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Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

Generation Dead (Generation Dead, #1)

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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My rating: 2.5 Stars

I really wanted to like this book, because I loved Break My Heart 1,000 Times and because so many people seemed to love it too. I just couldn’t get into this book.

I was worried that it would be Twilight-esque, but it wasn’t. It wasn’t a horrible book, I just really didn’t enjoy it.

I tried, I really did, but by 3/4 the way through I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t force myself to love something that was so undeserving.

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Lets start of with the warped romance in this book. I get it, you want the weird goth girl (let me just pause for a second… goth… smh) is in love with a dead guy.

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Okay, dead guy, zombie, whatever. Let’s just think about this… I know these are teenagers and they’re in high school, and they’re so innocent and pure and yada yada yada. And what typically happens the first time little teeny boppers get sexual?

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But this kid is dead. DEAD. Would things even function down there?

Nope, let’s not think about it.

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Can I just start off mentioning that Phoebe (the main character; don’t think I ever mentioned that) goes from knowing who this kid was and being in the same english class, to full blown, head over heels, love at first sight bullshit. Where did this come from? Did her feelings wait until the book began to show up? I don’t… I just don’t.


OK, for serious though, this book dragged on. Nothing really happened until the very end. Even the beginning was slow as shit, so I should have known before I started.

I don’t HATE this book. I just hated it… for me, you know? Daniel Waters, I loved your new novel, you should have waited until you were good to debut.

Cause…

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Nexus by Ramez Naam

Nexus (Nexus, #1)

Nexus by Ramez Naam
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received Nexus as a publisher ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Rating: 2.5 Stars

I’ve read a fair bit of Angry Robot books lately, the publisher really knows how to find amazing sci-fi work. I eagerly applied for the ARC for Nexus on NetGalley and added it to the top of my to-read pile.

There were plenty of reviews present before I read it and I really thought I would enjoy the novel based on them. Unfortunately, I’m just not seeing why people think this novel was so amazing.

It wasn’t a bad book, it just wasn’t amazing.

The book dives right in to the science as if the reader has a standing expertise in technological programming. As you go through the novel, the technological lingo starts to make more sense, but in the beginning I was obtusely confused. I work with computers and technology in both of my jobs and I was still immediately lost.

The explanations of how Nexus works, and plenty of other programs, were not simply given to us. They were mixed in as interview transcriptions and discussions. A daring angle for the author to make, but one that, sadly, felt short. By reading transcriptions, the reader is completely separated from any emotional attachment the character had to their work. These characters are supposed to be completely involved in their life’s work and be deeply attached to it, but I just didn’t get that feeling in reading the novel.

The character’s were boring and unobservant. For people who are supposed to have a deep understanding of the technological underworld of the future, they seemed overly idiotic. They had issues putting two and two together, and I feel like the author did this to help the reader figure things out for themselves. It left me feeling like the author thought I was stupid and needed a fun little detective game to keep me interested.

There were two redeeming qualities of this book, the plot and the antagonist.

The plot was very intriguing. Technological genius turned double agent in a battle for his friends freedom. We follow Kade as he struggles to figure out what is right or wrong, and Sam who has an equally powerful struggle against what she’s always been trained to believe. While both main characters were annoyingly dry, the plot was able to string them together enough to make a respectable attempt.

The antagonist in this novel is up to the reader. You decide who’s side you are on, because it does bring up some very good points for either side. The main characters’ internal struggles accent the debates against right or wrong in this novel.

Having the ability to communicate with other humans through only the connections in your minds, it can be used for a plethora of good in the world. The danger is the misuse of the technology, to control people and bend their will. Is it worth the risk?

You decide.

Favorite character: Sam
Least Favorite Character: none, no clear antagonist
Recommended for: Sci-fi fans with a basic understanding of computer technology

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Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry

Dust and Decay (Benny Imura, #2)

Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rating: 2.5

Jonathan Maberry is a conundrum. He has an amazing imagination, and beautiful writing style, but he has a tendancy to draw his ideas out too long. Stretch them too thin. He seems like he is a very tenacious person.

After reading Rot & Ruin, I was beyond excited to dive into the rest of the series. I immediately purchased the next two novels.

How I wish I hadn’t.

By the time I was halfway through Dust and Decay, I no longer held any interest in the collection. Where the first novel was thrilling and galvanizing, the second lacked any excitement. The only word I could attach to this novel is droning.

