There hasn’t been much time for reading between working and writing, but I managed to finish a few books. And now (shocker!) short reviews:
The 5th Wave: Rick Yancey
I’m not a fan of post-apocalyptic books. Let’s get that tidbit out of the way right now. They’ve glutted the market, most are unoriginal and just downright depressing; especially for someone who reads for escapism (me, folks, in case you were wondering).
However, the 5th wave was…interesting. It definitely wasn’t as bleak as some Dystopian novels. Sixteen-year-old Cassie is the last survivor of her family, trying to stay alive after aliens sent four waves of destruction to the earth. Now, the 5th wave is coming and nobody can imagine how horrible it will be.
I’m not going to reveal the twist, but it is a good one, and one that carries a message along with the surprise. The main female lead stayed pretty tough and awesome, even when presented with a love interest, and I felt for most of the characters and the horror they had to go through.
The only problems I had with it are really my own personal preference: the fact that it’s post-apocalyptic, and the fact that there are multiple viewpoints. I’m cool with two viewpoints in a book, especially since I can’t imagine some books without two views, but no more than that. I hate waiting to see what happens to the character and I feel like switching between characters’ heads doesn’t really develop your main character enough. Oh, well.
Great read overall. No wonder they’re making it into a movie.
The Dragon of Trelian: Michelle Knudson
Calen, a struggling mage, and Meg, an intrepid princess who has found a dragon, must thwart a murderous plot that threatens to destroy their kingdom.
If I could sum this book up in one word it would be: okay.
How were the characters? Okay. The setting? Okay. The plot? Still okay.
There was nothing glaringly wrong with any part of the book, and nothing that made me want to rip my hair out. It was a little bit of a boring read, which some people may say is because it is a middle grade book, but I’ve read middle grade books that easily hold my attention (Percy Jackson, anyone?) and since I plan on writing in the genre it’s my hope to write a book that entertains both kids and adults.
Again, this wasn’t a bad book by any means, it just wasn’t the best.
If there was one thing I’d change it’d be to have a fantasy set in a fantastical land where the characters talk like normal people do today. Not only would that now be unique, but I think it would make the characters more relatable. Look at Lord of the Rings. Sure, there is plenty of sweeping epic fantasy speeches, but a lot of what the characters say and sound like is normal and probably how we would speak in the same situation.
Book #1: Good
Book #2: Okay