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Underground, the stars are legend

Posted : 18 hours, 37 minutes ago on 29 January 2015 07:56 (A review of Incarceron (Incarceron, Book 1))

“Because I have dreams and in those dreams I see the stars”

I wasn’t sure if I want to read this book, but after reading the description several times I decided to try it.

The beginning wasn’t amazing for me and it was hard to pull into presented world and events, but the further was more interesting and at one moment I just disappeared.

The author describes the world of the future, where after Years of Isolation a large part of the population was closed in a specially constructed prison, called Incarceron. The prison is so powerful that it can safely be considered as the second world, fully mechanized and self-sufficient. However, the main character, Finn, living in this world for three years and doing visions, he remembers snippets of the past, which was outside the prison and saw stars. Most of the other residents of the prison believes that the Outside doesn’t exist, others that exit were sealed and you cann’t leave it or get to it, the majority, except Finn and some of his friends, who, after finding the key and with the hope that the legend about Sapphique, supposedly the only prisoner who managed to escape, they set off in search of the exit.

Meanwhile, in the Outside people live the example of the former Ages, and any technique is prohibited by the Protocol. In this world live Claudia, who will soon be married to the prince, whether she wants it or not. Claudia is so fascinating, that although afraid of his father, opposed him, and with his teacher, Jared, explore Incarceron topic. Finally Claudia also finds the key, through which can connect to the second key and then a whole really is gaining momentum.

The book is interesting, it may have some shortcomings, perhaps descriptions of some of the places and characters leave much to be desired, but certainly the story is good, and the world created by the author - a remarkable, both Prison and Outside. There are many questions before the reader, many secrets, I’m not able to predict everything 100%, and I like it, when there is a surprise, I love the feeling when nothing is obvious, when I worry about the fate of the characters, and here it was so.

Who is Sapphique? Is he exists? Is the legend about his escape are true? Where is Incarceron? And most importantly, is there a way out of it?

In addition, the book, even though it shows the world of the future, and the characters are young, it’s far from all youth dystopian, reminded me the old adventure movies in the style of The Goonies, it’s not a typical love story, which occupies a large part of the story, is more about friendship, about the pursuing a goal, about searching for answers.


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Freedom or Death

Posted : 1 week, 4 days ago on 18 January 2015 04:42 (A review of Pandemonium (Delirium))

“If you’re smart, you care. And if you care, you love.”

What can I say... in general, I think that this part was better than the first, I know for sure.

We know the subsequent history of Lena in the Wilds, and later, as a fighter in the resistance movement. I don’t know if I liked the structure of the book, that is, the interleaving of events 'now' (resistance movement) and 'then' (the Wilds). Usually when I know what's going to happen later (eg. who will survive the winter in the Wilds), not especially interested me the beginning and so it was in this case, the chapters 'then' I jumped quite reluctantly. Didn’t move me too much of their worries, I didn’t cry over the death of the person to whom wasn’t too much on the pages of the book, supplemented only the story of the new characters and made the transformation of Lena was more reliable. I would prefer to know first, what was 'then', and later the rest.

And all the rest of the story was ok. Certainly better love story than in the first part. Was also more normal (not love) action, more of the world presented, everything tends to war, there are also other groups of Invalids, it turns out that a really big part of the population doesn’t consider love as a disease, and the remedy for the cure. In addition, a great figure of Julian, I liked this boy and I'm curious to see how this thread will develop In the next part.

Regarding the end of the book - kind of surprising, but I think everyone will admit, that that's what he expected, it had to be complicated in this way, otherwise it would be too sweet.

For now, this part I give eight stars, rather reluctantly, but let it be, since the first rating for seven. I think the worst thing that can be, after reading the book, it's not 100% know what to think about it. I know for sure that I immediately begin to read the next part, because I have to see how the author develops a theme from the end.


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We are the choices we make

Posted : 1 week, 6 days ago on 16 January 2015 08:07 (A review of The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, 1))

“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”

After all dystopian stories, that I read recently, where the narrator was a female, I had a great desire for a change and decided to reach for the story through the eyes of the opposite sex. I hesitated a long time before buying this book (not much opinion on the Polish book side), but I took a chance... and it paid off!

The narrator is a 13-year-old Todd, who is 'almost' a man and is one of the colonists in the New World. He lives in the settlement, called Prentisstown, along with about 150 other men. Prentisstown is the only settlement in the New World, and the men who live there are the last people (at least that we find out at the beginning). At New World people were at war with Spackles, creatures covered with moss, which infected people, all women dead, and men since then, whether they want or don’t, hear each other's thoughts (called 'Noise'), they hear even the thought of animals.

