Behold, the books I read during my week in Spain.
1. “ACID” by Emma Pass
This is a dystopian set in the year 2113 and the most brutal and controlling police force in history ACID is ruling with an iron fist. They lock our protagonist Jenna Strong away for life for a horrible crime she struggles to remember, but she gets broken out of prison by a rebel group, which ensures a cat and mouse game with our favourite police force. I’m quite torn with this one. It started out incredibly strong and then it kind of lost its drive. My main problem with ACID is that the questions just keep on building and building and we don’t get the answers until the very end. By that time however I had already guessed the answers myself and one thing I really enjoy in books is when you have that moment of clarity ALONG with the main character, instead of having to wait for them to catch up to you, and when they are finally there instead of having that big “Holy Crap” moment you’re just like “Waaaaay ahead of you, gurl!” So – ultimately it wasn’t a spectacular or outstanding read, but it was quite entertaining.
2. “The Program” by Suzanne Young
In Sloane’s world true feelings are forbidden and teen suicide is an epidemic. The only solution is the Program. Showing emotions and crying in front of people is a sure way to get send there and even though the Program cures your depression, it also takes away your memories. I really liked this book, although the characters were a bit underdeveloped in my opinion. I loved the author’s idea even though it was a very frightening concept. I can’t wait to read the sequel!
3. & 4. “Reboot” and “Rebel” by Amy Tintera
Rating for Rebel: 4/5
THIS DUOLOGY! It was so awesome! Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Her favourite part of the job is training new Reboots and that’s how she meets Callum 22. Since he’s not been dead a long time he is practically still human, which means his reflexes are too slow and he’s not very strong. He also has a penchant for not following orders and asking a lot of questions. After several infractions Wren is given one last chance to get him in line or she’ll have to eliminate him, but she is done following orders. This was such a fast-paced and exciting read and I really enjoyed it. I loved the interactions between Wren and Callum, although the romance was a bit too sweet for me and it happened really fast. And most importantly of all – NO LOVE TRIANGLE! Praise the Lord!
5. & 6. & 7. “Cinder” and “Scarlet” and 70% of “Cress” by Marissa Meyer
Rating for Scarlet: 4/5
Rating for Cress: 4/5
Cyborgs. That’s all. Freaking CYBORGS! Cinderella was never my favourite fairy tale so I hesitated and waited a long time until I picked up this book. And dear me it was fantastic! The story takes place in New Beijing (YES!) where humans and androids (double YES!) crowd the streets and a deadly plague ravages the population. Cinder is a gifted mechanic and a cyborg (triple YES!). She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the centre of an intergalactic struggle (quadruple YES!), and a forbidden attraction. I really liked the futuristic world this story is set in and it was a fast-paced read I really couldn’t put down. The characters were well developed (oh Iko, I love you!) and the only thing that bothered me was that I guessed the big plot twist and cliffhanger about halfway through the book.
As soon as I finished “Cinder” I delved right into the sequel “Scarlett, which mainly follows Little Red Riding Hood on her search for granny. I didn’t really enjoy reading about Scarlett that much I have to admit. It got a bit bored by her storyline, but Cinder’s story got even better. And we get to meet a wonderful, witty new character that flirts with spaceships (quintuple YES!) – Captain Carswell Thorne, who quickly became my new favourite.
I started and nearly finished the third book of the series, “Cress”, on the flight home and all I have to say is – awesome Lunar hacker girl living on a satellite? This series is just so fantastic! If you haven’t yet, pick it up and read it!
So those were all the books I read during my holiday in Spain. I really thoroughly enjoyed every single one of them!
Have a great weekend!
— Alina xx