It’s time for another book review. This time, I will be combining two books I’ve read this summer and dividing this blog post into each review. As always, you can interact with me on Twitter and WordPress. For now, let’s dive into the book I read in June (and one that I probably won’t read again).
Jane, Unlimited written by Kristen Cashore was released last fall. The book club I’m in decided to read it for June. While I hadn’t heard of the book, I was excited about the chance to read a YA book. Unfortunately, I went in with no understanding of the book and just started reading it from the beginning.
The main character of the story is invited to a gala in New York. Her friends family is hosting the yearly gala, and she agrees to go. The first one hundred or so pages, I loved. I joked that it was a Nancy Drew-like mystery novel and I was enjoying the parts of the plot being missing (knowing that those clues would show itself throughout the story.
It was until I had read past the first universe section, that my hope in finding out certain details fell through. Each section of the book is a different reality, different universe. Each section contains a slight change of focus on characters and decisions.
By the time I had gotten to the last section, I couldn’t just help but laugh. The dog that was in each alternate reality, was part of the puzzle piece. I’m not going to reveal much, but I do suggest people to read her book once. I always suggest for everyone to read someone’s work, even if it isn’t a book I would read.
Personally, I found that Jane, Unlimited was too jaggerred with character development- between five alternate stories. In one Universe, Jane is involved with finding out her families history. The next, Jane’s starting to fall for a girl; nothing happens. The last alternate Universe ends the book, and you never find out which one actually happens and how the story truly ends.
One thing I did enjoy about the book was the incorporation of umbrellas and the hardcover book design.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Waiting for two books to be available for July/August’s book club, I found this book by complete accident. It was just laying on a table at a bookstore, so I went and found it at the library. Written by Lauren James, TLGITU (title abbreviation, it’s a long title) is about a astronaut who has grown-up alone for seventeen years on the Infinity. Romy was born in space, and her mission is to land the Infinity on Earth II. The story transitions from a sci-fy mission to a horror/thriller. This transition is noticeable the last one hundred pages.
While the transitions never bothered me, I was becoming more intrigued about what happened to Romy’s family. In the beginning, all the reader knows is that her parents died on the ship. Every time her parents or the astronauts are mentioned, you don’t truly understand what happened with her family. James saves that last bit of information for later parts in the story. Again, some clues or information about the main characters family could have been revealed sooner. It was a flood rush of information near the end of the story.
Favorite quote from this book, was about being alone.
“Love takes so much energy, and it just leads to pain. I think it’s probably best for people to be self-sufficient. If I was strong enough to be independent, then I wouldn’t be so desperately lonely. I’m sure of it.”
This book, I will mostly read again in a year or so. I also plan on recommending it to various friends, who I know enjoy wonderful sci-fy books. I usually don’t read new releases; this one was released in the fall of 2017. This book was also a nice book to read in four days. That wasn’t my goal, but that’s just how it happened.
Last night, I was reading part of interview done with Lauren James. She hinted at possibly writing a second book for this series. Which, I would love to read. TLGITU ends without any knowledge of how the Infinity lands on Earth; how Earth II is compared to the original Earth; and, how a colony of new species begins on the planet. Lauren’s book was also quite clever at chapter names. Days since the launch, Days till reaching Earth II, etc.
What are some of your least favorite books you’ve read this year? Let me know in the comments below.