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I didn’t start out thinking I was going to end up liking this book. The first few pages were about the introduction of Ilia and Eleeza as they went on a mission to get some colours from the Givers and it piqued my interest. I knew immediately that Ilia was my kind of girl and Eleeza was definitely not someone I would ever want to spend any time befriending. However, I few pages in I started to find the story dragging a bit. This could just be my problem. I read a whole lot of books and don’t have a lot of patience if a story doesn’t keep me entertained. I also know that an author has to set the story up. Having read previous books written by M. Black, I knew this was her style and things would pick up soon. I wasn’t wrong.
I’ll start with the fantastically creative world that M. Black has set this story in. As a reader, I’ve never thought about how intricate the details of creating a new world must be, right down to how the Outsiders clean their teeth and freshen their breath with sharp sticks and cloves. The different clans that are visited throughout the book are fascinating. Their stories about how they came to be and how they survive after Earth’s devastation is detailed and thoughtful. Even the description of how the Earth came to be the way it is presently in the book was, to be honest, downright scary because everything that caused the problems are what is happening right now in our world, such as overpopulation, pollution, acid rain, animal extinction, etc. A lot of the dystopian books aren’t very believable but most things in Simulation seemed like things that could be a part of our future if we aren’t more careful.
The emotions in the book were so raw at times that I felt myself feeling what the characters felt as they experienced them. The anger the Outsiders felt towards the residents of the citigogs was so like the anger that many from war torn countries feel towards Westerners and that made it all the more believable. When Panch lost his daughter in the drone attack and ilia realized that her father caused it, the pain she felt almost brought tears to my eyes. M. Black has the ability to bring these emotions off the page and into the hearts of her readers. She does this subtly and never over does the hand-wringing and heart-wrenching. A lot of the book is like this, where she made me feel certain emotions without telling me that is how I should be feeling. This is the sign of a great writer, in my opinion, who writes elegantly and neatly, all while entertaining the reader.
Overall, Simulation is a great book and very entertaining to read. The characters are multi-dimensional and well written. As I said before, the world M. Black has created is beyond fantastic. I just wish this were the start of a long series.
This storyline is brilliant, there is so much about this that i loved The way that it is written draws you into this world, people are becoming aware of how important the environment is and that things need to change so i was so impressed that this author wrote about this topic and in my mind it shows people what can happen. I loved that not only do we hear about what is happening in the here and now but also hear about the past and how things happened to get how they are.
Ilia is a brilliant character to read, she really goes through a transformation within this book and it's amazing to go through it with her. She really does have the heart of a warrior and she doesn't realise how strong she is! There are so many amazing characters in this book and i wish i could write about them all but one other person i have o mention is Jez, he has had it extremely hard in his lifetime, living the way that he has to but he stil has so much room in his heart for love and hope and i think this alone makes him a special character You really can see how much time and love has been pu into these characters.
I adored this book and i can't recommend this book highly enough and it is well deserving of my 5* rating!!!
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I requested this book because it said if you like the Divergent Series or the Hunger Games, you'll like this story. I don't know about Hunger Games (never read it, nor did I see the movies), I really enjoyed the Divergent Series books, so I requested this book
It did start a bit slow for me, as Ms. Black set up her world. I think it was when I got through Chapter 4, I didn't want to put it down. The descriptions were very vivid and you could see both inside and outside the Citigogs.
The characters are developed and believable. Ilia is a strong gal, but either I missed it, or it wasn't mentioned until the end how old she was (just in case it's not mentioned she's 17). I like how the characters interacted together and how Ilia and her sister interacted (although her sister seemed nothing but a bit of fluff).
The story is set in the future, after a war. It's the haves verses the have nots … and the people Outside of the dome. The inequalities and the unfairness of life and doing something about it. Anything else will be spoilers. I'll admit, the first few chapters while the world was being painted, it was slow for me. That's normal for me, when it's very descriptive, which it was, and I just want to get to the action part of the story. There's plenty of action, especially the last quarter of the book.
No real love scenes, other than some kissing and such.
As I said, you like books like Divergent, think you'll really like this one. You like the main characters sticking up for the underdogs, you'll like this one. And what's like unlike Hunger Games or Divergent… it's all in one book.