Saturday, March 23, 2013

Review: Variant

Variant by Robison Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've followed Rob Wells for a bit through his blog and facebook, but I hadn't read any of his books.. so, given the accolades that Variant received I figured I needed to give it a whirl. I'm glad that I did.

The book starts out fast, very fast, like Olympic Sprinter fast.. and it maintains that pace throughout. The action is unending, and the characters are well written and interesting.. I found myself getting caught up in their stories and trying to guess what each of their motivations was. It wasn't until the big secret reveal that I really understood where the story was headed, or thought I did anyway.

I can honestly say that I didn't see the twist coming, and although it ended up moving into an area that I wouldn't have thought I'd enjoy.. I did. What I mean is, if you'd have told me beforehand that the book would go in that direction, I would have probably rolled my eyes, but the truth is that I was so into the story by then that it didn't matter, I was hooked.. and I'm glad I was.

If you are a fan of Veronica Roth's Divergent, you'll totally love Variant.. not that they're really that similar, but the writing and pacing seemed similar to me.

Overall, a very enjoyable read, now I'm off to finish the next book in the Variant chain, Feedback.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Review: Fragments

Fragments by Dan Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting follow up to Dan Well's "Partials".. Fragments picks up where Partials leaves off and goes off in an interesting direction, (literally). If you liked Partials then you'll have to read Fragments, it does a very good job of continuing the story of Mankind's battle against the cyborgesque Partials.

Personally I like Dan Wells as an author.. I like his pacing, and his books always seem to have an interesting plot development that you can't really anticipate. I haven't always liked all his surprise twists (I still think IANASK would've been better without a supernatural element), but I do like his writing style, he has great action scenes, and I appreciate the time he takes to set a scene before just running off into dialogue.

I was expecting another Wells level book that would keep me guessing and leave plenty of intrigue for the next book, and I wasn't disappointed. Fun read.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Guess what time of year it is.... FIRST DRAFT TIME!!!