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Insurgent is a good follow up to Divergent that doesn't suffer from the traditional "middle-book-in-a-trilogy" blues. Grab it immediately if you listened to Divergent!
This was a wonderful end to the series that brought back some of the emotional connection of the original. Unlike something like Divergent's finale, Reached made excellent use of multiple narrators and brought events to good finality without locking in the entire future of every character. I felt satisfied with the world and the story at the end, but also invested in the story as it unfurled. I was especially happy with Xander as a character, who became much more three-dimensional in this story. As a group, Xander, Ky, and Cassia were not wholly annoying with the love triangle and actually realized that there were more important happenings.
While the second in the series had a very different feel, Night of Cake & Puppets felt much more like the first in the series, for which I was grateful. While I was initially displeased at the addition of a second narrator, it totally worked. The story was fun and engaging and it was wonderful to hear more about Zuzana and Mik. Completely recommend it, thought probably only if you are into the series.
I was hesitant to grant the premise at first, but once I did I found the story captivating. The relationship seemed needless, but there were points in the story that were haunting and beautiful and human and, overall, I would completely recommend this story. There is a scene near the end written from the perspective of one of the antagonists that I can't shake from my mind even weeks after hearing it. So kudos to this author, and pick up this book if you get the chance!
The story is still engaging, but this book has a very different feel than the first. Probably because it takes place mostly amoung the non-Humans, it feels less relatable. On the whole it's still a good story, but not quite as captivating as the first. As always Zuzana is the high point.
I happen to be both, which maybe isn't fair: ) But this book was a wonderful story about space travel and first contact and what that means for a civilization, but also about establishing communication and developing language. Damocles was a phenomenally fun book that I enjoyed every minute of. It doesn't delve too deep into the science -- astrophysics or linguistics -- needed for the book, but I'm actually glad because that would have bogged the story down. I recommend this book if you really wanted to like Ursula K. LeGuin books but could never make it past page 30, or if you took at least one physics, one philosophy, and one linguistics course in college.
...which is unfortunately pretty boring. The author does a really good job making you feel the isolation and despair and the joy in the really small, everyday things. The narration is also really slow, which probably aids in the feel that this book was going for? But I had to listen to it at 2x speed. Parts of this books were amazing, but for the most part the action felt cursory, the shocking grotesque scenes felt out of place, and the interesting authorial style seemed to dissipate as the story progressed. All told, though, it's an interesting story of the apocalypse that focuses not on fending off zombies or fighting the elements but just on living. I recommend this if you like pastoral novels or don't appreciate the fast-paced hollywood-style of story-telling.
This book, unfortunately, had a lot of hype. To a degree it lived up to it and delivered an unexpected story that made me, a child of the '90's, rethink some of the pop-culture I thought I knew (cough Matrix cough). That being said, I often felt like there was too much going on -- traditional sci-fi, cyberpunk, noir, etc.. -- and for the life of me couldn't shake a feeling of being disconnected from the story. Maybe that's part of the desired ambiance? I think that this is a must-listen if only to provide the appropriate pop-culture base for people who appreciate sci-fi, but, while this is a genre-defining story, keep your expectations reasonable going into it.
Generally I try to stick to SciFi/Fantasy, so this was not an expected choice for me. However, the book immediately grabbed me and I found myself inventing chores to do around the house so that I could keep listening. Only two thirds of the way through I found myself completely engrossed in the story such that I started bawling. On the bus. In public. It wasn't a pretty picture, but even then I couldn't stop listening. No book that I've listened to, save maybe the removal of the worm in The Ocean at the End of the Lane, has made me outwardly emote so much, and I have to credit John Green's writing for that. I recommend this book if you like reading at all or are invested in humanity.
Honestly well written and totally fun -- this was my first foray into the steampunk genre, and I was not disappointed. I'm not sure that it's totally MY genre? But this was a super fun story with some great language and interesting character dynamics. I wholeheartedly recommend this story!
Seriously. Ender's Game is a phenomenal book, but everything that made Ender an amazing character is negated by this "sequel". It's well written and an interesting story, and the performance is amazing, but it ruins Ender's Game. If you like the Ender universe and want to read more, read the other set of sequels (starting with Speaker for the Dead) instead.
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