2019/07/22

BOOK REVIEW:
RED RISING BY PIERCE BROWN

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Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Published: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 389
Rating: 4/5

This is the first book in the Red Rising trilogy.


Summary:
On Mars, the Reds, the lowest class in a color coded society, are working to extract enough elements from the ground to terraform the planet so that humans can live there. At least that's what they've always been told.


Review:
This is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable books I've read all year.

I've seen this compared to The Hunger Games and I feel like that comparison is accurate. It has a lot of the same elements to it, like how unfair the society is and how our main character is from the lowest class etc. I think there's something really compelling about that kind of thing, because it mirrors things in our society that is not great, which is what dystopian novels are supposed to do. It's an exciting, enthralling and fun book to read.

I quite liked our cast of characters in here, although there are a lot of them and it's sometimes a little hard to keep track of everyone. I also really like the setting, I felt like I could really picture the different places and feel the atmosphere of them.

One thing I will say though is that I was surprised by how the story being set on Mars felt strangely irrelevant; the Mars is depicted in this book is basically kind of just like Earth, and I would've loved to see a little bit more of the... space aspect of it. I also thought the story did drag out a little bit in parts, especially in the middle and then I've also heard people say that this isn't YA, but it definitely is (although it feels less so than for instance The Hunger Games).

It's not an entirely revolutionary story, but there's something incredibly compelling about in nonetheless. I'm very much looking forward to reading the next one in this series, as I'm curious to see this world expand and learn more about it. I'd highly recommend it to all my science fiction fans out there.
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2019/07/20

BOOK REVIEW:
BRING ME BACK BY B. A. PARIS

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Title: Bring Me Back
Author: B. A. Paris
Published: 2018
Language: English
Pages: 338
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
A woman disappears on a trip with her boyfriend in France and resurfaces twelve years later when someone thinks they spot her close by to where her boyfriend is now living with his new girlfriend.


Review:
This was a pretty all right mystery thriller, but nothing to go crazy over.

This has just enough suspense to keep me going, but definitely had some dull parts in it. I think it starts off a lot stronger than it finishes and I didn't really care very deeply about the ending to be honest, I just wanted to know what happened so I could move on with my life. The characters are okay, although I think they're a little forgettable and the mystery was interesting enough.

Overall, I feel like this is very much your average mystery thriller. It's not bad but it's not like you're really missing out if you don't read it.
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2019/07/19

2019/07/17

BOOK REVIEW:
YOUR TURN TO DIE BY SUE WALLMAN

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Title: Your Turn To Die
Author: Sue Wallman
Published: 2018
Language: English
Pages: 264
Rating: 1/5


Summary:
A group of teenagers with their families gather at an old house to celebrate the New Year, as they do every year, but this time around, they discover a dark secret about the house they're staying in.


Review:
I don't know why I even bothered to finish this book because it was just not my jam at all.

I liked the concept of the story, which is why I picked it up in a bookstore when I saw it, but there was very little about this that I liked when I started reading it. The writing style is fine, it's very easy to read and the setting is semi-okay but the mystery was boring and the characters vapid, bland and uninteresting to read about and some of them were insufferable. A lot of what was going on just felt really stupid to be honest.

I'm sure some people would enjoy this, but for me, this was just not a good book. There are far better and more enticing mysteries out there you're better off spending your time on.
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