Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a chance to read this book early and submit my review.
The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones is set to release September 5th 2017
I was really excited to get my hands on The Salt Line, if you haven’t guessed by now I love a good dystopian novel. And I have to give this one credit for being such an orignal end of world scenario. The Salt Line takes place sometime in the future after the world’s population has retreated to different zones, protected from the wild behind chemically burned lines. Everyone is frightened of ticks, which I get I live in a highly populated tick zone myself. I will spare you the details of why these ticks are so horrible. The story is about a group of rich individuals who pay to take a risky trip outside of the salt line to see nature and get a thrill. From there they run into a group of people who live outside the zone and drama takes place. If I give you much more detail it runs the risk of spoilers. While I enjoyed the originality of this novel I really wish the story was told a little different. The world building and character development left a lot of room to be desired. The first part of the book was amazing, I really wished it was expanded upon and told on its own. The 2 & 3 part of the book were good but I felt rushed and could have also been expanded into another book or two. Lastly I see another one or at least a need for a sequel. I was left wanting to know more about this world she built and I hope I get to. With that all being said The Salt Line is a good read for when you want a little drama and adventure.
I enjoy sci-fi I really do and I was able to appreciate this book for what it was. A sci-fi action story, but it is complicated. To give a short description of the story without giving anything important away will be difficult. The story which takes place sometime in the future after Red Rising, begins with Darrow our heroine finishing up at the academy and being ruined by his darn ego as always. Darrow isn’t the type of hero I route for, his whining and ego consistently had me upset with him. I can though forgive him for doing the right things in the end. After finishing at the academy I cannot even mention anything else without giving away some kind of plot twist or another. This book is full of plot twist it will keep you on your toes or completely confused. There was a few times while reading I just had to stop and try to work it out in my head. I would like to recommend this book to anyone who had read Red Rising and loved it as much as I did. Golden Son while pack full of story is still a good follow-up to it predecessor and still left me wanting to read the next book in the series.
Golden Son is book two in the Red Rising trilogy*.
*I mention it as a series because I believe while it was intended as a trilogy to begin with there is a fourth book coming out.
This week I am re-reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It was my pick for book club and I am attempting to get every one on my bandwagon! While I am reading I will be trying to come up with discussion question for the story. I am kind of excited to be doing this since I normally just use whatever is released by the publisher or questions I find online. If you have any tips or if you have read the book and have a question I can also ponder please let me know!
In other news to catch up with reviews for books I have read this summer. This week I will continue with reviews for:
Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
Golden Son (book 2 of the Red Rising Series) by Pierce Brown
I received an e-copy of this book from First to Read in exchange of my review.
Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore is about a man Milo who has lived 9,995 lives and only has 5 more to get it right. It is also about his love story with death also know as Suzie. This book while funny and lighthearted at times is about everyone’s struggle with living a perfect life and making it the great beyond. Below is my review as posted to First to Read.
I literally just finished reading Reincarnation Blues and had to log right on to write my rave review. The book starts off as a lighthearted and quirky book about a man and his lives. Though the beginning of the story there is a touch of love story going on in the background as well. Slowly the story becomes about so much more and the love story becomes one of my favorites. One that survives all space, time and lives. I enjoyed all the different short stories scattered through-out the book. Many of them could hold up on their own as full told stories, some of them left me craving more. Not in the way that they weren’t complete, but just that I wanted to know more of the time and place the story was told in. Milo is an extremely relatable character, who is really just all of us trying to make out way through life in an honorable way. Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore is the perfect book to read during some downtime, but be careful it may encroach into your life until nothing is finished until you finish the book! I can’t wait until I can add a physical copy of this book to my library!
Reincarnation Blues is set to release August 22, 2017
Growing up my family was fortunate enough to have a lake house that we would go to during the summer to enjoy all things lake life. Recently my family made the decision to sell the lake home and I am glad I was able to bring my son to visit at least once. This picture popped up on my time hop today and had me thinking. This is where I grew up, where I learned new words and all about love. Where I accomplished things from fighting dragon and saving princesses, to walking on the moon. This is where I spent nights afraid of clowns and vampires. A place where I cast spells and survived the apocalypse. I look back at the days of growing up and I remember this place. A place I was able to escape and read. A place where I was wasn’t bothered by everyday life but was able to wonder around unencumbered. I was able to explore the wood and swim in the lake; to lay in the sand and build a castle. I believe having only books as a form of entertainment as the night drew near helped grow my imagination beyond the normal. I need to find my new perfect place to read. Where, may I ask, is yours?
I started this blog a few days ago and I kind of feel like I am Mae just beginning to work for The Circle. For those of you who don’t have a blog and don’t know, and for those of you who do and can relate; there is an endless amount of promotion that goes on across multiple social media platforms. There is tweeting, and re-tweeting, likes and hearts, reading, commenting and following . It can be a bit overwhelming, but in the times we live, it is what must be done. When Mae first starts at The Circle, a giant technology company, she is super thrilled. Slowly though she is consumed with the everyday task and lack of privacy it takes to keep up with the ever-growing company. From an outside prospective I find The Circle to be almost a horror novel. It makes me want to run away to the woods and hide with no technology in sight. If you can’t take a hard look at yourself and the world as it relates to technology this book might not be for you. I did give this book a good rating though because I really did enjoy it. I enjoyed following Mae’s thought processes, meeting her family, and learning her new job. Eggers does a great job of helping you become engrossed in his dystopian future. I recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t think we could end up this way and to the people who are afraid we will. Have some fun and join Mae at The Circle.
“SECRETS ARE LIES SHARING IS CARING PRIVACY IS THEFT”
― Dave Eggers, The Circle
The Circle was adapted into a movie featuring Emma Watson
Mars!!! Humanity has made it to Mars in this Ya-ish sci-fi book. Taking place in a distant future this book follows the life of Darrow a 16 yr old miner on Mars. I don’t was to dip further into the plot line because when I had started reading this book I did so while in the dark. In my opinion it made the first few chapters of the book all the better! Pierce Brown knows how to captivate an audience, I read this book while on vacation and still couldn’t put it down. Luckily I was using my e-reader which is super portable. This book was a Hunger Games mix with Star Wars kinda read. I love the imagery and didn’t skip a word. The book does a great job showing you how everything works and never are you left in the dark wondering why something was done. The only issues I had with the story was the way Darrow was able to escape out of certain predicaments. Brown seemed to play the part of an outside God making chess moves only in favor of the main character. Red Rising is not only a good sci-fi story it can also be tied in to today’s day and age. Making parts of the book more relavent than ever. Packed full of action, adventure, romance and good quotes Red Rising by Pierce Brown is a must read.
“Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it.”
― Pierce Brown, Red Rising
Red Rising is book one in a series and Pierce Brown’s debut novel. There are rumors of Red Rising be adapted into film.