Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cannibals, Zombie, and Brain Feeds

I've been meaning to do a review on these three books, but I never got around to it so I figured I'd just post them together.

And lets be honest, I'm not that great of a book reviewer so a quick snippet suits me just fine.

The Inferior by Peadar O’Guilin:

from goodreads:
STOPMOUTH AND HIS family know of no other life than the daily battle to survive. To live, they must hunt rival species, or negotiate flesh-trade with those who crave meat of the freshest human kind. It is a savage, desperate existence. And for Stopmouth, considered slowwitted hunt-fodder by his tribe, the future looks especially bleak. But then, on the day he is callously betrayed by his brother, a strange and beautiful woman falls from the sky. It is a moment that will change his destiny, and that of all humanity, forever. Peadar Ó Guilín’s debut is an action—and idea-packed—blockbuster that will challenge your perceptions of humanity and leave you hungry for more.
This book is all about “eat or be eaten” and the difference between living and simply surviving. The greatest strength of this book is easily the hero, Stopmouth. Seriously, it’s been a long time since I’ve read a story with a more enduring character. Like all great heroes, he becomes such on accident and is plagued by self doubt. As we travel with Stopmouth on his journey, we get to meet a plethora of different creatures and a few interesting hints at what’s going to come. I literally could not put this book down and can not freggin wait for the sequel.

10/10. This is probably the best book I’ve read all year.
"Are you truly human?" Stopmouth asked. He hoped she'd open her eyes and look at him. Another part of him wanted her to keep them closed so he could watch her without making her angry.

They stayed closed.

"I'm human," she muttered. "As human as you are, anyway."

"What do you mean?" he asked, puzzled.

She lifted her head. "None of your men have hair on their faces. You live on a diet of pure meat, most of it non-human. Your women never die in childbirth. You rarely get sick, any of you. And all of a sudden I'm the one who's not human?"
You can read a more in depth review here.

Zombie Blondes by Brian James:

From goodreads:
From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong.
A lot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah’s first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders—the most popular girls in school.
The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale.
But Hannah wants desperately to fit in—regardless of what her friend Lukas is telling her: if she doesn’t watch her back, she’s going to be blonde and popular and dead—just like all the other zombies in this town. . . .
I really loved this story (and the gorgeous cover doesn’t hurt). Though I did think some parts were a bit too high school drama for me, it fit the story well. This is one of the few books where the teenage character felt really authentic (instead of sounding like an adult trying to sound like a teen). Anyone who’s a fan of zombies should pick this book up.

Solid 8/10.

You can read a more in depth review here.

Feed by M.T. Anderson:

from amazon:
For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon – a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world — and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.

I don't even know what to say about this book. It took me a while to adjust to the slang constantly thrown around in the book, but once I did I realized what a strength the vernacular is to the overall story (similar to A Clockwork Orange - though not as confusing). Really there is nothing to say but read this book. It left me thinking about the story days after and that’s always a sure sign of greatness in my opinion.


You can read a more in depth review here.

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