Author Erik Therme approaches this young adult thriller in a different way. Did this unique approach feed the heart-pounding, suspense-inducing emotions of classic thrillers?
Well, this novel certainly caught me by surprise. It came to my attention via a NetGalley email and I thought, “Heck, why not?” I’m starting to ease my way, slowly, into mainstream science fiction. Maybe too slowly, as my husband, when I was explaining this book, kept saying…”Oh, that’s like X or that’s like Y. Haven’t you read that yet?” There are so many hours in the day, y’know? 😉 This is not your standard novel and I want to get my hands on a physical copy. Told in military communication documents, instant messages and pictures, Illuminae takes you on an adventure that is one part 2001: A Space Odyssey and one part The Walking Dead. I loved Kady and Ezra, the main characters. Separated after the planet they lived on is blown to bits, they relied on one another to gather information and decipher what the commanders of their respective ships were hiding and how AIDAN, the AI on Ezra’s ship, was involved. Since the narrative is a bit unconventional, the reader puts the pieces together along with Kady. She’s the hacker (think Lizbeth Salander without the extreme hatred). When the reveal happens, it makes sense and it’s intense. […]
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah left me speechless and in tears. For two nights in a row, I sat crying as I finished the novel. There should be a warning on this book…
I struggled with Best Foot Forward, a debut young adult romance novel, by Jolene Buchheit. It did inspire me to examine why I don’t usually stray far from my comfort genres and I had hoped that would allow me to put a positive spin on this novel. But even after stepping away, writing that post and coming back to this review, I can’t find much to like about it. I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Lucia’s life was a little too perfect for me. She was good looking, an excellent athlete and had the ideal Midwestern family. There was nothing in Lucia’s life that I could identify with beyond the fact we were both from the Midwest. While I struggled with connecting with the main characters, I was also dealing with a plot that fell flat emotionally for me. Nothing was revealed to the reader until the last possible moment. There were many times, early on in the book, I would start to feel a connection with Lucia especially when she hints at this horrible dating experience she had, but it never goes further than that. Each time Lucia would get close to sharing more, she would […]