April 15, 2012

The Reading Files - Taking it slow (again)

Oh to read! And yet another week of taking it slow. This time I can't even blame it on no new books in my mailbox, because finally after a little drought, I did receive a book I've won in a local giveaway. More about this later ...

The Knife Of Never Letting Go (Patrick Ness)
#1 Chaos Walking
Source: bought used
Genre: YA Science Fiction / Dystopia

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.

Title & Cover: Love the attention to detail (for which you'll have to look closely) with the "Noise" reflected in a subdued print all over the cover.
Story: Imagine a world where everyone can hear the other's thoughts. Imagine there is something horrible that separates boys from men.
Narrative: POV similar to Blood Red Road, but not quite as intense (grammatically speaking).
Characters: I was fond of Todd immediately, while Viola took a while to grow on me. And I just adore Manchee!
Thoughts: Manchee ... nooooo!!! And does this Aaron ever die or what!? A fantastic and gripping tale - definitely one of the better dystopian novels out there!

The 13th Tribe (Robert Liparulo)
#1 Immortal Files
Source: BookSneeze
Genre: Thriller / Christian

Immortals from the time of Moses roam the earth on a quest for justice . . . and heaven.
One man stands in their way.
In 1476 BC, the Israelites turned their backs on the One True God by worshipping a golden calf. For their transgression, forty were cursed to walk the earth forever. Banished from their people, they formed their own tribe, The 13th Tribe.
Now, three and a half millennia later, the remnant of this Tribe continues to seek redemption through vigilante justice-goaded by dark forces in the spiritual realm. They are planning a bold strike modeled on the Israelites' conquest of Canaan: the complete destruction of a major city-only now, they possess the horrific technology of modern weapons to ensure their success.
Jagger Baird is a husband and father…and security guard of an archaeological dig at the base of Mount Siani. Jagger suddenly finds himself in a fight for the future as he discovers the Tribe's plans. But to win this fight, he must overcome his own struggles with faith and self-worth - as well as his anger at God for a past tragedy.
This taut thriller by acclaimed novelist Robert Liparulo fuses tomorrow's technology with faith and non-stop action for a supernatural suspense novel unlike any other.

Title & Cover: The "invisible" guy doesn't make much sense unless you see the connection in the book. Either way, terrible cover!
Story: A family caught up in the work of destruction by the mysterious 13th Tribe which is trying to appease God by "punishing" sinners.
Narrative: Not as fast paced as the plot would deserve, but smoothly written.
Characters: Interesting, yet a bit two dimensional!
Thoughts: Fascinating idea, but pretty much a run-of-the-mill implementation. Unfortunately I expected the twist at the end a mile away. For me, personally, it was just an average read, but if you like religious themed thrillers, I say give it a try.

1 comment:

  1. I read the Knife of Never Letting Go a few years ago and loved it. Thanks for reminding me of a great read. Make sure you read "the Ask and the Answer" and "Monsters of Men", the next books in the trilogy. They are just as good.