The summer flew by so fast it might as well have been Mitt Romney’s chances of winning the election. Instead of spending an entire post discussing each of these books, I decided to do a Book Round-up and just give you a brief opinion blurb on each.
One thing I’m seeing in YA, and especially dystopian YA, is an almost fetishistic obsession with monarchy. Whether it’s Elder in Across the Universe (who is, essentially, a prince), or the mad queen in The Pledge (oh, wait, there’s also a mad queen in Cinder), monarchy seems to be in with teen fiction.
Frankly, it disturbs me a little. There’s a worrisome two-dimensionality in the love interest that is good-looking and infallable, but also ridiculously wealthy and powerful to boot. I want more books about ordinary people becoming great, not about people born into power and wealth with whom I have nothing in common.
But perhaps I am reading too much into it.
This book gets: ♥♥♥♥ out of 5
Across the Universe, Beth Revis – This is a book that starts out unbelievably strong and immediately afterward makes some serious stumbles. The premise is surprising and creative, the writing is brilliant, but the romance is without any chemistry. Though it takes a while for Revis to get into her stride, Across the Universe is still a solid read. It gets extra points for being honest-to-goodness sci-fi, and for actually taking place in space. (more…)