Feeder…✧/5

Title: Feeder
Author: Patrick Weekes
Start date: November 21, 2017
Finish date: November 25, 2017
Note: Special thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing a digital copy for review.

✧/5 (DNF)

What. A. Hot. Mess. This was sadly a DNF for me because I just couldn’t bring myself to care about what happens in the end, and the thing is, I tried very very hard to finish this because I was already so far into the book. I think that says a lot about how frustrated I was with Feeder.

Let’s discuss the good because this book wasn’t all bad. Feeder is a fast-paced YA Science Fiction featuring a group of ethnically/physically diverse and superpowered teenagers; think rogue X-Men characters. If there was one positive thing about this novel, it would be the inclusion of LGBTQ2+ characters and how they were depicted as strong, confident and capable human beings, rather than being plagued with trivial issues. These traits are rarely seen in YA fiction and it’s nice to see some different representation. While the cast of characters is intriguing, I was also surprised to notice that the multiple points of views weren’t confusing. Each character had their own distinct voice and personality so it was easy to differentiate them from one another; they were truly unique individuals and that made the story a little easier to get through (up until the point where I gave up because I had issues with the plot and lack of explanations).

Another positive thing about Feeder is the action sequences. There’s never a dull moment and it is most certainly extremely fast-paced. If you thought you could take a breather to absorb information and details about this interesting world, think again. I felt like there was never a pause button for the plot, and for some readers that may be a great thing. I didn’t find a section of the book where nothing was happening.

However, the lack of world building and the constant barrage of action and dialogue just wasn’t for me. I had so many questions that were left unanswered for way too long. There wasn’t a gradual explanation for the whys, hows, whens, and whats.

I wanted to know more about the feeders, the history of what happened, whether the infected can be saved at all, why weren’t the teens concerned about their infected parents (they kind of just…gave up on them after learning their fates), who’s running the government that would allow all this to happen and why weren’t they doing anything about it, how did the feeders even get here and why are they attacking humans, if Lori is not fully human, how is her brother safe, plus so much more. We’re inexplicably dropped into this world and expected to just deal with it. I also want to know why the feeders are so sassy!

Readers are presented with the good guys who are supposed to save the world and the bad guys hell-bent on destroying it, and not much else for context. I did begin to see some explanations 3/4 into the book, but I had lost interest already by then. I also wanted to learn about the backstory behind all these interesting and diverse characters, but sadly, was left wondering about that throughout the book. Reading Feeder was like watching a Michael Bay film: explosions, action-action-action, more explosions, hot girls, weird alien things, and additional explosions just in case there wasn’t enough at the start.

To further prove my point, there was an odd scene where Handler simply tells Lori that she has a power she was previously unaware of. How does Handler know this? Where does Handler get all its information? What IS Handler? Maybe this is covered in the later chapters, but I feel like I shouldn’t have to wait until the very end to get basic questions answered.

Feeder attempts to do too much in too little pages and word count. It is an extraordinarily short book for such an immense concept. This one just wasn’t for me.

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Final Girl…✧/5

Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Start date: July 18, 2017
Finish date: N/A…Abandoned

✧/ 5

Warning! Some spoilers ahead.

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I’M SO SAD AND DISAPPOINTED. I was really excited for Final Girls because not only did the premise sound interesting, but I also have not read a really good thriller/horror this year yet.

To simply put it, I couldn’t care enough about the story or the characters; especially not pill-popping heroine Quincy. When you find yourself not giving a single fuck about the “tragic” protagonist, then there’s something clearly wrong, and unfortunately, throwing the book out the window and jumping ship is the quickest solution.

Final Girls is about the aftermath of a massacre similar to that of Friday the 13th slasher films. We follow Quincy Carpenter who is struggling hard with trying to live a “normal life” with her boyfriend. Everything is fine and dandy until a fellow final girl Lisa randomly commits suicide which triggers a series of events that cause Quincy to revisit her own trauma.

What a hot mess of a book.

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Alive, by Scott Sigler…✧ /5

Title: Alive
Author: Scott Sigler
Start Date: August 21, 2015
Finished: August 30, 2015

✧ / 5

I couldn’t even finish enough chapters to warrant a full hate post for this book. I’ll just start off by saying how much this book annoyed me, which was a shame because the premise sounded very interesting.

This was so obviously written by a man and you notice it right away since the first few pages are dedicated to breasts. Breasts. Galore. I don’t know about you all but yes boobs are quite fascinating and lovely and bouncy, but I’ve never examined my own with such intensity and wonder as these characters have.

There’s not just one or two scenes where these girls are playing doctor and probing their giant breasts (yes I’m exaggerating a little bit but I kind of have to since this is such an annoying book, have I mentioned that yet?) AND also, why does EVERY girl have such gigantic boobs in this? CALM DOWN with your porno school girl fantasy Sigler. These females are running around with their tits bouncing and little school girl skirts flailing about. You just know that Sigler had a hard-on while he wrote this.

Note: This review contains no spoilers.

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