Saturday, April 12, 2014
...I have not interacted with Game of Thrones anything (TV or books, etc) as I'm waiting until it's completed before beginning that saga of WHOA.
With that in mind, I've heard a bit about the Game of Thrones series, and I really felt like this book was trying to be Game of Thrones - the young adult edition.
...I wasn't impressed.
Based on what I just read on the amazon summary, it appears I'm not alone in my assumptions. The amazon summary, "The gripping New York Times bestseller that is Game of Thrones for teens
In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:
Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.
Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.
Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword. . . .
The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?" AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE
I'm going to argue with the amazon summary for a hot minute.
When the amazon summary says, 'In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries' it's full of crap. In the very beginning of the book, we, the readers, are shown how terrible Paelsia is and how the people have the seeds of unrest in their dreary lives.
When the amazon summary says, 'Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process', I'll clarify that two kingdoms want what the third kingdom has got. I REALLY wouldn't consider it a power struggle between all three - to go into more detail would be giving spoilers.
...I have an excessive amount of apathy for this book. There was a lot boredom sleeping on it on my part. There was a lot of time spent on character building very flat characters that seemed so stereotyped I had trouble reading their dialogue.
YET. I struggled through the book mostly because it's gotten some starred reviews out there, so I was expecting something that would redeem it to pop up.
Yeah, no. If I had held my breath for that, I would be in a state of severely lacking oxygen.
Towards the end of the book where the action started to pick, where people were called to arms to pick up their swords and fight for the things they wanted to fight for (BY THE POWERS OF VAGUE I WON'T SPOIL THINGS), I was even MORE bored than I was during the character building.
How do you make BATTLE boring??? HOW?!
I would pass on this book, it didn't accomplish much, I couldn't tell the characters apart until their was a name drop in the narration, and it just seemed like a poor showing of literature.