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N.K. Jemisin – The Fifth Season [1]

fifthseasonI took this book for all the wrong reasons, yet loved it to bits never the less. “The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth 1; ISBN 0316229296; 468p.; Goodreads) is a colossal fantasy book, falling under the general genre of sci-fi too. The world is nothing like I ever read before, and the threat to it is even more so. There’s just nothing I can compare it to. And I promise, it feels like pure high-fantasy, so if you don’t like sci-fi, don’t even think of it as of such.

Father Earth is angry with all those crawling little things at the top. No one is sure why, but the anger is constantly there, on ever shifting, trembling, constant seismic activities undergoing surface. Any quake can start a new Season, and humans can only pray they have enough to outlast it, until sun comes out the ash-filled skies, lava cools, and volcanoes choke their last. It is because of this constant threat that people hate, and fear the breed of people called Orogenes. For even a babe in a cradle can quench a tremor, tapping into it as easily, as it breathes. And just as well, that babe can grow, get angry, and set off something that’ll kill them all. And that’s not the only odd race of beings here.

Damaya was one of the orogenes given away to Guardians, assassins who can turn their power against them, if need be, and thus, by humans, considered the lesser evil, even if they aren’t. But Damaya trained, learned, and not being of seemingly any special skill, was put to pair with a ten-ringer Alabaster. Her chaotic accidental power, born out of no where, to his well bred potential. It’s just that they don’t like each other much, and yet not only are they required to try for a baby, but get on with an assignment too. One that changed their lives forever, and the rest of the world’s too.

This was a superb book I cannot even begin describing. If I thought that Final Empire / Mistborn was great, then this is more. The characters are so very interesting, with their own personalities, that don’t just fill in for others. There’s easy acceptance of trans character being who they are, and a little tiny love triangle where Damaya and Alebaster fell for the same guy. But it went well, that guy liked them both anyway. There’s beings that walk through stone like it’s water, and mountains, well, obelisks, that follow people around, inching with their colossal size towards them. It’s all so very amazing. 5 out of 5, really.

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Dmitry Glukhovsky – Metro 2035

2035Let me tell you straight away, I’m angry. I am very angry at “Metro 2035” book by Dmitry Glukhovsky (ISBN 1539930726; 497p.; Goodreads), the final book in the story. All that you might have loved about those books is destroyed here. You’ve been lied to, you’ve been deceived. This is no better than another Silo/Wool book, because all I hated about those is now true here.

Artyom, for hell knows what reasons, keeps fighting his way out of the station, onto the surface. There he climbs the highest towers, undisturbed by anything living, with not a single monster in sight. Then he takes out his radio, and tries to contact the rest of the world, hoping that the Moscow Metro, the same one that thinks him a hero for ridding the world of the Dark Ones, is not the only humanity left. Only his own station knows the truth, and thinks him a madman. They believe that the Dark Ones, back in the day, cracked his brain a tad bit, and constant exposure to radiation is by far not helping the condition. They’re getting more annoyed by a day, for, by going out, what’s he dragging back in? All that opening and closing of the seals can’t be healthy. And it’s hardly a coincidence, that the mushrooms, the same ones whole Metro is eating as main source of food, is now suffering a devastating plague.

Homer travels all the way to the station Hero lives in, hoping to hear his story from his own lips, hoping to write a book. In the end, it wasn’t just Miller who mentioned Artyom, but Hunter too. He has to see this legendary young man, and find out why he, he alone, the savior of this Metro, believes that he doomed the humanity by destroying its worst enemy – the Dark Ones.

 

I loved the first book. Nothing was real in the darkness, and you could trust no senses. The voice might be real, but it might as well be the dark seeping through your ears, telling you lies. Artyom, in the dark, was told to stop once, and he did. And that saved his life. I loved the second book too. Hunter was a broken man. Dark Ones tried to communicate, but found his mind incompatible, thus accidentally, or purposefully, splitting it. Now he lives with madness inside of him, and constantly battles his other self. And then there’s this shit. Whatever you loved – is a lie. Whatever you liked – was faked. To add to that, the plot has ridiculous holes to it too. So I give it 3 out of 5, merely because of good wishes, and memories of those other good books. Metro 2035 is a book about mushrooms. Metro saga ended at ’34.

