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Book Review: The Passage

Title: The Passage

Author: Justin Cronin6690798

Six-year-old Amy lives with her mother. But circumstances force her mother to leave her. She leaves Amy in a convent where nuns could take care of her and disappear without a trace. Sister Lacey takes care for Amy but soon two men appear, claiming to work for Secret Service and they need to take Amy away. Special Agent Brad Wolgast and his partner had already traveled across America, with a secret project to bring twelve, to death convicted criminals, to a secret base where special government experiment is going on. Amy is their final task.

However, things go terribly wrong.  Wolgast is fascinated by little Amy and wants to do everything to protect her. But he can’t do anything against apocalyptic destruction which is a result of failed experiment.

He’s protecting Amy as he can but at the end, he’s only human who’s suffering the same fate as all the others. And then Amy remains alone. Her faith is to wander around aimlessly, while decades are passing by. The world is destroyed, full of fear and terror. But Amy has the power to restore it.


What to write about a book, which is one of best books you ever read? The Passage is a book, that I read for the third time and each time it was better. The reason is probably also, that with each new reading, I discovered new details and understood a story better.

But despite reading this book many times, it would be probably easier if I would write a review after first reading. Now, it will be probably just bragging how this book is amazing. And, I already read the second book (twice), so I know everything that happens.

As I mentioned, this book is multi-leveled and full of details that can be easily overlooked if you don’t pay enough attention to them. But precisely those details create the story, although sometimes seems as unnecessary information. There are many side characters, that Cronin devotes a lot of attention, a reader learns everything about their life and past and then they’re gone. However, this also has its charm. But despite detailed writing of characters and events, this book never becomes boring, even though is huge!

Characters are amazing! I loved main characters, Amy and Wolgast. Especially Wolgast. He’s such an amazing man, and his character develops so well through the story. I liked him even more than Amy. And believe me, it’s hard to love somebody more than her. Despite being quite and shy little girl, she has such a powerful role in this book. But still, I think, that Wolgast really stands out!

The world after the apocalypse, when a world was destroyed by the virus is creepy and horrible. Vampires are just like they should be, horrible and bloodthirsty. I usually don’t like books about vampires because they are too romanticized, but here are scary and perfect.

Reading about the world after a virus was enjoyable. Perhaps, it was little too similar to the world before, which annoyed me. After all, so many decades passed by and I would assume, some things would be different, people would act differently. But nevermind, diversity of characters is fascinating and I didn’t have any problems with connecting to them and enjoying their story.

Maybe it’s just the last part of the book, which can be confusing and I was all “what’s going on?”. But exactly this part is full of tension, action, and events.

In spite of the diversity of characters and different stories, everything connects at the end. Again and again, I was amazed, how the fates of people connect one way or another through the novel and that Cronin manages, despite detailed narration, to unite all the elements in the story.

Once again I can say, that this book is just amazing. Enjoyable characters, great background stories and gruesome vampires. Tense, emotional and frightening.

Rating: 5/5 stars

What were your thoughts about this book, if you have read it? Do you have any other vampire books recommendations? Or did you read any similar books that I would like?

 

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Book Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Author: Douglas Adams11

Arthur Dent is having a bad day. After he wakes up, he has to face workers who have come to demolished his house. Sadly, Dent’s house is standing exactly at the spot, where the freeway is going to be build. But soon he realizes that this is his smallest problem. Unfortunately, this is also a day, when a Vogons, one of the least pleasant species in Galaxy, arrives at the Earth to demolished it. The Earth is exactly in the spot, where a galactic freeway is going to be build.
But Arthur Dent is saved by his friend, Ford Prefect, who is actually an undercover alien. Thus, their adventure through Galaxy begins and soon they end up on a spaceship, stolen by Zaphod Beeblebrox. They also meet Trillian and depressed robot Marvin.


Finally, I read this book! And now I have a problem, what to write about this cult classic. It’s always hard to write about classics because I have a feeling like everything was already written. Uh!

I think this book is great. I read in a day, which is not surprising considering this book has only around 160 pages.

While reading, I only had one problem… So much was going on! There was too much of everything, all was happening so fast and at times, it was difficult to follow, what was going on. The plot is really simple – the Earth is destroyed and the traveling through the Galaxy begins. But in between, Adams is passing so many informations, which are otherwise really funny, but because of them, I was lost between text many times.

Because of that, the characters were not so well developed. It’s true, that they were likable and some of them very British, but there is no actual emphasis on them since everything is focused on describing the unusual facts and wonders that can be found in Galaxy. Which was a little sad, because depressed robot Marvin was really funny and in its own way cute character, and I would love to read about him a bit more.

However, the humor was amazing. It’s very British, which is a humor that I like. Those short stories/facts added between main plot are totally random but extremely entertaining. And perhaps because of this, a book appears as a quick read, not worthy of later consideration of certain matters. Nevertheless this first impression, I was surprised later, that behind the humor, there is so much more. There’s a lot of philosophy in book and questions about fundamental issues. But it’s true that everything is slyly included between text.

