The Circle

The Circle

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Genre: Dystopian/Futuristic

# of Pages: 497

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars (Ikr, ouch)

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely not.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 3

Pace: 5

Plot development: 2

Characters: 2

Enjoyability: 2

Ease of Reading: 3

Summary from Goodreads:

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.

As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO.

Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in America – even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

Before I start, I would like to say that if you did enjoy this book, that is perfectly okay. We are all entitled to our own opinions. My opinion just happens to be very negative.

This book was horrible. I did not enjoy it at all. And that really sucks because I wanted to like this book because the movie is coming out, and Emma Watson’s in it.

The characters were absolutely awful, and I think that’s what made this book practically unbearable. Mae had no depth or development, and she kept making such stupid horrible decisions. She was so naive, and such a boring and flat character to follow. Who knows though, maybe Emma Watson will do such a good job as an actress that I’ll enjoy the movie version of Mae.

The plot was also incredibly boring. I was tired of this book by page 150, and I still had 350 to go. I was hoping for a much more exciting story. I also wasn’t expecting Mae to be so boring. Like in some books I’ve read and liked, when the plot was kind of slow, the characters were fantastic, but in this book both the characters and the plot were awful.

The ending was also horrible, like what the heck Dave Eggers. It was like he was trying to write a modern version of stuff like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, but he ended up writing a really boring book that didn’t open my eyes in any way like those other books did.

So I’m sorry I only gave this book one star, but that’s all it deserved in my opinion.

Hopefully the movie will be better. My expectations are definitely really low now.

 

Feed

Feed

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Genre: Science-Fiction/Dystopian

# of Pages: 300

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Is this a series? If so, will I continue?

No, this is not a series.

Do I recommend this book?

Yes, if someone is looking for a quick, intriguing read, I recommend it.

Ratings:

Quality: 8

Pace: 10

Plot development: 10

Characters: 7

Enjoyability: 8

Ease of Reading: 7

Summary from Goodreads:

We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.
So says Titus, whose ability to read, write, and even think for himself has been almost completely obliterated by his feed, a transmitter implanted directly into his brain. Feeds are a crucial part of life for Titus and his friends. After all, how else would they know where to party on the moon, how to get bargains at Weatherbee & Crotch, or how to accessorize the mysterious lesions everyone s been getting? But then Titus meets Violet, a girl who cares about what s happening to the world and challenges everything Titus and his friends hold dear. A girl who decides to fight the feed.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This book was very interesting and intriguing to read. It was cool to see the world in this futuristic setting, because even though it was very different than how the world is now, there were some very similar things. I think this book is similar to Fahrenheit 451 because it teaches us that if we’re not careful, we will end up in a society that is completely controlled by technology.

Some parts of the story were confusing, because I didn’t understand some of the terminology. On the other  hand though, it was kind of fun to try and decipher the new words.

The main character was not terrible, but it was just really hard to connect with him. The ending also wasn’t very satisfying, and it was kind of confusing.

 

 

 

Gemina

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads :Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

My Opinion (spoiler-free): This was a really really good sequel to Illuminae. I enjoyed it and had such a fun time reading it. This was such a unique sequel. I was afraid it was going to be like identical to Illuminae, but it had the perfect amount of similarities and differences.

I loved the main characters so much. I can’t quite decide if I liked this pair of characters or the pair in Illuminae more. They were both fantastic.

I had heard before reading this book that we would see the characters in Illuminae, and I was really happy they did cross paths. At the same time though, I really appreciated the fact that this story was a whole new story, not just a sequel for the characters in Illuminae.

This book series is such a great step above all other young-adult books. Like I’ll never read anything like this series. It’s so unique. I highly recommend it. 🙂

Ignite Me

13188676.jpgIgnite Me by Tahereh Mafi is the third and final book in the Shatter Me trilogy. Overall, this was a good conclusion to the series. It was probably my favorite book out of the three.

Summary on Goodreads: With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

My Opinion: So for my non-spoiler-y opinion I just want to say that so much happens in this book, it’s gonna be hard for me to say a lot with out spoiling. I do want to say that Juliette was a lot less annoying in this book, which was good, and that I loved where the story went. It was fun to read, and I really enjoyed it. I definitely recommend reading this series.

So now for my spoiler-y section. If you haven’t read the book leave now. If you have, let’s discuss it.

