Book #15: Scored by Lauren McLaughlin

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While I loved the concept of this book I felt that there is so much that could have been explored. The novel never showed what the nation wide affects were of the ScoreCorp’s program nor did it show the full impact that growing up under the system would have on the individual in the long term in terms of ethics and relationships. It also failed to show in any way that the scoring system was corrupt or even begin to imply what companies could do with the data they collected from all that information the system continuously collected. The book seemed more focused on whether the concept was sound and spent much of the book debating whether or not it helped or hurt society despite the fact that it ultimately did not show any of the effects it was having in the macro view of the world. Ultimately, I think that the book was trying to say something profound with its ending but it came up short. It’s an intriguing enough concept to read the book but frustratingly lacking depth.

Book: #15 of 100

Number of Pages: 225

Total Number of Pages: 4,556

Days Remaining: 322

Book #11: Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern

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A nice coming of age story Into the Wild Nerd Yonder was short and to the point. I think that I might be a little too old to truly appreciate this one but I think she did a good job seeing things from a perspective of a teenager and I did like seeing Jessie go from being a push over to being a part of a group of people that made her feel at home. The book had an easy way about it and while I did not eagerly devour it as I have some of the books on this list I easily breezed through it. Had I wanted to I think I could have easily finished it in an afternoon.

Book: #11 of 10

Number of Pages: 245

Total Number of Pages: 3468

Days Remaining: 339

Book #10: Rain of the Ghosts by Greg Weisman

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This book almost read like a screen play. In fact it felt more like the first episode of a TV show than a completed novel. Was disappointed to find that the series is still in the works since I tend to binge read series from start to finish. Had I known that it was the start of what is likely to be a long series I may have skipped it over and waited it out. I am intrigued by the concept especially the powers that come from the Zemi and what other ghosts they will find along the way but I can’t go into too many details with out spoiling things. I do want to see where it is going and at some point I will definitely come back and continue this series. I think it might be better suited for a visual media instead of a book series though.

Book: #10 of 100

Number of Pages: 229

Total Number of Pages: 3223

Days Remaining: 341

On a side note I am sorry for the delay in getting this review up. I just started a new job and the hours are a little crazy for me right night since I have issues with my commute but I will be picking up speed again soon. Still on track to reaching my goal.

Book #7: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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I’m not sure how I expected this book series to end but I was surprised at which characters lived and which died. I wish that the ending would have gone into some more details about how the new Capitol was structured, what happened in the last Hunger Games, and what became of some of the supporting cast but all in all I found the ending to be relatively satisfying. I thought it was fitting that Katniss ended up with Peeta and that people found a way to rebuild and move on with their lives. I also appreciated that the author did not wave a magic wand and make the wounds that were inflicted by the tragedies they faced disappear or completely fade away as authors so often do with these types of books.  May check out Collins’ Gregor the Overlander series at some point.

Book: #7 of 100

Number of Pages: 458

Total Number of Pages: 2394

Days Remaining: 357

Book #6: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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The second book in the series was quite entertaining although I felt the time in the arena seemed a little rushed. I enjoyed the implications of the uprisings against the Capitol although I was disappointed we didn’t get extended details about the other Districts or get to know the full extend of what is going on. I suppose that we are only given the opportunity to know what is happening through Katniss POV and she didn’t know the full extend so it’s only natural we wouldn’t have those details. I’m hoping when I watch the movie that it will fill in some of those details like they did in the first movie. I did enjoy this book though and finished it in half the time of the first book. I look forward to wrapping up the series.

Book: #6 of 100

Number of Pages: 472

Total Number of Pages: 1936

Days Remaining: 358

Book #5: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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I have been meaning to get around to reading this series since I saw the movie a few years back. I have the box set of the three books so expect to see the other two added to my list soon. The book was so close to the movie I was actually disappointed. I expected them to have left a lot out but most of it was there and in fact it seemed like the movie gave you more details since you found out about what was happening outside the arena. Unfortunately, the book is never as good if you watch the movie first. I can’t fault the book for that. I do enjoy the author’s writing style and the character. Thankfully I have only seen the first movie in the series so I am sure the remaining books will be better. Will keep you posted on my progress.

Book: #5 of 100

Number of Pages: 454

Total Number of Pages: 1464

Days Remaining: 359