Author : Laline Paull
Publisher : 4th Estate (Harpercollins)
Genre : Dystopia, Scifi
Source : Publisher
Rating : No Rating
1. Noughts And Crosses : I could not get along with this book. I can’t specifically point out one reason why but overall it just felt very contrived and like it was trying too hard. In this story we read about Sephy, a dark skinned cross and Callum, a light skinned nought. Crosses are privileged and this seems to be basically American history reversed and set during the time that slavery was abolished. They used to be friends, now they are in love and the story is sort of social commentary in a “dystopian” world. I read the entire book but rated it one star because it just did not feel convincing to me! The amount of times she mentioned that it was the dark skinned people who were privileged was a little annoying, I get it, I’m not an imbecile! And the couple in question seemed to despise each other more than love each other and I just did not tolerate their little “romance”
The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz is something I’ve been dying to read since I first head it mentioned on one of the BookRiot podcasts. Unfortunately for me, it isn’t anywhere close to releasing in India and if I have to get it shipped to me it would cost a lot of monies. So I was exhilarated when I was asked to review an audiobook service, estories, and found this book on the list of new releases. Needless to say I clicked buy amidst much squealing and started listening immediately.
STORY AND WRITING
The Queue is a dystopian story following a few interconnected members of society in the Middle East after a failed political uprising that is not so affectionately called “The Disgraceful Events.”
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Katniss is back home, Peeta is heartbroken and Gale is pissed as hell. Not to mention President Snow is out for blood, angry that this little dispensable girl from the districts has managed to stir up trouble for him. Of course I was curious to see what happened next.
I love this book though not as much as book one. This felt a little forced to me and honestly, I am not sure I want to read book three but after that cliff-hanger, well I have to don’t I? Katniss as a character is my biggest problem in the movies. She seems emotionless and just not worth the effort whereas in the books she reads so much better. She’s loveable and relatable and just so badass that you want her as your big sister (apologies to my sisters) but in the movies she just seems blah. Continue reading
Today’s topic is a fun one. And I’m going to take the opportunity to show off some of my favourite books. A lot of them from India. So The Top Ten Books when you are in the mood for escapism.
Escapism is a nice thing isn’t it? You have a deadline, an exam, an important meeting to prepare for and all you want to do is curl up and read a good book. Escape from the realities of our grim world where one can’t really eat like Jughead because they’d get fat and have heart disease. Well, look no further! This is the list for you my friend.
If you’ve watched Japanese Movies you’d probably already know Battle Royale. It is based off this book, which is Koshun Takami’s first and only novel to date. When I first picked up this book I was expecting it to be from the point of view of the “commander”.
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Charlie, Presumed Dead – Anne Heltzel
“At a tragic funeral in Paris, two perfect strangers find the one thing they have in common: Charlie Price, presumed dead. A tenuous bond is forged between them, and Lena and Aubrey go on a mind-bending hunt for clues in London, Mumbai, Kerala and Bangkok. But as the quiet malice of their ‘boyfriend’ is slowly uncovered, they’re not sure what’s worse: Charlie’s death or the possibility that he might still be alive. Only one thing is clear – no one is to be trusted.”
Harper Collins has taken up the publishing in India, I believe, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Charlie, Presumed Dead. It looks like it’ll be a great read. It’ll be great reading in my “Girls Only” book club.