The Nerd Journals

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4/5 stars

I enjoy dystopian books that take a small nugget of current society like copyright durations being extended indefinitely (thanks, Walt Disney) and frivolous lawsuits and turn them to a chilling story about what could happen if taken to the extreme.

Speth, a fifteen-year-old girl makes a snap decision that rather than pay for her words she speaks, she will remain silent. Her only power in the system set up for failure is to not participate. This causes problems for not only herself but her family as well.

I was hooked on this book from start to finish, the only problem I had is that Spleth seemed to lack any strong emotion one way or another, which seems a little counter-intuitive for a girl so disillusioned by the world that she refuses to speak.


2/5 stars

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for writing an honest review.

The premise of this book is excellent but the author fell short on the execution. None of the characters were particularly likable but worse than that, none were even memorable. I found myself asking over and over “now who was that again? What was their story again?” and it was annoying to spend a month trying to get through this book, hoping it would get better.

I have to admit the last 25% of the book was a lot quicker and more pleasing to read but then when I got to the end I was pissed because it landed on a cliffhanger. I hate when books leave off on a cliffhanger because the author is baiting me to read the next. I doubt I will be reading the next book in this series, because I said already I don’t care about the characters or their cliffhangers.

Last but not least I feel like the author of this book skipped over too many things that would have been very interesting and instead she chose to write about less fascinating storylines. I would have loved to read about the boat trip from Bermuda, for example.

I’m very disappointed in this book, I feel like it could have been much better.

The Last One

5/5 stars

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for writing an honest review.

I’m going to try to keep this review short because honestly, I liked this book so much that I could go on for quite a while about how good it was. I was trying to describe it to a coworker the other day and I described it as a season of Survivor mixed with The Road by Cormac McCarthy, minus the prose.

Every other chapter is either Survivor or The Road. The Survivor chapters are in the past and about twelve contestants on a reality TV show called In The Dark, surviving in the wilderness with cameramen following them, with a host who seems uninterested, with challenges and prizes. They don’t know that the only way out of the game is to quit and the last person to quit is the winner. The Road chapters are current and are about one of the Survivors, Zoo, out on her own, still playing the game not knowing what happened in the real world.

What did happen? A flu-like pandemic that killed more people than survived. While Zoo is busy surviving for a TV game show she is also truly surviving in a new world of sickness and death. Using her fire starter and the survival skills that she learned from The Expert, Zoo keeps on keeping on and does her best to complete her last In The Dark challenge by finding her way home.

This book is fascinating and addicting, I had trouble putting it down between reads. I thought Zoo was very likable and I found myself rooting for her throughout the book. Her struggle was more than the game and many of her thoughts resonated deep within me. I found myself comparing me to her, wondering how I would feel and what I would do and what I would think in her situation.

The Last One is an excellent book and a book that I would thoroughly enjoy to see in movie format some day.

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