I loved the first book in this Chaos Walking series, and the sequel improved on the original! This was fantastic and amazing. And I’ll say it again, SO NOT A CHILDREN’S BOOK.
Today there is some very exciting news! We have a release date for the final instalment of The Obernewtyn Chronicles, The Red Queen!!!!!
The 12th of November 2015, which is a Thursday. So there’s 240 days to go, plenty of time to get through a reread, which I most certainly will be doing.
It’s been a long time coming, around 28 years since the first novel was published, and 4 years since the previous instalment, The Sending. For me I only found the series about 8 years ago, so my waiting pales in comparison to some. But for everyone, the waiting will come to an end soon enough!
I bought this book perhaps a year ago because I had a gift voucher for a book store, and I just kept seeing this particular book, with it’s white cover, everywhere. I saw it on Goodreads and I saw it in the store. So I bought it, and it sat there, until now. And boy, now I need to get the second one (it’s a trilogy).
Another apocalypse book this week, and it only gets better. We All Looked Up is a debut novel by Tommy Wallach, and I’m now very intrigued at what he’ll produce in the future, because WALU certainly delivers. We are following four teenagers in their senior year, preparing to face the world, instead they are facing the end of the world. An asteroid is hurtling towards Earth, and there’s a 66.6% chance that it will collide with Earth causing mass extinction. And I loved it!
Full disclosure, I was sent this book as an advance review copy (of the book being re-released) for free.
I had quite a bit of hope for this book once I started reading it. I didn’t know what was going to happen, but I found myself very intrigued with the premise, aka the apocalypse. The apocalypse in this book is that the Earth’s rotation is slowing down, so the length of each day is ballooning. No real explanation is ever give, which is fine, that’s how these books sometimes work, especially if we’re not with some government department or something with scientists. Sounds like a really fascinating idea, and is a bit different to zombies or hurricanes or tsunamis. Instead, the book came off a little dull. But I think that was the intention, it is soft dystoptia mixed with YA coming of age. It isn’t intense, there isn’t death and destruction, it’s very uncatastrophic. Whilst of course the outcome of the days getting insanely long is catastrophe you don’t feel that way reading it.
This week’s TTT brings us 10 books from my childhood/teenhood that I would love to revisit. The thing is with most of these, I would love to revisit, but I don’t think I will, because I’m afraid that I won’t like them anymore, and they are best left in the past. Perhaps, if I have children, I’ll revisit them that way.
I saw this book a number of times over the last few years, and I knew that it won the 2012 Goodreads Best Science-Fiction novel, which is a fairly high claim. Though when you look on its review page, a number of negative reviews feature greatly, they thought it was too idea focused, or that it wasn’t up to Prachett’s standards (which makes me excited to try to read some Prachett). I however, disagree with their reviews, and loved this book, though I can see where they are coming from. Perhaps it’s my fondness for the idea of multi-verses and science (even if it’s science fiction), but I really enjoyed the book.