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We Are the Ants

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
on January 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, GLBT, Science Fiction
Pages: 455

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Reaction Upon Reading: So the whole book was a metaphor for depression?


“Dreams are hopeful because they exist as pure possibility. Unlike memories, which are fossils, long dead and buried deep.”


Synopsis:

There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.

Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.


“Depression isn’t a war you win. It’s a battle you fight every day. You never stop, never get to rest.”


I went into this book with zero expectations. I hadn’t read the synopsis, all I had seen was that there were a lot of people putting up photos on their bookstagram accounts saying that they loved it.

The story begins with Henry discussing all the absurdities of life. Henry believes the absurdities in his life are: Grade point averages, homework, boyfriends and hot school lunches. He believes these are absurdities because the aliens have given him a choice. Henry can either save the world (with a press of a button) or let it perish. This is not a deicison Henry takes lightly.

He is sleeping with Marcus the schools jock jerk. to get over his ex Jesse. Jesse is his ex-boyfriend that committed suicide and left no note or reason for Henry or Audery – his two best friends. Henry wants, needs and crave answers…but he is continually being abducted by aliens for days on end.


“I saw the world from the stars’ point of view, and it looked unbearably lonely.”


Likes:

  • I love reading books about social issues especially when main characters are dealing with a mental illness
    • This is something that hits close to home for me, and when it is done right…it is very special. 
  • The book is rather philosophical in the beginning – Henry discusses the issue of buying material items and confirming to societies image of beautiful – when it doesn’t even matter in the grand scheme of the cosmos.
  • The book has a humor that you don’t need to laugh at, but draws your attention to what is funny.
    • Alien and men both have useless nipples
  • The book has some great themes: Depression, loss, grief, forgiveness, acceptance, self worth, bullying and teen angst
  • This book makes you think and ponder all the pointless things we do and the material items we posses that in ten years time may no longer have any value
    • “Makes you think how quickly it can all end. An asteroid heading for earth could cause cataclysmic results.”
  • Audrey
    • There was so much more to her than you originally realized, I felt more for Audrey’s pain and struggles more than I did Henry’s.
  • Lots of pop culture references – not resurrecting the TV show firefly, North Korea starting world war 3 of the cancellation of a TV show and Dennis Rodman and his relations with North Korea

Dislikes:

  • Marcus
    • There is literally nothing to like about this character
    • Even when he tries to redeem himself he fails 
  • Some scenes were hard to read – which I know makes them that much more powerful…but I just don’t like it when I am angry enough to rip the book in half.
  • I felt like some of the themes of the book started off well but weren’t developed enough – teen pregnancy, dementia and divorce – I needed more development and complexity to care about these issues.
  • The ending

“That’s the problem with memories: you can visit them, but you can’t live in them.”


Reactions, Questions and Ramblings:

  • Love the first chapter and how philosophical it was and then bam! alien abduction. Wasn’t expecting that!
  • Henry is getting more and more layers. Arguing parents, Insinuates that his abduction caused his father to leave, he isn’t comfortable being naked, he doesn’t see the point in the little things (absurdities of life).
  • The setting is Calypso – all I can think of is a tropical paradise like the ice block!
  • 144 days till the earth explodes – January 29th 2016 is d-day – I wonder what I was doing on this day? I am pretty sure I was camping at the beach. Not a bad place for it all to end.
  • What is the red button a metaphor for?
  • Henry and Marcus – what an odd pairing?! He picks on him in front of their peers. Does Henry have no self esteem? Who would stand for this?
  • Marcus is treating Henry like his dirty little secret – I hate Marcus!
  • When Henry asks people if they could save the world…would they? What answer is he expecting. The option is to live or die. Of course people will pick live, it’s a no brainer…isn’t it?
  • Harry Potter Wizarding world in Florida is very high on my bucket list to visit so when they mentioned bombing it so no one could go, I wasn’t happy about this!!
  • Marcus is a douche and Diego is a mystery – I hope Diego is also gay.
  • Is this showing the different ways the world can end? On the same day as we get closer to the time?
    Is this book a giant metaphor? I liked the first 25% of this book and now I am bored. 
  • The most unusual ending of the world saga had to be the fixers. Fixing the world of disease and then a malfunctioning from a taser, mutating and turning the population to grey goo within 3 days. This is an entertaining end.
  • Things begin to change when Diego shares about why he spent time in juvi, Henry’s mom gets a job as sous chef, Audrey and Henry are friend again and Adrian gets what’s coming to him

“I could write my name across the sky, and it would be in invisible ink.”


Overall Thoughts:

What did I just read?

I am not an open ended reading kind of girl.

I have been trying to piece my opinion together for the last few days and to be honest, but generally feelings are still sitting on the borderline of good. I wanted to so badly to love this book, it started so well and the premise is very creative. But in the end I was left with too many questions and not enough answers.

I can assume the entire book was a metaphor for depression and that the alien aspect was his subconscious during those dark times. But am I actually right?!? Or are the aliens actually a thing and he saved the world. I hate when author’s assume I am intelligent and capable of drawing these conclusions. I have read far too many plot twist novels to trust anything anymore.

I think I am mostly disappointed with the ending because I still feel there was so much that was unresolved, most importantly being Henry and his issues with his self worth. He loathes himself the entire book and I didn’t get any feelings that that had changed.

I wanted this book to be one that left me with all the feels, but it fell short. By the end I wouldn’t have minded if he just let the world perish.


“We may not get to choose how we die, but we can chose how we live. The universe may forget us, but it doesn’t matter. Because we are the ants, and we’ll keep marching on.”

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

Winter

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer
on November 10th 2015
Pages: 824

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Reaction Upon Reading: Could you not have told that story in less words?


“If this emperor thing doesn’t work out, you might have a future career in espionage.”


