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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ashes

By: Ilsa J. Bick
Rated: 4.7
Released: September 6, 2011

Alex had just gone to look for some peace. I way of getting away from it all. What she found instead was not what she had expected. Set in a near future in which enemies of the U.S. have set off nuclear bombs, and EMP's this book is sure to thrill even the most timid of dystopian readers. Children have turned canibalistic, and those who remained are a rarity known only as the Spared. With people developing super-senses, and true-love trying to make a scene, this book is amazing.
Okay, I must admit that I loved this book. There wasn't as much action as I would've liked, but for some reason I still liked this book. And I think that others will too. Alex is actually a very likable character. Ellie.....not so much.
The idea behind the book is quite original, and I don't think that I've ever seen a book with this theme. The book is well researched though. I must admit to that. Although, it's more of a prequel to another book. It just has that prequel kind of feel to it. I hope that there will be a second book, and the end of the book leaves the reader hoping for more. Maybe this is the first in a very good series of book. Who knows?
Even though this is a short review, I'm going to have to bring this blog-post to a close. I am in the process of relocating, and I have to start packing. My next review, whenever that is, will be on Pittacus Lore's newest book: (I Am Number Four) The Lost Files Six's Legacy.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Eden

By: Keary Taylor
Rated: 5.0

Eve knew the stories of the Fall, of a time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. She’s seen the aftermath of the technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter, able to grow new organs and limbs, how it evolved out of control. The machine took over and the soul vanished. A world quickly losing its humanity isn’t just a story to her though. At eighteen, this world is Eve’s reality. 
In their Fallen world, love feels like a selfish luxury, but not understanding what it is makes it difficult to choose between West, who makes her feel alive but keeps too many secrets, and Avian, who has always been there for her, but is seven years her senior. 
The technology wants to spread and it won’t stop until there is no new flesh to assimilate. With only two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction. While fighting to keep Eden alive, Eve will discover that being human is about what you will do for those you love, not what your insides may be made of. And even if it gets you killed, love is always what separates them from the Fallen.
This book was awesome. I bought it for my e-reader, and I simply loved it. I'm a huge fan of dystopian/post-apocalyptic books; and this was right up my ally. Of course, being as the ebook was only 99 cents, I was expecting much from this book. What I got instead was something that I'l be reading over-and-over-and-over again.
From the moment that I started reading, I was captivated! I started reading around 10:00 at night, and read through until 3:35 in the morning! Never has a book captivated in this way!
I suppose that one of the reasons that I was captivated was because of the possibility of what had happened. Actually, in theory, such a chatostrophic event could actually occur.
Nanobots are designed to spread until there is no disease left. And all that it would take is one mutation within the software for one of the nanobot-builders to create nanobots that see everything as a disease. And, because robots have no conscious, the would be unable to tell how far was far enough! They would go right into the brain, and would immediately take over. When they were done diseasing that person, they would move on to the next through physical contact.
What's scary is that in late 2010 to early 2011 they did inject 100 people with experimental nanobots that are meant to fight cancer. There are millions of nanobot-builders per person, so there may very well be a nanobot epidemic already on the way. A disease that will catch us completely off guard.
As for the plot, I absolutely fell in love with it! It as constructed so nicely. And, even though I'm not much of a romantic, I honestly have to say that I enjoy paranormal-romance books, and also science-fiction books. And this book did something that no other book has ever done for me. It blended the two perfectly! Sure The Hunger Games tries to do the same thing, but the result isn't anywhere near as beautiful as that of Eden's! Love. This. Book.
I have rated this book a 5.0, and I can honestly say that this is the only book that I will ever give such a high rating to.
In my next review, we'll be taking a look at: "Ashes". By: Ilsa J. Bick
The next reviewed book won't be coming out until sometime in December, but critics are raving about it behind the scenes. I've already got my Advanced Review Copy, and I can't wait to read it. It looks pretty good.