When discussing with co-workers what my next blog post would be about, I casually mentioned I could discuss the sequels I have been reading, but there weren’t that many. Then I realized, most of what I have been reading lately ARE sequels!
After years of looking at the book and debating whether I should read it or not, I finally picked up Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake. It was good timing, too, as the final in the trilogy, Maddaddam, has since been released. I just finished the second in the series, The Year of the Flood. I have to admit I find the books starting out slower but by the end, I am hooked! Then slightly disappointed because it is over, and I have to wait for the next. At least I don’t have to wait for the final installment to be published; I’m just late adding my name to the wait list. For those unfamiliar, these are adult dystopians featuring a future society that, honestly, does not look appealing. Corporations run everything, and science has gone a little crazy, splicing various life forms, such as a lion and a lamb creating a liobam. The leader of a “green” religious group predicts a waterless flood that wipes out much of civilization and those left must learn how to survive. I love dystopic fiction, and this has not disappointed. It is a super interesting concept that is also extremely scary as well. I have a love/hate relationship with futures that do not seem completely implausible, and this type of future does not seem impossible.
A co-worker has asked me several times if I have started Maggie Stiefvater’s The Dream Thieves. It is the second installment of the The Raven Cycle series. Well, I can finally say I have started it.The Raven Boys told the story of Blue Sargeant and a group of boys from the local boarding school. Blue comes from a long line of clairvoiyant women, but she is not herself. She does, however, make their clairvoyance stronger by her presence. The boys are in search of Glendower, a Welsh king believed to be sleeping somewhere along the ley line near where they all reside. The book joins these characters together, with Blue helping the boys to find the ley line. The Dream Thieves focuses on the “bad boy” of the bunch, Ronan Lynch. I will be interested to see how the two books connect and move the story along! I have been told this title is even better than the first. As a side note, I listened to the audiobook of The Raven Boys. The reader did a good job, but what I really loved was his use of southern accent. It is a great listen
Years ago, I believed the story of Bridget Jones was over. I was wrong! Mad about the boy picks up Bridget’s life fifteen years later. I am not very far into yet, but she has not changed much in her idiosyncrasies. I don’t feel I can say too much without giving anything away, and as I say, I am not far along so I don’t entirely know where the story will take me. I figure with all the heavier themed books I am reading, it is nice to have one that isn’t so serious!
Finally, I recently completed the last installment of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Again, it is a dystopia, but this time a teen series. Allegiant again picks up immediately from where the second title, Insurgent, ended. Admittedly, there were some plotting issues throughout the series, but I still enjoyed them. In Allegiant, readers learn how and why the factions were established and what is beyond the fence. It does have a pretty controversial ending that has readers talking!