Book Review: A Thousand Pieces Of You

A Thousand Pieces of You Claudia Gray3star

Title: A Thousand Pieces Of You

Author: Claudia Gray

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Series? Yes, 1 of 3.

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I love the premise of this book, it had so much potential to be world shattering. However, I felt that the primary focus on romance really hurt the story. Nonetheless, it was still loads of fun seeing the protagonists hop between dimensions and world.

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‚ÄúIt’s comfort enough to know that there are infinite worlds. Infinite possibilities.

At the start of the novel, Marguerite’s life has been turned upside down. ¬†Her father has been killed, her mother left devastated and her family broken. As her parents were renowned scientists in the field of dimensional physics, Marguerite begins a hunt across the multiverse using the¬†Firebird device to find her father’s killer: Paul Markov. Continue reading “Book Review: A Thousand Pieces Of You”

Book Review: Updraft

3star

Title:  Updraft

Author:  Fran Wilde

Series? Yes.  Trilogy?

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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I received a copy of this book through Netgalley and Tor in exchange for an honest review.

On paper this was everything I wanted: a unique fantasy world with a strong female cast, featuring luscious proses.  However, I was left underwhelmed and a little bored as I found it hard to connect to the main character.
Updraft Fran Wilde

SETTING:  A Song Of Wind & Bones

The city rises on the wings of Singers,
and Trader and Crafter,
Rises to the sun and wind, all together,
Never looking down

The setting is haunting and beautiful, with towered cities constructed of living bones, where a primary mode of transport are strapped-on silk wings. ¬†The towers are all separate distinct economical entities, and it is up to Traders to fly between them to conduct businesses. Governing these towers are purportedly protecting them are is The Spire, an enigmatic organisation of Singers. ¬†Much of the world is devoted to sky, wind, and sounds. ¬†An ever looming threat to this civilisation are Skymouths, grotesque monsters which periodically visits the towers, bringing with them death and carnage. Continue reading “Book Review: Updraft”

Book Review: The Fire Sermon

The Fire Sermon, Francesca Haig4-star

Title:  The Fire Sermon

Author:  Francesca Haig

Rating: 3.5/5

Series? Yes. 1 of 3.

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I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager Australia in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the concept of The Fire Sermon, the book certainly showed a lot of promise in the first chapters.  Towards the middle, I felt that the plot dragged a bit.  Thankfully, it resurges at the end to finish on a strong note.

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A TWIST ON THE USUAL APOCALYPTIC WASTELAND

There was always one boy and one girl, with one from each pair perfect. Not just well-formed but strong, robust. ¬†But soon the fatal symmetry became evident’ the price to be paid for each perfect baby was its twin. ¬†They came in many different forms: limbs missing, or atrophied, or occasionally multiplied. ¬†Absent eyes, extra eyes, or eyes sealed shut. ¬†These were the Omegas, the shadow counterparts to the Alphas.

The young adult genre is littered with farfetched post apocalyptic set-ups: ranging wildly from worlds where love are outlawed, to planets where all your thoughts are vocalised in an endless stream of noise (an aside:  I LOVE THE CHAOS WALKING TRILOGY).  Hence, when I found The Fire Sermon is based on the concept of twins and their dichotomy: with one being mutated, the other flawless РI took it all in stride.

The Fire Sermon can be an upsetting read, as the world it’s set in is definitely dictated by ableism. ¬†As parents on Omega children are lawfully required to abandon them, sequestering them into isolated, starving colonies – the book allows its plot to explore the marginalisation of the disabled. ¬†More than this, the Omega are infertile, derogatorily called¬†dead-end and forced to believe that they have no future as a people. ¬†I love The Fire Sermon for being able to examine some of their struggles.

However, I wished that our main character did not come from a position of relative privilege. ¬†Though Cass is an Omega, she was able to hide this for most of her childhood as she had no physical deformities. ¬†Instead, her curse is being a Seer – with the ability to sense danger, directions, and glimpsing at the occasional prophetic dream. ¬†She’s stuck in-between, the Omega envies her while the Alphas fear her. ¬†She’s in a fairly awful situation, but the Omegas are correct to say that she has it easier than the rest of them, to be frank. Continue reading “Book Review: The Fire Sermon”

Book Review: Spark

Spark Rachael Craw

4-star

Title:  Spark

Author:  Rachael Craw

Series? Yes, 1 of 3.

Rating:  3.5 out of 5 stars

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I spent my formative years in New Zealand, I’m a self-identified Kiwi through and through. ¬†When I heard that Spark was written by a Kiwi, and that it’s a science fiction riddled with genetic hijinks, it was an insta-buy. Though I felt some parts of the book could use polishing, I love the creativity and uniqueness of the world building. I unreservedly recommend it to everyone after a fresh take on scifi!

Firstly, an infographic, as I think it’s the easiest way to summarise the complicated¬†premise:

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THE PLOT:

‚ÄúIt‚Äôs called the Fixation Effect.‚ÄĚ It‚Äôs what you experience when you think of Kitty, when you see her, what you feel, that sense of being drawn to her. For a Shield, it‚Äôs what compels us to protect our Spark. But for the Stray, you take everything you feel about Kitty and twist it so she no longer looks like the victim who needs your help but the virus destroying your sanity and threatening your life.‚ÄĚ

In this world hides a secret organisation that specialises in eugenics, secretly modifying genetics for commercial and military purposes for decades. ¬†Evie is an unwitting Shield, DNA-bound to protect her best friend and Spark, Kitty. ¬†She has super enhanced strength, distress frequency detection, speed, recovery, the works… to help her accomplish this task. ¬†On the flipside of this is an unknown Striker, whose instinctively obliged to eliminate Kitty. ¬†Once Kitty is theoretically removed, this Striker will become a Stray – an aggressive being who preys on targets indiscriminately. Continue reading “Book Review: Spark”

Book Review: The Martian

the martian, andy weir4-star

Title: The Martian

Author: Andy Weir

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Series? No

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Book Review, Read at Midnight

This book really needs no introduction, having topped bestseller lists; promoted all over Goodreads; and primed to become the next Hollywood blockbuster with a star-studded cast. ¬†The story follows Mark Watney, who has been left stranded on EFFING MARS after a failed mission. ¬†While the rest of humankind pegs him as dead, Watney uses his ingenuity and sheer will to survive in his inhospitable environment. ¬†The plot was always well-paced and creative, but I wished I cared for these characters… more on that later in the review.

“All my brilliant plans foiled by thermodynamics. Damn you, Entropy!‚ÄĚ

The Martian is very different to any other books I’ve read. It¬†has solid¬†technical accuracy and¬†sound scientific research. ¬†Admittedly, it’s been a while since my prerequisite Chemistry and Physics course, so a lot of the nitty-gritty details¬†flies over my head. But hey, if the science is sound enough for Chris Hadfield, Commander of The International Space Station, it’s definitely good enough for me.

‚ÄúThey say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‚Äėcolonised‚Äô it. So technically, I colonised Mars.
In your face, Neil Armstrong!‚ÄĚ

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