Thursday, August 17, 2017
The flawed are untouchable; it's against the rules to help a flawed person. But one day Celestine is on the bus with her friends when she sees a situation she can't ignore. There are two unflawed women sitting in the flawed seats ignoring a flawed man who is obviously in distress.
Celestine knows she shouldn't get involved, but something compels her to step forward. That decision changes the course of her life. Will she be imprisoned, flawed, branded?
Now Celestine is re-examining her perfect life and the perfect society in which she lives.
Cecelia Ahern's series starter begins like a generic dystopia, and Celestine's change of heart is a little abrupt. I wasn't sure this one was going to do anything for me in the beginning, but once I got past the setup chapters, I really got engaged in the story and questions of morality and integrity. Recommended for 8th grade and up for some language and scenes of violence.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Queen Levana's genetically modified wolf soldiers have gone rogue without her controlling influence, and someone has to bring them in. Enter Iko, unsung hero of the revolution and loyal friend.
Iko's success rate is high, but there are always a few soldiers who escape. They are unified under a charismatic leader, and they have a common enemy, Iko's best friend.
I am a huge fan of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles, but I was concerned about the graphic novel continuation of the story wouldn't live up to the originals. I am pleased to say I was wrong. I absolutely loved volume one of this planned series. Iko is a classy and sassy hero, and the android protagonist allows the author to explore new ideas about humanity and equality. Highly recommended!