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Hugh Howey – Dust [3]

dustAnd so ends the Silo trilogy. With Hugh Howey book “Dust” (Silo 3, ISBN 1490904387; 458p.; Goodreads), which is not even translated to my native yet, but then I’ve read them all in English, so whatever. Not the best dystopian post-apocalypse story, but ended well, and thus it’s fine. I’m feeling very neutral about it…

All the while silos were told the world upstairs was poisonous, and unsuitable for living. Something happened up there long ago, and thus Silos doors need to stay firmly shut. But Jules is no longer content with their stories, proven too often to be nothing but a bunch of lies. She’s up to figure out what’s wrong with the surface on her own, careful to avoid the prying eye of Silo 1. Test the soil in earnest. Test the air. And if she really can’t cross her way via surface to the other silo, she might as well dig…

Silo 1 is in turmoil too. Something’s happening. Dead people, murdered people are appearing. Someone from the top was awakened from their cryogenic sleep, and is feeling enough guilt on what happened to those poor people for all. Things are about to be changed, whether these comfortable puppet masters want it or not.

The books are not bad, they’re just not for me. Everything’s clean, bright, but poisonous. I missed the mind-invading darkness of Metro 2033, and thus I guess my expectations were way off the radar. I’ll give it 3 out of 5, and I assure you, this is NOT a waste of time. In the end, it’s a good story.

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Tag: Sick Book

The usual. On regular basis I check P.S. I Love That Book blog, and steal the tags I liked the most. If you do it – drop me a link. And if you do interesting tags – also drop me a link.

1. Diabetes: name a book that’s too sweet, like REALLY sweet.
I’ll be boring and say, in a good way it was “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl
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2. Chicken Pox: Name a book you only picked up once and never will again.
Anne Rice “Memnoch The Devil“, fifth book in the chronicles.
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3. The Flu: Name a popular book that spreads like a virus.
I am glad to say it’s C.S. Pacat “Captive Prince” trilogy for me, since right after I read it, I realized it is being read all over, and it even got some awards in some places I follow. Not the Twilight level, but then, not the Twilight level.
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4. The Cycle: Name a book that you reread yearly, or at least often.
Old, basically first love – John E. Stith “Reckoning Infinity
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5. Insomnia: Name a book that kept you up all night.
Andy Weir – The Martian. Morning came. Morning went.
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6. Amnesia: Name a book that you’ve forgotten or failed to leave an impact on your memory.
Andy Loriga – “Tokyo Doesn’t Love us Anymore
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7. Asthma: Name a book that took your breath away.
Dmitry Glukhovsky – Metro 2033
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8. Malnutrition: Name a book that lacks food for thought.
Elizabeth May – The Falconer. That’s because I’ve read many just like this one, with differences too minor to make a dent. Otherwise the book and the story in itself is not bad, and if you’re not too oversaturated with these – it’s a decent read, really.
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9. Travel Sickness: Name a book that took you on a journey.
V.E. Schwab – A Darker Shade of Magic. Parallel London counts, right?
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Metro 2035 in Lithuania?

Dmitry Glukhovsky introduced me to post-apocalyptic horror genre, and reminded me just how good a horror filled suspense can be (I believe it is not “healthy” to keep reading too much of same genre: stories start blending together and you realize you’re not finding much new. Even grands like King didn’t impress me much by that day). And if I’m not wrong, Metro 2033 was the first book that kept me awake, for I just wanted to know more, and more, with every finished chapter or page. I guess few real eerie dreams it gave me has something to do with wakefulness too…

I have a tough time reading in Russian, so I went with Lithuanian translations (I have not yet read Futu.re, simply don’t have it yet: if anyone feels generous, I will gladly accept a gift). The very first translation was made by our infamous grands of poor translations and blew in all of our faces. Still, I struggled through it, since I had that book, and it was just that good. But by then I already heard this odd rumor in the wind of there being another publishing house that took it up themselves to re-translate the first book, and translate the second one, Metro 2034 too. When time came to get the second book, I made up my mind, gave away the previous copy I had, and bought two brand new ones by publishers Novelita. I wish to add, that second book has AMAZING illustrations.

