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Book Review: Rook by Sharon Cameron

RookRook by Sharon Cameron

This review may be mildly spoilery. I don’t talk about events directly, but I allude to them and state why I liked or disliked them. So if you like going into books completely blind, don’t read this first. You’ve been warned.

I don’t know how I feel about this book. I love it, but at the same time I have a lot of problems with it. I feel like I’m going to obsess about it for a very long time but every time I do, I’ll say “this is so great but ugh, that part.” I’m honestly uncertain how to rate it. Hopefully by the end of the review I’ll have a better idea, haha.

So Rook is a book that is set in Paris, 800 years after The Great Death, which is when humanity got so caught up in their technological advances that they became completely dependent, and when technology failed, humanity did as well. There are a few things alluded to that caused this technological failure but it’s never fully explained. So the technology is the book is limited, either destroyed by time or outlawed in fear of repeating history. This gives the setting an almost Victorian-like feel to it. Fluffy dresses, messed up social roles, horse and buggies.

One thing I really loved about this book was how many thought experiments it sparked for me. The characters collect and unearth scraps of humanity 800 years prior throughout this book. A water bottle, a nintendo controller, CDs… and they have no idea what any of these things are or what they were used for. I often thought about one of these characters popping into our present day, espeically those who illegally tried to piece together humanity’s history, and being amazed by everything around them from cars to indoor plumbing. And the cool part of it would be they’d be amazed not because humans had never had it before, but because they had and has lost it. I feel that in itself could be a spin-off. Hint hint, Ms Cameron.

Another thing I loved was the detail that was put into the world. The detail of the social roles and inequalities, the gritty feeling you got when the characters were in Paris, now dubbed The Sunken City or The City of Light, depending on who in the book was talking about it. I fell in love with Paris 800 years from now and while I hope humanity doesn’t turn the way it did in this book, I still kinda long for that Paris to happen. I want to experience it. Ignore that I’ll be long dead by then, shh.

But as much as I loved this book’s setting and all the brain activity that came with it, there were a few major things that when I read them, it made me roll my eyes or sigh or huff or so on and so forth. First off is the characters. The characters were kind of likable I suppose, but I didn’t really connect with any of them. So as well as the world was thought out, I feel the characters took a back seat in the development department. I mean I didn’t actively dislike them or anything, but I didn’t feel anything at all so… I suppose not actively disliking them is a good thing?

And then there was the romance. It felt kinda ‘oh by the way, here’s this’. I feel like the author wanted to write a romance story but caught up in the world and only remembered she wanted the romance to happen at the last moment so it kind of all felt really rushed. There was an awkward love triangle thing that while the main character was really good at not being all “Oh, who should I choose!” and chose pretty damn quickly, the whole thing I feel was used as a plot device. Like, I feel that it was in there purely to have the ‘other guy’ do something else later in the book that he wouldn’t have done if this weird thing with the main character wouldn’t have happened. (and that other thing which I will not mention felt like such an unnecessary thing. I mean really)

And the final thing I didn’t like about the book was how grief was handled. I feel like this ties into ‘I didn’t feel for the main characters’ and that’s because that when a death occurred, nobody seemed to be actually mourning for the person. I mean, I can understand if you’re in the middle of an epic battle and don’t have time, but none of that was happening during what I’m talking about. It was like ‘oh, this person died, gonna have a funeral’ and nobody cried or anything. The characters felt cardboard.

And you know the worst part? A lot of the stuff I didn’t like about this book didn’t occur until near the end, so I was highly, highly enjoying it until suddenly it all came crashing down. I was totally prepared to give it five stars, but I can’t do it anymore. What I really want is for the author to make another book set in this universe, but scrap all the characters and start fresh. I would love a spin-off. Gimme a spin-off. Gimme.

Gimme.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Swing and a miss

 
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Posted by on 09/12/2015 in Books, Review

 

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Sunshine Blogger Award!

sunshine-blogger

I got nominated for an award :”D It was done by Meredith, so thank you muchly. The point of this award is to recognize bloggers who bring sunlight into your life from being creative, inspiring and positive in their posts.

Rules:
– Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
– Nominate some wonderful bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer.

Here are the questions Meredith asked me:

What’s your favorite season of the year (ex. fall, winter) and why?

Fall, definitely. Summer’s too hot, winter’s too cold. Springs okay, but fall has death to bugs, so I like it a lot more. And I like fall colors more than spring colors :”D AND SAY NOTHING ABOUT PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES THEY’RE DELICIOUS AND YOU KNOW IT.

If you happened to borrow Mr. Peabody’s Wabac (time-machine), what time period would you visit?

