Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #1
Release Date: May 7th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
Language: English
Print Length: 457 pages
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia , Romance
Target Reader: Young Adult/Middle Grade

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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REVIEW BY ALEXA

Tema alien dan sci fi sejujurnya bukan tema faveku. Tapi saat seorang teman merekomendasikan buku ini dan filmnya juga tayang dalam minggu yang sama? Well tentu saja level kepometerku melonjak pesat.

Buku ini bercerita melalui POV multiple campuran yang diawali dengan POV Cassie si heroine utama. Walau panik dan shock, gadis 16 tahun ini bisa menggambarkan dunianya sebelum dan sesudah serangan alien di kotanya dengan cara yang khas remaja : sarkastik, sok tahu dan super tidak fokus. Aku agak berjuang keras untuk memahami timeline, world building novel ini dan kronologis awal mula para alien ini muncul di 24 chapter awal. Cassie yang sepertinya punya pendapat tentang segala hal juga membuat cara bertuturnya tidak fokus dan melompat-lompat dari satu topik ke topik lain dengan cepat. Tapi so far dia tampil lumayan untuk ukuran remaja yang kehilangan segala-galanya. Ingat awalnya dia cuma remaja biasa, jadi jangan harapkan dia se “cool” katniss Hunger Games.

Buku ini lebih menarik bila dirimu membacanya dalam kondisi go blind, karena spoiler sekecil apapun akan merusak sisi misterius yang dibangun Rick Yancey sekitar 40% chapter selanjutnya. Ditulis dalam chapter-chapter pendek yang terbagi dalam POV Cassie, POV Zombie, POV The Eye, dan POV orang ke-3 untuk Sams. Siapa sebenarnya Zombie, Nugget, The Eyes? Apa peranan mereka dalam operasi the 5th wave? Tanpa spoiler kau akan mengalami kejutan perlahan di setiap tahapan kisah. Kelemahan POV campuran ini adalah tidak adanya nama di bagian perpindahan POVnya. Ini akan merepotkan para speed reader dan pembaca yang tidak fokus untuk menebak-nebak siapa yang sedang bercerita.

Sebagai pemanis, Rick menyisipkan 2 hero yang akan bersaing mendapatkan perhatian Cassie. Ben Parish, cowok impian SMU (yang senyumnya bisa membuat kecelakaan lalu lintas) sejak kecilnya yang mengilang misterius pada serangan alien. Atau Evan, kandidat kuat suami ideal tahun ini? Yang lembut, misterius, punya body berpetak, jago masak dan mengurus orang sakit? Well, dunia boleh nyaris kiamat, Cassie boleh panik tapi dia tidak buta dan keduanya terlalu menarik untuk di lewatkan.

Beberapa scene dan kuote cukup heart warming, seperti saat Zombie memutuskan untuk menyelamatkan dan mengasuh Nugget. Storylinenya sendiri standar dan tidak menawarkan hal baru. Problem utamaku dengan buku ini adalah narasi dan narasi. Walaupun super deskriptif, buku ini akan lebih menarik jika dinikmati sebagai gambar bergerak.

OVERALL RATING

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Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Release Date: November 10th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Language: English
Print Length: 824 pages
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Fairy Tales, Dystopia
Target Reader: Young Adult/Teen

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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

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REVIEW BY ELLE

Wohooo… The final book! Wait… what… the pages??!! R u kidding me?!! Okay… calm down.
I finished this long train wreck in 2 days. I think it’s my average speed for YA genre. Like I mentioned before, I RARELY read YA & Fantasy. BUT, Lunar Chronicles intrigued me because the fairy tale retelling. Guess what? I’m so surprised that I enjoyed this long journey. Satisfied enough.