Winter…Finally I have decided to pick this beast up!

I have been meaning to finish this series for a while, but hadn’t managed to pluck up the courage to start it. Partly because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to my beloved characters and mostly because of the sheer size of the book.

I had to dedicate a lot of time to complete this and I am going to be honest…towards the middle I began skim reading most of it. I am somewhat happy with where the story left me and enjoyed a lot of the banter between the characters, but I am not as excited by this book as I was about the rest of them. I had high hopes for you Winter! 

Sidenote: This may be the longest YA book I have ever read. I think I want to keep it that way. 


“She definitely has a crush on you. It’s about the size of Jupiter.”


Likes:

  • There are so many pairings and couples
    • Jacin and Winter
    • Cinder and Kai
    • Cress and Thorne
    • Scarlett and Wolfe
  • I love finding the clues that link into the fairytales. Sometimes it is not always obvious. It can be a few chapters later that everything clicks in place for me.
    • Maybe I am just slow, but I didn’t click that the suspended animation tank was the glass coffin until a few chapters later. 
    • I love the amount of traditional fairytales mixed with new and exciting aspects/concepts. Meyer mixes the two together seamlessly.
  • The series is over. I can now read both the novellas sitting on my shelf.
    • I have this weird thing where I have to finish an entire series before beginning on them. 
  • Thorne and Cress – #finally 
  • Time to read Fairest
    • Levana has a lot going on that I want to know about, she was absolutely awful, but I am ready to sympathise with her…maybe 
  • Friendships developed a lot
    • I wanted more of this, it was so nice. 
  • The Banter between Cinder and Thorne often has me cracking me up.
  • Iko
    • She is so sassy in this book, but above that she is extremely helpful and integral to the plot. She played a very important role and it was nice to see her utilised a lot more. 

Dislikes:

  • There is always someone in immediate danger. Which means I can never relax and enjoy where the story is going.
  • This book was far too big for what actually happened. I felt myself losing the motivation to read on numerous occasions.
    • I think this is due to the fact that it felt like the 8 main characters didn’t mesh well together at times. It was like some stories were running side by side and there was minimal character development. I got sick of the chopping and changing and there were parts I just felt like skipping altogether. 
  • Why is this not available on Audible in New Zealand
    • I listened to all three others books and just adored them. This book fell flat for me, but I am wondering if it is because I didn’t listen to it. When I listen to a book, I full immerse myself into the world.
  • There was an unnessary amount of deaths and no one cared! Not even me!
  • I came so close to putting this book down a multitude of times
    • I never DNF…but I was soooooo damn close. 
  • Waaaaaaay to much emphasis put on Levana being ugly. Not on her absolutely poor decisions as a leader and how damn right awful she was to everyone and everything….over and over again! What the?!
  • The ending
    • I am not really sure how to explain this, it felt a bit rushed and I just wasn’t feeling it. It was all about off and wrong for me. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t that. 

“She was prettier than a bouquet of roses and crazier than a headless chicken. Fitting in was not an option.”


Reactions, Ramblings and Questions:

  • Queen Levana is going to get what is coming to her!
  • I love all the parings. Everyone has a buddy. 
    • Jacin and Winter are super cute.
    • Jacin comes across as being in his mid to late twenties, not as young as he is meant to be 
  • I feel like Cinder and Kai are going to crash and burn soon.
  • That broadcast of Cinder’s video felt very Hunger Games. Cinder meet Katniss…Oh you guys have already met and write your speeches together? Yeah I can tell.
  • Winter is funny with her crazy nonsense babble
  • CRESS YOU BETTER BE OKAY 
  • This is the Kai I have been waiting to see. He finally stood up for himself.
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“Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”


Favourite Character:

Scarlet and Wolf

I can’t separate these two, they go hand in hand. I like that their ‘love story’ is one that wasn’t meant to succeed. It is two people who come from different worlds. They can put aside their differences and accept each other for who they are. Wolf is her protector but she is always willing to go into battle for him. Scarlet is such a strong heroine in every aspect of her being and Wolf absolutely adores her. Plus I am sucker for Red Riding Hood!

Everybody needs a little love.

Least Favourite Character:

Winter

This seems terrible since this book is all about her…well at least it was meant to be. All the other characters were far more overpowering. She seemed like a sub character in her own story. She was to far along the continuum of crazy. I got frustrated with her complete lack of independence. She was always having to be rescued or looked after. I am just not interested in reading about a ‘heroine’ with so little positive qualities. If Meyer had spent more time developing her as a character, I could have seen myself loving her.


“One should never save cake for later when it can be eaten now.”


The Series is Over:

I love being able to say “Yes! I read that whole series from start to finish”. There are not many series I can say this for. I currently have 44 series I need to finish on my GoodReads shelf. Talk about the Queen of new and shiny.

The book I loved the most in the whole series was Cress. It was full of action and just the right amount of characters, drama, romance and banter. The story was written exceptionally and I loved how it all came together in the end.


“And they all lived happily to the end of their days.”


Overall Thoughts:

This book fell flat. I only gave it 4 stars because I adore the series and don’t want this rating to reflect the ending of the series. There was just too much, it was too messy and I got frustrated with the characters tag teaming for who could have the most drama surrounding them.

The pacing felt like it took forever to get into the guts of the story and by the time this had happened I was over it. I set myself a deadline of reading 100 words a day in order to get this book done. It has been driving my crazy that I had an unfinished series sitting on my bookshelf. I skim read at least 60% of the book.

I don’t hate it (although I am sure it sounds like I do). I just wanted expected more. Hopefully the novellas reinstate me love and adoration for this series.

See you later Lunar. Bring on Heartless!

Marissa’s Meyer new retelling


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


    12

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

    five-stars