Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J Maas
Series? Yes, 2 of 6!
Well, this is super awkward because the last time I mentioned Throne of Glass in a blog post, it was to rail on how disappointed I was. I marathoned the next 3 books over the last 2 weeks and let me eat my words. Never judge a series by its first books, guys. I am a verified fangirl of Celaena & co. In fact, I declare this week to be THRONE OF GLASS WEEK! on the blog 😀
Let be rave on about the ways in which Crown of Midnight was superior in EVERY way to Throne of Glass.
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Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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!”
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.
“They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonised’ it. So technically, I colonised Mars.
In your face, Neil Armstrong!”
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Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
“How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.”
With The 5th Wave, there’s intrigue and action from the get-go as we’re plopped unceremoniously into the midst of an apocalypse. The human race has been decimated by four previous waves of attack by mysterious beings. The methods they used to dispose of us are ruthless, designed not only to kill but to destroy our spirit, I thought it was like a modern iteration of the Plagues of Egypt. But God wasn’t behind these destruction, instead it was an alien race with unknown motives. At the end of the 4th wave, our narrator, Cassie thinks she’s possibly the only human left on Earth. After all the horrors she’s witnessed, Cassie is understandably jaded and mistrustful. Her only mission left in life is to find her little brother, who became separated from her earlier on in the plotline.
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