fredag 20 april 2012

Across the universe - Beth Revis

This book is riddled with secrets and mystery. We start with 17 year old Amy who together with her parents are being cryogenically frozen but we aren´t exactly told why. There are hints of politics and military and problems but we are mostly left in the dark. Fast forward 250 years where we meet a boy named Elder who is next in line to become leader of the ship we are on, Godspeed. But there is mystery here too, there are a lot of things that Elder isn´t being told.

Amy wakes up by accident; her "pod" is unplugged and she nearly dies in the process. She faces the reality of being on a ship floating in space. She knows no one, and in the eyes of the people on the ship she is the strange girl who looks funny, talks funny and is just odd and possibly crazy. She also has to deal with the fact that her parents won´t be woken up for another 50 years.

Amy is not the only one of "the frozen people" who is unplugged. The rest aren´t as lucky as she was however. Terrified that something will happen to her parents Amy, together with Elder and a friend named Harley, set out to find out who the culprit is.

Looking at the cover you´d think there would be a big romance but there isn´t. There are burgeoning feelings but that definitely isn´t the stories strong suit. And that´s ok, the drama taking place between Elder and his mentor, Eldest, is one of the best parts of the book.

The exciting thing about the book is that it is indeed a mystery within a mystery within a mystery. And just when you think all is revealed - think again!

All in all it was a good book and I will definitely be reading the second one, A million suns.

torsdag 19 april 2012

Shatter me - Tahereh Mafi

 For 264 days Juliette has been imprisoned in a mental hospital. It's been 264 days since she last talked to one person. And it´s been even longer since she last touched someone. The last time she did it had terrible consequences.

Outside the prison, the world is and breaking; diseases are killing people, there is a shortage of food, birds do not fly, the weather is unpredictable and the clouds are the wrong colour. The power lies with the Reestablishment who promised to fix things - but problems remain.

Then one day life in the cell changes when a new prisoner is added to her cell. His name is Adam. She does n´t know why he's there or why they are forced to share the cell. She only knows that Adam is very familiar, and that she both loves and hates having to share the small space with him. She is so used to not having any contact with people at all and is afraid of what might happen if she does. Because what happened to her Juliette has made not only the fysical cell her prison but she is also imprisoned by her fears and her past.

Adam's arrival spurs on a series of events that I will not reveal. I can say that the two leave the mental hospital and go somewhere else. There, we meet a very interesting character named Warner. Warner is one of the leaders of the Reestablishment. And he is very interested in Juliette.

There is a curious thing about the Adam that first felt a little too convenient and easy. Until something else happened that made the whole situation much more interesting. If you read the book you know what I'm talking about :)

Overall, I liked the book, especially the first part of it was wonderful to read. I´m guessing that the second book (which will be out next year) will have more focus on action, but I hope the author does not lose the other aspects of the story.