The boy doesn’t live there lightly. Everything changes when Todd finds at the swamps girl, who despite the fact that it’s a girl - extinct species, she has no Noise. His whole life changes radically, he has to run, armed with a knife, with his dog Manchee and a girl, can rely only on themselves, looking for answers about what this is all about. Is whole Todd’s life in Prentisstown was one big lie? What is the truth about the New World?

The whole action really addictive, nothing in this book is 100% clear, the author doesn’t show anything right away. It happens a lot and quickly, it’s about killing and dilemmas in this connection, it’s about hope, the whole gamut of emotions from laughter, through fear, after despair and tears went through me like a tornado.

Language of the book was, at least in the beginning, bit weird, chaotic, a lot of lengthy sentences, rather imaginatively constructed. There was a lot repetitions and direct returns to the reader. All this could be annoying, but at some moment I realized that it wasn’t, and that this is the advantage of this book, adding uniqueness, originality and dynamism of all events, and finally the narrator is 13-year-old boy, who spent all his life overwhelmed with thoughts of others, who couldn’t even read and write. Thanks to this all the events were very reliable, sometimes I felt like I really took part in it, dialogues were very comfortable and the book absorbed me completely. Roughened narrative reminded me a little The Maze Runner combined with Shatter Me, but this book was published earlier than those items, I regret that only now in Poland.

Another plus was the end of each of the chapters in the right places, I want to finish reading, and here comes a twist and... end of the chapter, and every time I say to myself: "another one". And in this way definitely too quickly it all ended.

And ending was great, surprising and moving...

I personally cann’t wait for the next part, in Poland soon.


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When the sun goes down, demons arise…

Posted : 2 weeks, 4 days ago on 11 January 2015 07:43 (A review of The Painted Man)

I’m absolutely delighted. I didn’t expect, but this book hit perfectly to my liking and made a huge impression on me.

The author tells the story of three children, Arlen, Leesha and Rojer, living in a time when humanity has been decimated by the Corelings, the demons of darkness attack after dark. People protect themselves in their homes guarded magic and pray every night to survive until dawn. The stories of these young people, narrated individually, represent their characters, desires, their struggles with family and environment, show the problems of growing up in a world where not only Corelings are cruel, but people too. Young people grow up in the second half of the book we meet with them when they are already mature.

The main character is going through an internal transformation (probably not just once), a lot of different emotions that are beginning to shape his and finally we find out why and how did the title of the book and why Arlen takes appropriate decisions about their lives. Finally, the fate of the main characters intertwine with each other, as I waited impatiently, all the while imagining the circumstances in which this happens. Each of them survived a lot, many suffered, carries their luggage experience and each of them has something original, irreplaceable, and above all - the courage and desire to change the world for the better, which can make it, that in the next parts of the book Corelings will shit into each other.

For me, everything in this book was interesting. Starting from the created world, after each one character described in the book, each was very real and believable, even the secondary characters, to each one person I felt some emotion, from the enormous sympathy, through amusement, compassion, to hatred. There wasn’t one moment when I started bored, on the contrary, from moment to moment, my curiosity grew, what will happen to the characters. I’m very curious sequels and certainly read them.


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Community, Identity, Stability

Posted : 3 weeks, 1 day ago on 7 January 2015 09:28 (A review of Brave New World)

I never before heard of this book, I found it quite recently and decided to buy because it was after a really affordable price. And now, when I finished reading, I cann’t believe I didn’t find it earlier, because it was simply brilliant.

The vision of author presents the world of the future, whose main goal is happiness of its inhabitants. Children are produced in factories, in decanting bottles (words: father, mother, family, natural childbirth - it's downright something awful), from the earliest moments of life, the child is conditioned on their own specific tasks in the future, is instilled in the social hierarchy, what you likes and dislikes (some methods have been a real shock for me), various type of slogans, so each individual from a social group (caste) is similar and, of course programmed to be happy.

„That is the secret of happiness and virtue - liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny."

And if you get a moment of doubt... we have specific called 'soma', a sort of alcoholic-drug that improves mood, mind moves into the realm of happiness, allows you to forget your worries and is completely without side effects. Besides the fact that shortens life, but new great society is built on a high aesthetic appearance, so when you reach sixty years (to which we arrive at artificial maintaining the appearance and way of thinking teenage years), we say goodbye to this world without lament and without much loss to society.

I would forget to mention about sex. Sex is popular, practiced from an early age, without restrictions, the more partners, the better, because everyone belongs to everyone. And the best compliment for a woman is a "pneumatic".

The author shows first the story of the unit, which probably a result of an error in the process at an early stage of development, is slightly different from the society in which he lives, which is why he feels alienated, and the history of another unit - Savage, who lives with his mother in the areas of the reserve, without contact of civilization. What will happen with Savage, when he left the reserve and collides with the brave new world?

