1. Susan Beth Pfeffer's 'Last Survivors' Series
I finally got around to buying The Dead & The Gone and This World We Live In. After I read Life As We Knew It, became somewhat excited and obsessed with the idea of the story continuing. There is so much that could be developed from the one plot idea, and after finishing the third book, I kind of wished that Susan Pfeffer would write more books about the event from different points of view, even in different countries.
The Dead & The Gone was set in New York, which was affected moreso by the asteroid collision with the moon than Howell in PA. I found Alex's point of view of the events to be more heartbreaking. He lost so much more than Miranda did and I really felt for this family, or lack thereof. I think the most horrifying point in the book was when they'd thought Bri had gone missing, but instead she'd been trapped in the elevator when the power had gone off. It's something that has stayed with me all week since I finished the book, it was just so disturbing. I didn't have too many problems with this version of the story, but I think Alex could have worked a little harder at stockpiling for his family. Maybe that's just the hoarder in me speaking but he wasn't exactly active about it at first.
This World We Live In starts back with Miranda, and things are looking up since they started receiving food weekly. However the struggle starts again when her older brother brings home a girl he met and married (that was strange, i thought), and with the arrival of her father once more, plus his wife, new baby and three other people. I don't know about anyone else but if that was me, I'd be annoyed that all these people would arrive on my doorstep and expect me to take them in while the whole world is still going to hell. All in all the third and final book of the series was a bit of a downer. Not alot happened, and then towards the middle to end, it was just event after event after event. It felt rushed, and short, and that annoyed me a little.
2. Jodi Picoult's 'Perfect Match'
This was the first Jodi Picoult book I had serious issues with. If you haven't read it and want to, you'd better skip over this as I'm going to be ranting in hyper spoiler mode. First of all, Nina was a dumbass, and quite honestly I had a hard time liking her because she was all over the place. I don't think Jodi put much thought into Nina at all because so many of her actions and her values collided, and while she said one thing, she did another, and then contradicted herself even further. She was pretending to be crazy, then she said she was actually crazy, then she just didn't seem to feel much remorse for shooting the preist and him actually being dead than she did for her being the one to have killed someone. She was an incredibly self centered woman who the author tried to make her into a strong female main character but really she was just weak, selfish, and was allover the place with her emotions and actions.
The 'voice' of Nathaniel wasnt well done either. He seemed too old for his actual age, and I was hoping the book would focus more on him and what had happened, as opposed to Nina being an idiot and shooting an innocent man. They just seemed to have forgotten about Nathaniel and were all swept up in Nina's trial, and if it was meant to be Nina's way of protecting her son by shifting everything onto herself, then she was wrong because it was probably just as traumatic for Nathaniel to witness his mother going through all that and for his mother to become a murderer. In the end Nathaniel did do a competency hearing and it felt like a complete waste. I was just so frustrated. I was also frustrated with how Jodi kept changing who molested Nathaniel.
And of course there's the classic Jodi Picoult end twist in which we find out that Caleb, Nathaniel's father, killed the real priest who molested Nathaniel. Which made him just as bad as Nina in the end. Ugh....
3. The Bermudez Triangle - Maureen Johnson
I was suprised at how well this book was done. It dealt with the gay and lesbian issue in a very believable way and I actually enjoyed it even though I'm 100% straight. I don't have a lot to say about this one, but if anyone else wants to add anything, then feel free. I'm just saying I really enjoyed how well it was done.
So those are just a few thoughts, and I was wondering if anyone else had anything to add / wanted to argue what I've said? I know Perfect Match is a perfectly controversial book so I'd like to know other people's opinions on that too.