We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
OMG! OMG! OMG! This book is awesome. I don't even know how to explain my utter disbelief and excitement of this book - the ending...the ending!
While this book is advertised as young adult, there isn't an adult alive that wouldn't enjoy every second of the read. It appeals to all ages - it's hauntingly raw. To quote John Green, author of amazing novels like The Fault in our Stars and Looking for Alaska : "Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable."
This novel will make you rethink the context of what it means to be rich - it traces the unthinkable downfall of a beautiful and distinguished family that lives comfortably on their own private island - the people we love to hate when we saved all our cash for a ride in some fancy boat to stroll by their house on our tiny summer vacation - a trip for us, life for them.
Four stunningly written and wonderfully characterized teens make their way through what appears to be a fun and happy summer vacation, but it's so not. The agonizing love story of a keen, but fragmented girl, and an ardent, yet highly political boy tears at the mind and the heart.
Four teens that revel in the splendor of spoiled with "the littles" coming up behind them learning the ways of their family's wealth, and they all completely lack the understanding of life (guess growing up rich will do that to a person? I wouldn't know). And then, they revolt - and then, things don't go as planned, and then - they lie. And there are "wheels within wheels, and fires within fires" that push them on. Love still lives, but eventually so will the truth and it will be what ends them.
We Were Liars is an anxiety ridden, page-turning thriller by E. Lockhart.
Read it. Absolutely read it.
And then lie about it.
The Death Cure by James Dashner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
So, I know three stars doesn't seem like a lot for the last book in this series, but I assure you it is. My love for book three of almost every trilogy usually falls to about a "one." It seems authors don't understand how to bring a story full circle; but not James Dasher. We end where we began - in the maze. That is a truly great twist to a well-written series.
We are finally at the end of the trials - WICKED has completely broken Thomas as a person. They've taken everything from him - his family, his friends, and at times, his sanity. He has no memories of life before "The Maze" and he struggles with dreams to that hint at his life before the trials began. He's lost it all to the "Flare." The plague that is destroying their world.
He just can't take anymore, and when put to the final test his will to survive is almost taken over by utter exhaustion. But in true Dashner fashion, there's one more trick up his sleeve. Even though Thomas elects not to have his memory restored when WICKED so graciously offers this - the backfire is on them. Because Thomas remembers; not everything but enough to know he shouldn't trust WICKED anymore now than he ever has since he rode up the elevator in the box that changed his life.
The truth is lurking and it's up to Thomas, and his friends once reunited, to save them all; a challenge he'd risk anything to do. The time for lies is over - Thomas seeks the truth, but the truth is often far worse than imagined. We sometimes have to remember it is what we wanted.
Overall, a good ending to a series, but Dashner only gets three stars because he drug out the final battle scene for too many chapters. I despise that - movies do it too. We get it. Their in battle. It's rough. When it goes on for page after page after page of new conflicts popping up quite unrealistically, I start skimming. And I'm not alone. After my son finished the series - he had the same complaint...and he's eleven. Keep it succinct writers - we understand war all too well and rarely is the "really - that's happening" moment in a battle that noteworthy. Too long.
I may read The Kill Order which is the advertised prequel to the series, but I've not jumped on that yet. My son said it was too boring and he put it down. We'll see.
A good dystopian series, better than a lot of them out there right now. Unique.
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