So first I wanna talk about Juliette and Warner’s relationship. I was frustrated in the beginning because Juliette was being annoying again (no surprise there), and she wouldn’t confess how she felt about Warner, unit everything with Adam went down. But after Juliette finally stopped denying how she felt about Warner, their relationship was super cute.

If you’re still an Adam and Juliette shipper after reading this book, I’d just like to ask, “Why?” Adam was so mean in this book, and it broke my heart. I’m definitely a Juliette and Warner person, and I don’t think I’ve ever switched views so drastically before in any book I’ve read. I was just kind of sad that things between Juliette and Adam didn’t end better. I wish they could’ve parted as friends. But of course Adam just had to have all those melodramatic meltdowns. He was just so mean to Juliette and it made me so mad.

One thing that blew me away in this book was Juliette’s character development. I mean wow, she changed so much from the beginning of this series to now. She’s no longer that annoying character who was scared of her own shadow. She’s now learned how to take control of her own life and body. Which brings me to mention that I loved that she can now touch people. I think that is great way to show that Juliette has finally accepted who she is, and that was just beautiful.

I also applaud Tahereh Mafi for the other ways she showed Juliette’s character development. Like you can see it on all three covers of the books. The first one is like an eye that is crying and drowning in it’s own tears, just like Juliette was destroying herself because she feared her own body. The second book is an eye that’s like frozen, because in Unravel Me, Juliette is stuck. She doesn’t know where to go, or doesn’t know what to think. And then on the third book cover we see an eye that’s like blossoming with flowers, because that’s what Juliette did in this book. She blossomed. She finally grew up and accepted herself for who she was. So I thought that representation was beautiful, not to mention the fact that the Shatter Me trilogy book covers are breathtakingly beautiful. Another cool thing I noticed is that in the first book Juliette crosses out her words. A lot. Because not only is she scared of herself, but she’s also just scared to say how she feels. Then in the second book we see those lines go away some, but they’re still there. But in the third book there were no words crossed out, cause Juliette finally stopped being afraid of saying what she felt. I think those representations are what make Tahereh Mafi such a fantastic writer. I mean she is probably one of my favorite authors just because her writing style is so beautiful.

Going back to the plot of this book now. Lol, I got sidetracked. I loved that when Warner found out that Adam and James were his brothers that he wasn’t mad, but instead he wanted to get to know them. That really touched my heart and made me happy. James and Warner were so cute together, and I loved that.

That also brings me to talk about Kenji and Juliette’s relationship. It was like my favorite thing ever. Kenji is definitely my favorite character, and I just loved the way the two talked to each other. You could definitely see that they were best friends. And a thing that surprised me about this book was that I laughed a lot. I didn’t think I would be laughing in such a serious trilogy like this one, but the laughs were a nice comic relief that lightened the mood. Just more proof that Tahereh Mafi is an amazing writer.

The one thing I didn’t like about this book was that I finished it and I still have a lot of questions. Like did Anderson have an ability? Will Kenji and Adam find love? Where will everyone live? Will Warner and Juliette rule together? What new government system will they set up? What do Warner, Adam, and James do together to get to know each other? I just really wanted to know a lot of things like that. I wish there could’ve been an epilogue book, haha, I just had so many unanswered questions.

Overall, I enjoyed this trilogy, even though it was a bit frustrating at times.

4 3/4 out of 5 stars

 

Unravel Me

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Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi is the second book in the Shatter Me trilogy.

Summary from Goodreads: Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

My opinion: So here’s my spoiler free opinion first, and then I’ll get into all my thoughts on the plot. First I wanna say that this book caused me a lot of conflict. I had such a hard time deciding for myself how I wanted the story to go. I also want to just say that I did not like Juliette in this book. She was being selfish, annoying, and just an overall frustrating character. If you read the first book, you might as well read this one too. Lol. It was good, and I liked it, it just wasn’t as good as book one.

Ok, now for all my thoughts on what happened in this book, so if you haven’t read this yet, go read it, come back, and we can discuss everything that happened. And a lot happened.

