They Both Die at the End…✧✧✧/5

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Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Start date: October 14, 2017
Finish date: October 18, 2017

✧✧✧/5

(Warning: This review may contain some spoilers)

I was expecting Adam Silvera’s latest novel to give me all the feels like History is All You Left Me did, but I found myself speed reading through portions of this dialogue heavy story to get to the end instead. It wasn’t that it was horribly written or didn’t cover a heavy topic well enough; it was more so I was bored and I wanted to know how they both die at the end.

Let’s just say it wasn’t all bad, but it also wasn’t all good.

I wanted to be gutted by the end of the story, and I wanted to care deeply enough for these characters that I dread their untimely demise; however, I was more so excited and waiting for their deaths to happen.

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Warcross by Marie Lu…✧✧✧✧/5

Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Start date: October 4, 2017
Finish date: October 12, 2017

✧✧✧✧/5 (Technically 3.5/5 but I rounded up)

(Warning: This review may contain some spoilers)

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I’m a gamer so when I heard about another YA release, this time by a female ASIAN author, about a game tournament I was ecstatic. I needed this book in my life.

Marie Lu builds an immersive future world in which technology has completely consumed everyone’s lives. Everything can be done in virtual reality and people spend most of their waking hours in this world; this version of reality doesn’t stray far from what we’re doing ourselves either. Lu spends a lot of time describing the society, the class differences, and the settings that the reader becomes fully engaged with the story right away. Throw in the fact that we have an Asian protagonist and a cast of extremely diverse characters, we have a rare and amazing gem in Warcross.

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Want, by Cindy Pon…✧ ✧ ✧ ✧/5

Title: Want
Author: Cindy Pon
Start date: July 11, 2017
Finish date: July 18, 2017

✧ ✧ ✧ ✧/ 5

Do you want to live in a smog-ridden world where the longevity of your life is dictated by a corrupt corporation? This is the reality for Jason Zhou where the rich lead comfortable  lifestyles while the poor struggle to survive on the streets. The rich are protected from diseases by special suits that are made by the all powerful Jin Corporation, and Jason has had enough. In order to infiltrate Jin Corp, he must pose as one of the elites he despises and befriend the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO.

When I initially learned of a YA novel set in Taipei, my thoughts were as follows:

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This is one of the first YA stories I’ve read that is set in my home country. Being Taiwanese myself, I couldn’t believe that there was FINALLY something like this! So THANK YOU to Simon Pulse for publishing an amazing book like this, and for allowing a Taiwanese author to shine in the wonderful world of YA works. My teenage self would have loved to read something like this back in the day.

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