24 Jul 2016

Science Fiction Gone Wrong

Publication: May 30th 2014 by Perfect Edge Books
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy
Format: Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Source: Publisher through NG (Thank you!)
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Set in a world where every men, women and child are bald, this book failed to meet my hopes. I was really expecting this to be exciting. I wondered and still wondered how it ended. Honestly, I just skimmed everything. Lucky for me I was half through it but still there’s nothing agitating to read it further. I will not recommend this—NO, NEVER.

Series: Themis Files #1
Publication: April 26th 2016 by Del Rey
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Format: Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Source: Publisher through NG (Thank you!)
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This reminds me of Illuminae (though I have not read it, I know what’s inside and what it is about) but then… a big disappoint occurred on how things turned out on the three-fifth book—it made me stop reading it for a while. I want to enjoy the book, the idea is interesting but the writing doesn’t pursue you to read more.

Series: Sweet #1
Publication: June 2nd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: ARC, 272 pages
Source: Won from Publisher (Thank you!)
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The romance of Sweet is cute. I did not expect for the protagonist to get such relationship and in such horrifying cruise. I intensely love how the book went from their innocence of the food the sweetener they are taking to the gruesome reality of the sweetener. I was marked by uncontrolled emotion on reading Sweet. I love the pace that it made me feel like I am part of the book.

Have you read any of these books? Are you a fan of science fiction books? What SCIFI books would you recommend for me to read next?

P.S. I apologize for my June hiatus. I did not expect that my fourth year in uni would be that hella crazy busy.

2 Jul 2016

Review: Starflight

Publication: February 2, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Fantasy
Format: Hardcover 
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All Solara Brooks wants is a one-way ticket to the outer realm. Even struggling for her existence on a barely terraformed planet would be better than living in a place where she's defined by the felony tattoos on her knuckles. She's desperate enough to sign on as an indentured servant to Doran Spaulding, a privileged former classmate who made her high school life miserable, in exchange for passage. They quickly find themselves on The Banshee, on the run from the law, after Doran is framed for conspiracy- making Solara a wanted accomplice. In an effort to clear both of their names, the head for Planet X, where Doran was meant to make an information pick-up, only to find that what waits there may change their world forever.

I have been away for six million years because I am the worst. That's all I will say on the subject.

So. This book. I only really heard about it well after it came out, but was immediately intrigued by the fact that it takes place in outer space, because, well, outer space. I love outer space. I'm always ready to read a novel set on a spaceship... (Illuminae, anyone?) I suspect seeing Star Wars in the fifth grade may have shaped me as a person.

And this one was a fun read. I wasn't thrilled with every part of it, but overall quite enjoyed it. It was almost like an introduction to a lot of tropes, but it was done in a way that wasn't completely irritating. While I didn't initially love the characters, Solara had traits that I could respect and I enjoyed watching Doran grow into a person I didn't hate.

Watching the characters grow was probably the most interesting part of the book. For the most part, they're trapped on a ship together, at close quarters with each other and the rest of the crew- a ragtag group, some of whom are keeping dangerous secrets. It was fun learning about the rest of the crew, and watching Solara and Doran figure each other out. I wasn't totally engaged in either of them all the time (especially at the beginning), but I still enjoyed reading their journey.

The plot was fairly fast-paced and featured running from the police, space pirates, and sneaking. This was a plot that basically started quickly and didn't really abate until the last chapter or so, though some of the events felt a bit disconnected or not entirely necessary to the plot. The ship is a pretty well-constructed setting (though I would have really liked a blueprint, just because I really like maps, okay?)

Overall this was an enjoyable read- I wasn't blown away, but it contained enough elements that I liked that it was still worth picking up, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book!
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