Sci-fi

[ARC Review] Denton Little’s Deathdate – Lance Rubin

Denton Little's Deathdate

Author: Lance Rubin

Series: Denton Little’s Deathdate #1

Publication Date: April 14th, 2015

Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers

Number of Pages: 352

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Sci-fi

Source: Netgalley

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


Summary

Fans of John Green and Matthew Quick: Get ready to die laughing.

Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For 17-year-old Denton Little, that’s tomorrow, the day of his senior prom.

Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle (as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. Though he’s not totally sure. See: first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters…. Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.

Debut author Lance Rubin takes us on a fast, furious, and outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager’s life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on. (more…)

[ARC Review] Seeker – Arwen Elys Dayton

Seeker (Seeker, #1)

Author: Arwen Elys Dayton

Series: Seeker #1

Publication Date: February 10th, 2015

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Number of Pages: 448

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance

Source: Netgalley

Links: Goodreads | Amazon


Summary

Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’.

Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin’s new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her. (more…)

[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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[Review] The Pandora Chronicles – Ryan Attard

The Pandora Chronicles (The Pandora Chronicles, #1)Author: Ryan Attard

Series: The Pandora Chronicles Book 1

Publication Date: October 23rd, 2014

Publisher: AEC Stellar Publishing

Number of Pages: E-Book – 123 Pages

Genre: Sci-fi, Adventure

Source: Received from publisher in exchange for a review

Links: Goodreads | Amazon


Summary

A nomadic alien species found itself trapped on a new-born Earth billions of years ago. And they were here just long enough to leave a legacy behind – buried in our DNA.

1713 – Captain Jack Finnegan’s remarkable success as a pirate and privateer turns out to be something much deeper. He’ll need all of his wits, and a bit more, to survive his quest for the powerful relic left behind by the gods.

2012 – The famous archaeologist Nick Solomon never could pass up a good adventure, especially not the search for a mysterious artifact. He’d just prefer not being stuck between a crime lord, a secret government agency, and the past he’s tried so hard to forget.

Hold on to your seats for another great fiction series by Ryan Attard, author of The Legacy Series. Pandora Chronicles Book 1 is exactly the action-packed, swashbuckling, firefight of a science fiction mystery adventure you’ve been looking for!

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[Review] Across the Universe – Beth Revis

Across the Universe

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

  Author: Beth Revis

  Publish Date: January 11th, 2011

Series: Across the Universe #1

Number of Pages: 398

  Genre: Sci-fi, Romance

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.


Review

This book is all over booktube, which is the reason that I picked it up.

Across the Universe is a sci-fi romance novel and I enjoyed reading it. It details the journey of a ship, the Godspeed and the development of the people living on it. It was a relatively enjoyable read and it’s errors, while present, were not so bad that they majorly influenced the likableness of the story.

Plus it’s a nice change of pace from the usual post-apocalyptic dystopians.

Sci-fi is not usually my choice of genre. I hate the subject of astronomy. In sixth grade, we did moon journals and I hated it with a fiery passion.

Even so, I wish that Across the Universe had had more information about the science behind the Godspeed. We’re treated to loads of information about the citizens and history behind the ship, but what I want to know is the technology. How does the ship run? How do they manipulate and reuse resources? The book skimmed over a lot of the science behind the methods used on board. Revis does a fantastic job building up the setting details and while she did have some of this information, I still want more.

(But not as an info-dump, which thankfully, wasn’t a problem in this book)

The characters were alright. Amy can be unbearable at times, but some of it can be attributed to her high amount of panic when she realizes, “Oh shoot I’ve been woken up early”. I do think that she was too inconsiderate. She doesn’t understand that the Godspeed IS NOT LIKE Earth and that the ship has essentially been reduced to a homogeneous society. She doesn’t realize that her different appearance might cause the people on board the ship to rebel. She’s selfish and doesn’t know what she’s doing half the time.

On the other hand, I’m not really sure if I like Elder that much. :/ He’s naive and kind of dull. Half the time he was talking about how beautiful Amy was and it’s really obvious that he wants to get in her pants. I also felt like he was a doormat. Too meek. However, his creative friend, Harley, was really great.

The plot was pretty predictable what with the reader knowing who the enemy is within the first fourth of the book. There were a few plot twists that I didn’t expect, but looking back, I honestly probably could have predicted them had I been focusing more.

There were both good and bad things about the romance. Very insta-love-y on Elder’s part. Kind of annoying reading all about his obsession with Amy 24/7. But hey, at least there wasn’t any love triangle and the love isn’t forced on Amy.

 I liked this one a lot.

3.5/5 Stars

The Here and Now – Ann Brashares

The Here and Now

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Author: Ann Brashares

Publish Date: April 8th, 2014

Genre: Dystopian, YA, Sci-fi

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking—and a must-read novel of the year


Review

The premise set up by Brashares is a paradox. It doesn’t make any logical sense.

That was one of the things that I really didn’t like about the book.

The other things
The characters are really badly developed. Only two are somewhat developed (albeit, crappily)and those are Prenna and Ethan. I couldn’t connect to any of them. The dialogue was awkward, the characters were flat, and many of their actions made no sense. Might I add that Prenna is one of the dumbest main characters I have ever read about. She has been warned numerous times that changing major things in history could result in bigger consequences than she is aware of. Does she listen? Of course not! She goes on to save a few people from dying, and although it didn’t affect too many things, it was something that really, really bugged me personally. Additionally, Prenna doesn’t seem to ever think about what she does or says (evidenced numerous times throughout the book). The adults in the book were extremely weak. They had no backbone whatsoever. Prenna walks all over them. She’s rude and they don’t do anything about it!

ONTO ETHAN.
This guy. Oh my god. He is supposed to be a normal kid who just so happened to be there when Prenna time-traveled to the past. Instead he can do almost anything, somehow manage to save Prenna (WHO THE CRAP WOULD PUT A TRACKER IN A SHOE? I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I WOULD RUN FOR THE HILLS IF SOMEONE DID THAT TO ME. DOES PRENNA THINK THIS IS CREEPY? NOPE. SHE LOVES HIM EVEN MORE FOR IT.) every time she does something stupid (which happens a lot). He is also poorly developed but not as annoying as Prenna.

The romance in this book was so forced. One second, Prenna is talking about Ethan like an acquaintance, the next she is referring to how she loves him. It came out of nowhere, had no buildup, and in the end, their relationship still felt the same way that it had at the beginning of the book. AKA, no chemistry.

Plot-wise, the book wasn’t much better. They are trying to save the world and prevent the plague, but then they go on a swim to the beach. A few chapters were dedicated to their trip in which NOTHING OF IMPORTANCE HAPPENED. It did nothing but attempt to develop the already terrible romance in the book. The author added in lots of scenes which had no relation to the overarching conflict but only to the romance (such as Ethan teaching Prenna card games). As a result, the plot was weak and unrealistic. Many plot points were brought up and then quickly ended(which made them really unnecessary as they didn’t help the plot progress at all).

1/5 Stars