summer books: Unwind

29/11/2012 § 3 Comments

TitleUnwind
Author: Neal Shusterman
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
General Review: Shusterman does it again; he stole my undivided attention and had me going for this book – hook, line, and sinker.
Summary: The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

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summer books: The Death Cure

07/11/2012 § Leave a comment

TitleThe Death Cure
Author: James Dashner
Genre: Young Adult, Adventure, Apocalyptic
General Review: You know, if you’re into anything even remotely “cool,” then you need to read this.
Summary: Thomas knows that Wicked can’t be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they’ve collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It’s up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. What Wicked doesn’t know is that something’s happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can’t believe a word of what Wicked says. The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?

Note: I also wrote this one in between June and July.

As noted on the novel’s cover above, The Death Cure is the final installation of The Maze Runner Trilogy, and frankly, the first two books were wicked (no pun intended, for all those who’ve read the trilogy), filled with a heck of a lot of blood, gore, running and action, but also loads of plot plot plot.

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summer books: Bruiser

05/11/2012 § Leave a comment

TitleBruiser
Author: Neal Shusterman (author of Unwind)
Genre: Friendship, Hurt/Comfort (heavy on the hurt), Family, Drama
General Review: Yes. Read it. Most definitely.
Summary: When Brontë starts dating Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins – the guy voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” her twin brother, Tennyson, isn’t surprised. But then strange things begin to occur. Tennyson and Brontë’s scrapes heal unnaturally fast, and cuts disappear before their eyes. What at first seems like their good fortune turns out to be more than they bargained for … much more. 

I wrote this back in June.
Note: All summaries of my reviews will come straight from goodreads.com unless otherwise stated so creds to them, yeah?

When I first started this book, I had just finished reading The Scorch Trials, which is book 2 of The Maze Runner series. I’m not going to talk about that series but basically, I had just finished an action-filled book with a lot of gore, blood, and suspense and I was constantly off the edge of my seat with that book. So when I started this quieter, more solemn and intuitive book, Bruiser, the sudden calm was a little off-putting and I was, honestly, bored. But that’s not to say that I was bored the entire time! No, of course not.

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