I read prodigy in trade back and found the formatting different and fun. Depending on who was telling the story the font would be either blue or black. I haven't decided if I enjoyed reading the font this way, but I do think it makes the book pretty. Once you stare at the blue ink for enough pages when you flip to the black ink it turned brown. It all as to do with the color receptors in your eyes, but I did not find this part specifically pleasing. I am glad to own the trade version, but wish I would have read the book on Kindle.
I loved the first book in the series - Legend. I liked the second. The second book focused a lot more on June and Day's relationship. While this should have been a good thing, it was too much like insta-love and not enough depth to the relationship. There was also a lot of conflict in their relationship. Although, I still found them compatible based on their thought process and skill alone. They are the only ones that could keep up with each other and make each other happy. I found myself cheering for their relationship and also being annoyed by it.
There was also a situation with June, that I will not get into due to spoilers. In the context of Prodigy the situation did not fit. I have since read Champion - the third book - and it was brought into context. Even with that, I felt like it should have been smoother. It should have served some purpose in Prodigy and helped push the book to be better. Instead it just felt flat. I felt similarly about some of the patriots. Their characters were not unique to me. There were actions that did not make sense based on who I thought they were. It just did not feel as polished as it could be.
I started dragging while reading. I was a bit broken hearted since Marie Lu has moved into one of my favorite authors and I loved the first book in the series. Then the book did a complete turn. I was caught back in. The ending was intense. I was left with my head spinning and my response was - WOW!! I was so caught back up that I started Champion almost immediately after finishing.
The Memory Keeper's is Natalie Ngan's second novel. It is a YA Science Fiction novel set in London. London has been split in half. One half is full of prosperous aristocrats. The other half is the slums, full of people trying to survive poverty. Seven is a thief - he steals memories. He makes copies and then surfs the memories in his spare time. It is a way to live another life without ever leaving your own.
The premise of the novel is extremely interesting. There is a clandestine organization doing experiments for personal gain. There is a Romeo and Juliet love story of two people from opposite sides of the tracks. It has the making of a great story.
Unfortunately, it falls short. The story is not very flushed out. At times it just becomes downright weird. When the truth is reveled it felt very anti-climatic. I guess the impact of the situation was not explained enough for me to get why it would matter. The story itself wasn't very connected. It had the making of a great novel, but I felt that it felt polish.
Virtual reality was discovered by a young teenager ten years ago. The discovery happened at a critical period in the developer's, Hideo Tanaka, life. However, it was also a saving grace for Emika Chen, a ten year old orphan, who uses it as motivation to learn how to code.
Now every aspect of the world has been changed. Warcross, the default game included with the virtual reality software, is a global phenomenon. Every year a major tournament is held. Except this time Emika glitches herself into the opening ceremonies. What follows is an amazing ride of action and interactions. Some predictable and others that take you by surprise.
Warcross was the first book that I read by Marie Lu. She is now fast becoming a favorite author, although Warcross is still my favorite book. I love that it takes on the impact of the internet in our life, the reach of corporations through that use, and the choices we as consumers can make. It also is a total gamer geek paradise.
The characters are amazing. They are very diverse, from different genders, nationalities, abilities, sexualities, and even socio economic backgrounds. All of them come with rich backgrounds and are so vivid that I feel like I know each one.
This is a new all time favorite book. I cannot wait to read it again.
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