I promised book talk, so here it is. Today I will be talking about the four dystopian series that I’ve read. My thoughts and opinions for these books are mine, and mine alone. I am not telling anybody how to feel.
I’m starting at my least favorite and working towards my favorite.
The 5th Wave trilogy by Rick Yancey: 2/5 stars.
The hype surrounding The 5th Wave made me curious. The alien invasion, plus a warrior protagonist and a depressing world that the synopsis promised sounded like something I would enjoy. And I enjoyed part of it, but issues with the characters got in the way. Evan and Cassie were those characters. I found them both annoying, but more than that, they each mistreated the other, and their actions were validated. I thought that Ringer would save the series for me, but sadly her actions in The Infinite Sea made me dislike her a great deal. Ben/Zombie was the one thing I kept going for. He was the warrior I wanted, the brave underdog, the one who hoped against hope. Sadly Ben, Sammy, and Megan were the only characters I liked.
The ending, I think, was meant to be emotional, but it was really the only way to end that trilogy without all the characters running off into the sunset with butterflies all around. I felt nothing but annoyance reading the conclusion. And I will not be reading the books that Yancey is adding the the series.
Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi: 2/5 stars.
I am not a person who enjoys a lot of romance. If you have an engaging storyline and good characters, you don’t need romance, in my opinion. If you’ve heard of this series at all, you most likely heard that the romance plays a big part. If it can be called that. There is no true connection. Juliette was to desperate and too hopeless. Adam should have understood that she was in a difficult place, and that she needed to take care of herself instead of bang him. And Warner’s behavior toward Adam is validated, and I won’t accept that. The love-triangle was so messy, and made up of three incredibly immature people.
This is a rumored dystopia, but paranormal romance would work better. The world building is brief and scattered. The glimpse of the world that we get in Unravel Me is interesting, but too rushed for my taste. The conclusion was the worst part. Rushed, under-developed, aggravating, and just wrong in so many ways. I’m undecided as to whether or not I’m reading the three books Mafi is adding.
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins: 3/5 stars.
The sad thing about this trilogy is that I loved The Hunger Games, but as the trilogy continued, it went downhill and became irritating. The first installment was exactly what I wanted: engaging, fast-paced, smart, and real. But when I read Catching Fire, I noticed Collins’ scenes becoming confusing and repetitive. Even so, the ending did make me curious about the finale. Mockingjay was such a disappointment. It dragged for most of the book, became a chore to read and a struggle to finish.
This trilogy did not need the love-triangle. The romance was always a minor part, but Collins could have omitted the romance completely, and I might have liked it more. Katniss spent the majority of the book flip-flopping, and I was too irritated with her by the end to care. And the death that was meant to impact me (if you’ve read the books, you know who I’m talking about) didn’t really effect me. I was surprised, but I didn’t know that character well enough to feel anything when she died.
The ending was satisfying, but I still had questions about some other characters. It isn’t what I wanted, but it’s what I got, and I’ll accept that.
Heart of Dread trilogy by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston: 5/5 stars.
I read this trilogy over a year ago, and I still don’t know if I’m capable of writing a coherent review for it. This trilogy is my favorite. Ever. My favorite trilogy ever.
I’m not even sorry.
I loved the world that Johnston created for us, weaving darkness and danger throughout each book. The battle/fighting scenes were done perfectly, with every hint of suspense and fear that I could’ve asked for. I loved how I felt that I was in these books, alongside these characters, feeling what they were.
The characters were everything to me. I saw myself in Nat; she was a fighter. I loved her for a heroin. She was witty and strong and smart and just amazing. The supporting characters were all funny and lovable in their own way. I loved the entire cast.
Now, I need to talk about our second protagonist, Ryan Wesson. I loved him. This is my fictional boyfriend, guys. I literally love him. He was brave, he was soft, he was tough, he was everything. He’s been down a road that he isn’t completely proud of, and has lost many things important to him, which made me love him even more. I cried with Nat in the ending.
If you’ve read this far, I hope you enjoyed this little post about dystopian series I loved/hated. I hope to do more like this in the future, so keep an eye out.