The Rampart Trilogy is a really great series that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to someone looking for a fantastical dystopian story. “The Fall of Koli” wraps up this trilogy perfectly, 5 stars!
The Rampart Trilogy is shaping up to be a fantastic series of dystopian fantasy. The second in the trilogy, “The Trials of Koli” was a really enjoyable read, exploring an already well-established world in even more detail. This was a strong 4 stars for me!
"The Book of Koli" is great and if the rest of the trilogy is anything like this, we're in for a treat! I engaged with the characters and felt fully immersed in this descriptive world. This was a strong 4 stars for me!
"The Good Luck Girls" had a great opening and I also liked the ending, but I got lost somewhere in the middle. It was an enjoyable read and I'd recommend this for adventure fans or someone looking for a more contemporary Wild West type story – 3 stars.
My fifth Yōko Ogawa read is one of my favourites and I can't wait for more of her work to be translated. I really enjoyed "The Memory Police" and its unique look at how memories are an important part of our identity - 5 stars.
A short but powerful dystopian story that really makes you think. The UK is underwater due to rapidly rising sea levels and this book explores the story of one woman coping with motherhood, love, loss and chaos all at the same time. It's not your typical read so don't go in expecting full descriptive paragraphs and lengthy dialogue because that's not what you'll find. I really liked this one so it's 5 stars from me.
I'm sad to say that "The Boy on the Bridge" didn't offer much in terms of action so for me it was a little bland and slow. The characters weren't all that likeable and many of them were forgettable. While I appreciate getting to fill in the gaps in the background to Melanie's story, this has nothing on the first book and left me feeling really disappointed. It's 2 stars from me.
I loved this tale of London in the future and I actually can't stop thinking about it now I've finished. It was so interesting to read something so awful that you actually could see becoming a sad reality. I liked all of the characters and the style of the writing, but it's the topic that makes "Sweet Fruit, Sour Land" 5 stars for me.
I feel like there is a lot of content here I was never able to appreciate as a teenager and I know that this book is generally disliked by those who it has been forced upon. Perhaps it's because I was able to read at my own pace (3 days, not 3 months) or maybe because I wasn't being made to read aloud to the class in a funny accent or perhaps forcing students to analyse a book's every word just is not the way to go about reading...
I know I'm in the minority here but I really couldn't get into this book. In a post apocalyptic world, a group of travelling musicians and actors wasn't enough to keep my gripped or engaged. Not awful, but with too much going on and not enough attention paid to characters and crucial plot points, "Station Eleven" is getting 2 stars from me.