Near Enemy; Adam Sternbergh

Near Enemy

After reading the blurb for this book, I had really high hopes and thought I would thoroughly enjoy the plot.  This didn’t seem to be the case.

[The Plot]: Spademan, a former garbage man, lost his wife and his livelihood in the dirty bomb that hit Times Square.  He became a hit man, and he’s been cleaning up in a whole new way. In the burnt-out shell of what was once New york, the wealthy escape to a virtual reality far removed from the ruins around them.
Now the virtual world is under threat from terrorists and Spademan is tasked with tracking them down.  He’s not used to having enemies- his foes usually end up dead pretty quickly- but he’s about to find out just how close they are, and how dangerous they can be.

I don’t tend to write negative reviews or even comments on my blog, however this is the first book in a long long while I was unable to finish.

I tried to read this book for roughly 2 weeks, and was only able to get about 60 pages or so into the book.  I don’t think it was any fault of the plot or the characters, I just couldn’t get along with the writing style.  When you first open the book, it almost looks like it’s written in the style of a poem.  The majority of sentences are shorter than the length of a line on the page.  This isn’t what bothered me as I read it, I just found it really hard to follow as there is no differentiation between narration, thought or speech, and when people are speaking it’s hard to follow who is speaking when.

As I said, I was unable to finish this book and therefore I won’t drag on the review and slate the book for no reason.  I simply couldn’t follow the writing style.

Have you read this book?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book, and if you have any tips for reading it and following along a bit better.

I rate this book 1 out of 5 stars.

one star copy

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Scarlet; Marissa Meyer


After reading the first book in The Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder,  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Scarlet.  While it took me just over a week to finish, I read it in about three sittings, and it was really hard to put down.  As this is a sequel I must disclose that there may be spoilers referring to the first book throughout.

[The Plot]: Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

I anticipated this book so much after reading Cinder, and had to resist picking it up straight after putting Cinder down.  I am glad I left a little gap between reading them, but now I’m itching to get my hands on Cress.

In the second instalment of The Lunar Chronicles, we follow Scarlet as she is looking for her missing grandmother.  The police have given up in the search and written it off as a run-away, and the community Scarlet lives in follow suit.  People just see her as the grand daughter of a crazy old lady who has run away, and if it weren’t for Scarlet’s grandmothers farm and reputation for being the best produce in the area, Scarlet would be lost.  It’s at this point that she crosses paths with Wolf.  He’s quiet and mysterious and you can see from his first introduction in the story, that he has a large role to play.

The relationship between Scarlet and Wolf grows as they spend more time together.  Scarlet starts to trust Wolf little by little, and I think it’s fair to say the progression in their relationship is a little predictable.  However, I don’t really see this as a bad thing.

I really enjoyed the way in which we are reading from the different characters perspectives in this book.  It hasn’t been written in a way that completely separates their view, but at the same time I didn’t find the story to flick too quickly through the characters.  I liked the fact that there may have been, for example, three or four chapters about Scarlet, one chapter about Kai and two chapters about Cinder.  It depended on what was happening to the character at a specific time, as to how much you were reading and I really thought the story flowed at the right pace.

I can’t wait to read Cress as soon as possible, and I will definitely be picking it up when my ‘book buying ban’ ends at the end of April.

I rate this book five out of five stars.


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Cinder; Marissa Meyer


Cinder is a whole new look into the fairy tales we all know and love.  Blasting us into a future world, Cinder is set in a world where robots are the norm, cyborgs are at the bottom of the social hierarchy and the world is at threat from a war with the Lunars.  Marissa Meyer offers a completely different take on the fairytale dynamic, you just can’t put down.

[The plot]: Cinder, New Beijing’s best mechanic, is an adopted cyborg, living with her grudge bearing step mother.  With an ill-fitting foot, and society looking down on cyborgs, Cinder does her best to fit in and do her job, fixing androids.  Never would she have thought she would bump into the Prince at her market stall.  With a fatal plague spreading the earth, her step sister falls ill and Cinder is left in the centre of a struggle she could never have imagined.  Between a family that hates her, a Prince who likes her for being someone she is not and an evil queen, Cinder finds out more about her past than ever before.

I’ve been in some what of a reading slump as of late, and after picking up various different books in the hope to break it, nothing was working.  That was until I picked up Cinder.  Just from reading the blurb of the book I knew I was going to like it, and it was the perfect book to get me back on the horse and reading back to normal.

Marissa Meyer has a way of writing that keeps you completely engrossed and needing to find out more.  Cinder has plenty of twists and turns along the way, some of which can be fairly predictable, but some come completely out of nowhere.  Meyer doesn’t follow the traditional cinderella story line too closely, in a cheesy attempt to create a modern-day fairytale.  Instead, she create a whole new world that incorporates the elements of our favourite fairy tales we love most, with a whole new plot and purpose to the story.

I absolutely loved the characters and relationships in this book.  Iko, Cinder’s robot sidekick, is hilarious.  Iko has a programming problem which has caused her to be super sarcastic with a very comical tone.  Cinder’s relationship with her step-sisters is a little different in the re-telling.  Peony, the younger of the two, adores Cinder, and Cinder adores her in return.  Whereas Pearl shares the same displeasure in Cinder as her mother, Adri.  Being a cyborg, Cinder isn’t considered to be on the same social standing as everyone else, and Adri and Pearl take no excuse to remind her of this, so you still have the constant tension and disappointment coming from these two characters.

With three more books to be read in the series, and another being published later on this year, I can’t wait to delve into the rest of the series.

I rate this book five out of five stars.

five star
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