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Book Review: Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton

Book Review: Emily Eternal by M.G. WheatonEmily Eternal by M. G. Wheaton
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 23rd April 2019
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

Meet Emily - she can solve advanced mathematical problems, unlock the mind's deepest secrets and even fix your truck's air con, but unfortunately, she can't restart the Sun.

She's an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die 5 billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to.

So, her beloved human race is screwed, and so is Emily. That is, until she finds a potential answer buried deep in the human genome. But before her solution can be tested, her lab is brutally attacked, and Emily is forced to go on the run with two human companions - college student Jason and small-town Sheriff, Mayra.

As the sun's death draws near, Emily and her friends must race against time to save humanity. But before long it becomes clear that it's not only the species at stake, but also that which makes us most human.

Emily Eternal was such, such a disappointment. It’s not what I was expecting at all! What I wanted was a science fiction thriller about an AI saving the human race from extinction, but what I actually got was more of a sci-fi romance involving an AI and a human main character.

The pointless romance completely distracted from the main plot. You know how in movies people kiss in the middle of a fight scene and we’re all shouting at them to stop? That’s what this entire romance felt like from beginning to end. I was so disappointed in it because I don’t think Emily the AI needed a romance at all, and it should have been left out completely for her to focus on saving the human race.

Emily Eternal was a lot more action than science fiction, which again, I wasn’t expecting and I didn’t want.

I think Emily Eternal had potential was overall it was boring and I’m sad that I found it so dull. Give me better sci-fi, PLEASE.

Review: To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

Review: To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky ChambersTo Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 8th August 2019
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Publisher
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Rating: five-stars

In her new novella, Sunday Times best-selling author Becky Chambers imagines a future in which, instead of terraforming planets to sustain human life, explorers of the solar system instead transform themselves. 

Adriane is one such explorer. As an astronaut on an extrasolar research vessel, she and her fellow crewmates sleep between worlds and wake up each time with different features. Her experience is one of fluid body and stable mind and of a unique perspective on the passage of time. Back on Earth, society changes dramatically from decade to decade, as it always does.

Ariadne may awaken to find that support for space exploration back home has waned, or that her country of birth no longer exists, or that a cult has arisen around their cosmic findings, only to dissolve once more by the next waking. But the moods of Earth have little bearing on their mission: to explore, to study, and to send their learnings home. 

Carrying all the trademarks of her other beloved works, including brilliant writing, fantastic world-building and exceptional, diverse characters, Becky's first audiobook outside of the Wayfarers series is sure to capture the imagination of listeners all over the world.
 

Becky Chambers will forever have all of my love and respect. That’s it, that’s the review.

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Way Down Dark by J. P. Smythe

Way Down Dark by J. P. SmytheWay Down Dark by J. P. Smythe
Series: The Australia Trilogy #1
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: 2 July 2015
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

There's one truth on Australia: You fight or you die. Usually both.

Seventeen-year-old Chan's ancestors left a dying Earth hundreds of years ago, in search of a new home. They never found one.

The only life that Chan's ever known is one of violence, of fighting. Of trying to survive.

But there might be a way to escape. In order to find it, Chan must head way down into the darkness - a place of buried secrets, long-forgotten lies, and the abandoned bodies of the dead.

Seventeen-year-old Chan, fiercely independent and self-sufficient, keeps her head down and lives quietly, careful not to draw attention to herself amidst the violence and disorder. Until the day she makes an extraordinary discovery - a way to return the Australia to Earth. But doing so would bring her to the attention of the fanatics and the murderers who control life aboard the ship, putting her and everyone she loves in terrible danger.

And a safe return to Earth is by no means certain.

I acquired a copy of Way Down Dark at a publisher party, and I thought I had better pick it up since Hodder were kind enough to give it to me. It’s not a very big book, and not a whole lot happens, but it keeps you entertained throughout most of it, and then it ends on a giant The 100-esque cliffhanger and I need the next book NOW. Continue reading

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce BrownRed Rising by Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising Trilogy #1
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Bought
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Rating: one-star

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope. Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all al lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought. Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda. Break the chains. Live for more.

You know, for a book with such a high Goodreads rating and so many screaming fangirls, I honestly expected Red Rising to be better. I at least expected it to be good. Instead, I was almost sent to sleep by the tragically slow plot and the bland writing. Those two things along with an unremarkable main character (who tried so hard to be remarkable) made for an awful reading experience. Continue reading

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Panic by Lauren OliverPanic by Lauren Oliver
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: March 6, 2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

An utterly gripping thriller from bestselling author Lauren Oliver. Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do. Heather never thought she would compete in panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She'd never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought. Dodge has never been afraid of panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he's sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he's not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for. For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them-and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most. In this gritty, spellbinding novel, bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping narrative of friendship, courage, survival, and hope.

I love Lauren Oliver. Seriously, I have a full on, somewhat creepy girl crush on her and her stories. I read Before I Fall back when I first started blogging in 2010, and it completely won me over with its plot, its characters, and its ending. I sobbed. Since then, I’ve made it my mission to read every book that Oliver brings out. Well, her YA stuff, since I have yet to read any of her Middle Grade. But that’s not the point I’m trying to make here! My point is that I was so freakin’ excited to read Panic that I almost fainted when I was approved for it on Edelweiss.
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