The Change has also happened in New York and the whole of Queens is a death trap. Grace must get the Queen of Coney Island to grant her access to Rikers Island to try and find her brother. With the help of ‘God’ and some others along the way she must undertake tasks set by the Queen.
The Change New York throws you straight into Grace’s story which was… strange to say the least. It was also very different to the previous book which I was not expecting. This is not a continuation to Howard’s story and is not linked at all. Because of this, it took me a while to actually get into this book. Plus, similar to the previous book, it’s very short so this one in particular fell flat to me.
The Change New York is for sure the weirdest of the three books. I had no idea what was going on most of the time. There was a man who called himself God and no one seemed mention it to his face. There was a Queen of Coney Island, but no details on how or why she was the Queen. Plus there were monster babies which were just creepy. It just felt very much like Adam’s was trying to out-weird himself throughout.
As with the first book, this story never gets resolved. After finishing the Queen’s task it ends and so Grace finding her brother is never seen. Having both these books have no solid ending made me feel very demotivated to read the third book as I just knew the same thing would happen. I’m sure Adams can write a more compelling story than this as he’s been a part of writing for Dr Who and Sherlock previously. I just don’t think these books are the best work he’s done, and also maybe not for me personally.
I received The Change: New York* by Guy Adams as an e-book from the publisher via Netgalley. This is an unbiased and honest review.
Howard awakens with no memory of what has happened. He soon find’s out about The Change. After being taken in by a group of bikers who are learning to survive, their camp gets attacked. A large monster which can take on others forms begins to terrorise the group.
Throughout the entire book, I was questioning what was going on. Along with Howard we have no information about what happened during the Change. I was intrigued about what could have appeared and killed people on sight, but it was only touched on briefly for this book.
I felt that the characters were focused on more than an actual plot throughout the book. Howard seemed to be set up to be a chosen one style hero, but nothing ever came about from this. The Change: London was an extremely short book (and the rest of the series were as well). I managed to read it in a couple of hours on the train. After realising this I felt that Adams could have wrote further and expanded the plotline. If done correctly this could have improved The Change for me.
Although it was action packed, nothing seemed to be resolved. It felt very much like an introduction to an even bigger story which intrigued me to read the next book. Unfortunately I was disappointed as The Change: New York was not connected except The Change had happened there as well.
I received The Change: London Orbital* by Guy Adams as an e-book from the publisher via Netgalley. This is an unbiased and honest review.
When Addy was 13 Maunga Richards stole her voice. Living with Vox Pox, Addy must relearn to write and live with her brothers invention for her to communicate. But when Theo is infected as well, Addy goes to confront Maunga to try and get Theo’s voice back. But when in a virtual psychoreality simulator she learns about a conspiracy bigger than her and Maunga.
Enjoyed the world building both inside and outside the simulator. The lack of physics within the simulator really helped to make it seem strange and eerie at times. The advanced technology in New Zealand was really interesting to read about. It being based in New Zealand also made it a bit more unique as it felt slightly like it would lead to a dystopian future but it wasn’t based in America.
Addy was an interesting main character. Obviously she was shocked and scared when she first gets Vox Pox, but she perseveres throughout. She learns to type and communicate, and live her life the best she could. Her main issue was her brother losing his creativity along with his voice. This was the catalyst to her trying to confront Maunga and go to the simulator. I enjoyed the differing relationships between Addy and Theo, Addy and Maunga and also Addy and Seth. Plus they evolved throughout the book.
I enjoyed Vox Pox as this man made illness. I also enjoyed the psychoreality simulator. But I didn’t fully understand the link between the two? Yes the woman was in the simulator with them, but I didn’t understand why Addy paid so much money to go into it. The plotline could have progressed without the simulator, unless I’m missing a link between the illness and simulator?
Overall I enjoyed Voiceless although I felt the ending lacked closure but didn’t give enough hints for the second book. I have no idea what Expression is going to be about but I am excited to read on with Addy’s story. I received Voiceless* by E.G. Wilson as an e-book from the publisher via Netgalley. This is an unbiased and honest review.
Recently I saw a mood board created by another reader of two main characters from a book I have read. The images they used were very similar to what I had imagined from my own reading. So when the author commented telling them they were completely wrong, I was shocked.
As both of us had imagined them this way, the author had clearly written those details into the book. The description was enough for this person to find similar images and make a collage. When the person asked if the author could provide any more details this author just replied ‘read the book’ when clearly she had if she was making fan collages.
Putting aside the fact the author was completely rude, it made me question who really has the final say in what a character looks like? Is it the author as they’ve imagined every detail as they’ve added it to their books? Or is it the readers who have used the details given to them to imagine what the character looks like?
I think that the readers are an important factor. If an author want’s the reader to see them same character, they need to work hard on describing them correctly. Once someone has become attached to a character and how they look in their head, I don’t think an author has the right to change the description outside of the book/series.
An example of an author giving up a bit of control is J.K. Rowling. Hermione’s skin colour is never mentioned in the books. So when a black actress was cast in the Cursed Child, Rowling publicly noted that she had never wrote that Hermione was white. This worked well as many fans had made fan art of a black Hermione for years previously. Different people had imagined her differently while reading due purely because of the information on page.
Do you think the author has the final say in how a character looks?
Sybel has grown up with only her father’s teachings and the forgotten beasts of eld. When one day a baby is given into her care, she must learn to love and care for him. When Coren returns years later for the boy, Sybel’s world is turned around all over again.
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld has a multitude of wonderful characters. Sybel has her flaws, but these make her seem more human rather than a bad person. I love the love between Tam and Sybel and how Sybel let’s him go to be with his father. Coren is a wonderful character although I’m still unsure of the love story aspect of the book. I loved the histories we get of each of the forgotten beasts as it brings a bit more to who they are.
McKillip is wonderful at world building. The mountain of Eld, Sirle and Mondor are all written so differently yet beautifully. Especially the white house on the mountain that, although it doesn’t change itself, feels differently as people come and go. The differences between the house and the house in Sirle are also drastically written. I loved how by the end of the book there’s a very clear notion of where feels like ‘home’ for Sybel.
McKillip’s writing style is almost poetical in places. Because of this, in even the longest of sentences you’re still hooked. It also resonates a lot with the songs about the beasts within the world. These beasts are ferocious, beautiful, and magical. I loved how they were described throughout the book. The way magic was talked about and how it was explained kept my imagination open.
I received The Forgotten Beasts of Eld* by Patricia A. McKillip as an e-book from the publisher via Netgalley. This is an unbiased and honest review.