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Zero World – Jason M. Hough

Synopsis:

Hough returns with a riveting near-future spy thriller that combines the adrenaline of a high-octane James Bond adventure with mind-blowing sci-fi speculations worthy of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

Technologically enhanced superspy Peter Caswell has been dispatched on a top-secret assignment unlike any he’s ever faced. A spaceship that vanished years ago has been found, along with the bodies of its murdered crew—save one. Peter’s mission is to find the missing crew member, who fled through what appears to be a tear in the fabric of space. Beyond this mysterious doorway lies an even more confounding reality: a world that seems to be Earth’s twin.

Peter discovers that this mirrored world is indeed different from his home, and far more dangerous. Cut off from all support, and with only days to complete his operation, Peter must track his quarry alone on an alien world. But he’s unprepared for what awaits on the planet’s surface, where his skills will be put to the ultimate test—and everything he knows about the universe will be challenged in ways he never could have imagined.

Review:

I had not heard of Jason M. Hough until I attended a writer’s conference and sat in on a class of his. During the conference my friend and I kept razzing him about his N7 jacket, calling him Commander Shepard the whole weekend. But that’s another story… His action class had me intrigued. While I didn’t purchase any novels at the conference, I came home and started looking for them on Amazon. I found that Zero World, the audio version, was performed by none other than Gideon Emery. So, naturally, I couldn’t wait to have Fenris himself reading to me.

While Gideon’s performance was amazing, he had some great material to work with.

Immediately, Hough throws you into the action. Caswell is explaining what makes him so special. He walks you through the process of reversion. It is intense. I was so enthralled through the entire book that my husband couldn’t get my attention. At one point, I was laughing hysterically, to the point he started laughing with me.

The intrigue of this novel climbs to the very last page. There is no stopping point. Hough writes in a way that you simply can’t set the novel aside. You NEED to know what will happen next.

His characters are all likeable. Peter and Melnie (*sp, sorry audio book, don’t know if this is correct) in particular. They play off of each other so well. Both are quick witted and highly intelligent. Neither are ready to take anything at face value.

This novel has many twists and turns. Hough always keeps the reader guessing. Just when you think you have it all figured out, he throws something new and unexpected into the mix.

My only hope is that their story continues. I was able to Tweet him and he did say “nothing concrete” as of now. *sigh*

I had no way to bookmark quotes, due to the fact this was an audiobook. :/

Recommendations:

Seveneves – Neal Stephenson

Artemis – Andy Weir

The Darwin Elevator – Jason M. Hough

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

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Cinder – Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis:

Cinder, a cyborg mechanic, is looked down on by everyone she knows, simply for being what someone made her to be. She works while her stepmother and two siblings sit at home. One day, while working, an android is dropped in front of her and a harried young man asks her if she can fix it. She is about to tell the young man that the android probably isn’t worth saving but realizes the young man is none other than Prince Kai. She then promises to work on the android and return it as quickly as possible.

A plague has swept the globe and no one knows its source. On the same day that Prince Kai drops off his android, the market sees its first case, and it’s not to far from Cinder’s booth. She rushes home and finds her sisters and stepmother getting fit for new dresses for the ball coming up. When Cinder tells her stepmother she will be out for her dress fitting after she gets cleaned up, she tells Cinder she is not going unless she gets their family vehicle fixed. While out at the scrapyard, the only sister who cares about her begins showing signs of the plague, she is forced to call and report her case and she is shipped away to die with all of the other plague victims.

Review:

Android Cinderella!!! Take everything you love about the classic story and add robots, a plague and an evil Lunar queen and you have one of the best retellings I have read to date.

I loved every aspect of this book and I cannot wait to start the next book. I have nothing more to say, because I feel it would all be redundant.

Favorite Quotes:

“I don’t know. I don’t actually remember anything from before the surgery.”

His eyebrows rose, his blue eyes sucking in all the light of the room. “The cybernetic opetation?”

“No, the sex change.”

The doctor’s smile faltered.

“I’m joking.”
Marissa Meyer, Cinder

“Cinder twisted up her lips. “Do you think it could have a virus?”
“Maybe her programming was overwhelmed by Prince Kai’s uncanny hotness.”
Marissa Meyer, Cinder

“The queen’s eyes smouldered. “I know my own kind when I see them, and right now there is one in these city walls.” She pointed a finger toward the balcony.”I want her found and brought to me.”
“Right,” said Kai,”that’ll be no problem in a city of two and a half million people. Let me just go dig out my special Lunar detector, and I’ll get right on that.”
Marissa Meyer, Cinder

Recommendations:

The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)  by Kady Cross

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)  by Julie Kagawa

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)  by Gena Showalter

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)  by Victoria Aveyard (Review to Come)

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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The Martian – Andy Weir

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Synopsis:

Mark Watney is abandoned by his crew on Mars when a huge storm comes through. As the crew is leaving, he is impaled by a metal rod and tossed to the ground. His crew assumes he has been carried away in the storm and they take off.

After they are gone Mark realizes he has to try and figure out how to survive on an uninhabited planet for four years, until the next shuttle mission comes to him. Being a botanist and a mechanical engineer, he is able to rig some things so they will work for him and prolong his life for just a while longer.

Review:

Okay, this book did have some great one liners. However, this book was one of the most boring books I have ever read.

Sorry, I know that is not popular opinion but I had no interest in the main characters struggle, mainly because it was so watered down with terminology and mathematics that I started hearing “Blah, blah, blah” running through my head.

I thought I would be a fan of the journalesque style of this book but I find it was one more thing that put me off to the book. I knew it was written that way, but I was not prepared for there to be nothing but journaling throughout the entire novel. It never picks up. It doesn’t get better.

I hate to say this but I have a feeling the movie will be quite hilarious, and maybe the book was put out just to see if someone would pick it up for a movie…

Favorite Quotes:

“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”
Andy Weir, The Martian

“Also, I have duct tape. Ordinary duct tape, like you buy at a hardware store. Turns out even NASA can’t improve on duct tape.”
Andy Weir, The Martian

“Actually, I was the very lowest ranked member of the crew. I would only be “in command” if I were the only remaining person.”
What do you know? I’m in command”
Andy Weir, The Martian

“If ruining the only religious icon I have leaves me vulnerable to Martian vampires, I’ll have to risk it.”
Andy Weir, The Martian

“They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonized’ it. So technically, I colonized Mars.
In your face, Neil Armstrong!”
Andy Weir, The Martian

Recommendations:

(Just gonna go with a few sci-fi recommendations, since I am quite certain I have never read anything quite like this.)

Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, #1)  by Neal Stephenson

Ilium (Ilium, #1)  by Dan Simmons

Nirvana (Nirvana #1)  by J.R. Stewart

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)  by Pierce Brown

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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