[DNF Review] The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave
(The 5th Wave #1)
Author: Rick Yancey
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
Pages: 457 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA – Post-apocalyptic

The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

 

Review

Prior the publication date last year, I kept seeing positive reviews for The 5th Wave and alien apocalypse!! Who am I not to feel excited for this one? Plus, the blurb makes it sound so badass and amazing and I was like OHMYGOD GIMME THIS RIGHT NOW. And then I read it.

And behold, my hopes and dreams:

Picture doesn’t belong to me!

Crushed to pieces.

From the top of a skyscraper plunged straight into the bottom of Tartarus.

I had been warned that the beginning is slow but I didn’t know that it is THAT SLOW. I mean, I was halfway through the book yet nothing significant has happened besides flashbacks and POV switches. Right now I can’t even recall what happen in those 240 pages I read. I was like, COME ON SOMETHING IS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN -_- Frankly, I was frustrated. Especially there is this POV in which there is no dialogue AT ALL, only huge chunks of paragraphs to add the boredom.

So when I hit the middle of the book, I decided to put it off and read other books that appealed more to me. But I hadn’t given up on it yet because many people have said that the second half is better. Skip a few months later, I wanted to continue it again but BOOM. I picked up where I left and I remember NOTHING. Like, NOTHING other than the protagonist’s name. *shame* I was too lazy to start over again so yeah, finally DNF’ed it. I am the black sheep again.

DNF

[DNF: In Bullet Points] Hidden Wings by Cameo Renae

Hidden Wings

(Hidden Wings #1)

Author: Cameo Renae

Publisher Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing
Publication Date: January 16th, 2013
Pages: 204 (Kindle)
Genre: YA – Paranormal, Romance
Seventeen is a life changing age for Emma Wise.
As her family’s sole survivor in a car crash, she is left with a broken arm and a few scrapes and bruises. But these are only outward marks; inside, her heart is broken and the pieces scattered.
Whisked away to Alaska, to an aunt she’s never met, Emma starts over. Secrets unveil themselves and now…she doesn’t even know who or what she is.
A centuries old prophecy places Emma in the heart of danger. Creatures of horrifying and evil proportions are after her, and it will take Emma, her aunt, and six, gorgeously captivating Guardians to keep her safe. But, if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday… things will change.

Thank you Netgalley and Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing for the review copy! This doesn’t affect my opinions or review at all.

 

Review

Guys, please don’t be fooled by the beautiful cover.

I’m not sure I can form a coherent paragraph right now cause I am too annoyed so let me just list what I didn’t like in bullet points.

  • I didn’t like the MC. Her sadness came across as fake to me and from her voice I felt that she’s a shallow person.
  • The writing and the dialogue are too cheesy and sloppy and just…amateurish. There are also too many unnecessary caps-locked words. For example:

…and I did NOT want him to think I was immature.” – page 20

Malachi did NOT look happy and glared in our direction.” – page 26

I mean – HELLO! I only met the guy a few ours ago and, but there was something there… something that happened when we touched… something that wasn’t natural… something that seemed to pull me towards him whenever he was near.” – page 31

Which brings to the next issue:

  • Flawlessly perfect boy who turns the MC literally into a puddle at first sight and she’s already saying stuff like he’s the-only-one-who-could-pull-her-out-of-her-sadness crap.

His powerful smile seemed to pull my sinking heart from the unknown depths of sadness, and place it somewhere a little safer.” – page 21

His touch did something to me. It warmed me and made me feel like everything was going to be alright. But as we neared Malachi, he let go, and I was suddenly hit with a with an overwhelming feeling of sadness and emptiness.” – page 25

He gently brushed my arms with his fingers, which melted a bit of my sadness.” – page 29

He stole my breath for a moment, and then he smiled; making my heart flutter. How was that possible? I never thought I’d be able to pull myself out of this eternal sadness.” – page 29

I just couldn’t see any light at the end of this pitch-black tunnel… except for the small glimmer that was sitting in the seat next to me. Kade.” – page 29

Ughhh seriously, girl??

One last quote:

’Well, the only thing keeping me from falling apart right now is you,’ I said glancing into his big, bright eyes.” – page 34

Okay, that’s it I’m outta here.

DNF

[DNF] Linked by Imogen Howson

I read this book on PulseIt.

Linked

(Linked #1)
Author: Imogen Howson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BfYR
Publication Date: June 11th, 2013
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA – Dystopia, Sci-Fi

Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere. Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes. Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed. Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world. Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.


Review:

This is my second DNF this year and I tell you what – it was really bad. I really want to finish this book, just to see perhaps the last third of the book is at least good enough. Well, as you can see, my original plan failed and I DNFed it when I was 59% of the book.
I don’t know how to put this to words but basically, Linked was soooooo boring that I had no link or connection or whatsoever with any of the characters (see what I did there?) Elissa and Lin – they’re really dull and unlikable. Their chemistry or relationship (or whatever it is) came out as fake to me and I wouldn’t care if they died. Elissa seemed too perfect… too kind? Or too innocent? I hated her.

