Weir has created an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel, and Watney is the perfect character to follow as he struggles in an unknown and hostile environment.
...that distant but recognizable childhood place...is deeply colorful and imaginative, taking place in a world of unusual creatures and situations, described compellingly and convincingly in a way that makes them feel soundly logical.
Sloppily plotted, turgidly written, "Inferno" is so poorly constructed, so uninvolving...that it makes "The Bridges of Madison County" look like "The Great Gatsby,"...
“Code Name Verity” is unlike any book I’ve ever read before. A good book is one I enjoy as I’m reading it. A great book is one that will stick with me and, in ways, haunt me. This is a great book.
“The Rosie Project,” Simsion’s debut and a best seller in his native Australia, reminds us that people who are neurologically atypical have many of the same concerns as the rest of us: companionship, ethics, alcohol.
Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics.
The sometimes slow pace picks up considerably as the disparate characters decipher the past and try to save the souls variously threatened by the golem and the jinni...
This book has incredible cliff-hangers and it is spectacularly described and envisioned. However, I do think it was focused too much on the topic of thoughts, which I didn’t find particularly interesting because I prefer action and drama.
In "The Bone Clocks," interconnected lives stretch across time; human contact is both frightening and vital. This novel electrifyingly unites Mitchell's fictions into one universe while telling the story of Holly...
This is a great work full of danger, fear, and riddled with suspense. While a great YA novel, adults will also be interested in the depth of the story.
Overall, if you’re looking for a fun, action-packed and wholly unique sci-fi adventure which stands out from the crowd, Cinder is the book for you. I know I’ll definitely be continuing on with the series!
...a novel less of wandering than of integration, although what this means is difficult to pin down. Does Tsukuru come to any kind of closure? The answer is: Yes and no. The past, even revisited, can never be reclaimed.
This is a truly memorable novel, one that can be read through myriad lenses — psychological, sociological, political.
Our voyeurism is fully engaged in these books, but so intelligently, adeptly engaged that it does not feel trashy or gratuitous.
...there’s a tendency to veer into too much detail – even for a reader who loves this sort of thing. But for all that, Slade House is still one of the most enjoyably, deliriously frightening novels I’ve read in ages.
The first of a projected set of seven novels, this book is for those who like their dystopian science fiction multilayered, philosophical and complex to the point of impenetrability.
The surprisingly expansive story includes a romance between Fikry and Amelia, and follows Maya to the age of 18 before arriving at a bittersweet denouement. Zevin is a deft writer, clever and witty, and her affection for the book business is obvious.
The book works as a superficial read, and as something more ponderous.
While not as action-packed as the dystopian that kickstarted it all (aka Hunger Games), I thought Divergent was a nice balance of action and introspection, which I haven’t really seen yet this year in the books coming out.
Now, I’m chafing with impatience as I await the next installment in this spin-off series.