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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 Girl with All the Gifts

Title: The Girl with all the Gifts

Author: M. R. Carey17235026

The world of ten-years-old Melanie is limited on her cell and a classroom. Every day Sergeant Parks points a gun to her head and his other two men strap her to a wheelchair and take her to a classroom with other pupils like her. Melanie is bright and she loves school and she even has her favorite teacher, Miss Justineau.
Melanie is a part of a special group of children. And some people hope that because of them a solution to a mysterious disease would be found. There is something about those kids, that virus responded differently and Dr. Caldwell wants to discover what this could be and what makes them different.


Melanie is an intelligent and curious ten-years-old girl. Sometimes her actions and thinking didn’t show that – she sounded like an adult to me, but nonetheless I liked her. And in fact, that made her even more interesting and plays a decisive role in the story – she’s aware of her situation which helps her infiltrating between “normal” people.

The characters who are fleeing from danger together, couldn’t be more different. Scientist Dr. Caldwell, who has only one goal – find a cure and become famous because of that, teacher Justineau, naive and acting like she’s not aware of a situation, sergeant Parks, typical soldier who has seen/experienced all and from this derives its brutal power. And soldier Gallagher, who’s too gentle for a soldier and needs an authority that he can follow. And of course, Melanie, which they are all afraid of and nobody trusts her. And this diversity of characters makes a story even more enjoyable. It’s clear that everyone wants to enforce their will and their conflicts of interest lead to unpleasant situations. However, they have to accept each other because, after all, they are forced into this. Otherwise, they wouldn’t survive.
I wouldn’t say that this book was creepy, but it’s strained enough, that I couldn’t stop reading it. It’s also interesting, that even if the reader finds out what has happened and what the virus is causing almost in a first few pages, that doesn’t affect the story at all. I was still interested what will happen and it didn’t ruin the plot for me.

Despite the fact, that at first, Melanie is the main protagonist, later protagonists change and we can read the story through their eyes. And even though Melanie was my favorite, this was almost the only option to learn more about everything – Melanie just doesn’t know what’s going on, because she lived only in her cell, so this was rather a logical move. We learn about a story through different characters, and again, because of their diversity, a reader can experience different views about a situation and existing world.

Interestingly, the idea of a plot is not new but nevertheless, I felt that Carey did a great job and this is not just another zombie book. And even though I didn’t read many zombie books, I was impressed by this one. It truly was an enjoyable read.
The end was also good. However, I wouldn’t mind if there would be a sequel to this book. In spite of everything, I would love to know more about junkers, the Lighthouse, and remaining world. But as it often happens, the sequel could ruin this book and I really wouldn’t like that.

Rating: 5/5 stars

 What did you think about this book? And, do you have any other zombie book recommendations?

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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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Review: Pure

Title: Pure

Author: Julianna Baggott

Pure trilogy – First Book

Summary:

After the catastrophe, the Earth is almost destroyed. People who survived are damaged and are trying to survive. One of the survivors is Pressia, the girl who lost her parents and everything else during Detonations. She lives with her grandpa and she has to take care for both of them. When she’s out there in demolished word she’s thinking about the Dome where privileged and protected people live. People who escaped Detonations, who are unmarked and that’s why called Pures. Not like her and everyone else out there who are damaged, burned and marked forever. Pures found shelter in Dome before Detonations and are waiting that Earth will recover and they could go out again.
But in Dome lives Jereb who is one of the Pures. He wants to escape from Dome and find his mother because he thinks she’s still alive and out there somewhere. He manages to escape and he meets Pressia. They decide that they would find Jereb’s mother together but during the search they discover that things are not as they seem. Things they believed were true are not and they will discover a dreadful truth.


The first half of the book was really slowly for me. Not that I didn’t like it but there was not a lot of action. It’s not that it was boring in the way that I would want stop reading it but the whole point was on presentation of the situation and conditions. I must say that although it was a slow read I still think that author made a great work. The world is presented really realistic and while I read I could imagine everything so lively. But in the second part of the book is a lot of action and situation becomes complicated.

I also liked how realistic all characters are. When I started reading I couldn’t get used to them – for me, at the start they were unpleasant in their behavior but then I got used of them. I didn’t like Pressia at beginning because she was so unapproachable and unpleasant, but later I figured out that’s not unusual that she’s like that – she became like that because of the world she’s living in. Her life and lives of others were and still are hard and if they want to survive they can’t show their weakness. But after a while Pressia shows (and again others too) her soft part and desire for better life and living.

I found out that at first this book was intended for older readers but then also younger readers were reading it and now it’s marked as a young adult book. I understand why younger readers love it so much – it’s full of action and it’s interesting. But I still think that there are many other books which are more convenient for younger people. My opinion is that this is not such a quick read full of action, but readers have to show some patience. That bothered me the most.

But surely I will continue with reading this trilogy. Probably not immediately but soon. Another thing why I liked this book is, that it has nice and completed ending. There is no cliffhanger at the end and you don’t have to pick up the sequel as soon as you finish the first book. But it was interesting enough that I want to find all the answers to questions that are still uncovered.

Rating: 4/5