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Books 17 & 18 - 2013

Book 17: Awaken by Meg Cabot – 343 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew that by accepting the undying love of John Hayden she'd be forced to live forever in the one place she's always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, but now her happiness and safety in the realm are threatened. The Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules and revived a dead soul. If the balance of life and death isn't restored, both the Underworld and Pierce's home on Earth will be wiped out by the Furies' wrath. Pierce has already cheated death once ...can she do it again?

This is the final book in Meg Cabot’s Hades and Persephone retelling trilogy. It had a plot, I’ll give it that, but it felt pretty weak. There was some stuff involving the god Thantos (God of Death, if my memory of Greek mythology is okay), and Pierce’s cousin, and after all the angst of her stalker boyfriend, John Hayden, in the first book, Pierce seems quite okay with his behavior and happy to wander off into a happy ending with him. There is revenge on the horrible popular kids who bullied Pierce and her brother, and defeat of the Furies who have possessed various people throughout the series, namely Pierce’s grandmother. I really didn’t get much out of the series, which disappointed me, because I really love the Persephone and Hades myth and really wanted to like this trilogy, but it read like any other angsty teen novel with misdirection and confusion and silly arguments. Overall, I think Meg Cabot writes adult books much better than teen ones…or I’m just too old to appreciate teen fiction anymore.

17 / 50 books. 34% done!

6464 / 15000 pages. 43% done!

Book 18: Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan – 375 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Waverly, Kieran and Seth are in a race against time - and with the future of humanity hanging in the balance, there's no room for mistakes... After a desperate escape from the enemy ship, Waverly has finally made it back to the Empyrean. The memory of home has been keeping her alive for the past months... but home is nothing like she left it. Forced to leave their captive parents behind on the New Horizon, she's returned only to find that Kieran has become a strict leader and turned the crew against Seth. What happened to the Kieran she thought she knew? Now Waverly's not sure whom she can trust. And the one person she wants to believe in is darkly brilliant Seth, the ship's supposed enemy. Waverly knows that the situation will only get worse until they can rescue their parents - but how? Before they have time to make a plan, an explosion rocks the Empyrean, and Seth and Waverly are targeted as the prime suspects. Can they find the true culprit before Kieran locks them away... or worse? Will Waverly follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk? Now more than ever, every step could bring them closer to a new beginning - or a sudden end. "Spark "is book two in Amy Kathleen Ryan's thrilling young adult science fiction series Sky Chasers.

This is the second book in the Sky Chasers trilogy about a two starships travelling across the universe to relocate a group of humans to a new world. After their parents were killed by the adults of the New Horizon, the children of Empyrean are left to fend for themselves and work out how to save the small contingent of parents still alive and held prisoner on board the New Horizon, as well as unravel exactly why their parents were taken in the first place and what can be done to get revenge. In true Lord of the Flies fashion, its as much the internal fight for power that almost undoes these kids. Kieran has got the role of leader, a role he believes he deserves, and Seth is in hiding. Caught between the two of them is Waverly, Kieran’s former girlfriend who has separated herself from the growing religious fervor Kieran is preaching to the children. Meanwhile, Seth believes someone has gotten aboard the ship, but has no way of communicating this to Kieran, without revealing himself.
This is a complex young adult novel, filled with interesting ideas about power, religion, belief, love, revenge, violence and legacy. The adults on the New Horizon have some pretty questionable morals, but it also becomes clear that the adults on the Empyrean did too, which raises some concerning questions about why these people were chosen to seed a New Earth. The kids, unfortunately, seem to as much products of questionable parenting, as they are of their situation. The ending of the book opens up a really difficult situation, so I’m looking forward to seeing how Ryan resolves it. Definitely stronger than the average young adult novel.

18 / 50 books. 36% done!

6839 / 15000 pages. 46% done!

Currently reading:
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Tags: futuristic, myth and legend, paranormal, romance, sci-fi, young adult

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