Friday, December 19, 2014
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
So I just finished reading Golden Son. What can I say about this read… it was dark, gritty, impactful, heartbreaking, gorydamn amazing. (Yeah, I think I like that last one the best.)
Golden Son is the second installment of the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. If you haven’t read Red Rising, go do it. In this book we leave the surface of Mars and the brutal training play yard of the Golden children and head intergalactic. There’s a touch a space opera, other-worldly technological advances, new adult angst, power struggles, slaughter, violence and death-the list goes on and on and on. We watch Darrow lose his focus and find it again, lose his friends and find them again, lose his family and find them again, but best of all we watch Darrow lose himself and find himself again.
In a booklovers universe that’s filled with YA giants like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Ender’s Game etc, Brown’s titles are a step in another direction. This author doesn’t need comparison to others in his genre because he does something that these other books don’t, he stabs you in the gut with a slingBlade made of fire, rips you to the sternum, lances your heart and then does it all over again without apology, without the assistance of a Carver to sew your soul back up. His writing is unique and consuming, his characters over the top but still captivating. The world he’s created… tremendous. There are Reds, Golds, Yellows, Pinks, factions residing over factions in an intricately designed world cross-stitched with Greek mythology. And don’t blink while you’re reading this, you might miss the deception, the thrill, the passion, and it’s all going to slap in you in the face at the end, leaving you wondering what the hell just happened, because it’s all pure awesomeness.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
The Genome by Sergei Lukyanenko
I don’t even know what to say about this read. So I’ll try. This book is divided into 3 sections. The first section, I could not put down. The reader is immediately thrown into world of space and genetically altered beings and we are introduced to Alex Rominov a space captain who happens upon a young girl and helps her.
The second section is heavily laden with thoughts of love and Alex’s supposed inability to love since he is a pilot he is only able to love his ship. This part was where the flip switched. At 52% I found myself putting the book down a lot and very easily. The entire story changed into something reminiscent of a fourteen year old boy’s dreams of romance and sex. Alex turns into a man-whore with the women on the ship, the descriptions of him connecting to the ship sound like erotica, and then the love-square develops with Alex, Kim, the boy trapped in a gel-crystal, and the female doctor on the ship. Ugh.
The third part of the book turns into a whodoneit, complete with a Dr. Watson and Mr. Homes investigating a murder on the ship. Not my cup of tea.
The author does give a warning note before the start of the book about cynical and immoral things. The Genome is well written, the fictional aspects are greatly executed, but I still feel like this book could have been something amazing besides a tongue-in-cheek mockery. Maybe that’s what the author was trying to accomplish, maybe he wanted this work to really stand out from the pack, but I feel like it could have been executed differently.