Thursday, February 17, 2011

CBR III Review #33: Autumn: The City by David Moody

CBR III Review #33: Autumn: The City by David Moody

This novel is a sequel to David Moody's Autumn that I previously review.  This novel follows the same premise as the novel Autumn.  In minutes about 99.5 percent of the population of a British city is dead.  The few survivors that remain watched everyone around them suddenly choke on their own blood and suffocate to death.  Millions upon million of people lay dead in the street, in their offices, and homes. This novel however follows more than just a mere three survivors.  This novel follows a whole new set of survivors as the disease strikes and what they do to survive until they all meet up together.  Emma and Michael, from the first novel also makes an appearance.  One of the drawbacks of Autumn was it only followed three survivors.  I enjoyed the fact this novel took on more people's perspectives.


I am going to finish this review with the exact same things I said about the first book in the series with the title changed. "I really enjoyed Autumn: The City but when I call the novel bleak I'm not kidding.  It's so depressing you just start to wonder why the survivors don't just go ahead and kill themselves.  Autumn: The City is the second in the series so the open-ended ending didn't bother me too much.  Although almost the entire population drops dead this is not a blood and guts type of thriller it's more a cerebral thriller that keeps you asking the question "what would you do if all your options pretty much sucked?"

Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: INFECTED BOOKS (January 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955005116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955005114
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews 
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

CBR III Review #32: Matched by Ally Condie

CBR III Review #32: Matched by Ally Condie

I read this book a few weeks back and I hadn't felt up to reviewing it. It wasn't bad it wasn't great. Can I end the review here? I'm really annoyed that the book is compared the 1984, Brave New World, and The Giver. This is like comparing American's Next Top Model to The Wire.

Cassia Reyes is a young teenage girl growing up in a perfect society.  Everything is picked out and provided by government officials in this perfect society. Cassia has no choice on where she lives, what she studies, what she eats even who she marries.  Even the date of their death is picked out.  It's always on their 80th birthday.

The story starts with Cassia finding out who her future marriage partner will be.  Surprising she is matched up with her best friend Xander (Buffy shout out).  Then blah blah blah there is a glitch and she learns that maybe she wasn't mean to be matched with Xander but the mysterious Ky.  More blah blah and she is torn between defying the government and getting to learn about Ky or following her chosen path and choosing her best friend Xander.  Seriously blah blah blah.  There is not a lot of depth to the story but it's a quick read.  Of course like every other freaking book written recently it's a damn trilogy. I wouldn't pay money for the sequels but I may pick them up from the Library if I happen to run across them, because I am slightly intrigued about how the series will end.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; First Edition edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525423648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525423645
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews 
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Friday, February 4, 2011

CBR III Review #31: Locked Doors by Blake Crouch

CBR III Review #31: Locked Doors by Blake Crouch

Blake Crouch follows up his novel Desert Places with Locked DoorsLocked Doors follows main character Andrew Thomas as he lives on the run after being framed for many many murders by his twin brother.  Luther Kite, his deceased twin's partner, also returns in this novel and he decides to lure Andrew out of hiding.  He does this by killing and abducting anyone left with a connection to Andrew in very public and gruesome ways.  Andrew takes the bait and follow Kite to the outer banks of North Carolina where a long and bloody battle takes place.

I really enjoyed the first novel in this series but Locked Doors felt like a never ending novel.  I'm from North Carolina so the only parts of the novel I really enjoyed is when he was describing the different accents of the North Carolina natives and he was describing the different locations that I have visited many many times.  There is something about reading a novel set in a location you live in that gives you a small thrill, but it wasn't enough to make the novel truly entertaining.  I think Crouch is a talented writer he just shouldn't have tried to write a sequel to a novel that was better left with some unanswered questions.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00452V72O
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 
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