This one’s a hard question. I think I’d go back to one of those ‘mysterious disappearance’ places and find out what happened to everybody. Odds are I’d be scarred for life or get wiped out with them, but at least I’d know for sure and I’d leave a note under a rock or something for archaeologists to find saying “A whole bunch of sharks leaped out of the water and ate us all” or something like that. The one that interests me most at the moment is one I added a book about to my tbr on a few weeks ago, so it showed up in a friday finds post. I want to know what happened to the Anasazi people. They were a tribe of people who lived in what is now Nevada area. Their technological advances rivaled the Mayans, and then one day they vanished. Nobody knows what happened to them. I think I’d go back in time to then and find out.

Who is your favorite character in The Lion King? If you haven’t watched it, shame on you.

Pumba. I feel like I could hug him anytime I wanted and he’d totally be okay with it. Everyone else would try to eat me.

Current favorite song?

I very much appreciate that you added ‘current’ to that question.

If you were forced to play a card game, and your life was the prize, which game would you prefer playing? (ex. poker, black jack, etc.)

Probably Cards Against Humanity, because I’m pretty good at being terrible. I’d use my scumbagness to save my life :”D

What is your favorite book series of all time?

This is hard. D: This is an unfair question and you know it. I want to say Harry Potter just because it’s my entire childhood and teenagerhood and every time I reread it I like it just as much. But at the same time, I there are others that are recent finds that I love so much too. So I’m just going to say Harry Potter, purely because I still enjoy it after 16 years.

Do you enjoy camping?

I’ve never been camping. :”D But I would assume no because I don’t like bugs.

What’s your preferred type of weather?

Stormy. The thundery-er the better.

What’s the quickest time it has taken you to finish a book?

I’m thinking one day, but that’s really rare. I have never read a book in one sitting. Even if I finish it within a day, it’s from two or three sittings. I just can’t sit still that long, I get fidgety.

Have you ever ridden a horse?

Nope!

How many books have you read this year so far?

80. My goal is 100, so if I keep going at this pace, I should do fine. :”D


There are my questions. Here are my nominations:

Shivii from Brown Eyed Musings

Jesse from BooksatDawn

Panda from Panda’s Books

Amanda from Ladycorvinous

Zezee at Zezee with Books

Abookishowl (I need a name to call you! Real name, internet name, dun matter! Just a name! xD)

If you’ve done this award or aren’t interested in doing it, that’s totally fine :”D If you do want to do it, tell me when you do so I can read it! Here are my questions for all of you:

  1. Do you drink coffee? If so, how do you take it?
  2. What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning?
  3. Do you have an interest or hobby that you don’t have anybody nearby who also likes it to talk and nerd about it with? What is it?
  4. What is currently your favorite song?
  5. What is currently your favorite movie?
  6. How spicy or not-spicy do you like your food?
  7. What’s your favorite quote?
  8. What’s your style of clothing?
  9. Do you have a bucketlist? What’s your number one thing on it?
  10. What’s your favorite food?
  11. When’s the last time you bought a book?

And that’s all she wrote. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/05/2015 in Nominations

 

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Friday Finds #6 – September 4 2015

Guess who hasn’t written much this week. Time’s up, it’s me. Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by A Daily Rhythm where you highlight all the books you’ve added to your to-read list in the past week. This week I did a lot of book hunting but didn’t read nearly as many as I added. So as usual, my list of books to read has increased. Maybe I’ll read them by the time I’m dead. Maybe.

They are:

Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3)Reckless (Mirrorworld, #1)ZeroesPrisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)The Girl in 6E (Deanna Madden, #1)The Buried GiantPenpalChampion (Legend, #3)Geek LoveHereMalice (The Faithful and the Fallen, #1)When You Are Engulfed in FlamesThe Crane WifeMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Pointing out the ones that are particularly striking to me:

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke. I’ve actually owned this book for years. Years. I don’t even remember when I bought it. I’ll have to reread the first two books before I can read this one. I don’t know why I never read it, I really liked this series when I was younger. I’m just kind of afraid of rereading it and not liking it as much as I did. so this’ll be interesting.

The other one is Champion by Marie Lu. I added this before I finished book 2, but when I finally did finish it… I don’t know man. The author pulled one of those “BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE” really bad plot devices. It kinda makes me not want to read book 3. I probably will, but it’s gonna take some effort I think. Goodness. If you read this one and liked book 3, let me know, give me some encouragement.

If there are any other books you’d like to know about, do let me know. I don’t… honestly I don’t have the energy to go into the rest, haha. Classes this year are murdering me and it’s only two weeks in. And notice I still haven’t posted a favorites post yet for August. :”D I’m so behind. Today’s friday and I have a four day weekend – gonna try to get out a post or three.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/04/2015 in Books, Friday Finds

 

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