Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Hunted by Charlie Higson (Book #6)

The Hunted by Charlie Higson



   Title: The Hunted                                                                                   Author: Charlie Higson
 Release Date: September 4th 2014

 This is the sixth book in the Enemy Series by Charlie Higson and it is the penultimate book in the series. This installment follows Ella who is alone in the countryside with a man she has named Scarface for company whom she can't decide whether he is a sicko or a kid. Ed promises Sam he will find her, however the sickos are all gathering in London for what will soon be the ulitmate battle.

I cannot get enough of this series, and thoroughly enjoyed The Hunted just as much as the rest of the books. I feel like this book had its fair share of action but also a lot more was revealed about the disease and its origin.  I think this was because The Hunted set the foundation for the last book which also meant some of the questions surrounding the disease were finally answered.

I was shocked when  I found out about Amelia and her crew who were still alive in the old people's home.
I think for a while I was quite wary of them because any of the adults we've encountered in the series have turned out to be sickos. However, it was really insightful to find out about the fact that the elderly were called in to work on a cure when most of the adults had come down with the disease and the information Amelia had gathered whilst working as a sceintist, just before the disease became uncontrollable.

I loved that in The Hunted we are given little glimpses of many of the characters and I found it extremely intriguing to discover how they felt about what was happening around them. I think this especially applies to Lewis, who acted with a cool demaenour, as if nothing could ever affect him, yet we find that it is all just a facade that keeps him going and prevents him from taking in all the pain and heartache that he has faced.  I think the book gave a brief glance into how difficult it will be to deal with the aftermath of the sickos and the disease and whether the kids will be able to adjust to the new challenges that face them if they defeat the sickos.

My favourite plot twist was when I found out that Malik was in fact Scarface...
Kramer - You just blew my mind
I was compelled by his constant battle with himself over whether he fits in with the sickos or with the kids. He has a connection with the sickos that none of other kids have which could prove cruicial in the final battle. I absolutely adored his relationship with Ella, who saves him from committing suicide but also shows Malik that he is just as human as anyone else and that he deserves to be treated as one.

I'm definitely looking forward to the final book of the series which is called the End and I'm sure it will be a fitting end to an incredible series. I don't think I can predict what will happen even if I tried but I am certain there will be tears, joy, despair and maybe victory?

Favourite Quote:

"Ed was more astonished than ever. It was a voice froma million years ago. Cracked and croaky. but unmistakably the same voice. The voice of a dead person."


Sunday, 11 January 2015

Undivided by Neal Shusterman (Unwind Series, #4)

Undivided by Neal Shusterman

 Title: Undivided

 Author: Neal Shusterman

 Release Date: October 14th 2014

 Genre: YA,Sci-fi,Dystopia

This is my review of  Undivided by Neal Shusterman, the final book in the Unwind dystology. I absolutely loved this book and I really didn't know what to expect.  But the book was everything I wanted it to be and more and it it was a fantastic end to an enthralling series. I think there are so many dystopian books and in a genre which is so popular the books can become very repetitive.  So I applaud Neal Shusterman because he found a unique yet intriguing plot and the world building makes me contemplate that such a world is a genuine possibility.

I loved that usually you normally support the hero or heroine and their companions without giving much thought to the 'enemy'. Yet, Undivided allows you to  understand the various enemies and how much of the evil acts they commit, originally began from trying to save society rather than destroying it. I think one of the most frightening aspects of this book is the way that Neal Shusterman includes real-life articles to relate back to the story and this demonstrates that although the world is a long way away from unwinding, in many ways when two sides disagree immensely with each other the unthinkable is possible.

The plot twists in Undivided were outstanding  and I feel it portrayed  how much Connor, Risa, Lev, Sonia, Grace and Cam are willing to give up for their cause if it means that in years to come unwinding is non-existent.  Connor being rewound was just.. whaaa?
My favourite character was Lev so when he nearly dies because he acts as a clapper .. Jaw Drop
 I loved that they didn't understand the magnitude of the change they were bringing about in the world and most of them being teenagers who should have been unwound, made what they did even more admirable.

 Undivided is written from many different points of view  and this can make it difficult for each character's  situation to be of interest for the reader; but Neal Shusterman did this extremely well and made each of the characters sections just as compelling as each other.  I think the book indicates that many of the difficult problems faced today will not be resolved from one action, but from a series of events which will together change the perception of that specific ideology for people.

I can't wait for this series to be turned in to movies and I hope that they do the book justice. The Unwind Series is definitely one of my favourite series of all time and I recommend it to everyone . Its a series which will deliver throughout and causes you to question your own beliefs.

Favourite Quote: 

“Hole..." He grips Risa's hand tighter. "Hole, Risa, hole..." And she smiles "Yes, Connor," she says. "You're whole. You're finally whole.”