I can easily say, that I will definitely reread this book someday. But first I want to read sequels. And I hope that there would be more Marvin in them.

Rating: 4/5

Did you read this book? What are your thoughts about it? Are other as funny as this one or even better?

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Book review: The Death Cure

Title: The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3)

Author: James Dashner

Just a short note and advice for those who haven’t read the first and second book in this series. Perhaps is better if you don’t read this review because even that I’m trying not to include too much spoilers, here I just can’t avoid mentioning some facts which are vital for story. Any maybe you’ll find out too much which would affect your reading experience.7864437

Thomas has survived the Maze and the Scorch. Now he finds himself in a world where the disease requires more and more victims every day and people massively turn into maniacs. He and his friends are under the control of Assistant Director Janson (aka Ratman). And he claims there is a cure for Flare and he could get it with their help. That would happen faster if they would all get their memories back. Some of them decide to do it, but Thomas, Minho, and Newt decide against it. Janson wants to force them but before it happens, they escape. And now everyone is outside in a world infected with Flare and they can’t believe how chaotics conditions are.


If I loved the first book in series, The Maze Runner, and if the second left some bitter taste in my mouth, the only thing that I can write about The Death Cure is… a complete disappointment.

There were so many things that I had questions about and many things I hoped to be revealed and when I finished this book, the questions were still there and I was, even more, confused.

Let’s start with characters. I had felt that every single character in this book somehow faded. If I compare this book with The Maze Runner, where characters were interesting and well developed, here is the exact opposite. Even Thomas, the main character, faded and become indecisive and I had feeling that even he is totally confused about the lack of information and he doesn’t know what’s going on or what should he do. His friends, who in previous books played a great role in the story, are now in the background. And there were a lot (to me at least) unnecessary deaths. Like Dashner would want to include more action in the story that way.

The story itself is just…. meh. At the end, I read this book just to finish the series and I didn’t even have a lot of interest in what will happen. Because somewhere in the middle of this book, I got a feeling that many of my questions will remain unanswered. I thought that story was without head or tail. Whatever happened, I had considered it was forced, with the thought that something simply has to be done to entertain the reader and to finish it all (the story).

Many of my questions remained open and I’m still not cleared by certain things. I wanted to know more, about what was happening after the outburst of the Flare and what were actually doing in WICKED. And I believe that Dashner would easily provide us that kind of information. It’s true, that Thomas didn’t get his memories back, but Theresa did. But in this crucial moment, where she could reveal some things and information, her character was put aside and she became just some peripheral character. Like she’s unimportant for the story.

In conclusion, I can only say that this book is really frustrating. And somewhere in the middle of reading, I got feeling that also author himself didn’t know what to do with everything so he just wrote something to finish it. Too bad.

Rating: 2/5 stars

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Book review: Illuminae

Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

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It’s the year 2575 and Kady and Ezra are teenagers living on a small icy planet called Kerenza. They’ve been a couple but they just broke up. However, this is their smallest problem, because one of the most influential corporations of universe decides to destroy Kerenza. After the attack, many people are rescued on one of three spacecraft which are accepting refugees. Ezra escapes on Alexander, Kady on Hypatia. Shortly after that, on third vessel Copernicus, outbreaks a virus which turns people into maniacs. Ezra and Kady are worried about each other and sudden conditions and they start to communicate with each other again. And of course, they want to find out what’s going on and find an answer to what is happening.


I don’t have to mention how high my expectations about this book were. With all the hype around this book I just couldn’t wait to read it!

The plot of this book is interesting – as mentioned before the story is happening in the universe, where war broke out between two largest corporations, one of them destroying planet Kerenza. At the beginning, I was little lost between all the names of the various characters, space crafts, etc. but after a while it was fine. The idea of the story was really likable for me and, of course, promised a lot of action.

I liked Ezra from the start but I can’t say the same for Kady. I think she’s without true character and she’s impersonal. Trough all story she’s just a brave heroine, who needs to “save the word” and that’s all. She doesn’t show any emotions and she’s overcoming all the inhuman efforts without complaining. Ezra, on the other hand, is such a nice and entertaining guy.

And what actually makes this book so special? It’s format.

This book is written as a set of documents collected by a group who wants to show what actually happened when war outbroke and wants to inform public what was going on after that. Documents include records of sound recordings, secret and hacked correspondences between different people, classified information and reports. And in such format, this book is also written. Oh, and it also includes a lot of graphic material.

And all this makes a book interesting and reading so unique.

If I would have to rate only a story, I would give this book 3.5 or maybe 4 stars. It was an enjoyable read, intense but nothing that would blow my mind. But… there is this cool unique format that makes reading experience even more interesting and special. And therefore, I think this book deserves 5 stars.

Rating: 5/5

Are you interested in reading Illuminae or did you already read it? What do you think about it?