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What I liked:

  • I loved Winter. She’s the most different character from all Snow White I’ve ever known. She’s not weak and stupid. Yeah, almost all Snow White is too naive. Winter never use her power and it droves her mad. She has a lunar disease and made her hallucinate. She has quick thinking and witty. Winter is my favorite character so far.
  • Jacin Clay; her bodyguard and longtime (boy)friend. He’s very serious man and intense. Jacin is hardly likable at first but in this book, I loved him as much as Winter. They’re really adorable couple with special cases. I could feel their chemistry. They’have their own each other back. Even Jacin never shown his true feeling but I could feel his struggle to be with Winter.
  • I thought we all too fast arrived in Lunar and it will end soon. But, it’s not like that. The author takes Lunar region very seriously and invite us to feel the atmosphere and environment around the Lunar. It only show the important part for the story and wrapped nice and quick.
  • Cinder, Iko, Wolf, Scarlet, Cress and Throne has their adventure for the rebellion. They have on-off and doesn’t end for a long time. Well… two has gone, two is coming. Kaito himself has to face Levanna with his diplomatic style which I never like but it’s his only excess. Kaito is the least likeable hero for me. Cress and Thorne is an adorable couple but still immature. Scarlet and Wolf is the second fave couple because they’re strong and kick-ass!
  • There are some unpredictable events that I never think of that will happened. Of course, the group meet some obstacle and it’s not an easy one.

“Do you ever think about the future?”
His expression turned wary. “Of course I do.”
“And … does it include me?”
His gaze softened. Releasing the overhead pipe, he tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. “That depends on whether I’m thinking about the good future or the bad one.”
Cinder tucked her head under his chin. “As long as one of them does.” ~Cinder to Kai

What I didn’t like:

  • This is very long journey for a revolt. Not simple but complicated. Like shit happened all the time. They’re such an unlucky group. Hahaha… Sorry. It’s real! The plot is keep going backward and forward.
  • I could just skip the battle part, you know. No adrenaline rush and forgettable. It should be the main point of Cinder’s plan.
  • Anti-climax. Well, that’s easy. After all the act she has done, she’s gone just like that?? No suffer?? It’s too kind, you know. Unbelievable.
The conclusion: Winter is almost perfect for me. There are some flaws that I couldn’t let it go. The ending was wrapped quickly and efficient without dramatize too much. They get happily ever after. It was an entertaining journey with a list twists and turns. So much for emotions; happy, sad, confused and frustrated. Marissa Meyer successfully re-telling the fairy tale story mixed with futuristic theme. It’s not easy to imagine but her world building is kinda engaging till the end. I would love to read other series from this author.
“I have lived in fear of her my entire life,” she continued. “If this is the only chance I’m given to stand against her, then I have to take it. I don’t want to hide. I don’t want to be afraid. And I don’t want to be separated from you, ever again.” ~Winter

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** Long live Her Royal Majesty, Queen Selene Channary Jannali Blackburn of Luna. **

OVERALL RATING

4.5starshappyreading

Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Release Date: February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
Language: English
Print Length: 512 pages
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Fairy Tales, Dystopia
Target Reader: Young Adult/Teen

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In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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REVIEW BY ELLE

Yay!!! Rapunzel is my other fave fairy tale (not Disney version). Cress is book #3 from Luna Chronicles and her story based on Rapunzel. We could see a glimpse of her story from Cinder and Scarlet. And the fact that Cress is the one who helping Cinder all this time. Too bad, Cress didn’t meet my expectation to be more entertaining than the previous series. There were some pros cons when I finished Cress.

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“Captain?”
“Yeah?”
“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”
He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder.” ~Cress to Throne

What I liked:

  • Cress has some consistency on her character. A genius and brilliant hacker. She is the one who protect Cinder group all this long. She’s shy and sweet but not introvert because she was never socialized with another person beside Sybil Mira. Unfortunately, I’m not impressed with Cress beside her amazing skill. Cress is too naive and helpless. It’s quite hard to find some positive thing about her. I feel that she’s more like cameo on her own book than main character which is always Cinder. She has some potential to be explore.
  • Thorne… is being Thorne itself. He always the spices for this gloomy group which is I found he’s very interesting character. And he’s not useless. He’s the one who makes sense better than Cinder. (Thanks for Chris Pratt being my imagination). My kind of prince charming! *swoon*
  • The bad one is more evil than before. It took a while to process that part because I’m very sure this book is for YA, right? So, I don’t have any critic for the bad guys. They’re just so evillll… 😀
  • The father and daughter moment even just for a while. It should be longer but… Ugh, my feels. I could taste tears.

