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The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2) by Rick Yancey
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Reaction Upon Reading: Confused


“When you look death in the eye and death blinks first, nothing seems impossible.”

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I am not sure where to start with writing this review. Normally I finish a book and wait a few days to get my thoughts together before I sit down and attempt to share them. The other thing I always do is take notes in my phone of quotes I like, questions I had, reactions and ramblings, but because I listened to this book on Audible while I drove to and from work each day, I did none of that. Therefore, this review may be a bit disjointed and all over the place *sorry*

I didn’t love ‘The 5th Wave’ and the only reason I decided to read ‘The Infinite Sea’ was because I really enjoyed the movie and it sparked something inside me, that made me feel a need to know what happened next. Now that I have finished the second book I am too far gone and will be reading the final book because I need to know how it all ends.

Overall I felt the writing, pacing and characters had developed a lot better than in the first book. There were a few twists I didn’t see coming and I wasn’t too sure where it was going in the end, which is a good thing…generally. The audio-book ended and I had far too many questions.


“It isn’t that the lies are too beautiful to resist. It’s that the truth is too hideous to face.”

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Likes:

  • We got to hear from different character’s perspective throughout the book
  • There was a mixture of ‘before’ and ‘after’
  • That all the characters I like are okay…for now
  • The Rat analogy
    • I thought this was a great analogy, way to obvious and mentioned far to often, but still very effective
    • I was Yancey had just hinted to it and let me have that moment of realization when it all come out at the end 

Dislikes:

  • The ending – I am so confused 
  • Who is good and who is bad? Is anyone bad?
  • Cassie drives me nuts
    • She is whiny, annoying and far to self righteous 
  • Ringer
    • I really wanted to like her, at the end I was almost rooting for her but she is just a small part badass and a big part bitch 
  • I wanted more Evan
  • What really happened? 
    • What parts of this book were so crucial to this trilogy that I needed to know, because it felt like a hell of a lot of relationships and drama and not enough alien destruction! 
  • TOO MANY LOVE TRIANGLES 

Reactions, Ramblings & Questions:

  • What is the book cover meant to represent?
  • We start with Ringer telling the story – Well I wasn’t expecting that
  • Why does this series have so much hype?
    • I was trawling through the overall ratings to see what others’ opinions were and I cant believe how many 5 star ratings I am seeing
  • I read this book purely to find out if Evan Walker was alive
  • Are they making this into a movie?

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Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
three-half-stars
Writing
three-half-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Cover
three-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

Morning Star

This book in a nutshell:

Betrayal || Violence || Redemption || Speeches || OMG!


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Characters:

Darrow (Reaper)

“If you’re watching, Eo, it’s time to close your eyes. The Reaper has come. And he’s brought hell with him.”

When we first met Darrow he was a 17 year old boy who was a low Red and helldiver in Lykos for his family. Now Darrow is 23, his body has been carved as a Gold and he has the whole weight of ‘The Rising’ and war on his shoulders.

Darrow leads ‘The Rising’ with inspirational speech after inspirational speech. He makes such an impact with his hard hitting monologues that stir a wide range of emotions for the characters in the book and for me as the reader.

Darrow was far less whiny in this book, he grew a lot as a person and moved from being driven by rage and revenge to understanding the importance and impact eradicating the colour system would have. He became more focused on rebuilding a society than making those who failed his people suffer.

I loved seeing Darrow repair the relationships he destroyed through his poor choices and mistrust of those around him. His inner circle grew and those that were left in the end, were pretty much exactly who I would have wanted by his side!


Virginia (Mustang)

“No. Don’t speak. It’s not your turn just because I pause.”

Mustang was a fantastic political negotiator in this book. She was important and crucial to ‘The Rising’ and the ultimate ending of the book. She still isn’t my favourite character and I was happy about where she ended up at the end of the story, but I understand her importance.


Cassius

I have such a soft spot for Cassius. I don’t know if this is Pierce Brown’s intention or if it is my absolute love for the underdog. By underdog I mean evil and nasty man who was misguided and I want him to win.

As I was reading I was praying that he would grow as a character, like Darrow, and redirect his rage to the Sovereign. There were a few times were I thought ‘OMG he is going to ruin everything’ – Brown had me on an emotional roller-coaster with this one.


Roque (The Poet)

“Blood begets blood begets blood begets blood.”

I gained a lot more respect for Roque in this book. Even though he didn’t chose to align with Darrow, his choices were admirable. It was very clear why he had done what he had done in the two previous books and I felt it was really easy to forgive him, despite the crimes he committed.

At the end of the day Darrow and Roque were fighting the same cause on two different sides.


Adrius (Jackal)

I don’t like the Jackal. I will never like the Jackal…but the one and only time I cried in this book involved the Jackal. 


