Archive | November 2016

Review: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I must say that this is the best adapted-into-movie fiction I’ve ever read. You love science fiction? Post-apocalyptic fiction? Dystopian literature? This book is a marvelous package of thrill, suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and anxiety that will worth your time.

“Everything is going to change.”

Thomas awakes with no memory beside his own name in an elevator taking him to his new life: a place called Glade whose inhabitants are boys who have no memory and have been put there with a similar manner like him. He gradually learns that the Glade is an artificial haven located in the center of a mysterious maze whose walls keep moving and changing every night, trapping them in, or actually, trapping any dreadful things out. The maze is the only way out, but nobody ever find the exit and survive inside…

Who puts them there? Why? For what purpose? Will everything change? For better? Or worse?

I must say that the author is truly brilliant to have such an idea of story. What an imagination! To create something like the maze, the glade, the griever, everything! I can’t stop admiring it every time I turn the page. This is the book that has the power to keep me reading it until the last page without stop. James Dashner has an amazing way to narrate the story that you keep questioning and questioning more: what’s next? how come? what’s that? without getting you bored or impatient by too-long paragraph or explanation that makes you want to skip many and get to the interesting part. No. Every sentence seems like demand your attention. It bears more surprise the deeper you get into the story.
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Review: Mockingjay

Mockingjay
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

In the middle of the brutal Quarter Quell, Katniss is rescued by a very well-planned scheme along with several other tributes. She should face the harsh reality: District 12, her home, is no more, though her family and Gale, her best friend, is survived. Peeta is captured by the Capitol. District 13 rumored to be destroyed is actually existing all this time, smartly hidden from the prying eyes of the Capitol and carefully plotting and planning a revolution to end the tyranny of President Snow. Without her knowing, Katniss is actually a part and has been the part of this revolution, and the success of the revolution depends on her willingness to be their mockingjay.

Can she put aside her anger and distrust and play the role assigned to her? Can she get her personal revenge on her sole enemy, President Snow? Is he actually the enemy? Will she change the future of the Panem for a better one or just initiate another tyranny?

I should say that whether the ending of the trilogy is happy or sad is a bit vague. On one hand, the heroine gets what she wants, so it can be said that the story reaches a happy ending. On the other hand, the heroine must bear quite ‘pricey’ personal cost. It’s so sad to know what she lost and even though time will heal her, it can’t stop you from wondering if everything she did is actually meaningless because she volunteers to be a tribute for one purpose only to lost that purpose in the end. It just seems so cruel considering what she should endure for the sake of that purpose.
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Review: Catching Fire

Catching Fire
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The girl is catching fire
She ignites another blaze of rebellion
she has no power to extinguish…

Though the Hunger Games only allows one victory, Katniss Everdeen and the male tribute of District 12, Peeta Mellark, manage to be the winners of the 74th Hunger Games. She thinks everything will be back to normal. Instead, President Snow from the Capitol unexpectedly visits her and blames her for the uprising of District 8, that she defying the rule of the Hunger Games has inspired other districts to start another rebel.

To make it worse, the Capitol announces that for the 75th Hunger Games, as well as the third “Quarter Quell” that only takes place every 25th year of Hunger Games, there will be a special twist in which each district should send a male and female tribute who have been the winners of previous games to, once again, fight to the death. Being the only female winner of District 12, Katniss is forced to be part of the game.

Can she endure the game after what she had faced in the previous game? Can she be the winner, knowing that she should battle far more experienced and skillful tributes? Can she let herself kill others to be the winner, including Peeta, who has volunteered to be the male tribute of District 12, the boy who has ignited sparks of love in her heart?
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Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I decide to read the trilogy after watching its film adaptation. In spite of the common perception that film adaptation is better than the book or vice versa, for me, this book is as amazing as its film adaptation. The story is written in detail and flowing manner that I can actually feel like watching the film instead of reading it.

