When Ellie and her friends return from a camping trip in the Australian bush, they find things hideously wrong — their families are gone. Gradually they begin to comprehend that their country has been invaded and everyone in their town has been taken prisoner. As the reality of the situation hits them, they must make a decision — run and hide, give themselves up and be with their families, or fight back.
I have only really just put this book down and I don’t like to start a review negatively but I feel disappointed by this book. Since I started my dystopian challenge this is a book I have been really interested to read but having read it I’m not totally convinced I would count it as dystopian. It is the story of a group of friends who go off camping to a remote part of the bush and when they return it has been invaded. They work out roughly what has happened and so put together supplies and return to their camp to decide what to do. The book is being written by Ellie, who has been nominated to record everything that has happened to them so far. As a result of this we get to live through her emotions as the story unfolds but what annoyed me was that it included a love triangle. I know this book is 11 years old and before the fad but it still always puts me off a story. Whats more I just didn’t find it an understandable thing to be worrying about giving else that was going on. The disappointment however was the actual story, it just didn’t feel realistic. Some of the things that are said and the actions they take are pretty extreme and I just don’t think teens would act that way in that situation. Maybe that is me just being cynical but it didn’t work for me. The thing I did like though was the look at evil and nature. Ellie is really interested in these concepts and her musings about them are interesting to think about. Overall I didn’t hate this book I just didn’t feel that excited by it. It was an easy read and I don’t think I will read any more of the series but I will try the film.
This weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread. This another easy list thankfully. I am quite good at buying books that go unread for ages, usually because I already have too many books to read.
Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
Kissing The Rain by Kevin Brooks
Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
The Fearful by Keith Gray
The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale
31 Dream Street by Lisa Jewell
The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike
What Books Have Are Still Sitting Unread On Your Shelves?
Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a great night bringing in the bells.
Today is the first day of a new year and it is also a Tuesday! so that means Top Ten Tuesday. To start off this year our topic is Top Ten books I Resolve To Read In 2013. I have decided that these have to be books that I already own and are sitting in my to-read pile. Some of them have been their for years I think 2013 might just be their year.
Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden
Wither by Lauren Destenfano
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garci and Margaret Stohl
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Journey to the edge of the World by Billy Connolly
The Green Mile by Stephen King
Jane Austen I read my first Jane Austen book in 2012 and I hope that next year I might be able to get through at least one more.
Harry Potter by JK Rowling I’m not totally sure I will fit this in but I really want to re-read all the books.
So after not very much consideration I have decided that I am going to challenge my love of Dystopian and take part in Blog of Erised’s Dystopian Reading Challenge 2013. The aim of the challenge is to try and read 24 dystopian novels between 1st January 2013 and 31 December 2013 although there are different levels and badges are gained as you reach each one.
Level 1: Recruit (1 to 6 books)
Level 2: Rebel (7 to 12 books)
Level 3: Revolutionist (13 to 18 books)
Level 4: Leader (19+ books)
I am hoping that I can reach at least REVOLUTIONIST as I have plenty of dystopian books on my to-read list and I am hoping to re-read some of my favourite series as new books and films are released.
As with all challenges there are a few rules set by the host;
The challenge will run from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Each month will have its own link form so you will be able to share your book reviews. You do not have to review the books you read to participate, but only those who read/reviewed at least one dystopian book will be able to participate in the giveaway (you can track your reading without the reviews with Goodreads, Shelfari etc.).
Books that count in this challenge must include any form of post-apocalyptic theme (book sites like Goodreads are good sources of genre information). The books must be full-length.
All formats allowed.
It does not matter whether it’s a series or a stand-alone book.
If you are participating, grab the challenge button from below and post it on you blog. You can also make a post with the header (the code is also below). Please include the link back to this post so others will be able to participate as well.
If you will participate, put the sign-up link to your blog post (about the challenge) or blog (for the button) directly into the linky below. Sign-ups will be open until December 20, 2013.
You do not have to list your books in advance, go and do as you please. Read as many as you want (you can read more than 24!) and whenever you want, as long as you have fun!
Info about the giveaway will be available in December 2013.
If you want to join in you can sign up here where you will also find a list of some of the dystopian novels you could read for the challenge.
I can’ t wait to get started on this challenge and I have created a page for this challenge where I will put links to the posts of the books I have read as I review them.
So far I have a rough idea of the books I want to get through for the challenge. There are a lot of next books in series coming out and even a few films so I am going to re-read whole series. This means a lot of them so far on my list are re-reads but you can’t beat a great dystopian novel.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mokingjay by Suzanne Collins
Slated by Teri Terry
Fractured by Teri Terry
Matched by Ally Condie
Crossed By Ally Condie
Reached by Ally Condie
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Next in Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Fever by Lauren DeStefano
Sever by Lauren DeStefano
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
The Program by Suzanne Young
The Declaration by Gemma Malley
The Resistance by Gemma Malley
The Legacy by Gemma Malley
This list covers me for the challenge but I do have other dystopian novels on my to-read list that I may get into instead or as well.