Sevro

“You and I keep looking for light in the darkness, expecting it to appear. But it already has.” I touch his shoulder. “We’re it, boyo. Broken and cracked and stupid as we are, we’re the light, and we’re spreading.”

I bloody love this little Goblin. His loyalty never falters. He always has me laughing and often has me freaking out to whether or not this is the chapter where he has finally lost it.


Victra

“Bye, Felicia.”

Victra is a powerful and ruthless woman…or so Brown wants us to think. Really Victra is very good at acting. She plays the ‘tough bitch’ but I think she is really just a giant marshmallow on the inside.

She says the best quote in the book!


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Favourite Character

Ragnar

He is the stained and strongest/deadliest obsidian in the galaxy (in my opinion). Best of all his is Darrow’s champion and protector. I loved every single time he spoke. He shared his wisdom and understanding of the war. He was brave and bold!

Everything he does in this book melts my heart and destroys me at the same time.

Least Favourite Character

Aja

I hate Aja! like absolutely hate her. She commits such horrific and vulgar crimes against all the people I love. She deserves the most horrific death possible.


“A man thinks he can fly, but he is afraid to jump. A poor friend pushes him from behind.” He looks up at me. “A good friend jumps with.”


Spoiler Alert!

There will be spoilers below

Loves:

  • Brown write a brilliant ‘rallying the troops’ speech
    • The monologues Darrow does are empowering that I feel like I am shouting ‘I will join’ while I read
  • The chapters are not too long
    • This makes me feel like I am making mega process
    • I love the chapter names and the way they hint at what is coming
  • Break the chains!
  • There is so much god damn betrayal in this book
    • There was betrayal, then a double crossing of that betrayal and oh wait some more betrayal – I have now got some serious trust issues
    • That torture scene at the start of the book was pretty heavy, but it had me captured immediately

Dislikes:

  • RAGNAR DIDN’T NEED TO DIE
    • I needed him to make it, he was supposed to stand beside Darrow at the end
  • AJA
  • The eaters were so creepy and awful!
    • The imagery Brown wrote for these creatures was amazing. I had such intense and horrifying visuals that I needed to take a break from reading so late at night
  • This book was soooooooo long, it took up so much of my life!

Ramblings:

  • I genuinely thought that Cassius was going to be the Sovereign
    • I thought this was the main reason for keeping him around
    • I understand why it is Mustang – she is the best politician, but come on Cassius would have been great!
  • The Sevro and Victra wedding was so random!
  • I cried at the weirdest moment. When Mustang pulls on her brothers legs, I just lost it. Love shone through everything else, it just took every years to work that out.

“The Reaper has come. And he’s brought hell with him.”


Overall Opinion:

This book hooks you from the first chapter. It is a roller-coaster of secrets, revenge, reveals and plot twists. My heart can’t take it. This entire series has left me feeling fulfilled and hollow at the same time. I need more!

I enjoyed this book, but it was definitely my least favourite of the series. I think I expected a bigger ending, more of a climax that lead to this amazing finish, I started to predict when Brown was going to twist and turn the plot. It took me a long time to finish this book, in the end I gave myself a deadline to finish it. The big is just so big and the hype was so much, I just wasn’t sure I was ready to end it yet.

I am excited for Brown’s future projects, particularly his new trilogy set in the same world. The new trilogy takes place after the end of Morning Star and will center on the consequences of the hero’s actions as well as on those folks now living and growing up in a landscape that’s had its ruling order shattered.

Iron Gold


“If your heart beats like a drum, and your legs a little wet, it’s because the Reaper’s come to collect a little debt.”

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
three-half-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

The 5th Wave: Book Vs. Movie

by Rick Yancey
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Format: Film

16-year-old Cassie Sullivan tries to survive in a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion that has already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age.

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What I loved about the book:

  • It was perfectly creepy!
    • You didn’t know who to trust
    • The plot kept you guessing
    • The suspense building was a great hook in
  • There was this deep loneliness and sadness that allowed you to connect with the main character Cassie.
    • It was easy to think about how you would act in her situation, I was able to assimilate with the bold choices she made
  • I liked the dark snarky humour of the book – it made it more real and appealing
  • Although this idea of an alien invasion is not an original one, the way it was told and written was well crafted!

What I loved about the movie:

  • Casting
    • I truely thought the casting was brilliant. The only one I wasn’t sure about when I originally saw the casting was Chloe Grace Moretz for Cassie, however she nailed it!
  • Camera Angles
    • There were some unique choices that I thought helped this film stand apart from others in the dystopian/sci-fi YA franchise
  • Soundtrack
  • When Ben sings to Sammy
    • Melted my heart, seriously! 
  • This movie made me cry in a few scenes
    • This is strange because I knew what was coming. Which means it was really brilliant acting to make me sad about something I was mentally prepared for
  • Overall, it felt true to the book
  • EVAN WALKER 
    • That scene were Cassie is peeping on him was to die for!
    • Those abs!
    • That back!!
    • The water!!!
  • This movie made me want to go and read ‘The Infinite Sea’ which the book didn’t. I finished reading ‘The 5th Wave’ and for about 5 minutes I was excited for the next one and then a bright new shiny book series must have come along. This movie has opened up the door for me to get back into the series. I have added it to my ‘Read Next’ shelf…which is growing way to fast!