This book was for me extremely interesting, surprising, shocking... a lot of different emotions and the whole world created by the author, so unusual, and seemed almost real.

The whole experience ruined for me one aspect. Namely the debate as to whether the new society is better or worse without faith in God. I don’t like all religious aspects in books, I think that's in who or what someone believes is his individual matter and shouldn’t segregate people in this regard, and societies for the worse or better. Some people believe in God, others in Caligula, others in anything, and also feel good about it. In these matters shouldn’t be discussed. Therefore 9, not 10.


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He who controls the past controls the future

Posted : 3 weeks, 2 days ago on 6 January 2015 09:54 (A review of 1984)

Will certainly be spoilers :)

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.”

I'm going back to the classics. My first contact with this book took place about 15 years ago, when this item included in the list of additional readings during my education in high school. I remember that it was for me a period of treatment with the assumptions each book as a necessary evil that someone tells me to read, interpret and even ask more, what color pants had character appears once... I remember "1984" as one of the few books made for me then a huge impression and I would have never thought that I would be a fan of dystopian future issues. So I decided to go back to this story and read it again.

A terrifying vision of a world in which everything is subordinated to the totalitarian rule of the Party, which is headed by Big Brother. Each member of the Party is under surveillance and in general his life and even his thoughts belong to the party and you cann’t oppose it, because the Thought Police waiting… There is also a beautiful concept of ' vaporised ' for those, who still think they are able to outsmart the Party, this word to this day triggers in me strangely unsettling feeling. About this, what is the Party perfectly realizes the main character, which in this sick world, however, has the courage to try to be human.

“Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”

Very shocking book. The Party has a way for everything to it government was constant, there are aspects of the falsification of the past, to secure infallibility - quite scary and action (torture in every possible meaning of this word) to destroy humanity and confidence in the infallibility of the Party - cruel and inhumane. No natural impulse, love, or free thought has no sense in the world created by George Orwell. Party straightens every case of insubordination, it will make a man feel like shit, betray everything and everyone, and the Party, before will score you a bullet in the head, make that you leave this world loving Big Brother...
Massacre!

“Under the spreading chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me...”


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I love you. Remember. They cannot take it...

Posted : 3 weeks, 3 days ago on 5 January 2015 10:07 (A review of Delirium)

Beware, it’s talking about ending!

Reading the description of this book, I thought that the whole can be really fascinating and I bought the entire trilogy to my collection, and after reading the first volume, I must admit that I was disappointed. I rate to weak seven stars, only because of the interesting idea for creation of the world.

And vision of the future in this book is really thrilling. A world where people think that love and feelings are terrible disease, that destroys humans and is the cause of all evil, a world where people voluntarily do procedure 'cure' of feelings and become blunt machines which go through life planned way, with partner chosen by the government and are "happy". All cases of non-compliance with the prevailing rules are eliminated, treated against their will, or closed in the crypts. But there is also a group of rebels who live outside the fence of safe cities, and in the city, pretending to be a member of ‘without feelings’ society.

And here, I think, ends up that I liked this book, because the whole story set in this exciting world was quite childish and I cann’t help feeling that everything was so... obvious. Any event that could shake me or surprise me, it was suggested earlier by the author, which was really annoying. It was obvious that the main character falls in love before surgery, it was obvious that Alex comes from the Wild, it was obvious they want to escape together, with more or less complications, it was obvious that Lena’s mother lives... a whole string of smaller and larger obviousness turned into rather barren history. Even same ending that Alex sacrificed for Lena, the author suggested, and when it’s said that the fence is electrified and Alex insisted that Lena didn’t look back... it was already known that will not a happy ending in this part. I'm glad after all of this turn of events, I have something to think about before reading the next part, at least for now, because through whole 'Delirium' wasn’t really something to think about, because everything was served on a tray.

On the plus side this book I can mention a lot of pertinent observations about love, loved the fragments of various books at the beginning of each chapter, everything was mature and thoughtful, and... absolutely don’t fit into the main character, as if she had some split personality, on the one hand immature child, on the other - woman with experience.

The big downside for me was the character of Lena, both for the reasons mentioned above, as well as the creation of the main character: a young, innocent, polite, a small brunette, not beautiful, but not ugly, just an ordinary, average, with artificially low self-esteem... yeah I puking probably figures like this in the literature. I know that many teenager personifies precisely with main characters of this type, they get their own self, but while reading it’s so damn boring!

I reach for the next parts, I have them on my shelf, but so far there's no sign of the fact that this will be one of my favorite dystopia story and that I will recommend it to my friends.

