I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I watched the trailer for the film with Lily Collins and Sam Claflin (Gods). No matter how much I wanted to watch the film I made sure I read the book first, so no doubt I will be watching the film very soon and I hope it lives up to my expectations (always risky).
A little bit about this book… it basically follows the lives of two best friends, Rosie and Alex who have been best friends since they were about 4 years old. This book maps out their whole life through a 50 year time span and all the troubles they have along the way. This book is written in a very unique way, it’s all through letters, emails, notes and MSN messages. Not going to lie, it took me a while to get used to it, but once I did I was flying. The way it was written made the story incredibly fast paced but I never felt like I lost anything from the story which I think is a real credit to the author to be able to pull that off…
When I read this book I was in such a contemporary mood and I wanted to read something a bit mushy and full of love. This did have elements of love but I’ll tell you now it wasn’t all sunny, there are some moments when you’re screaming at the characters to just look up and see what’s right in front of them, and trust me it takes them a while… so if you want something really lovey dovey perhaps this isn’t the best option, but this in no way detracts from the quality of the story! This book also had me literally laughing out loud at some points, some lines were so witty and genuinely hilarious! But it’s not all laughs there are some very serious moments that are all relatable to someone and involve moments in everyone’s life that are meaningful which makes the audience for this book so wide and diverse!
I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet and a nice book to read anywhere. I wouldn’t say it was a quick read as it was almost 500 pages (although it does span about 50 years so fair play) but I would still recommend it to everyone and anyone who wants to read a light hearted, fun book! I’m going to rate this book 4 out of 5 stars * * * *, it was nice to chug along with but the only reason it wasn’t the full 5 stars was because I felt as though the book never quite reached a climax and kind of just ambled along. But that was my only real issue.
If you’ve seen the film or read the book I would love to hear your opinions so feel free to leave them in the comments below. And also if you feel as though it was an accurate representation pop those down in the comments as well.
Firstly I should say that this is a prequel to the Maze Runner series so I would suggest reading them first, there are reviews for them and I shall link them here (The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure)
I suppose I had mixed feelings going into this book. I wanted to read it because I loved The Maze Runner trilogy and everyone seemed to be talking about this prequel. However I’m always weary about reading prequels, I don’t know why but I just think they’re a little weird and have the ability to completely ruin the original series. I guess you could say I procrastinated, I always meant to read it but I never really got round to it and I didn’t even own a copy. However, quite spontaneously, I picked up a cheap copy in HMV (by the way HMV is fab for cheap books but there isn’t usually a big range…). When I finally opened the first page I was surprised, I have to admit I didn’t think it would be that good, but the new characters are really likable and courageous (I do love that in a book). Also the story line held its own in a way that it links to the maze runner (as a prequel should) but it didn’t fell as though this book was relying on the success of the original trilogy (if that makes sense).
Okay… to the actual story. Like I have said previously it is a prequel to the Maze Runner series so the story revolves around the start of the sun flares and the origin of the Flare virus and I would just like to add that this start really did shock me, I really wasn’t expecting it! The main protagonist is a young teenager named Mark. He is struggling to live in this new infected world and has to do his best to save the people he loves. What I really like about this book is that it really entwines with the story of the Maze Runner, I don’t want to spoil it but in the very beginning and at the very end we see some familiar faces *wink wink*.
Some of the elements of this book really took me by surprise (which I should have been expecting, I mean come on, this is a James Dashner book…). However thanks to a lovely chat with one of the Waterstones staff I did predict the end of the book (or at least I’m pretty sure I predicted it, it wasn’t really finalised, wow that doesn’t make sense but it will if you read it…). Anyway I feel as though most people wouldn’t have guessed it, I keep telling myself that so I feel clever… that was my only criticism to be honest, and it was a bit picky of me… oh well… this book was intense, engaging and really exciting so I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has read The Maze Runner series and loved it as much as I did! I’m going to award this book a 4 out of 5 stars, I would have given it a 5 but I predicted the ending soo it’s a 4 I’m afraid, but it was still bloody good!
but I predicted the ending soo it’s a 4 I’m afraid, but it was still bloody good!
I have to be honest I only read this because my co-blogger and I are studying it for our AS level English and we had to finish it before the end of half term. I had heard of this book before I was assigned it and I had seen the trailer for the film, but I had never got around to reading the book off my own bat, although in time I’m sure I would have. I really liked the concept and the idea surrounding this story, it was really interesting and I felt it could change course at any moment which did make me concentrate whilst reading (a tough thing to do if you ask me)
This is quite a famous book so I’m sure most of you have heard of it or seen the film, but for those who have no idea, the book is based around a young girl named Susie Salmon who is murdered at the age of fourteen. Being brutally forced from this world, Susie watches her family from her position in heaven, being ripped apart as they discover her disappearance and piecing together the little clues they have of her murder. You as the reader are Susie and so know her killer, which is honestly is the most frustrating thing ever, as you watch her killer roam free unable to be prosecuted. But it also has the potential to be seriously tense at times.
I did like this book, it was interesting and at times had me on the edge of my seat. However, being rather simple minded, I got confused on quite a few occasions. Now this does happen from time to time when reading books, but I have to admit this book broke the record for the amount of times I was baffled, and that kind of annoyed me, quite a bit actually. I liked the ending to this book, I felt as though it summed up the story and everything that had happened during its course nicely and I closed the book smiling.
I’m sure lots of you know by now that I slightly judge the book on how quickly I finish it, however my finishing of this book was corrupted by sixth form and the sheer amount of work I have. As a consequence it took me quite a while to finish this book, although given the time I’m sure I would have finished it in a flash. Overall I really did like this book but I was confused a lot and it was a little dull at points, although the tense parts certainly made up for that! For the star rating I’m going to give is a 4 out of 5 stars * * * * I enjoyed it and I would recommend it for readers over the age of 15 (WARNING: there is explicit content)
This was one of those books where you’re in somewhat of a rush in the book store so you hurriedly grab a book at random… or that might be just me.
Before I cracked this book open (not that I would actually crack the spine…That’s almost a crime) I didn’t really have any idea what it was about, I hadn’t seen it anywhere on tumblr or booktube as I believe it’s a relatively new release (don’t hold me to that I might be wrong). But the story line is one that I haven’t really seen before. It has the potential to be quite a controversial and touchy subject but I didn’t find that anything was insensitive or disrespectful. Anyway enough of my woffeling (don’t think that’s quite the right spelling but hey-ho) the book is about two very extremes of British living, however these two extremes are seen through the eyes of a brother and sister who were separated when they were very young. Cass, the younger sister, gets adopted at age 4 by some very wealthy and politically powerful parents where as Aiden, the older brother, is left to fend for himself in the “not as wealthy care system”. A sires of unfortunate events leads to their meeting twelve years after they were separated.
I actually really enjoyed this book. It was thrilling, but not in your typical way you might see the word ‘thrilling’ used in a YA book review. It’s hard to describe but it was the ‘realness’ that made the term ‘thrilling’ relevant as you knew this is a certain scenario that could happen and quite possibly has.
I have to admit the ending to this was fantastic. It was such a climax to the book and summed it up in a little nutshell so much so that I don’t feel as though I need to read a sequel, which for me is very rare! Although it doesn’t really shine a brilliant light on our country’s care system but I suppose everything has flaws.
Overall I really did like this book, my only criticism would be that at some points it can get a bit slow and if you don’t live in the UK there might be some parts that may be a bit alien (but i’m sure you can figure it out, you’re clever) I’m going to award this book a 3.8 out of 5 stars * * *.8 . A good read.