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What was missing?

There were only 2 big flaws that bothered me in the film:

  • The depth to Cassie’s and Evan’s relationship. It went from do I trust him…to kissing him very quickly. In the book this is played out a lot longer. She really struggles with this notion of trusting Evan, versus having a major ally with the skill set he has.
  • The whole reasons Ben takes to Sammy is because he has just lost his whole family, and more importantly his sister. Their whole relationship is built on the loss of Ben’s sister. The movie doesn’t even delve into this connection, it makes the relationship seem like it was just by default. I felt like the film missed a major component of Ben’s character, his sincerity and kindness.

The Winner is…Movie!

I know some people will be reading this and thinking I am crazy. It is extremely rare, that I find the movie version of a novel better than the book itself. The reason I find it better is because I felt the pacing of the movie effectively portrayed the story, while leaving out all the overdrawn parts that bored me in the book.

As I said above, I now want to read the next book because of the movie!


“But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”


1st Wave: Blackout

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The Illuminae Files Spoilers

The Illuminae Files SpoilersThe Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th 2015
Genres: Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 599
Format: Paperback
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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.
This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

 

Wow, wow, wow. It scares me to read a book so brilliant, so early into the year. How is anything supposed to top this?! This book absolutely blindsided me and has earned a place in the ‘BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ’ category of life.

The beginning of this book starts with a tragedy. Kady and Ezra break up (not the tragedy… although the way these two carry on you would think so) followed by an all out massacre, deadly plague and fight for survival.

Kady and Ezra are downright hilarious. The initial interviewing transcripts give us subtle hints into the type of people these two characters are. Kady comes across as this sarcastic know-it-all, with no respect for authority. Ezra is the athlete, popular kid, who is angry in all the right ways and he is head of heels for Kady. Ezra is conscripted as a priority 1, he learns to fly and the military believe they can use his anger to target those responsible for his father’s death. While Kady with her issues with authority, hacking skills and downright difficulty is considered a ‘no conscription’ – too much work and not enough pay off.

We follow these two characters through the a range of different challenges that they each need to overcome while being on separate ships. Which gave me heart palpitations that entire time I was reading. All I could think is ‘What if they never see each again and this is their last form of communicating’ – Alas this was not true – YAAAAAAAY!

The countdowns had my heart racing. There were a few times I had to get up and busy myself for 5-10 minutes before I started to read again. I found myself pacing, cleaning, checking Facebook – anything to hold off the tension that was building.

AIDAN is sooooooo creepy! (Initial thoughts on creepy artificial intelligence system) Anytime AIDAN was mentioned or popped up I started to feel extremely panicked. Obviously towards the end I started to change my tune about him. I am a little nervous for his state of well being, he might derail the entire next book with his decision making! – Also pretending to be Ezra, AIDEN! Not cool at all! You gave me a heart attack, I was so sad for length of however long it took me to finish the book. Well played…

This book has a brilliant way of blending the serious with the humorous. I was initially worried that by having the story centered around the evolving relationship of Kady and Ezra, the book was going to end up corny and cheesy. I have to say this was not the case. The author’s Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have a brilliant way of developing characters. These two were funny, serious, supportive, sincere and honest. It was so refreshing!

Can you tell how much I loved the book??! 

This review is so disjointed, I just can’t function. I need to get all my feelings out, before I hit a book depression of waiting for the next one =(

I will say this, that ending has me sharpening my claws!

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Things I love about Illuminae:

  • The email to Kady from Ezra – He is drunk typing and the part where he lays his face on the keyboard followed by gibberish was hilarious
  • I like the name Kady – it made her sound strong yet beautiful before I knew anything about her
  • The unique layout of the book – This is what sold me in the first place. I picked it up in the booktore and just knew I needed to resd this book
  • I loved the swearing – I know that sounds really bad, but in that situation they were in and the type of characters Ezra and Kady are, I find the swearing to fit perfectly. It almost brings more to the story for me, it makes the whole sitation seem more real
  • The suspense and tension throughout the whole book! It is absolutely gripping. At one stage I kept telling myself ‘I will only read 20 more pages’ – Next thing I knew it was 2am and I had read 150 pages
  • This book had me eating out of the palm of its hand, it was my master! I read it in a 24 hour period. It is very rare I find a book that utterly captivates me
  • I am dying for the sequel. I would do bad things to get my hand on book 2!

