The Disasters reminds me a lot of this Sci-Fi show I love called Dark Matter, except not as dark. Complete with a heist, high stakes and a band of misfits with their own stories and motives this book makes good on the promise of a YA sci-fi adventure.
The world building is great, as it actually feels like our world but a 100 years in the future. What particularly stayed with me was this sense of despair England creates, throughout most of the book I was compelled to read simply because I did not know what they were going to do. As the story unravelled it never felt unrealistic because they just used the skills they had in the best way they could. I liked that the romance arc(s) didn’t take over the narrative and the action was the main focus, but they did bug me a little (see later on).
The characters do seem to warm to each other fairly quickly, too quickly really; I would have enjoyed a touch more conflict. The book is quite short and whilst that adds to the suspense and great pacing, I think it would have benefited from a teensy bit more exploration into the characters themselves.
The crew of the Swift Kick is very diverse ensconcing characters that are homosexual, bisexual, mixed race, transgender, and from different religious backgrounds and the way they accept each other so readily, given the fact that in this world those differences are less of a point of conflict and discrimination but (mostly) accepted as they should be, was really refreshing to read.
There was a bit of swearing which to me didn’t feel excessive but it might to some. The only area of content I find a little problematic is the indecisiveness Nax experiences in his vague love triangle. In the very least it felt a little … juvenile and forced? It just felt that it’s only purposes were to give the illusion of friction where there was none and to validate Nax’s bisexuality, which was unnecessary.
Overall really fun and I really liked it but to be honest this will probably lose a star if there is a sequel as I think it’s stronger as a standalone – you know, unless the sequel is amazing. It would also make a good movie. I’d recommend it to any YA fan looking for some light sci-fi to intro them to the genre.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Teen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl at the start of this year. This week’s prompt was ‘Bookish Items/Merchandise I’d Like to Own’. This, I imagine was a pretty easy list this week for most bookworms, all I really […]
Lately I’ve been working a lot on my idea generation skills as one thing I struggled with a lot when I first started blogging, (gosh, I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year) and still do today, is coming up with interesting ideas for original content besides reviews and I’d be willing to bet most […]
Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 2 by Grant Morrison – Comic Book Review I enjoyed the interesting and modern take on Wonder Woman this book presented, in particular on some of Diana’s most iconic villains. Dr Leon Zeiko (Dr Psycho) in particular was a very interesting and clever choice, presented more as a reality-based, troll sharing […]
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl at the start of this year. This week’s prompt was ‘Backlist Books I Want to Read’. Now, the majority of bloggers that receive ARCs probably huddle in the same enormous shadow cast […]
Thank you Marcia @ Trendy Simple Life for tagging me with the Halloween Creatures (2.0) Book Tag, which was created by Anthony at Keep Reading Forward , I decided to leave this tag until actual Halloween night so I could truly be in the spooky mood. I need to somehow maintain this spooky mood until this weekend when we throw […]
The State of the ARC meme was created by Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks. I’m posting this in place of my Top Ten Tuesday post this week as I’m not feeling all that spooky and I don’t generally read books that are either. I don’t feel like I’ve done too well this month but let’s see, shall […]
So I’ve pretty much abandoned my half-hearted ‘post schedule’ in favour of this post because, after just 10 months of blogging (gosh, has it been that long?) and one rather long review I just finished I’m starting to see my reviews slip away from what they were meant to be when I set out on […]
First, a thank you to Edelweiss and DC Comics for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Review This book was utterly captivating. As the description states, this book contemplates the ramifications of a ‘cured’ (read: sane) Joker who portrays (and quite possibly believes) Batman to be the true terror […]
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl at the start of this year. This week’s prompt was Best Villains! Now, I do like a good villain as they often make or break a book or series. I had to […]
Hello all! So, I’m here with another collaboration with Irina @ I Drink And Watch Anime. This would have happened sooner but my creative juices just cannot compete with Irina’s. After many drafts, re-drafts and re-thinking on my part, we settled on a semi-list, semi-discussion post on a topic I’ve been giving a great deal of […]
I received this book from Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a classic British Murder Mystery (complete with a butler, a tremendous moustache, and a veritable drawing room of hidden skeletons just waiting to be uncovered) – with the slightest fantasy twist that allows us to see this fateful day from eight different perspectives.
This is one of those books that you simply cannot explain in any amount of detail without many hand gestures, diagrams and spoilers – I’ve tried. It requires a decent amount of concentration and there are a lot of moving parts but the end product is nothing short of genius.
If you figure it out more than a second before the tell-all, you’re a greater detective than I could ever hope to be. Absolutely nothing and nobody in this house is what they appear to be and there is a surprise around every corner.
I did disagree / take issue with the forgiveness arc, simply because I feel there are crimes deserving of eternal punishment in retribution and this was one of them, for me at least. Otherwise, a very satisfying ending though I still have questions that may never be answered.
Overall, this is the first mystery novel that’s ever really engaged me and may have made me open to more books in the genre.
I saw this post first over at Aurora @ Aurora Librialis‘s blog and thought it was such a cool, neat post idea that I asked Aurora if she would kindly let me steal pay homage to with my own post. At first, I thought would be a good fill-in for weeks I didn’t have anything […]