Like other post-apocalyptic and dystopian fictions, The Hunger Games portrays a totalitarian nation named Panem living in a country consist of the wealthy Capitol and 13 poor districts. Long before the story takes place, District 13 rebelled against the Capitol, resulting in the destruction of the said district and the annual barbaric televised event called the Hunger Games. A boy and a girl of 12 to 18 years old from District 1 to 12 will be chosen randomly, called Reaping, to fight to their death until only one tribute manages to last and claim the victory, fame and wealth afterwards.

Katnis Everdeen, a 16 years old girl from District 12 is safe from a terrible fate in this year’s reaping. However, her beloved sister is not. Katnis does what a big sister should do, volunteering in place of her sister. Together with a boy named Peeta Mellark, she goes to the Capitol to survive, even if it means she should kill other tributes in the game.
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Review: Iron’s Prophecy

Iron's Prophecy
Iron’s Prophecy by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“He is a remarkable creature, born of Summer, Winter and Iron, an anomaly among all his kind. Human and Fey, with the magic of all three courts flowing through his veins, he will possess a power none have ever seen.”

It is the last journey of our beloved heroes and heroine from The Iron Fey series, taking place right after Ash the Winter Prince earns his soul and weds his beloved girl, Meghan the Iron Queen, and together live happily in Iron Realm. Until the Oracle shows up and shatters their joy.

Meghan and Ash expect their first newborn son. But what parents do not worry when the Oracle tells that one of many futures possible to the child is as a Destroyer of the world? Meghan and her husband, accompanied by Puck and Grimalkin go to the Oracle’s place to find a way to avoid the terrible future of their son, who will be on the balance of Nevernever.

“You will not give it up, even though it will bring you nothing but grief?”

The Oracle once again offers to take the unborn baby away from Meghan, the same offer she gave when Meghan asked her help when she went to save her brother Ethan. Even now, when she realizes that the child will do harm for her court, her family and her world, Meghan gives the same answer: No. The story finishes with Meghan and Ash’s determination to keep their unborn baby still, no matter what lies ahead. And maybe we can see whether the baby will be a catastrophe on other series by Julie Kagawa about the fey world. I can barely wait!

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Review: The Iron Knight

The Iron Knight
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not surprised to find this last book of The Iron Fey series is narrated from Ash’s point of view. Still, like the previous books, this one is captivating without fail.

Meghan is the Iron Queen now, and Iron, as a matter of fact, is natural enemy of fey. The fact that she is now bound to the Iron Realm hinders she and her Winter Prince to be together.

In order to find a way so that they can be together, Ash goes to the End of the World to earn a soul, in other way, to change his immortal self into a human, a mortal one, who will not be poisoned by Iron. He is accompanied by Puck and Grimalkin, and instead of Meghan, the heroine in this journey is no other than… Ash’s past lover who’s supposedly had died long ago, Ariella.

However, to be a human and earn a soul is not an easy thing. There are many things about mortality that Ash should understand and consider, since for decades he is a soulless fey who knows nothing at all about human and humanity.

From all the book in this series, I think I love this book the most. It reveals so much about Ash that is kept hidden since his first appearance in this series so far. I admire his strong feeling for Meghan that he even willing to sacrifice anything, though he is a Winter fey, who supposedly not having such emotions at all. He really deserves a pure soul.

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Review: Summer’s Crossing

Summer's Crossing
Summer’s Crossing by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the sequel of Iron Fey series, told by Robin Goodfellow, better known as Puck.

Meghan’s success in killing the false Iron King grants her the throne of Iron Realm. She is the Iron Queen now, bound to the Iron Realm, the realm that no other faeries can survive, including her lover and her knight, Prince Ash of the Winter Court. To save him, she dismisses him from his vow as her knight, and banishes him from Iron Court.

Ash promises that he will find a way so that they can be together and goes on a journey with Puck to find Grimalkin, the cat who knows almost anything. But he should pay his debt to the Queen of Exile first, by helping her taking back her stolen violin from… their arch enemy, Queen Titania of Summer Court.

It’s a bit different without Meghan around, but the way Puck narrates the tale is splendid.

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