The Diabolic

This was a strangely very science fiction yet a tale full of intrigue. Spun in such a way that I really enjoyed every page of it.

The story is set in the near future, but it is still about endless political struggles between the Emperor and in this case, the study of sciences and maths. These were all an interesting combination. As well as why it became so.

I do like the idea that something influenced them to reject advancing themselves, instead use computers or technology. Because thinking is what makes us humans, the ability to move things forward and create new things.

As for the intrigue, it surrounds a pretending to be mad prince and a ruthless Emperor, and a terrifying grandmother. End of story. It was interesting to watch the dynamics unfold and slowly they start to kill each other.

I like that Tyrus wasn’t comepletely perfection. He is someone who will place Nemesis first despite what she thinks, and that he is stubborn when it comes to her. All the while, he is unable to prevent certain things from happening which impacted the book itself.

The scheming was brilliantly done, it took Tyrus a lot to corner his own grandmother who got rid of the Emperor. Both of which really defined that they were powerful as it was, and truly difficult to outsmart. But since the story is told from Nemesis’ view, it is hard to really get at which point he starts changing his agenda.

And several times, Tyrus was set back. I find that this is much more of his story than anyone else as he is the one who starts to stand up, and differ from the mad prince he pretended to me.

Nemesis was also there, and her reason were very much understandable. If all your life you were raised to believe that you were protecting someone else, I guess you will get someone like her. And all the moments even when she faced a great deal of anguish throughout the story itself.

Overall, this is something worth reading when it comes to intrigue. It is well thought out and even executed. The political players here all look out for their self interests, and for Tyrus, to an extent looking out for Nemesis. But he is still someone who doesn’t mind killing in the last part.

I think that this just clicked with me because of how the intrigue was really handed. All else, maybe a little too hard to say. But few books actually impress me when it comes to this, so, it’s quite high in my list.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Flotsam

Well, I was initially interested. But afterwards, I just couldn’t find anything which was memorable. And became another book which I lost interest in and eventually just went on to complete through skimming. 

The story is about the galaxy, but I didn’t feel anything really special about this story. Other than something happened here which drove the ship’s captain to going on something. And the setting which did have some redeemable features about it. 

I guess I just don’t care about any of the characters. Which otherwise will have really intrigued me to the world as it was, and the writing was nothing memorable at all. Just a lot of description and world building which flew over my head. It was just too dry, and it really hampered my ability to love and understand the story as it was. 

Overall, I just didn’t like the story because it didn’t have any characters which I found common ground with. Neither did I find anything which truly intrigued me at all. 

Rating: 2 out of 5

Warcross

If you were to ask me, this doesn’t sound like something I will have enjoyed if it wasn’t by Marie Lu. But as you all know, I totally fell in love with her work. And this still works even if it isn’t what I will usually read.

I flew through this book, in a way that I have rarely done before. Since as I said, this was simple but so so gripping that I couldn’t stop turning the pages.

Set in the not too distant future about alternate reality and gaming, combined into one made by a child genius. But it completely took the idea to a whole new level.

The game here is very very creative. Yes, I can truly see the appeal of the game itself. The rules are truly ones which are unique.

The plot and the characters are all fairly simple. The plot twist was something that I saw coming miles and miles away, but it nonetheless made me even more curious about where it will go in the next book. It didn’t feel cheap, I still cared enough about the characters in their own way.

Emika has the best of intentions even when she uses methods which land her in jail. But I didn’t feel as though she was particularly complex enough, or her relationship with her father was clearly a lot more mature than it seemed. But in this case, it worked to a great degree.

As for the billionaire genius who created the game, I never saw that coming. I wasn’t expecting it, although I was guessing something similar to that reveal but really I liked it. His motivations were real, I could grip it. And he being the boy who had impacted the world in such a way that allows him to believe that he could do what he always intended to do. I felt that it was all too real.

Nonetheless, I liked the diversity here. The kind of different ethnicities, sexualities which it possible and nonetheless shows the international appeal of the story.

Overall, this just clicked with me. Sometimes going back to simple works is surprising especially if the author has a strong track record with me.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Invictus

This just worked. Even when it was time travel and alternate universes all grouped together. This completely worked to create one of the most interesting books anyone laid eyes on.

I am even more blown away by the author who managed to create such a story combining everything. But such a satisfying tale as it was, alone but worked so well.

It was a masterpiece given what it juggled without ever confusing me, without ever making me feel as though I have read it before. Time travel is mostly a specific kind of genre which I avoid, I don’t really think there was much of anything new there.

But this took it to a whole new level. It was perfection if you ask me, the way it managed to do all it promised. A heist story with very very surprising twists, which I doubt anyone will ever see coming.

Every character was developed and had a role to play. Far, Eliot, Imogen and Priya. My only complaint was that the romance between Eliot and Priya just felt rather flat.

And that is where you get me as a reader who savours every line of a work. All of it just worked to have me enjoy it to no end. So, what are you waiting for? Just grab this book, it is worth it.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Nyxia

This was a rather different book from what I intended it to be. I was expecting a lot more of the competition although it was intense here as it was.

But it just didn’t work for me. Having a bunch of teenagers battle each other out for the spots to an alien spaceships sounded cool. But the execution just left me much to be desired. As there just wasn’t enough action nor intensity to it. It just didn’t make me question things.

And for a brief moment I was rather bored. I did expect that someone dying on the ship will show their characters a little more. Here it’s just Emmett and no one else, as though they are just a bunch of robots. I did expect a little more questioning and opinion. And to reveal the reasons why all of them chose to come here and their real reasons. Apart from the boatload of cash waiting for them regardless of whether they won or not.

I wonder why did Babel even offer then such large amount of money when it will have saved them the profit. Unless of course, they want to do charity. Or another reason. It just didn’t make sense why would a corporation do all that. I just never felt that it was delved inside.

But given these were a bunch of teenagers, you get the idea. I think it will still be better for this corporation to decide to not pick random people but instead force them to come to them. And give them the best offer. It just never felt real.

And that is why I liked this work but overall just found it rather unsatisfactory.

Rating: 3 out of 5

The Automaton 

At times, I was completely confused but nonetheless found the work entertaining and enjoyable. Even when I have no clue as to what is happening. 

The writing had a lot of charm, with some strange things happening all around while I have little ideas. But the book succeeded in making me care about the characters which as usual was difficult when it comes to me. 

Odissa and Odys, which were twins and I found them really relatable here. As well as all the characters whom I did grow on such as Dorian and the mystery regarding their father. The plot to me could have been clearer as the writing mostly caught my attention, since it was rather unique. 

As for the ending, I have to admit that it wasn’t what I expected. It was a lot more darker than even that of my expectations and full of reveals that I didn’t see coming. I might have very little idea as to what was happening but this was wholly enjoyable. 

Overall, this was just entertaining for me and I really enjoyed much of it. I might still be confused as to where this was heading but at the end of the day it was still something which I derived great joy from. I don’t understand why I liked it when I can barely remember the plot. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

War of the World Makers

DNF @50%

I just couldn’t understand where this was coming from. I did want a story that was more focused, and less confusing. I didn’t get any of that at all.

And it just happened to be a strange mix, somehow there was a Tsarina alive in those times, in 2033, some weird bizarre things happening around. It just wasn’t easy to understand where this was coming from, and there just wasn’t a character which drew me in.

I just didn’t feel as though it was making any sense at all. And that is where I just gave up as I didn’t understand what was happening in this book from the beginning or even cared about it