“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”

What I didn’t like:

  • The story is more boring than Scarlet. It’s too descriptive with everything and so much unnecessary event (e.g the desert part!). That’s why i had to drag my ass to finished this. Sigh.
  • I would love to read more Cress and Thorne. They have potential but apparently, it was cut down just like Scarlet and Wolf. I thought this book is about Cress?
  • Sometimes… Just sometimes, I feel he’s like a pedophile towards Cress. Just saying. LMAO. Maybe, Cress is too innocent and… childish? She’s lack of affection and seeing Thorne save her like ‘Prince Charming’.
  • We will see Jacin; the royal guard who claimed that has been controlled and now, he decided to help Cinder… which is not interesting. He still in grey area.
  • There is no adventure which give me no adrenaline rush. Just liked bedtime story for children. And The ending is a bit anti-climatic. Argh.
  • Most of the characters didn’t develop very well. They’re just… plain, especially Kai. He couldn’t do anything, for god’s sake! He’s a prince but he never have military education? Or self-defense? #facepalm
Cress didn’t impress me and somehow boring. It’s too often changing chapter before I could process it. I was glad to found that Winter is going to be the last book. I couldn’t handle more ‘cameo’ because apparently, Cinder is the main point/character in this entire books (Is it because she’s Princess Selene?). It seems the whole group is rather useless even some of them has special skill but there is no improvement. At all. I didn’t really enjoy Cress because this is the weakest story. Like I said, there are so many unimportant things mentioned. That’s why I need Winter asap to wrap this quickly.

OVERALL RATING

3stars

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Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Release Date: February 5th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
Language: English
Print Length: 400 pages
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Fairy Tales, Dystopia
Target Reader: Young Adult/Teen

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Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

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REVIEW BY ELLE

Once upon a time… there is girl who always wear a red hood went to search for her missing grandmother, but in the journey she met a big bad wolf. It turns out the wolf isn’t that bad. He’s only a big guy with piercing green eyes. Wohooo… This is definitely one of my fave fairy tales. Scarlet is book #2 from Lunar Chronicles and retelling Little Red Riding Hood story. As i mentioned in my previous review that Marissa Meyer succeeded capture my interest. I’m giddy to reading this asap after i finished Cinder and I have high expectation that Scarlet is better than Cinder. To be honest, i’m quite disappointed because it wasn’t as I imagined. There is plus minus in some characters and story.

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What I liked:

  • Scarlet; red riding hood. 18 yo hot headed, rebellious and brave girl. She’s very independent and strong willed.
  • Wolf isn’t his real name. He has the mysterious bad boy aura around him. Dark ruffled hair and green eyes. Yeah, definitely HOT. He isn’t shy type but maybe only not good at socializing. He hold my interest for a while.
  • More secret will be reveal and we will have more to see about Cinder’s originality. Who is helping her? How could she became cyborg? What’s wrong with her lost memory? Well, your answer in Scarlet.
  • There is some shocking and a little terrifying moment (maybe for YA?). Yay, there is more adventure, new villain, and less whining.
  • I really really like THORNE! Omg… he exactly looks like Chris Pratt (from The Guardian of Galaxy) in my imagination. Cocky and easy going. *heavy sigh*
  • Iko. No words for her. I still adore her and now she is a space ship? No kiddin’!

“We met less than a week ago and in that time I’ve done nothing but lie and cheat and betray you. I know. But if you give me a chance…all I want is to protect you. To be near you. For as long as I’m able.” ―Wolf to Scarlet

What I didn’t like:

  •  I liked Scarlet but can’t loved her. Like the original story, she seems too easy to trust new people. She’s less mature than Cinder, though.
  • Wolf isn’t scary enough. He supposed to be raw and dangerous. Wolf is like a puppy here 😦 For stars, he’s an ALPHA but he’s not strong enough to handle it. I don’t know the story behind Wolf and it left me with so many questions.
  • Kai is useless as always. No creativity and power behind his title. He’s no different from my Cinder’s review. Bleh. His character didn’t any make significant progress.
  • Cinder is still in denial for her role as a Lunar Princess. Dejavu with another story with the same denial. I want her to be strong and not sloppy. I wanna see her growing up but I think it’s a little too much to ask for now. Sigh. (I need to remind myself because this is YA). Dr. Erland is the only one who can help her now but she turns into another ‘direction’ which is failed.
  • I need some kick-ass moment. Nope. It’s not happen on this book either.
  • Please… I need Scarlet and Wolf moment. They have some potential to be develop. It’s just weird because suddenly there is insta-love without right moment and bonding time. This story supposed to be more focus about Scarlet and Wolf.

