THE EYRE AFFAIR
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
THE HERO OF AGES
What if AI could feel emotion?
“Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.”
― Amie Kaufman, Illuminae
I'm going with the masses when saying that "Illuminae" is a book certainly worth your time and money. It's just so damn different.
The narrative is interesting, the accompanying images only add an extra dimension to the storytelling. Though the story isn't that unique, the execution of the narrative is.
Even if you're not a reader of Young Adult, you will still find something in this book to enjoy.
Now I'm eagerly awaiting the second in the series.
A COURT OF MIST AND FURY
SARAH J. MAAS
- YOUNG ADULT -
What if a magic parallel realm existed alongside our own?
“No one was my master— but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.”
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury
A Court of Mist and Fury continues the story from its predecessor, and reintroduces the reader into a world of intrigue and mystery.
While A Court of Thrones and Roses fell short of my expectations, credit needs to be given to Maas because her sequel is amazing. ACOMAF is excellently written with well-rounded characters. In addition, the incredible storyline creates a solid and worthy addition to Maas' growing bibliography.
So if you're looking for something to read while you wait for Maas' other books, this series will fill the void nicely.
THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN
- SCIENCE FICTION -
What if a virus not of world was suddenly introduced into our biome?
“The rock, for its part, is not even aware of our existence because we are alive for only a brief instant of its lifespan. To it, we are like flashes in the dark.”
― Michael Crichton, The Andromeda Strain
The Andromeda Strain is two parts science, one part thriller. The story unfolds carefully - in typical Crichton fashion - and allows for deliberation about what could be a very real issue for humanity.
There is a lot that could be said about this book. And much of it is good. However, if you're a geek who loves science (think The Martian), then this novel is certainly next in line on your TBR pile.
Michael Crichton proves once again that one insignificant strand of DNA can cascade into a series of disasters - no spoilers, though!
SHADES OF GREY - JASPER FFORDE
- DYSTOPIAN -
What if social classes were ranked by the colours they perceived?
“2.5.03.02.005: Generally speaking, if you fiddle with something, it will break. Don't.”
― Jasper Fforde, Shades of Grey
I'm the first the admit that sometimes there are novels that far outpace my intellectual capacity. Shades of Grey is clever, articulate, and unlike any other book I've read. It's funny, it's strange, and ultimately, it challenges the reader's perspective of reality and truth.
Shades of Grey is one of those novels that will blow the socks off some, and stagnate with others - fortunately, I fell somewhere between the two extremes.
Should you read it? Absolutely. Should you love it? No. No matter what people say.
- FANTASY -
THE WHEEL OF OSHEIM - MARK LAWRENCE
- THE RED QUEEN'S WAR #3 -
What if the coward was actually the hero?
“I’m a liar and a cheat and a coward, but I will never, ever, rarely let a friend down.”
― Mark Lawrence, The Wheel of Osheim
The Wheel of Osheim is the epic conclusion to the Red Queen's War, which began with Prince of Fools. Truly, there is something to be said about the way Lawrence throws the reader into a maelstrom of conspiracy and intrigue.
Most impressive, however, is Lawrence's wider exploration of the world he has created. Marred by atomic warfare and then rebuilt from the ashes centuries later, the cobbled-together civilisations and vibrant locations continue to surprise the reader throughout. But it seems like some mistakes cannot be corrected. The ouroboros of humanity - with its penchant for violence and greed - continues down a familiar, well-worn path.
This time there's no second chances.
THE FIREMAN - JOE HILL
What if a plague caused its victims to grow hot and burn?
“I put the Fifth of November and the Fourth of July to shame. Who needs Roman candles when you’ve got me?” - The Fireman, Joe Hill
The Fireman is not what I expected. What I expected was a story of epic survival, uncontrollable fiery maelstroms, and a desperate race to the end of humanity. Instead, The Fireman is none of those things.
If you like books about annoying protagonists, stunted plots, and brilliant ideas executed badly, The Fireman is a novel you'll happily sink your teeth into. However, there was just too little substance spread over too many pages for my liking.
For me, The Fireman fizzled, spluttered, and went out. Such a shame, really.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
What if all was not well?
“We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come.”
Upon completing book 7, I was among the masses who questioned the strange final chapter in the series. It was out-of-place, and written like bad fan-fiction. It didn't make any sense to finish the series in that way. After book 7, HP felt incomplete. Something was missing. And since book 3, many fans were left wondering how JK could completely ignore one glaringly obvious issue. However, HP and the Cursed Child is the true conclusion to the story.
The play tackles many unanswered questions, ties up a few loose ends, and farewells a cast of hundreds. And now that I've finished the play, I can say that I'm satisfied.
All is finally well.