So I want to start out by talking about Juliette’s relationship with Adam. I was really mad and sad about their whole relationship throughout this book. I was mad that they were keeping things form each other, like Adam wouldn’t tell Juliette about his ability, which was kind of a big deal. The fact that we now know Adam is weakened when he’s with Juliette created so many problems for me. I really wanted Juliette and Adam to work, but now I don’t really know how I feel about it anymore. I mean, if I were Juliette and I found out that I was actually weakening the man I loved by being with him, and that at any moment I could accidentally kill him, I don’t know about you, but I’d probably stay away, because I wouldn’t want to hurt him. At the same time though, I feel so bad for Adam because it kills him to not be able to be with Juliette, and I admire him for trying so hard to make the relationship work, but if he continues to try so hard, the relationship is going to seem too forced. So that whole thing caused me to kind of look for other opportunities for Juliette. That’s where Warner comes into play. I absolutely despised Warner in the first book, so I went into this book feeling the same way. I actually really like the fact that we find out Warner actually gets stronger when he’s with Juliette. I think that created a cool side to the story. I love books where it’s not obvious who the main character is going to end up with. A lot of the time you read a book and the author steers the reader toward a specific person so that it’s obvious who they’re gonna end up with. This series is different though, because at this point I have no idea who Juliette’s gonna end up with. When I was reading this, I hated that Juliette was giving Warner a chance, but looking back on the story now, I kind of think he might deserve it. I mean it’s his fathers fault that he turned out to be the way he is. I loved that we can see his character development in this story with scenes like the dog scene, where Warner helped the stray dog. It shows us that he’s not a complete monster. I was really mad though during that scene where Warner and Juliette got all intimate, because I fell like Juliette was just being so cruel to Adam by doing that, but also so cruel to Warner for falsely leading him on. As you can see, Juliette just made me really angry. Then we also find out that Adam and Warner are related, and can I just say that I was so proud of myself cause for the first time ever I predicted the plot twist before it happened. Anderson was a real jerk though. He freaking shot Juliette in the chest right in front of Warner. I was really scared there for a sec, cause I actually thought she might die. Then we end this book with Juliette and Warner in the same place, and we have no idea what happened with Adam and Kenji. Oh, and can I just say that I love Kenji. He’s honestly my favorite character at this point. And I loved that speech he gave Juliette at the beginning of the book where he yelled at her to stop being so selfish. She really needed that slap in the face.

So, overall I left this book feeling very frustrated with Juliette and I’m still not sure who I want her with: Adam or Warner. I just need to finish the trilogy to form my whole opinion.

4 out of 5 stars

 

City of Glass

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare is the third book in the Mortal Instruments series. This was definitely the best book in the series so far. It was just incredible. This will be a spoiler review, because I mean it’s the third book in the series, and it’s hard to say anything without spoiling something, so if you’ve read through book 2, you can keep reading for the book synopsis and my general review, and then I’ll let you know when I get into the spoiler part for only people who have read this book. If you haven’t read any of the books in this series, you probably should be reading the first two books, not reading this review. Lol.

Summary from Goodreads:

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

My opinion: So a general view of my opinion: I thought this book was so amazing, like wow. I was blown away. I cried so many times throughout this book you have no idea (unless you’ve read this, then you probably know what I’m talking about lol). The characters, the world building, and all the stuff that went down in this was enough to give me a heart attack. Lol. If you’ve read the first two books in this series, what’s stopping you from reading this one? It’s definitely the best book so far, in my opinion.

So now to the spoiler part where I talk about everything that happened. If you haven’t read this book, leave, go read it, then come back. If you have read this book, keep reading and let me know in the comments if you agree with my thoughts and opinions.

