GUEST BOOK REVIEW – The Trap by Andrew Fukuda

Guest Reviewer: Ami  (@mama_roach)
This third and final instalment from Fukuda, ‘The Trap,’ reveals the unexpected finale of Gene and the remaining humans’ journey.  Believing that they are the ‘Origin’, the holders of the cure for a deadly virus, Gene and Sissy have set off on a train into the unknown, in order to save the human race. The book begins where the train ends… Will they survive long enough to reverse the effects of the deadly virus?

As with the other books in this hidden-gem-of-a-series, Fukuda takes the reader on a thrilling journey from start to finish. There is plenty of action and blood ‘n’ guts, but there is also Gene and Sissy’s relationship at the core of the story. With the humans (hepers) now right in the heart of danger – the dusker’s world itself – Gene is faced with a choice, one which could either save his own life, or protect what is morally right.
There are moments that will leave you questioning the weird world of the duskers; but after all, they are not human. You will question many things. In fact, everything you thought you had figured out is turned upside down. This story provides many twists that will keep the pages turning at an addictive pace.  The clever ending really does this series proud. Fukuda is a Gene-ius!

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Out now Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9780857075482

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Its been a while…

Whoops. It seems that there is a pattern emerging here. A post every week for a few months and then I end up leaving it for a while and then I’m back.

The past few weeks/months have been very busy both at work and at home. Me and my partner are planning our wedding for next year and it takes up a lot of our time (in a good way!).

Hopefully this will be the ‘proper’ return to weekly posts from now on. All being well there will be a new post every Thursday morning starting next week.

– A

GUEST BOOK REVIEW – The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Guest Reviewer: Ami  (@mama_roach)

Thomas wakes up and has no recollection of who he is, where he has come from or what will happen next. The reader is in the same position as Thomas at the start of the novel- dazed, confused and slightly apprehensive. As Thomas enters ‘The Glade’, an area of land inside a vast maze, the secrets and mysteries unravel further.  He has a feeling he has been there before…
Dashner sets a dark tone from the outset – we automatically dislike whoever has put Thomas and the Gladers inside the maze and want to know why. Dashner’s style at the beginning is fast-paced, tense and full of unanswered questions. The plot is what keeps the pages turning, once you get used to the characters’ names and their unusual colloquialisms.

However, as another character, Teresa, enters the maze, things get a little wacky. I can cope with the bizarre ‘Grievers’ (half-machine, half-creatures) and I can cope with unexplained memory loss, but telepathy takes the story into other dimensions, and perhaps genres. There is a supernatural element to this novel, which doesn’t quite match its dystopian sci-fi feel. Despite this, as you read further, the story does develop well, with an excellent twist. Chuck is, by far, my favourite character, providing a sense of realism to the novel. It was also because of Thomas’ friendship with Chuck and the sense of mystery and tension, as to why I couldn’t put this down.

I certainly enjoyed The Maze Runner and highly recommend it for fans of dystopian fiction, such as Collins’ The Hunger Games and Roth’s Divergent. It was quite refreshing to read a novel of this genre with a male lead. I am also glad to report that the movie was also exciting to see, even if there are significant adaptations (fortunately, no telepathy). Despite my ‘book before film’ policy, I am not sure, this time, which I prefer. Both were equally exciting and I eagerly await the rest of the series to absorb more of Thomas’ world.

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Out now from Chicken House Ltd
ISBN: 9781909489400