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Dust and Decay follows Benny and his friends on their trip to find the mysterious jumbo jet they witnessed doing a fly-by in the previous novel. They train with Tom for months, and (after a harrowing incident in their town) are finally ready to set out.
As soon as they leave the town, the run into trouble in the form of roaving gangs run by White Bear, none other than (view spoiler)[Charlie Pink-eye’s elder brother (hide spoiler)]. They get separated, and end up at Gameland, the notorious zombie-pit arcade that was heavily mentioned in the first novel. A war ensues, and we see the fate of Gameland, as well as Benny, Nix, Tom, Chong, and Lilah.
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Issue #1: This book was so incredibly slow. It takes until we are 20% into it for them to leave the town. The last seven months of their training was summed up in a couple of chapters with a few choice flashbacks later on. It feels like we are reading a newspaper article on what Obama had for breakfast yesterday. It was hard to push through because the characters are so bland. But we’ll get to that in a bit.


Issue #2:As soon as they leave, they run into a (view spoiler)[Rhinocerous (hide spoiler)]. Okay, that is a bit of a stretch, even in California.

I have studied animals for almost my entire life, and I want to point out that zoo’s are perfectly conditioned to habitat each specific animal. Even if 4 zoos in a specific area had suddenly released all of their animals into the wild at the beginning of the apocalypse, most (if not all) of said animals would perish within years. Animals are adaptable, yes, but that is over generations. I wouldn’t expect a specific (view spoiler)[rhinocerous (hide spoiler)] to survive very long in the California wasteland, much less be able to find a compatible male to mate with. This is just not reasonable.


Issue #3: Once they are in the Rot and Ruin, Chong (who has always been a very smart person) becomes a complete moron. He runs off in the wrong direction and it messes everything up somehow. The other characters spend the rest of the novel blaming him for everything that happened with the (view spoiler)[ rhinoceros (hide spoiler)]. As if he could have predicted where zombies were lying, and where the animal planned to go. This seemed unfair to me, like Maberry was looking for a way to make Chong seem worthless in Lilah’s eyes.


Issue #4: Tom, the Mary-Sue. As always, Tom saves the day. Tom, who is perfect in every way, can take down 3 giant bounty hunters in the blink of an eye, who never seems to get a scratch on him.(view spoiler)[Who dies from a gunshot wound shot from far away, oh the irony.

It’s like in Harry Potter, how everyone spent so long running from Voldemort, and no one thought to put a bullet through his head. (hide spoiler)]



Issue #5 (and then I’ll shut up): All of the characters are completely different people than they were in the first book. Yeah, I know they went through so much with Charlie Pink-Eye, blah, blah, blah, but there isn’t even a shred of the people we came to know and love in Rot and Ruin.

Benny used to be fun loving, funny, and playful, yet serious at times. Now he has no wit, he’s not interesting, he is just a boy who waves a wooden sword around.

Nix is a hollow shell of a person. There is nothing in the novel to even hint that she ever had feelings for Benny, in the beginning of the novel, I wasn’t even sure they were still together. She’s cold-hearted, and not likeable at all to the reader. Where I was rooting for her in the last novel, I just kind of wished she would get eaten by zombies in this one.

Chong was supposed to be so super smart (I mean, come on, he’s asian, of course he’s smart -.- stereotype much?) and now he’s a blundering idiot. He runs away for no reason other than the girl who he has a super-mega crush on scorned him. Fooey.

Lilah was so mysterious and dark and weird. I loved her character, having been cut off from other human life for so long, she was so interesting. Now, all of a sudden, she is completely conditioned to living with people. It is mentioned how she never had anyone to care about before, but there is nothing more than that. She talks, she has comprehendible sentences, and feelings. It’s so not right.

Tom is the only one of the original cast who I actually still like. He’s the only one with personality and, even though he’s a huge Mary-Sue, he’s the only one remotely interesting.

(view spoiler)[If Tom was still alive, I would consider finishing the series for my own interest, but now the only reason I’ll read the next book is because I’ve already paid for it. (hide spoiler)]

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Now, I’m not saying this was a bad book, it just wasn’t on par with any of Maberry’s previous work that I’ve read. If you want to find out more about the jet, don’t bother. There’s nothing about it in this novel.


I recommend this book for: People who can’t resist continuing the series.
My advice: Buyer beware: this novel kind of ruined the series for me.
Favorite character: Tom
Least favorite character: Benny and Nix

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