Dystopian

[ARC Review] The Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Series: Red Queen Trilogy #1

Publication Date: February 10th, 2015

Publisher: Orion

Number of Pages: 320

Genre: YA, Dystopian, Fantasy

Source: Gifted

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


Summary

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

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[Review] Four – Veronica Roth

Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent, #0.1 - 0.4)Author: Veronica Roth

Series: Divergent #0.1-0.4

Publication Date: July 8th, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Number of Pages: 208

Genre: YA, Dystopian, Short Stories

Source: Public library

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


Summary

Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling DIVERGENT series, told from the per-spective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—THE TRANSFER, THE INITIATE, THE SON, and THE TRAITOR—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the DIVERGENT trilogy.

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[Review] Graduation Day – Joelle Charbonneau

Graduation Day (The Testing, #3)

Author: Joelle Charbonneau

Series: The Testing #3

Publication Date: June 17th, 2014

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Number of Pages: 304

Genre: Dystopian, Action, Romance

Source: Public library

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


Summary

In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor Cia Vale vows to fight. But she can’t do it alone. This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for – but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves – and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.

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[Review] The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)

Author: Rick Yancey

Series: The 5th Wave #1

Publication Date: May 7th, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Number of Pages: 480

Genre: Sci-fi, Adventure, Dystopian, Romance, YA

Source: Library

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository

Summary

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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Illusive – Emily Lloyd-Jones

Illusive

Illusive (Illusive, #1)

Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones

Series: Illusive #1

Publish Date: July 15th, 2014

Genre: Dystopian, YA, Action, Sci-fi

The X-Men meets Ocean’s Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of “super” criminals.

When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She’s what’s known as an illusionist…She’s also a thief.

After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn’t?

The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against the government that could cost them their lives.


Review

Illusive had the potential to become one of my favorite books of 2014. The premise was unique and amazing (well to me at least) and I thought that it’d be the perfect thing to read after the many contemporaries I’ve been reading lately. Illusive wasn’t bad per say, but it was a let-down.

Illusive is set in a world where people with powers exist but instead of making them superheroes, Jones chose to make them the “villains” instead. In Ciere’s world, those that are “immune” are regarded as dangerous weapons. They are brutally imprisoned if found and constantly are on the run to avoid it. It’s a really cool idea and I was hoping that it’d be just as amazing as it sounded. Unfortunately, there were two major things that brought the book down.

Firstly, the characters are flat as a board. They had so much potential and could have become some of my favorite book characters if not for the crappy characterization. I know I would have loved Ciere, Magnus, Devon, Kit, the whole lot of them if they had been more deep. They were each unique and had extremely rough character sketches. Evidence that the personalities were considered were definitely present, but the rest of it was all in the author’s head. I can take a wild, educated guess that Devon was sarcastic and that Magnus was a grudge-holder but Illusive lacked the deep characterization that would have brought the crew to life.

Secondly, Illusive had a great premise but the plot itself wasn’t. It doesn’t ever really pick up and if I could draw a line graph that showed the amount of action and suspense, it would be a straight line from the exposition to the conclusion with the exception of one teensy, tiny bump at the end that hits a record high of 0.02 excitement points. It’s a really slow read with no end in sight. When the “climax” is finally there, it falls flat.

I will give some praise to Jones for that twist in Part 3. I never saw that coming. And the action scene at the end in Part 4 was really cool. And I ship two couples in this book. For the first couple, I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll just say that he and Ciere are adorbs together even if it’s a seriously bad case of insta-love. The lack of development is so terrible but I still kind of ship them regardless. In fact, I think part of the reason I ship them is because the nonexistent character development makes the nonexistent romantic development slightly better (which is kind of sad). I love Kit and Magnus’s banter. At this point, I’m not sure if they’re gay or if they’ve just had some really messed up history but I’ll be reading the second book to find out. I really wish that the characterization had been better because then I’d be shipping these characters even harder together. But alas, obviously it can’t happen.

Illusive is a solid book that didn’t illicit any particularly strong opinions. It was disappointing to say the least but I will be picking up the sequel and hoping that these issues improve.

3/5 Stars


Sorry if this review kind of sucks. I had to return it to the library and didn’t get a chance to thoroughly analyze it! ;__;