Monday, September 15, 2014

Mini-Reviews: After Earth

Title: These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: December 10th, 2013
Rating: DNF

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

I hate DNFing books, but have to admit These Broken Stars just wasn't for me. The world building was great, it sets up a very vivid environment for Tarver and Lilac to struggle in. And their relationship is good too. Their survival, especially Lilac's, depends on trusting each other, even though they're both too stubborn for their own good. They were interesting characters and I liked them, but the story lost me as I read. I think the problem, for me, was that things were happening so slowly. I loved when they were on the space ship and when they first crashed, but after that it was almost painful waiting for the characters to do anything besides bicker with one another. I kept putting the book down in boredom and, eventually, I just didn't bother picking it back up.

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Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: September 3rd, 2013
Rating:

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.

The 100 was okay. Better than meh, but not everything I'd hoped it would be. It probably didn't help that I'd already watched the first season of the CW show, which had totally different characters, events, and story lines. The book did have a good storyline too, but the multiple POV's kept distracting me from what was happening. One chapter we're on Earth worrying about survival and the next we're back up on the station worrying about some girl's love life. Both were decent stories on their own, but mashed together they just distracted from the other. But, like I said, I didn't not like The 100, it just wasn't what I was expecting, and I think I blame the show for that. If you haven't watched the show, it's great, but read the book first if you haven't, that way you don't go in with any expectations.

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And watch out for my review of Day 21 (The Hundred #2) coming this week!

4 comments:

  1. I've heard of These Broken Stars but not entirely sure what it's about. The characters definitely sound interesting! Sucks you had to DNF. Like you I've watched the first season first and I am totally hooked on the way the characters are portrayed in the show I worry it will tamper with the book. Though I do want to still read the book! I'm worried though now because I know I'm going to go in with expectations from the show...oh well!

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    1. I feel like going into the book with expectations from the show made reading a little awkward because I was like "Oh, when is this going to happen?" or "Why is this person not in this?", but it was a good story. But yeah, definitely check your expectations at the door with this one :)

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  2. I'm really sorry you didn't like These Broken Stars. I loved that one, but I understand that not every book is for everyone.
    As for The 100, I made a mistake and watched the show before reading the book, so I don't think I will be picking up that one, as it never works out for me. Reading the book after watching the Show, but I'm sure it's really great.

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  3. You DNFed These Broken Stars? Bouuu that it wasn't for me. I have it on my tablet but I keep reading anything but that one. I heard indeed that it is a slow-read and VERY hit or miss so now I guess I'm waiting on the right moment and mood...which hasn't come yet. :P

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