Overall, Scarlet is less good than Cinder. I had hope that this could be surpass Cinder but apparently, nope. Scarlet has interesting story and held my interest but not until the end. There is too unpredictable and everything looks too easy. Slower pace than Cinder that almost made me skip every boring part. I liked Scarlet but not enough to love it. Still an enjoyable read because I love Red Riding Hood story. I still want to continue this series. Marissa has to unlock the potential to be more ‘challenging’. Once again, I hope Cress meet my expectation. Pretty please… for Cress.

OVERALL RATING

3.5stars

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Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Release Date: January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Language: English
Print Length: 400 pages
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Fairy Tales, Dystopia
Target Reader: Young Adult/Teen

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future

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REVIEW BY ELLE

HELLO there!!! I proudly announced that Cinder is my first read of YA-Fantasy-Scifi-Dystopia. I never take interest to read YA. Ever. But, I have to admit that I was hooked with this book. Cinder takes my fantasy to another level. I only like fantasy/dystopia/Scifi when in movies like animation or Japanese manga. Marissa Meyer brings fairy tale into another form. Well, Cinderella isn’t my fave fairy tale so I’m quite surprised with what I’ve read in this book. Well, I have some likes and dislikes with Cinder from my own perspective.

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What I liked:

  • This is new for me. I was a little confused with the setting. I’m not a big fans of robots and mechanical things when it came to book. I have to open my imagination more wide than ever. So, i imagine that New Beijing is like San Fransokyo from Big Hero. LOL
  • As for the main characters, Cinder is taken from Cinderella of course. She has a cyborg part for arm, leg, eye and her internal organs. It’s cool but kinda useless. She should be more creative with her mechanical parts. Cinder can be snarky and good at sarcasm but not really polite for 16 yo (maybe she’s sensitive being a cyborg?). At the first time, I really didn’t know why the people despise cyborg.
  • Cinder has 2 step sisters, Pearl and Peony. It seemed that Peony is the kind one. Pearl is the mean one just like her step mother, Adri. She’s evil like the original Cinderella.
  • I think the form of Fairy Godmother in here became Dr. Dmitri Erland. At first, i hate him because he never mention his reason beside his research for the cure. I know it’s not that easy. I thought he just a cameo, but until the end he seems has the answer for Cinder’s question.
  • Iko is the mascot. Cinder’s friend in a form of android? Robot? But she’s kinda funny; the opposite of Cinder’s sarcasm. Well, in my imagination she looks like the robot from Wall-E 😀

What I didn’t like:

  • Kaito. ‘The Prince Charming’ is really useless. Well, he’s a prince who will become Emperor yet he doesn’t have creativity to obtain information beside using his childhood android. (I have the experience with a movie about a not-useless-emperor and I hope Kai will be like him but the fact he isn’t). Emperor suppose to be have more power and control over his kingdom and people. I think he never learn about his country at all. The plus about Kaito is only his smart mouth and charm who melted the entire New Beijing, huh.
  • The first 50% is really boring and I need to skip some part because it’s not necessary. The world building doesn’t impress me.
  • I didn’t expect big plot twist in any form. I could guess who is she but her story behind all of that is remains mystery until the end. Once again, this is for YA right? So, i think Cinder is more focus for an easy read along with the ‘adventure’ and fairy tale kind-of-story. I mean, the real adventure isn’t fully show in this book.
  • Glamour is magical thing from Lunar. I have dejavu with True Blood (The first glamour I know) and Glamour will deceive you into something the user want you to believe. *FYI, almost vampire story contains glamour skill*

I give applause to Marissa Meyer for create this kind of fairy tale retelling . Even there are some issues from the story and characters, I still enjoyed it. It take me a couple of days to process it because this is new for me. I don’t have solid imagination for SciFi. Cinder is an enjoyable read for me with some flaws on the process. I would love to recommend this for everyone who likes fairy tale retelling mix with SciFi and Dystopia. It’s kinda fun to try and isn’t gonna waste your time if you interested 😉
*Btw, I stalked Marissa after read Cinder. Hahaha… So, she like Sailor Moon, eh? No wonder Another dejavu.

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OVERALL RATING

4stars

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