So firstly to begin I just realised I’ve been on inside a dog for just over a year!! *celebrates*
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Now I have been reading a lot of Maggie Stiefvater recently, (or listening to actually, my local library’s ebook/audiobook app has I think all of her books as audiobooks) and I am glad I have because they’re very real to me. Like, of course, the fantastic aspects aren’t realistic (or are they???) but the way she writes her characters, especially Puck, the protagonist of The Scorpio Races, is very from the heart and they are complex and thought out which I love. The Scorpio Races itself was an exploration of a species of water horses that live near the island Thisby, and the islanders who each October/ November catch the ferocious horses and attempt to ride them in the Scorpio Races. I thought the water horses were very cool, and again I really related to Puck’s anger and emotions.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Now, I’m sure you’ve all heard of this one. It took me a loooong time to get around to reading this but when I did I was pleasantly surprised. I usually go into books like this a bit sceptical, but the way it was written (like a collection of data like emails, interview transcripts, messages) was really refreshing and fun. While this book was a bit serious, and spooky if you’re reading the creepy bits in the middle of the night (don’t), it was also just enjoyable to read. The way it explored super-intelligent AI was not entirely unoriginal (as in, a lot of sci-fi writers write conscious AI), although it was fun. The plague though… not fun at all. Looking forward to reading the next books.
Aurora Rising/Burning by (yet again) Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I didn’t like this one as much as Illuminae. It’s a Chosen One style story, revolving around a crew of outcasts (mostly) who must save the universe from an alien race attempting to take over. The plotline wasn’t my favourite, but I’m always drawn more to characters anyway. The novels changed through the voices of all the crew members. I felt that the characters had very distinct “voices” (if you’d call them that) which is good. Zila is my favourite, even though in the beginning I didn’t know so much about her. Finian would be my second favourite, I felt he was one of the more distinct and fun characters. These two were pretty good books in any case, and I will read the next book when it comes out, but I won’t go to a bookshop to buy it.
They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman
I decided that I’d read a complete surprise book, and so I borrowed this one without reading the blurb. It’s a lot like All These Beautiful Strangers, so those who liked that book definitely read this one! At face value it’s about Jill, the protagonist, finding out what really happened to her best friend Shayla, who got murdered a few years before the book is set. There are lots of flashbacks to Jill and Shayla’s initiation into the elite society who basically rule the private school and even the town they live in. Underneath, however, it’s about feminism, corruption, elitism, manipulative people and the struggles of not having enough money. That, I really liked. I would recommend this to people for sure.
So that’s some of the books I’ve been reading recently, let me know if you’ve read any of these and if so what you think!