I recently finished reading the Under the Never Sky series. Another one where I listened to the first and read ebooks of the next two. This wasn’t your typical dystopia simply because it wasn’t solely about a destructed society. There actually is a great society, but Aria gets kicked out of it and has to find her way among the destruction. In come Peregrine, an obvious love interest from day one, and three books follow. Thankfully, there are no ridiculous love triangles and Aria always tells Perry what she is thinking. She’s a bit helpless in the beginning, but not because she is a woman, rather because she is a society girl. Perry helps break her down for the outside world, and she comes into her own by the end. It wasn’t a fantastic series, but one worth reading. It just falls in the middle of YA dystopia. I would recommend it to the genre lover, but not to someone just getting their feet wet. For that, see the Legend series by Marie Lu. This is my absolute favorite YA dystopian series (considering the atrocity that was Allegient…. Divergent almost had the top prize…)
I’m 1/3 of the way through the last book in the Shatter Me series. I listened to the first one and have read the second and third as ebooks. Maybe it was the audio format, but I really loved the first book. The mystery that surrounded the main character, even as far as her name, was intriguing. And as much as I like Juliette, the love triangle has become tedious. I’m not a fan of people keeping their emotions to themselves to spare another’s feelings, all along the while allowing themselves to be shattered (pun intended). This happened a lot in the City of Bones series. I understand teenagers aren’t always honest and are often afraid, but this is a trope of YA lit that drives me nuts. It’s like forced drama. Dystopian is dramatic enough. There’s no need to throw in complicated love triangles in there, too. Juliette is showing some backbone and has really grown as a character, so I’m hoping her communication skills also progress. But the whole “there’s so much I want to tell you, but can’t because you’ll hate me” concept is so so old.
I read some more of this last night. And although it is easy to read, there are character dynamics that are irritating. Lucy is old enough to think about marriage, but is constantly referred to as “little one.” I’m sure it’s a term of endearment, but it just feels odd to have the dichotomy of marriage age vs little one.
I still don’t see the point of the sequel when the first ended so perfectly. Maybe that was the point…. that happily ever after can’t exist in a dystopia.
I read Book of Ivy last year when it came out. I am a YA dystopia junkie and read it all the time, so I wasn’t expecting anything to surprise me. Been there, done that. But I LOVED this book. Not because it was shockingly unique, but the characters were so dynamic. Ivy is tasked to kill her new husband, Bishop. What happens along the way might be predictable for awhile, but the ending did surprise me. I don’t want to give much away, but it was well worth reading.
Then came the sequel, The Revolution of Ivy. I had high hopes for this one, simply because I loved the first so much. I wasn’t disappointed. Started out a bit slow, but it found it’s way soon enough. Again, no spoilers, but please read these books. It’s a rare two book series. No words wasted. All plausible plots and characters. Really fantastic books. Written by Amy Engel. I will be checking out more of her works in the future!
I recently read Not a Drop to Drink and was pleasantly surprised that it ended so well. It wasn’t a cliffhanger. There was a nice ending with a bow on it. Then, after doing some research, I discovered a sequel. I’m not sure why it exists. Perhaps the author wanted to revisit the plot or the characters. I’m giving it a chance (after having it checked out from the library for over 2 months), but I’m a little irritated that it was written because I feel compelled to read it. Why force a good thing?