Sand by Hugh Howey. This was interesting. Its set in a futuristic world where everything is covered in sand. Technology has been invented to allow people to swim in sand almost like how you would swim in water. These divers are looking for relics from the time before everything was covered in sand. Its definitely an original idea. Its started off good but the middle was rather boring. By the end it got interesting again. I’m not sure if Hugh Howey is going to write a sequel to this but I would be interested in reading it.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I enjoyed this. I though it was going to be like Ender’s Game but it ended up being quite similar to The Hunger Games. I was quite surprised by that, I think I expected there to be more space in it. But it was good.
How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran. So basically women are sort of expected to have babies and wear makeup and like buying clothes and to have a big fancy wedding. And this is basically Caitlin Moran saying you don’t need to do any of that and still be a woman. Also its bloody funny.
The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne. So I picked up this book because I had heard it was about a blogger. It was a good story but the parts about blogging were really quite unrealistic. Basically by the end of the book the girl finds out millions of people have been reading her blog and she ends up being an internet sensation.
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. I didn’t think I was going to like this that much. And I ended up loving it. Basically half of the book is a typical YA story. The other half is the authors story of moving to New York and basically the year running up to her book being published. This was a really interesting behind the scenes look at the publishing world.
Golden Son by Pierce Brown (this isn’t in the photo because I’m dumb and forgot I had read it). So when I started this I described it on Twitter as “Star Trek with Roman gods“. Now that I’ve finished the book I think Star Trek with Roman gods is still a pretty good description. Though I admit there are not many space scenes, most of the action takes place planet side. There are also quite a lot of plot twists, you never really know who to trust. But I really enjoyed this. I think I enjoyed this more than Red Rising.
A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. I know its only February but I think this might be my favourite book of the year. Part of the story is a Japanese girl writing in a journal about her grandmother and her life. The other part is about a Canadian woman who finds the journal washed up on a beach and reads it. I loved this book and everyone needs to read it.
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. I have to admit I didn’t enjoy The Bone Season that much. It was interesting enough that I read the sequel but I didn’t love it. This is a good enough book but again I didn’t love it. I will continue the series but yeah… very 3 star average stuff.
Books I Reviewed In February