Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday Meanderings - May 4, 2015

First Meandering ...

Today is reveal day for the trailer of a book I loved.



Here's my review of the audiobook:

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. By design, her life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price. The Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret from the new batches of citizens that are born, nurtured, and raised androgynously.

But Nine isn't like every other batcher. She harbors indecision and worries about her upcoming Remake Day -- her seventeenth birthday, the age when batchers fly to the Remake facility and have the freedom to choose who and what they'll be.

When Nine discovers the truth about life outside of Freedom Province, including the secret plan of the Prime Maker, she is pulled between two worlds and two lives. Her decisions will test her courage, her heart, and her beliefs. Who can she trust? Who does she love? And most importantly, who will she decide to be?

MY TAKE
I've been wanting to read this book since it first came out earlier this year, but it wasn't until I was able to get my hands on a copy of the audiobook that I was able to. The narrator did a fabulous job and really added to the experience.

As for the story, it resonated with me on a number of different levels. My heart was totally engaged in the characters--the friendship Nine has with Theron (I hope I spelled it right since I only had the audiobook and not the paper one), the family who takes her in after she's shipwrecked, and Kai. 

I loved these people.

Todd totally pulled me into the little island society. I've lived in the tropics, and I have a daughter who lives in Hawaii. Todd's writing made me feel so much like I was there with Nine; I could taste and feel it all so vividly.

***Spoiler Alert*** (you'll need to highlight the text to read it)

I may not be giving much away, and I will be careful not to say too much, but I did want to give the warning.

The thing that struck me the most was one of the themes of this story. Yes, it's another dystopian society that's just gotta be brought down (I'm so glad this is the first of a trilogy). There was a feel for me of Logan's Run and even one of Anne McCaffrey's Killashandra books. But most of all, I loved it because it made me think. There's one point where Kai is talking about the problems of the society in Freedom, that the people are offered a "false freedom".

It struck me that too often anymore people are offered "freedoms" that lack authenticity. They are shallow substitutes for more substantial things. One of those is the other theme: family. And the power of a loving one. I loved this about Remake

And I loved the satisfying ending. While it was obvious there's more to come in the story, I wasn't left hanging. I'll be in a hurry to pick up the next book.

And I have some hopes for a certain best friend of Nine's and a sister of Kai's ...


To celebrate the release of the trailer, the author is having a giveaway.

Second Meandering ...

I've been so busy with other things that I've forgotten or been unable to talk about the books I'm reading. I'd been trying to keep track of them by month. Yeah. That didn't work. Here's what I'm currently reading:

What do I think?

Daughter is YA fantasy about the daughter of a king who was forced to abdicate so he could marry her mother (a mage). The daughter is placed in a similar position (choosing position/love or the magic inside her). I love Mansfield's books.

Match is a prequel novella to Miss Match which comes out later this month. Armstrong is fabulous with voice, and her characters are so real.

Dragon is one I'm reading to hubby. Alex has grown so much as a writer; this is his best yet. The story is a wonderful mix of character growth and action. We're loving it.

Shadows is a collection of short stories from the Mercy Thompson world. I'm listening to the audiobook. This first story is how Samuel Cornick (a very old werewolf) and Ariana (a fae) fell in love a very long time ago. They meet again in Brigg's Silverborne, so I know this does not end well. Briggs said she only wrote because her fans asked for it so much.

For the Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge, I've read 29 of my 75 books. Here's what I've read so far this year:


What have you been reading?

Anyone see the new Avenger's movie this weekend? We're hoping to go in the next week or two, when the crowds thin out a bit.

23 comments:

  1. I was super impressed with Ilima's trailer. Awesome how many books you've read. I'm going through a reading challenge where I'm just not reading that much lately and watching more TV. I don't love it, but it's helping me get through my challenging times. I guess it's okay for now.

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    1. Sorry to hear about your reading challenge. I hope things settle down for you and you're able to read again.

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  2. Thanks! Glad you and your husband are enjoying Dragon. And that you think it's my best so far.
    I have Ilima's book and look forward to reading it.

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    1. I hope you enjoy Ilima's book. Thanks for writing such a great story with Dragon.

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  3. You've read a lot... how does it feel reading your own books? I always admire myself when I read my translations LOL

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    1. It's actually kind of fun to read my own stories. I loved them enough to write them, after all. ;)

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  4. You know a book is good when you feel for the characters that much. Seen avengers indeed, awesome it was.

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  5. You've gotten a lot of books read so far. And thank you for your review. Adds to my desire to check Ilma's book out.

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    1. I hope you find the time. It's an awesome read.

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  6. The last 7 days have been grueling. One more day to go and I'll be able to take a day off from the Salon. There's been no movies for me and little reading and writing. I could fall asleep on my feet.

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    1. Ugh. Sorry to hear things are so tough for you right now. We've had some home drama too. *sigh*

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  7. I loved Remake too!

    Not so into A Thousand Pieces of You, though. I was kinda eh about it.

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    1. There were parts of A Thousand Pieces of You that were great. It's a fascinating read for me, but I struggled a little with some of the leaps. I'll check out the next book though.

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  8. Thanks for sharing the love, Donna!

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    1. Thanks for writing such a great read, Ilima!

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  9. Awesome! Liked your view on this book.

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  10. I've read a couple books and posted some reviews. I may take a "friends" reading break to read a series from one of my fav famous authors :)

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  11. This looks like a book I'd love to pick up! So today I got it okayed with my publisher to farm my dystopian (THE DAY IT RAINED GLASS) book out to another publisher. And we're going ahead with SUMMERHOUSE for next year. So excited to get into the dystopian grinder.

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  12. I think this is one of those books you won't be able to put down. Exciting!

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  13. Great books featured here, and you gave me some recs. Congrats to Ilima.

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  14. Love the trailer!!! I still need to read it… ugh… !!!

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