Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – book review

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Published: 10th February 2015 by Orion

Length: 383 pages

Where I got it: Library

Why I got it: My friend. More on that below.

Summary from Goodreads:

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

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The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi – book review

The Water Knife by Paolo BacigalupiThe Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Published: May 26th 2015 by Knopf

Length: 376 pages

Where I got it: NetGalley

Why I got it: The story looked interesting and unlike anything I’ve seen around so I decided to give it a try.

*I received a free copy from the publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.*

Summary from Goodreads:

In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Into the fray steps Angel Velasquez, detective, leg-breaker, assassin and spy. A Las Vegas water knife, Angel “cuts” water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert, so the rich can stay wet, while the poor get nothing but dust. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in drought-ravaged Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. There, he encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist with no love for Vegas and every reason to hate Angel, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas refugee who survives by her wits and street smarts in a city that despises everything that she represents. With bodies piling up, bullets flying, and Phoenix teetering on collapse, it seems like California is making a power play to monopolize the life-giving flow of a river. For Angel, Lucy, and Maria time is running out and their only hope for survival rests in each other’s hands. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only thing for certain is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.

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Matched by Ally Condie – book review

Matched || Ally Condie || Dystopia || 369 pages || Dutton Juvenile || 3.72 on Goodreads

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

To put it simply: I was expecting more from this book. I’ve heard some good things about it and then some bad things about the next two, but, overall, I was quite excited to finally get to it. Sadly, it didn’t do much for me and was part of the reason I’m in the middle of a huge reading slump. I made it a 1/3 of the way but I had to give up.

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – book review

Mockingjay || Suzanne Collins || 390 pages || Scholastic Press || 4.03 on Goodreads

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.

I would just like to say that I was re-reading this book for the film that is already out so as a whole, my experience with Mockingjay was different than to when I first read it a couple of years ago. I wanted to put this book down so many times but the only thing that really kept me going was the determination to finish it before the film. If Mockingjay Part 1 wasn’t already in cinemas, I wouldn’t have bothered.

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