Ok. So wow. So much happened in this book. Pretty sure I had a heart attack at least 10 times throughout this book, and I just need to talk about everything that happened. First, let me tell just tell you how mad I was that Jace purposely left Clary behind at the Institute because he didn’t want her to come to Idris. He straight up lied to her, and it made me so angry. The beginning of this book was a little slow, but it picked up quickly. Clary creates her own portal and goes to Alicante herself. Now this is where my heart shattered, not once but twice. Clary finds Jace and he is kissing Aline. Like what the heck. No. Not ok. I do not trust Aline at all, but thank the lord she left Jace and Clary alone to talk, but then what does Jace do? He yells at Clary. And not in like a brother and sister kind of way, but he just tears her apart. And I was angry beyond words. I could not believe it. My heart shattered for Clary. Like I couldn’t even imagine going through all that, but of course that was just the beginning. This is a Cassandra Clare book after all, and she is the queen of plot twists. Then Clary finds out Simon, her best friend, has been locked up. Poor Simon. He’s got such a hard life, and it wasn’t even his idea, he was just an innocent bystander. Then Clary meets Sebastian, and right from the start I knew something was up, and I did not trust him. Of course Sebastian kisses Clary which was not ok. But the thing that made me most mad was that Sebastian killed Max. That part made me so sad. I mean honestly I wasn’t super attached to Max cause he was kind of just a side character, but he was so young, and it just broke my heart. Then we find out that Samuel, Simon’s “friend” that he made in prison, is actually Hodge. And it blew. my. mind. I didn’t see it coming. At all. But of course right before Hodge tells Jace something important about himself, Sebastian has to be a jerk and kill him. Everything with Sebastian seems kind of confusing at first, but then Clary’s mom comes back. (can I just say I was super mad at Clary for the way she treated her mom. I mean I understand why she was so mad with her mom, but at least give your mom, who’s been unconscious for a really long time, a hug before you chew her out for all her mistakes.) Of course Clary’s mom clears up everything, and it made me unbelievably happy. BECAUSE NOW WE KNOW THAT JACE AND CLARY AREN’T FREAKING BROTHER AND SISTER AND NOW THEY CAN BE TOGETHER AND IT WON’T BE WEIRD! That made me so happy, I could not stop smiling. But then it turns out Sebastian is the real Jonathan Morganstern, so even though Jace wasn’t related to Clary, she still managed to kiss her brother. lol, I actually thought that was really funny. Unfortunately though, before we find out the truth about Jace, he goes of to defeat Sebastian and Valentine himself. Not your brightest idea Jace. What were you thinking? It’s super scary cause Jace almost dies, and he probably would’ve if it wasn’t for Isabelle. I love Isabelle, don’t get me wrong, but I really hated her whenever she told Clary that she wished she’d never met her and all that crap. Like what Isabelle? What in the world? Fortunately Jace manages to kill Sebastian. yeah. There was so much sadness in this book, and I cried many times throughout the whole story, but none of the sadness or tears compared to the agony I felt when Jace died. I cried uncontrollably. The tears just kept coming. And the worst part was is that he actually died, it wasn’t like he was pretending. It ended up being ok though,because the angel, I think his name was Raziel, Valentine had hoped would help him ended up killing him, and instead Raziel helped Clary bring Jace back instead. That made me so happy. I’m quite surprised Valentine died though, I kind of have a sneaky suspicion that he didn’t though. idk. No spoilers in the comments please! Then the ending. OMG. At this point I was crying happy tears. The things Jace told Clary about how much he loved her. I couldn’t stop smiling. It was so amazing and it made me so happy. And I’m soooooooo happy Jocelyn and Luke finally got together, I know that wasn’t a main part of the plot, but I really wanted them together. Lol. Overall this book was just one gigantic rollercoaster of emotions and heart ache, but it was incredible beyond words.

5 out of 5 stars.

Timesurfers

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Timesurfers by Rhonda Sermon. So I was sent an ebook version of this book in return for an honest review. So before I tell you my opinions on this book, here’s a synopsis:

(Copied from Goodreads): “You’ve misunderstood. It’s not a choice. It’s a destiny.”
When fifteen year old Cate accidentally brings a dead cheerleader back to life her connection to the secretive Timesurfers is revealed. The Timesurfers travel through time and battle the powerful dark forces intent on manipulating history. Cate must discover her powers, choose a side and end a centuries old war. No pressure.

So now for my thoughts and opinions on this book. First of all I thought the book was overall good. I liked a lot of the characters, especially Cate. Cate’s the main character of this story, and she goes through some really nice character development that I really enjoyed. I also really like Austin. *smirking face* I also thought the whole idea/plot for this book was very cool and creative. It was fun, but at times it was hard to follow. There were parts in this book that I got a little confused with all the different names, and sides, and times, and I just overall found some stuff hard to understand. Because I wasn’t quite following the book, when, what I assume was the plot twist occurred, I didn’t quite get it. And even though I did like Cate a lot, it was hard for me to feel an emotional connection to her. I mean that’s okay though, I read a lot of books that I don’t feel an emotional connection to the main character, yet I still like the book. This review kinda makes it sound like I didn’t like the book, but that’s not true. I really did enjoy this book. It was a fun read, and I recommend it to anyone who likes a fun, sci-fi, time-travel type story. 🙂

4 out of 5 stars