- File Size: 875 KB
- Print Length: 314 pages
- Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (December 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006KLYIAG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,783,128 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Hope's Daughter (The Ambrosia Sequence Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Recommended for: Sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian fans who enjoy a little youth in their protags
Read from August 25 to 27, 2013 -- I own a copy, read count: 1
It is not very often that avid readers can be completely knocked for six by an unexpected plot twist. The all too familiar and frequently used plot twists are often glaringly obvious and while can be done well, leave a bit to be desired.
Hope's Daughter was amazingly unexpected and simply insidious in its ability to place a strangle-hold on your heart and squeeze it viscously at various points throughout the story. The simultaneous revulsion at what is happening to Cassie and Balik and the almost desperate need to better understand it and study it warred constantly as I read.
My mind baulked at some of the sheer fantasy of some of the nuggets of truth they encountered, but the logical way that Cassie and Balik were able to study, question and although not always come up with answers, made it easier for my mind to accept. This lead, surprisingly towards a feeling of truth and honesty that I have rarely felt from a book.
I am very keen to read more by Melanie, in fact I plan on heading over to Amazon right now. A brilliantly engaging read!
A couple of things I noticed:
31% - 'I knew that would (be) the right thing...'
88% - 'There was nothing I could (do) for him.'
If you like sci-fi futuristic settings and an intriguing plot, you'll love this book.
I started out liking this book a lot. I thought that the plot was very cool, and I wasn't ever exactly sure what was going on until it was revealed to us at the end. The story was definitely the kind of science fiction that I enjoy. I thought that the book was pretty well written; there were no grammar mistakes that were big enought to jar me out of the story. And the pacing was slower, but not to slow. However, around fifty percent through the book, I didn't like it as much as before.
I think this was because of the romance. I love Balik, but I felt that at times the book was too centered on the romance and not enough on the "I am hearing people's thoughts" plot, which in my opinion was the more interesting of the two plots. I thought the romance was nice, but it just became too much of a focus for me.
Also, I thought there was some insta-love at the beginning. Cassie is called the Ice Queen by her best friend because she's never liked a guy before; but as soon as she sees Balik, she notices how hot he is, gets a bit tongue tied, and it just escalates from there. I think it would take a little more than good looks to get someone nicknamed the Ice Queen to be interested in a guy, even if the guy is Balik.
And some of the explanation we got at the end; I'm not buying it. (SPOILER!!) The collective can only 'bond' or whatever with humans when humans are in love because it mutates our DNA? I think this needs to be explained better, because it just sounds unreal. I like when science fiction books give explanations for plots that sound scientific, because it makes the book seem possible even if there is no way it could ever happen; it adds to believability. But this explanation didn't cut it for me.
I did like this book, but I liked it more in the beginning than at the end.
I adored Balik. He made a marvellous male lead. I vacillated on Cassie. Sometimes I loved her and other times I kind of wanted to slap her, mostly during her internal waffling moments. We spend a lot of time in Cassie's head, listening to her self doubts. Most of which are unfounded. Together, however, they made a strong dynamic duo that I was more than happy to follow.
The plot itself is an interesting one. However, I had two personal complaints on that front. One, there were a lot of convenient solutions to problems presenting themselves. It would be hard to go into details without spoilers, but answers seemed to come to Cassie instead of the other way around. Two, I had a hard time believing the twist with her 'father.' It required an unexplained and otherwise impossible change in someone that just didn't feel plausible to me. I get what the author was trying to do here in showcasing the power of love, etc. But it rang pretty false for me. Niether issue really detracted too much from my basic enjoyment of the book though.
It had a fairly slow start and there are a number of info-dumps, but it reads well, keeps you interested, and leaves you open to more. All in all, I'd be more than happy to recommend this book to young sci-fi lovers.
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