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Quotes

“You don’t F*** the Alexander, the Alexander F*** you”

“Am I not merciful?” 

“The universe owes you nothing, Kady. It has already given you everything, after all. It was here long before you, and it will go on long after you. The only way it will remember you is to do something worth remembrance.”

“He presses the triggers. And like roses in his hands, death blooms.” 


Dream Casting

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Photo Credit: Ezra // Kady

Golden Son

Golden SonGolden Son by Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising #2
Published by Random House on January 6th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 464
Format: Paperback
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five-stars

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

Bow – Break – Conquer – Ruin


 

Characters

There are so many characters throughout the book that sometimes it is hard to keep track of all of them. There were a few occasions when I had to look back or re-read to work out who someone was. In saying that I want to comment on a few of my favourite characters and those that made say what the heck?!

Darrow (Reaper): ‘In a world of killers, it takes more to be kind than to be wicked.’ – Golden Son, Ch. 11: Red

  • Oh Darrow, where do I begin…
  • Sometimes I love Darrow and his boldness and the way he fights for what he thinks is right
  • Other times Darrow is cocky, arrogant and just asking for trouble
  • He keeps everyone at arms length and then does things that make people hate him, as a leader of such an important cause he plays it like an idiot!
  • I struggle to visualise Darrow – I am not sure why, I just can’t picture him as this big god like man, when his personality is of such a young boy
  • Sometimes it is hard to empathise with Darrow when it feels like he has gone so far from the original vision, especially when he is constantly asking himself ‘What would Eo think?’ – to be honest I think she would be disappointed and upset with him, hell she probably isn’t really dead – PLOT TWIST… if only.

Virginia (Mustang): ‘You can treat your friends like servants and they’ll love you, but you tell them they’re servants and they’ll kill you.’ – Red Rising, Ch. 34: The Northwoods

  • Mustang took what felt like a major backseat throughout this book
  • She is definitely the plotter, she knows how to play the game/people and puts in motion plans that take time
  • The real question is what will she do next? Who does she truly align with?

Adrius (The Jackal):

  • I am not sure how to feel about the Jackal throughout this book.
  • Do I trust him? Do I think he is playing games?
  • I know he is just out for himself, he does everything for his own personal game and has extremely questionable morals, however we saw a much more human side to the Jackal. He did things that I would have considered out of character because they were too nice
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  • Jury is still out on this one, I can’t draw any conclusions on if he is ultimately good or bad

Cassius:

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  • In ‘Red Rising’ it was so easy to love Cassius as Darrow’s right hand man, in ‘Golden Son’ they make it so easy to hate him
  • I struggle with the way he allows his family to go after Darrow, I thought he was smart enough to understand that each of them had to kill someone, it makes him look like a jealous child
  • Overall Cassius is a big dumb jerk!

Sevro: ‘If your heart beats like a drum and your leg’s a little wet, it’s ’cause the Reaper’s come to collect a little debt.’ – Golden Son, Ch. 35: Teatime

  • Sevro is quite possibly my favourite character
  • He is unbelievably loyal
  • I love the way he doesn’t acknowledge hierarchy and just speaks his mind
  • His pack – The Howlers… enough said
  • He is cunning and sneaky, which just makes him all the more entertaining
  • He is hilarious, every time he speaks I am laughing out loud

 

Loves:

  • The scene with Cassius on Luna. Well played!
  • Darrow is the underdog in every single situation he seems to get himself, everyone loves an underdog story
  • The plot twists
    • Even when they leave me feeling sad, mad and utterly gobsmacked
  • The big is completely unpredictable, just when I think I have worked out what has happened the book takes a turn in the complete opposite direction
  • So much carnage! Action, action and more action!

Dislikes:

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  • The idea that Darrow is the one and only person who can possibly change the system. There are so many people behind the scenes support and plotting on Darrow’s behalf. He is kind of like the Katniss, he is the figure head with a vendetta.

Ramblings:

  • The next book is the end of this trilogy and comes out on February 9th
  • I am going to listen to the audio-book instead of reading, knowing me I have probably been reading people’s names and all the Latin wrong
  • This book has sent me into a slight book depression that I am struggling to overcome
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    Why is this a 5?

    I could not put this book down! I am always skeptical when the first book in the series is outstanding, because a lot of the time I find the second book in the series to feel like a filler (Twilight, Throne of Glass). This book just got better and better. There was more deaths, more violence, more deception, more betrayal, more twists and turns, just more everything! The last 20 percent of the book is what sold it as a 5, I was left feeling emotionally drained and desperate to read the next one.

    Bring on Morning Star!


    “For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome me into his house, so I might burn it down.” 

    – Pierce Brown, Golden Son


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    Photo Credit: Moises Arias // Natalie Dormer // Alex Pettyfer 

    five-stars