“Stop it! I can’t – if you don’t see how awful it is to put all those people in danger and not even think about it, not even care, I can’t talk to you. I don’t know what to do with you.”

 – Elissa to Lin

Is it just me or that line does sound cheesy/insincere/fake?

And there’s Lin. This girl has been through a lot so she was quite tolerable at first, but gradually I started to dislike her too. She has this “superpower” called electro kinesis. And she forgets about it when she needs it the most. Wonderful! *That’s sarcasm, obviously* She gets really selfish in the middle of the book and that annoyed the hell out of me. (15 or 16 people are in danger because of YOU, girl. Thank God she finally listens later.) She rarely listens or obeys the order – wait, Elissa doesn’t listen in the beginning either. Elissa is also inconsistent because she wants Lin to stop “killing people” (translation: stop using her electro kinesis, I guess?) but then a few pages later she wants Lin to use her power to get them out of the bad situation?? That happens a few times.

The other characters, like Cadan (I’m sure he’s the love interest) was pretty dull too but he was still tolerable. He’s Captain Jim Kirk from Star Trek wannabe. GAHHH, to put it in short sentence: I didn’t care about the characters. Couldn’t connect with them at all. I rarely hate characters so much but this book… It made me want to scream every existing and made-up swear word at the characters!!

I’m sorry guys if this review is very confusing and doesn’t make any sense because this book was a mess in my opinion.

The worldbuilding is very confusing and there were chunks of paragraphs of info dump about the history of Sekoia – don’t know how it’s spelled correctly but it’s the place where Elissa lives. Don’t ask me anything about worldbuilding cause I understood NOTHING. The pacing is unbelievably slow for a book which is about running away from the government.

All these issues probably come from the writing. I guess it’s meant to be like beautiful prose but it came across as boring and repetitive and too distracting? There are A LOT of paragraphs without any dialogues at all. I got tired of reading it that I skipped a few sentences/paragraphs and I DID NOT MISS ANYTHING IMPORTANT. If you like this quote then you’ll probably enjoy the book more than I did:

“She landed on her side, with a jolt that knocked the breath out of her, and before she could even gasp, before she could even register that she’d landed on the roof, that she was okay, she hadn’t missed it and gone plummeting through miles of empty air – before she could even register the clang that meant Lin must have landed as well – she was sliding. Down and down over cold smooth metal, no handholds, no friction, completely out of control, down and down and around and around, the sky and the sun and the silver flashes of steel spiraling with her, faster and faster, around and around and down and down. Every moment she expected to go flying off the edge, flung out into the empty air.”

 — Elissa after she falls off a roof or something (I already forgot about it.) 

Can anyone explain what the hell is happening??
Linked failed to impress me in any freaking area I couldn’t help but to DNF it. I didn’t connect with the dull characters, I didn’t like the dull writing, confusing worldbuilding and slow pacing. I did not enjoy this book. 59% — that’s all my brain could take. I was in the verge of punching my laptop screen and I couldn’t torture myself any longer. This book didn’t work for me.

Rating:
1 Cake (DNF)

[DNF ARC Review] Arclight by Josin L. McQuein

Arclight
(Arclight #1)
Author: Josin L. McQuein
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Pages: 400 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA – Dystopia, Science Fiction

Summary
No one crosses the wall of light . . . except for one girl who doesn’t remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. A harrowing, powerful debut thriller about finding yourself and protecting your future—no matter how short and uncertain it may be.

The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it.

When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again?


Review
I love dystopia and post-apocalyptic books so I was very excited to read Arclight. This book seems so interesting from the summary. BUT, once I started reading, it just couldn’t capture my attention and my mind continually wandered everywhere. I had to read the first three chapters three times because I just couldn’t connect with anything.

I honestly didn’t enjoy the writing and on page something – I think around chapter 5 – there were too many direct speeches in one page for my taste. -_- Like I said before, I just couldn’t connect with anything especially the characters. Marina, the MC, is supposed to be a girl with a mysterious past but I just didn’t care and I didn’t bother to know. She’s dull and basically unlikable…

I started this book last month yet I’m not even halfway of it. I put off this book a lot of time and managed to finish four books. Yet when I tried to continue this book again, I couldn’t stand it anymore. I finally decided not to finish this book because well… I didn’t like it so far, it was boring and now I barely remember what happened in those ten chapters I managed to read. It wasn’t that memorable for me. 🙁


I won’t stop you from reading this book if you want to, as I believe people have different taste. It’s completely possible that Arclight was just not the right book for me. 

Thanks to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for sending me this galley. 🙂 

Rating:
1 Cake (DNF)

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