Top Ten Tuesday – Top 8 New To Me Authors I Read In 2013

This week the topic from The Broke and The Bookish is our Top Ten New To Me Authors I Read In 2013. I have read quite a few new authors this year, 21 I found out when I sat to compose this list however picking my favourite was actually more complicated. In the end I have just gone for 8 as the others I didn’t really enjoy.

  • Annabel Pitcher
  • Anthony Horowitz
  • Bernard Beckett
  • Mark Zukas
  • James Dashner
  • Dee Shulman
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • Lauren Destefano

What Great New Authors Have You Discovered This Year?

The Death Cure

The Trials are over. WICKED is planning to restore the survivors’ memories and complete the final cure for the Flare.

But Thomas has already remembered more than they think. And he knows WICKED can’t be trusted…

The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?

I was excited about reading this book to find out how the series was going to end but I wish I had taken a break between 2 and 3. The book isn’t that long but it has taken me over 2 weeks to read it because I lost my buzz for the story. This book isn’t as good as the first two in the trilogy but it is still good and there is enough to keep you turning the pages. I love the short chapters that help you feel like you have read lots  and the book did build up a better picture of the rest of the world. For me though there was too much almost pointless running about. I wanted answers about the issue raised in the first two books and a resolution for Tommy and Teresa but I didn’t feel like I got enough of that. On the other hand though one of the things I really like about the series is that although there is a love triangle there it doesn’t take over the story in anyway possible and the balance for me is almost perfect. The ending was the best bit in my opinion. We are left feeling like the best outcome has been achieved and although we can are left with a little mystery to plot about one of the real identity of one of the now main characters it feels right for a little peace to have been achieved, 

The Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trials picks up where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers have escaped the Maze, but now they face an even more treacherous challenge on the open roads of a devastated planet.
And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Can Thomas survive in such a violent world?

In the style of the first book The Scorch Trials provides a harsh task for Thomas and his friends to overcome. They now have to deal with the reality of the world they had been sheltered from crossing the most damaged part of the earth and coming into contact with those who have been infected. For me this book felt more brutal than the last as the boys were now all in danger and had no resources to help them through. For Thomas more questions and confusion were to come particularly about his relationship with Theresa. His dreams about her reveal more about their past but her action lead you to question what you may be thinking. There was one point I was annoyed at Thomas for not listening to her but within the next few chapters suspicion was starting to creep in. The unknown is something I am really enjoying about the books. I feel we still don’t really know if we can trust WICKED or not. Thomas is convinced they are bad, but he was part of them and Theresa still has her tattoo saying they are good so throughout we are fed conflicted idea’s about how good their intentions are. WICKEDs actions in this book were interesting because it showed not only their power over what they were controlling but also their passion or doing it and doing it in the right way. I am excited to find out how this series is going to come to an end and finally finding out the whole truth.

The Maze Runner

Book Blurb

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. 

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

Review

I was pretty skeptical about reading this book because of its cover claim that it is a must for fans of The Hunger Games. I’m not going to say that it is as good as the Hunger Games but I was pleased to find that I did enjoy the book. The start was a bit slow and the frustration the main character, Thomas, felt was shared by me. But it does allow the reader the better understand the position the characters are in. The world they are living in is harsh. The fact that they seem to have everything they could ask for to survive may seem lucky but they have lost their memories and are surrounded by a maze filled with hideous creatures that they can’t seem to solve. When Thomas turns up though things begin to change. People are suspicious about him particularly when the first ever girl is sent to the Glade but Thomas just want to be free and he will do what he thinks is right regardless of what they might find has happened to the world outside the maze. 

It is a really dark idea for a dystopian but as a book it was an enjoyable read, The story moved forward at what I think I may even call the perfect pace with chapters ending on points that made you want to continue on. The action in the story was well placed and just enough was revealed along the way to keep you wanting more. The writing was easy to understand and the characters reflected well how different people would respond to that situation, As the main character Thomas point of view was relatable even for female readers and I particularly liked that his relationship with the female character wasn’t put across as his main concern. Overall I found this a good book and I think that this surprising me made it more enjoyable. It is one fans of dystopian and action novels should give a go and I am interested now to read the second story and discover just what kind of world we were being sheltered from. 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

This week The Broke and The Bookish‘s topic is the Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List. I tend not to really plan so many books for a summer I like to read what I feel but there are a few I would like to get through over the summer and need to keep up with my Dystopian Challenge.

  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris 
  • Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie 
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossenni 
  • Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter 
  • The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs 
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson 
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 
  • The Maze Runner by James Dasher 
  • The Scorch Trials by James Dasher 
  • The Death Cure by James Dasher 

What Books Are At The Top Of Your Summer TBR List?