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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?
Take a journey with Rachael and Megan as they try their hardest to use technology to write a book review 180 miles apart.
M: It’s a really really good cover.
R: Yeah, it’s nice and simple yet still graphically appealing.
M: It was kind of a rough start reading it. Actually if I’m honest, I didn’t enjoy it until the end.
R: I guess I could kind of see that, Mare’s thought process and inner dialogue was sometimes a bit off. But I found it fairly entertaining and interesting for the most part. I didn’t think it was stellar though.
M: I think my biggest issue with the beginning and most of it, really, was that it felt…disconnected somehow. I didn’t think that it flowed nicely. And because of that I had a hard time connecting with the characters.
R: Hmmm, interesting. My main issue, and one that caused me to disconnect occasionally as well, was that I kept thinking “This is a fantasy novel” but then Aveyard would throw in the fact that Mare’s family had a fridge. So my brain would go crazy over the combination of fantasy and post-apocalyptic dystopian. Then there’s the hints that it may or may not take place in the United States and I couldn’t decide if it’s set in Chicago or New York. So that drove me batty.
M: I mean, other books have combined the two, but they usually directly say where they are. This one seemed to only hint at it. Like, Aveyard thinks when she reveals it in book two we’re all going to be shocked or something. Which, as you pointed out before we started, is another theme of hers…unsurprising revelations. But I’d imagine it was New York, given that there are underground trains that go south for a long amount of time. But who knows? She definitely didn’t give us enough clues to figure it out.
R: Yeah, the twists and turns that happened in the book were incredibly not shocking, but it should probably just be noted that the two of us have read so many more YA novels than the target audience of the book. So, I mean, maybe other people would be surprised by the many twists.
M: I honestly think you might be underestimating them a bit. At least with a few of the twists. There are a couple that I could see people not guessing, but most were fairly obvious. Which adds to what my final point will be. It just wasn’t great writing. It wasn’t the worst writing, but it certainly wasn’t too good.
R: Yeah, the writing was mediocre. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. It was entertaining and I can definitely see teens enjoying. I will say that the love pyramid was kind of annoying. And I don’t mean love triangle, readers. I honestly mean pyramid, because there’s the one female lead and then there are three potential love interests. However, the romance wasn’t in your face, so yay for that!
M: She did immediately reveal her life story to Cal. And eventually everybody else. She trusts far too easily. Everyone except Kilorn, a guy she’s known her entire life, who for some bizarre reason, she pretty much lies to the entire time.
R: At least she’s consistent. She tells everybody everything. With regards to Kilorn, I honestly think that Aveyard was trying (note the word trying) to emulate Katniss and Gale in The Hunger Games.
M: Um, if Katniss thought Gale were entirely incompetent, maybe…? Anyway, Aveyard might explore the relationships further in the second book. However, I won’t be reading it, so I guess I’ll never know.
R: Agreed, though I’ve heard rumblings of movie options already so who knows where this goes.
Book: 3 out of 5 stars
Cover: 4 out of 5 stars
Main Library’s anime club–Otaku Anon–is back! The next meeting will take place Thursday, July 2nd from 7:00-8:30 PM in meeting room A. Watch anime, enjoy snacks, and talk about anime and manga with other people who love it all as much as you do. Thanks to Crunchyroll, there’s always something new and fun to watch!
Last month the group viewed Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions–trailer above. That show is also available to check out at Main Library. What show will be chosen next week? Show up and you’ll have a say in the decision-making process.
And don’t forget that there is free anime available on the library’s streaming service, Hoopla.
Otaku Anon is for people in grades 6-12. Registration is not required; just drop in.
Today boys as well as girls wear nail polish this program is great for those who want to try something new or get crafty with new designs. You can go all glitter and glam or just make a subtle statement with your nails.
for more times
to do Nail Art
… at an ACPL library near you!