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Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu

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4 Stars

I’ve been on a reader’s block for quite a while, and I didn’t know if I still had it in me to be able to read at the same pace like I used to—but it turns out I only needed one good book to wake me up from my reading slumber. I’ve had Legend for a long time now but never really bothered to start it. This afternoon I had an insane attack of boredom so I decided to flip a few pages—only, I wasn’t able to stop. I literally couldn’t stop reading from the moment I started (I was even scolded by my dad to put down the book because I was reading during dinner). It’s been a while since I’ve read a good dystopian book. I mean, there are just so many out there nowadays. The last series that I really liked were Chaos Walking and Partials and both of those have been ages ago. I picked up this trilogy because of the hype, and hype comes with expectations. Fortunately, Legend delivered.

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time. You try to walk in the light.”

Like most books of this genre, Legend has the dystopian staples: A perfect society that’s not so perfect, rebel groups, secrets, and teenage protagonists who are too capable for their age (seriously). The story flows through the POVs of two characters: June and Day. One’s from the system, the other is the rebel—and of course (no-brainer here) they fall in love. What I liked about this book is that even though it follows some YA cliches, it managed to have its own voice and it didn’t feel like I was just reading a rehashed version of Lord of the Flies or 1984. The characters were well-written and likable. The pacing was neither too fast nor too slow and it gave just enough information each chapter to keep you reading. Although, I was able to guess who the “killer” was way too early—blame my history with mystery and thriller novels. Legend uses a “plague” plot device, similar to Matched trilogy—the only difference is that Matched had no direction whatsoever, Legend does. At least, I hope so. I’ve only read the first book but so far so good. I’m looking forward to reading Prodigy and if it’s anything as good as this then I think my reading appetite will be happily satisfied.

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Starters by Lissa Price (Starters #1)

3 Stars

“I’d started with a lie, and now it was just about impossible to untangle it without breaking something.”

NOTE: This is an old review, I just edited and added some things to it

I grabbed this book because the cover was interesting and when I read the jacket summary, I was intrigued, so I bought it. To give you a glimpse of how the book feels like: It’s like Hunger Games meets Surrogates slash Gamer. If you’re familiar with those three, then I guess you’ll have a vague idea on how the theme of the story plays out.
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Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #1)

4 Stars

I know that life isn’t life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.

I reviewed this February 2013 but I forgot to blog about it so I’m posting it now.

A dystopian love story. My first thoughts were, “Hmm, this seems interesting.” I’m used to reading dystopian fiction, but mostly concerning larger plots, so this was a fairly fresh approach for me.

 

Love: It will kill you and save you, both.


Amor Deliria Nervosa, Love, is a disease. Honestly, comparing to most dystopian novels, Delirium has a far simpler no-nonsense plot. To be blunt, it’s simply a love story set in a dystopian society. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t any good. It was quite nice, actually.

  • Delirium has most of the Dystopian staples:
  • Controlled environment
  • Contained settlements/country
  • Predetermined matches/scientifically arranged marriages
  • Strict system and Science-based government

What was new was the theme regarding love. Basically, Lena, the main protagonist, used to be a firm believer of the system. She believed in order, uniformity, and the cure. She believed that a world without love was a better one. That Love was indeed a disease. Until she fell in love.

Most things, even the greatest movements on earth, have their beginnings in something small. An earthquake that shatters a city might begin with a tremor, a tremble, a breath.

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The Death Cure by James Dashner (Maze Runner #3)

4 Stars

Of course there was no way it was over. After the first two books, you knew it was impossible for WICKED’s evil games to be over just like that. Wicked is good. Yeah right… By this point of the trilogy, I found that statement very hard to believe. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Thomas after everything he’s been through.

We finally see how the real world really looks like beyond The Scorch. We get to see the safe areas, also known as the remaining civilizations after The Flare, and there didn’t seem to be a lot of them. Majority of the human population has been infected and were now Cranks and way past the Gone, or on their way there if not yet already. In Thomas’ world, nobody could be trusted. To be honest, all the betrayal really got to me after having been with Thomas’ journey since Day 1 of The Maze. I, too, knew I couldn’t trust anyone anymore, not even The Gladers. Trusting people eventually became very tiring and futile.

 

The ending satisfied me, for the most part. Some deaths really frustrated me because I got attached to certain characters and losing them was a blow (Newt, really?!). However, I feel like the trilogy ended just the way it should’ve.
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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (Maze Runner #2)

 4 Stars

Wicked is good.

To be given hope and then have that cruelly taken away in the blink of an eye. Everything is just a part of a bigger game.

When they’d settled into bed last night, everything had seemed good and safe. Yeah, maybe this was worse, to have that suddenly taken away.

In Scorch, we finally get to see the outside world and how bad The Flare got Earth. This book was filled with death and suffering. Readers who grew to love and empathize with the main characters, reading Scorch Trials can be a little difficult. The Gladers’ sufferings just wouldn’t end! I felt their desperation and their hardships, but I also felt their determination and ceaseless hope. It’s hard not to admire them for their resilience and strength, which is why I understood why they were chosen.

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Ruins by Dan Wells (Partials #3)

5 Stars

When the only alternative is extinction, an awful lot of horrors become acceptable.

War, Blood, Death. This is dystopia.

Ruins achieved everything Allegiant and Mockingjay failed to deliver as trilogy enders. THIS is how you end a series. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, The Partials Sequence is one of the most underrated recent YA science-fiction and dystopian series today. Dan Wells is a great story teller and an excellent world-builder, and he never disappointed me throughout the three books (four, if you count the Isolation novelette).

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Maze Runner #1)

4 Stars

“If you ain’t scared… you ain’t human.”

It’s been such a long time since I read this so I’m just copying my old review from Goodreads, with little additions.

There are a lot of books that feature dystopian societies, anarchy, war and science gone wrong today but most are just pale reflections of old greats and have failed to bring anything new and exciting to the table, but Maze Runner definitely made a mark on me. It’s far darker, more raw, more brutal yet more human than most modern dystopian novels out there. Great concept, excellent world-building, nice storytelling. Overall a good execution that led to a very good story.

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