I remember the sensation of complete and utter void when I realized there is no more Metro 2033 books to read. Some truly good books leave you reeling, ready to bounce off walls. It’s hard to get into reading after that, since you still breathe the life you just finished living. After all, the story is great. World War III has destroyed the world under nuclear bombs, which resulted in surface becoming unsuitable for humans to live upon. What remained of humanity: huddles together in Moscow Metro station that dupes as bomb shelter. Only the bravest, and the most desperate go up to the surface, in hopes to salvage something that’d keep them alive. For if you can somehow outlive the radiation, there’s monsters and mutants to get you. Some will tear you apart, others will just kill you and eat you. But there are kinds that work far below the skin and bones. After all non has return from Kremlin, with it’s hypnotizing red star atop, to tell the tale of what drawn them there, or what awaits in the darkness behind the doors. Metro tunnels have monsters too, of course, but most dangerous ones are usually avoidable, or can be dealt with by this sort-of army Metro has. And the less dangerous breed is taken care of by local authorities of current Metro station, or those who are the most hungry. Neither of these breeds are the most dangerous. The scariest ones are those who originate on surface, but try to come down into Metro. For that fact alone proves them to be too organized, and much too smart: humans are weak, fairly slow, decent meal. These particular ones have shiny black skin and large black eyes, and nothing stops them. You leave a whole round worth of bullet holes in one, and it just keeps on going. And if it does fall – next one is right behind it. Who are these creatures? The death of what’s left of human race? Or the next step in evolution?

Of course I have played games too. And I admit, I hate FPS for it gives me serious motion sickness, and I never play horror games. But Metro 2033 story was just too good to pass up, so I went with it, and was first in line to get Last Light too. By then I already knew that Metro 2035 the book will be related to that game. And as we know now: it starts where the game ends.

So, yes. Metro 2035 was promised to us a year or two ago, but as long as it comes out: we have to learn to wait patiently and not rush the artists (many shitty video games have proved that, same goes for books, people). After all, it did come out when it did come out. Russian version, and Polish translation are already present in the world, English one being in the works. But as a Lithuanian, with so many terrible publishers being on top, and so many good ones going under, I learned to not expect full series to be translated. E.g. we’ve got first three Vampire Chronicles books, and most likely will never see the rest, for way too many years have already passed. Then there are those translations of those books that just came out way too late after series were “concluded”, like Peter Freund books of Laura. And on top of that, you can’t exactly expect the big guys to reply to you, like ever. Still, I checked my Metro 2033 books, and went straight ahead to Novelita page, kindly asking them whether we’ll get it, and how the date is of no concern if they can’t provide it.

And they said yes.

Thank You, Novelita! And Dmitry Glukhovsky, for these are marvelous books.

 

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Wilbert Stanton – The Artful [1]

TheArtful  I just love post-apocalyptic world settings. Thus it was a natural choice, when discovering Curiosity Quills, to look through the section specified. “The Artful” by Wilbert Stanton (“Shadows of the City: Book one”; ISBN 162007527X; 218p.; Goodreads) caught my eye right away, for you have to admit, that is a good cover. The description in the back promised viruses, broken lands, and adventures. So I humbly inquired about it, and now I must say it was the best choice I have made book-wise so far.

Future New York is more or less a Quarantine Zone. A virus lashed across the land and people know not just how far and wide it went. What they do know tho, that those who pulled through – are still fighting for survival. Sun burns their skin, forcing most to cover until dark, or put on layers upon layers of clothing and suffer through the heat and apparent radiation. Food provisions got scarce. But worst of all – medication became a luxury only the rich could afford. And those all lived up in Empire towers of Manhattan, not caring for the dying outside, huddled in their gangs and tribes for safety and provisions. No, the rich, or the Tower Babies, their only care in the world is to push through another boring day, find a more exciting party, and maybe a better drug than the last time. And since of those they have no shortage, our heroes, Twist and Dodger, famous and infamous Gutter Punks, take it up themselves to sift some away.

The story is full of twists, and bumps, and turns. So, naturally it didn’t go right! The guards were agitated from the start. And then lads met up with their old friend, who held on to his bag as if his life depended on it…

The book was truly a something. I have never met such fun young adults or teenagers in any story before. Immature jokes were just right, adventures were in perfect measure, other characters they met had plenty of their own personalities to not seem mere “support characters” either. And don’t get me wrong, this is not a laugh ride! There’s running for the life situations, brutal beatings, cannibals even! Truly, as a reader I am happy, and I very much hope to get the sequels too. I give the book 5 out of 5, it earned it in every sense, from the slick and fitting cover, to the whole vibe about it.

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