Review: Want

Review: Want

Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

In a world divided by the rich you and the poor mei, advanced tech is needed to survive the polluted air that covers the city of Taipei. Angry at his city’s corruption which allows the rich to survive while the poorest are left at nature’s mercy, Jason Zhou along with his friends infiltrate the lives of the wealthy yous in order to destroy Jin Corp which manufactures the suits to survive.

Within the very first chapter, I was hooked. Pon has created a story that is fantastic. We’re introduced to the overcrowded smoggy city of Taipei and you’re in with Pon’s vivid imagery and writing. The wealth disparity isn’t so different from real life and this story tackles so many important topics. It is such a compelling read that will satisfy anyone looking for a thrilling and fast-paced read. And it’s cast of characters are so memorable and amazing. I don’t know how many times I can say how spectacular this was to read and experience.

I was so drawn to Zhou as the novel’s lead and his band of friends as they attempt to complete this ambitious mission. Each and every character is vital and the chemistry between them all is so good. They are such a diverse bunch of people and can’t wait to read more about them. The scenes of them just living their lives were really sweet and some of the best scenes in the book.

I did have an issue with the pacing, there were moments where it goes way too fast and then suddenly goes at a snail pace, especially in the middle of the book. And the romance between Jason and Daiyu deserved more time to develop. They’re very quickly pushed together that just needed more time to work better.

Overall, Want reads like a movie we all deserve to see on the big screen. And I loved it. A story about a group of friends infiltrating a corporation with hidden identities, spy actions and damn amazing group dynamics. A futuristic heist story that everyone needs to read.


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BOOK REVIEW: Nirvana (Nirvana Series, #1) by J.R. Stewart

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goodreads summary:

When the real world is emptied of all that you love, how can you keep yourself from dependence on the virtual?

Larissa Kenders lives in a world where the real and the virtual intermingle daily. After the supposed death of her soulmate, Andrew, Larissa is able to find solace by escaping to Nirvana, a virtual world where anything is possible – even visits with Andrew. Although Larissa is told that these meetings are not real, she cannot shake her suspicion that Andrew is indeed alive. When she begins an investigation of Hexagon, the very institution that she has been taught to trust, Larissa uncovers much more than she ever expected and places herself in serious danger. Her biggest challenge, however, remains determining what is real – and what is virtual.

my review:

Rating: ★★★★☆

~ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~

NOTE: This a review of the second e-ARC of Nirvana. Having reviewed the first one, I was offered the copy of the second version and I’m now posting the revised review.

When the population of bees have declined drastically, the economy was shattered. But an organisation called Hexagon is in control of everything now. There is also a virtual reality world called Nirvana that exists where people pay to plug in and use as an escape. Larissa’s husband, Andrew, received funding from Hexagon to do research. When he got more involved, he disappeared. We don’t know if he’s dead or alive, but Larissa keeps meeting him in her Nirvana. To Larissa, Andrew seems so real, but Hexagon needs Larissa give up her search for Andrew.

I immensely enjoyed this one, the plot line had improved and so had the character development. Initially, it was quite bland, but I’m glad that the author had taken onboard the original reviews and changed a lot of things around. Stewart clearly has a creative mind and a knack for creating an incredibly fast-paced read. The characters are well-developed, and the premise is pure ingenious.Combining parts of science fiction, romance and mystery make Nirvana a thrilling reading experience. I’m also really curious about this unique location, with people living in secluded bubbles and spending so much time in virtual worlds.

However, I think the biggest problem I had with this novel was that we are shown many characters’ perspectives, it’s often only a surface-level view that doesn’t make them seem more lifelike. I feel like it would be have been better if Larissa had narrated the whole story, more compelling in my opinion. And I really wished she had a more prominent character trait than bibliophilia – it comes across as an attempt to quickly grab readers sympathy.

Combining a post-apocalyptic dystopian society with virtual reality makes it an exciting read. Overall, a brilliant storyline, mixed with mystery and fantasy and I am excited to see how the series continue!

BOOK REVIEW: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

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goodreads summary:

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn’t expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that’s seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.

[..] Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They’ll earn enough money to live comfortably for years… if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful.

But Rosemary isn’t the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.

my review:

Rating: ★★★★☆

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To begin with, I honestly never thought I would ever get emotional over an AI system.

Long Way is an absolutely beautiful debut novel by Chambers. Using a vast variety of human and alien characters, mixed with interesting and exciting cultures, Chambers tells an extraordinary story about what makes us human.

Rosemary, a young Martian woman, running from her past, joins the crew of Wayfarer, a ship that drills wormholes for intergalactic travel. The team takes a job on the other side of the galaxy which could make them rich, but on the way, they face the challenges and dangers of the multicultural universe. Chambers pulls you in the life of her characters (humans, aliens and AIs alike) and builds a whole galaxy through the lives of her characters, dealing with struggles that are all too human, even when the character is alien.

However, there could have been a more significant conflict but considering this is a debut –  The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet was something new and refreshing. I definitely recommend.