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Shards and Ashes Paperback – February 19, 2013
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Starting out the book, we have Veronica Roth (of Divergent fame), with Hearken, the tale of 8 year old Darya, whose new-found musical aptitude has afforded her the opportunity to bring beauty to a world ravaged by doomsdayists hastening the apocalypse with biological warfare. Darya's kind are known as Hearkeners, musical prodigies trained in various instruments and at 16, outfitted with a brain implant that allows them to hear either "life songs" or "death songs" depending on their preference. While each person has both, the life song plays strongest in the healthy, and in people who are dying, the death song prevails. As in Divergent and Insurgent, an aspect of Roth's writing that sets her apart from other authors in YA fiction/fantasy is in the way she is able to tie her plot together with real science. With light cameos from neuroscience and string theory, her stories sound smarter and have an air of credibility, albeit still undeniably science fiction [think Fringe]. I'd say that Hearken is one of my top choices of the collection.
Next is Branded, by Kelley Armstrong. In a story with a more supernatural flavor, Rayne and her fellow humans live in a fortress protected from all varieties of hybrid monsters, magic users, vampires, etc. that roam the outside world. Her love interest, Braeden, has been identified as a werewolf and is banished to the outside, but Rayne, believing she cannot live without him, enacts a plan to sneak out of the fortress and find him, no matter the cost.Read more ›
I received a paperback of this book from the publishers Atom in exchange for my honest review. I love the cover, it's a dystopian, desolate image of an area talked about in one of the stories. I think the fairest way to review this book is to talk a little about each book, and give each tale a score out of 5.
Hearken by Veronica Roth
Darya is the main character in this tale. Darya hears songs, they can be people life songs or their death songs. Darya ends up going to an academy to train and she has to decide which type of songs she wants to hear, the life songs or the death songs. A special implant is put into the trained to determine which songs she hears a black dye is death songs a red dye is life songs. The city around is dangerous as people let off bio bombs, which if you inhale...well you die within days of inhaling them.
Score = 4/5
Branded by Kelley Armstrong
In this dystopian world there are those who live by the rules inside the fortress and those who live in the wilderness. If you break a rule whilst living in the fortress your punishment is being branded and cast out into the wilderness. Also those cast out are anyone with supernatural tendencies such as weres etc.
The main characters are Rayne and Braeden. Braeden is cast out, though it's not exactly as it seems as Rayne soon tries to join in on the outside. those in the fortress believe all their is out in the wilderness is eventual death . . .Are they right, or do other groups of people exist?
Score = 5/5
Necklace Of Raindrops by Margaret Stohl
In this tale everyone is given a necklace that contains what looks like beautiful raindrops on it. The more adventurous/risky things you do the more of the drops you use on the necklace.Read more ›
Hearken by Veronica Roth: Hearken features Darya, a musical prodigy, and her older sister, Khali. While there is some competitiveness between the two, we feel the bond between them very quickly, and the two share some tender moments. These prodigies are called Hearkeners, and once identified, they are fitted with a brain implant that allows them to hear "life songs" or "death songs," musical tones emitted by humans depending on the condition of their health. Darya explains her choice: "Life's something we already understand. Death is a mystery." Not a whole lot happens in the story, but the writing has a magical, ethereal quality that matches the subject matter. I'm sure it's difficult to depict music through writing, but here Roth does it here in a very pretty way.
Branded by Kelley Armstrong: We get a quick explanation of the state of the world in Rayne's history class, and it's not pretty. Supernatural beings (not the nice kind - they have a taste for human flesh) decided it was time to take over the world. The battle resulted in natural disasters including earthquakes and tsunamis, and human survivors fled to fortresses. Anyone found inside the fortress with "hybrid" blood was executed or tossed outside the fortress to a likely death. Outside the fortress, in addition to the hybrids, are refugees who are desperate to reach sanctuary and savage humans who are best avoided. When Braeden's identity as a werewolf is uncovered, he is cast out, and Rayne leaves the safety of the fortress to save him.Read more ›
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I've read novels by Kelley Armstrong, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Melissa Marr, and Veronica Roth. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Elyse
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These are very interesting and mostly well-written short stories. I enjoyed the one written by Veronica Roth (author of the Divergent series). Read morePublished 21 months ago by Filly Fernandes
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