Thursday, October 30, 2014

Steelheart

It has been a couple months since I managed to read the book club selection and so it has been a while since I did a book club post.

This month I actually managed to read the book for October, Steelheart. It definitely helped that the Library had the book on it's shelf because I'm still waiting for last months book to arrive...


Steelheart
by Brandon Sanderson

I was very excited to read this book. Brandon Sanderson is one of my all time favorite Fantasy writers. Seriously all of his books are fantastic so I had no doubt that this one would be just as good. I was not disappointed. I finished this book in a couple days even with a newborn at home to take care of.

I found this story fascinating. The world has experienced an event called Calamity, which has caused the appearance of people with special powers. They are called Epics and they use their abilities to terrify, kill and rule over everyone else. This story takes place in what was once know as Chicago and follows a young man who watched his father be killed by a powerful Epic named Steelheart. Steelheart now rules the City and  David is determined to find his weakness and get revenge. In order to bring Steelheart down, David joins a group called the Reckoners, who make it there mission to take out Epics.

Brandon Sanderson is a fantastic story teller. I was completely caught up in the story and the characters.  I thought it was interesting that all those gifted with special powers used them for evil purposes. Some people still believed there would be some Epics who would eventually use their powers for good and save the world but for 10 years that had not happened. It makes you wonder just what would happen if you could do and have anything you want with out consequences. Why did every person who gained these abilities choose to use them for such terrible purposes?

One thing I really liked about this book is that even though it is part of a series, it ended well and didn't leave me hanging too much. This was a great read and I can't wait to read the next book in the series to see what happens next. 


Next Months book is 

Sarah's Key
by Tatiana de Rosnay

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Scorch Trials


The Scorch Trials
by James Dashner

This is the second book in the Maze Runner series. I was excited to read it and learn more about what was really going on.

I really enjoyed this book. It was action packed and kept me wondering what was really going on. The characters continued to interest me and I liked the new people that joined them.  This book definitely got me thinking.

I have to admit that instead of answering any of my questions, it kept me even more puzzled then ever. I really have no idea what is truly going on. How any of the things they put these kids through was going to help the world. I'm really hoping that the last book clears it all up.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Every Day


Every Day 
by David Levithan

I picked this book up because I thought the concept sounded fascinating, a person who wakes up in a different body each day. I didn't end up enjoying this book as much as I thought it would. The concept was fascinating and I was always interested to see who the main character,  A would would wake up as. That is really the only reason I kept reading this book. It was definitely interesting to see the world from that kind of perspective.

But in the end the story just didn't seem to go anywhere and I had more questions then answers by the end. The ending was pretty abrupt and it didn't feel like anything really got solved. It really felt like the main point the author was trying to get across was that gender shouldn't be defined by biology. With a bunch of other social issues thrown in for good measure, from drug addiction to depression to illegal immigraton. The list could go on and on. Not to mention the casual attitude to teen sex and drinking found through out the book.

 A, wasn't defined as male or female and adjusted to what ever situation and gender placed in. A gets annoyed when the girl A falls in love with can't seem to show affection, when A is a girl because to A that shouldn't matter. Plus as much as A acted like a good person, A kept being reckless with the other peoples lives. I found myself not really liking A. In the end A runs away in another persons body to learn how to change waking up everyday in a new body. This seems like a logical thing for a person in that situation to do but A is running to find the person who offered to help but who A's first impression of them made them seemed malicious and even a bit evil. I came away from the book feeling like A wasn't such a good person after all.

This certainly isn't a book I would want a teenager to read and being influenced by.