“I know that life isn't life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point- the only point- is to find the things that matter and hold onto them and fight for them and refuse to let them go.”


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Never cry over anything that can't cry over you

Posted : 4 weeks ago on 1 January 2015 10:59 (A review of Other Side Of Dawn (The Tomorrow Series, Book 7))

The last part of the ‘Tomorrow’ series is beyond me. I have to admit that I’m very sad that I had to say goodbye to the people with whom I spent a really long time and had time be make friends with them. I certainly reach one day for "The Ellie Chronicles" but that's probably not be the same.

There are views of the end of the war, a group of friends is full of hope and go into attack. In this part, it was really a lot of action and a whole had a good impression on me, but largely focused on the main character, the rest of the friends was here pushed into the background. There were many interesting and surprising events, was quite sad, sometimes frightening, but I couldn’t help feeling that a large part of the book the author cheating us and that the story ends well... and I wasn’t wrong. Maybe you cann’t call it a 100% happy ending, the ending was quite bittersweet, but I'm still expecting some larger tragedy, but it wasn’t.

Despite this, I think it's really interesting series, full of deep and relevant reflections, and certainly it’s one of the best positions for young people.

“Life’s about a hell of a lot more than being happy. It’s about feeling the full range of stuff: happiness, sadness, anger, grief, love, hate. If you try to shut one of those off, you shut them all off.”


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Harvest's time to begin...

Posted : 1 month ago on 26 December 2014 11:46 (A review of The Bone Season: A Novel)

"The Bone Season" was one of those books that I wanted to have on my shelf, so I bought, read and absolutely no regrets, and I even venture to say that I’m delighted and certainly positively surprised.

I'll start by saying that I rarely met in this type of literature with such an interesting main character. Paige is a tall blonde, which already was for me the big surprise, because most authors, as I could notice, prefer girls with dark hair (Katniss Everdeen, Juliet from Tahereh Mafi trilogy, Ruby from The Darkest Minds, Risa Ward from Unwind, Teresa and Brenda from Dashner’s trilogy). In addition, the character was quite strong, with an impressive character, at least for me. I followed events with pleasure and all her thoughts, far from being cloying, she seemed to be determined, confident, sometimes lost, but ready for action and sober thinking and focusing on what is important, so she seemed to me pretty damn alive and reliable . And that's a big plus. The downside were the characters of the second plan, I didn’t feel with them a closer contact. I had the impression that some of them just 'were'.

With respect to the books and action... start was terribly hard to wade. We are struck in the face large amount of information about the world in which the author wants to introduce us, that at least I felt totally overwhelmed, and sometimes even resigned, it was hard to comprehend so many aspects, I still refer to the glossary, retreated back a few pages, in my head appeared literal chaos. But the further I go into the world created by the author, the more entangled in her vision, until at some point, this story possessed me and I found myself on the fact that all day I walk around the house with the book in my hand and I use every possible chance to look into it. And the world described by the author was really interesting, and above all precise, contain a lot of detail and it was clear that it was well thought out.

Another fascinating thing was the relationship between Paige and Warden. Sometimes it seemed to me that they could sit for hours in a room and just talk, and I don’t lose my interest. I really felt all that was going on between them.

In conclusion, I’m very happy that this story will be continued, fascinated me the world presented by the author, it took a lot of time getting to know it, but thanks to it I think it will be for long in my memory.


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We exist as long as somebody remembers us

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 22 December 2014 09:01 (A review of The Shadow Of The Wind)

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”

Finally! I don’t remember from when I wanted to read this book and the moment finally come. Until now, I had the pleasure to read "Mist Trilogy" by the same author, the whole was not really my taste, but it definitely was a good novels and addictive.

I go to my feelings regarding same content "The Shadow Of The Wind"... I think, that the story was so interesting that even interested me, a supporter of sci-fi and fantasy books. Whole absolutely wasn’t my taste, I don’t like long stories of someone's life, the search for truth and hidden secrets and I with great skepticism sat down to read and then in one evening 100 pages was beyond me, and I wanted more. Then the action slowed and swallow me again when we get to know the story of Julian and Penelope. And their story was extremely sad and incredibly tragic. The style and language of the author, fancy, colorful, but also without exaggeration, I think Zafon skillfully combined their art, poetry with something more mundane, so the book can satisfy both the average reader, like me, and the reader who expects something much more. I must also mention that the Fermin character, his anecdotes and approach to life... I was laughing and crying at the same time. The other interesting thing: the book is a mine of great quotes.

But... as for me, disappointing ending. I expected something stronger. But perhaps this is the secret to a good end of it, that we don’t get what we expect.

I rate this book on eight stars. And certainly I read some other Zafon books and I will be happy to go in his magical world.


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