since the novel came out so surely by now there would have at least been rumors of a sequel if there was to be one :(
     Definitely read this one if you were a fan of the movies The Road or I Am Legend as this book strongly reminded me of those.  See you at the next review!