I would again like to start off by saying thank you to everyone who turned up!! There where a few new faces again, which is always excellent!
I would also like to say thank you to Lissa Price, who sent us through some SWAG!! Yay! It was gratefully received and we all wear our badges with pride :0)
This month we were discussing Starters by Lissa Price.
Overall it scored a 3.5/5 from us. We all liked the book, although we felt it could have done more to fulfil its potential.
We LOVED the concept. A post war America, where only the youngest and oldest generations have survived. The Enders, who are all between 100 and 200 years old, rent out the bodies of the Starters, who are all in their teens, to live young again. Only there is a sinister tone to this underground world of Renters and Donors that is creepy as hell!
Everyone loved the idea, but felt that is was lacking the 'X Factor' that would have made it a truly excellent book. A few of us found that some of the ideas lacked the necessary explanations that would have made the society that Callie lives in easier to understand. This left us feeling a little disappointed.
We were confused by some of choices that Callie made. Maybe that was a result of not really understanding the world in which she lives?
We loved the relationship between Callie and her younger brother Tyler. It was easy to relate to and brought into focus the desperation that being an 'unclaimed' minor would bring.
One thing that we all took issue with was the ever present love triangle. We didn't feel that is was needed in this story and was added for the sake of having one, rather than because the story demanded it. We never really got to know either Micheal or Blake, so we weren't invested either character. It didn't really matter to us who she chose. Maybe that will change in the next book.
We are also intrigued to find out what happens in the next book, as there are loads of hints to things that could happen. I wont go into details as I don't want to spoil it for you!
A couple of our members have written their own reviews, which you can find at these sites;
As I said above, we rated it a 3.5 out of 5. We liked it, but felt that it fell short of it's 5* concept. Saying that it's well worth a read though. We would recommend it for someone who is new to the YA genre.
Our next book is A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, and that meeting is on the 13th of September. So if you're coming to that I have to warn you to have tissues at the ready! lol We are all really looking forward to reading this book, as it is very different to the others we have chosen. I'll be doing a separate post on that book in the next few days to whet your appetite!
We talked again about holding a book swap with the other book club that outrstore runs. We don't have a date for that yet, but I'll let you guys know when we do. We have also picked Octobers book too. Its Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott, who is our author of the month here on the #YABluewater blog this August! Make sure you check out our interview with her on the Author page!
Well that's all for now folks! If you have read Starters let us know what you thought with a comment. Or, if you have any Q's about our reading group leave a comment and I'll get back to you ASAP
See you next post!