Monday, May 28, 2012

14. Insurgent

by Veronica Roth (342 pp ebook)

This is the sequel to Book 12 and it didn't do much for me. It's set in a future dystopia with a war and a bigger picture. The protagonist is scrappy in the first book and mostly annoying in this book. Her entire relationship development consists of juvenile bickering and the story doesn't hold up well under scrutiny (tiny example: where the hell is the food coming from and who works in these giant cafeterias?). Having said all that, I still would probably finish the series.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

13. The Magician King

By Lev Grossman (362 pp ebook)

This is the sequel to The Magicians and I had almost the identical experience. I really enjoyed the book but I kept waiting to fall madly in love and came up a bit short. Again, this isn't intended to be an iffy recommendation. I'm a solid recommend. This one is the further adventures of Quentin and it also fills in the story of Julia who disappears for a big chunk of the first book. To be honest, I got a little bored with Julia's story and was happy when it went back to Quentin. I can't say much more without spoilers.