Impromptu Book Review

04/13/2011 at 8:15 pm (book recommendation) (, , , , , , , , , )

I know I mentioned before that I was reading “The Unidentified.”  Well, I finished it.  In fact, I finished it a few days ago, but I wanted to think about it for a little while because I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about it.

 

I liked the book, and for the most part I thought it was well written.  The main character, Katey, better known as Kid, was very likeable, and the world she lived in was vivid and easy to picture.  I did not like one of Kid’s best friends, as I mentioned before too, but I believe the author made her intentionally not likeable.

 

What made me unsure about the book was its ending.  It felt a little rushed, introducing key information right before it was used for the resolution of the book.  I prefer it when that sort of information is shown way earlier in the book, and then brought back up again when it’s needed at the very end.  I also didn’t feel all that much chemistry between Kid and the guy who she seemed to end up with at the very end of the book.  They felt more like they were just friends than anything else.

 

I had a few other issues with the end of the book too, but we are talking about the last 25 or so pages.  For the most part, up until that point, “The Unidentified” was a very enjoyable read, and I would recommend it to pretty much anyone who likes a good distopian novel that concentrates on world building rather than action.  And since I’m pretty sure that this was Rae Mariz’s first book, I imagine her later books are only going to be getting better, so I’ll be keeping my eye out for some possible sequels.

 

On a typical scale, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars for its good characters (well, mostly), great world building, and fun to read style of writing.

 

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Bad Best Friend Syndrome

04/07/2011 at 8:41 pm (book recommendation, Reading) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

The other day I started reading “The Unidentified” by Rae Mariz, and for the most part I really liked it.  The style of writing is easy to get into, the main character, Kid is someone I can relate to, and one of her best friends is likeable too…but it’s her other best friend who I have the problem with.

 

Ari, the bad best friend, is flighty and unreliable, and she only has one common interest with Kid, and even that she doesn’t seem really all that into anymore.  Plus, I don’t think Ari sounds like a good person.  I get the feeling that she would totally sell out her friends to achieve her goals.  So I don’t really understand why Kid is friends with her in the first place.

 

The thing is, “The Unidentified” is not the first book that I’ve read that has this bad best friend syndrome.  Earlier this year I also read “XVI” by Julia Karr, and it had the same problem.  There was also “The Iron Thorn” by Caitlin Kittredge that I was reading and put down for a while, and in that book I just wanted to reach into the pages and punch the main character’s best friend in the face.

 

So, what’s up with this?  Has anyone else come across this trend, or am I just gravitating to the only books like it?

 

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