The Nerd Journals

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Tag: dystopian


4/5 stars

I thought this book was a jaw-dropping realistic look at to where we as an American culture may be heading in the near future. I really think Feed is where we may end up- we’re already halfway there with our pocket computers that we use for hours a day that connects us to everyone and everything in a second’s time. I found amusement in the children of this story sitting in a room together and “chatting” instead of talking like how today children may be “texting” instead of walking.

The bombardment of advertisements is more prominent in the book than they are today but I don’t feel comfortable saying that the book was a huge stretch. Today was have advertisements in our music, on television, on billboards, in magazines, on my Kindle, in my TV shows (product placement), in my podcasts, when I walk into a store there is hardware on the shelves pointing to a particular product and the muzak interrupts my shopping to advertise Geico insurance to me. It’s insane, and it is very close to Feed.

I haven’t even talked about the plot of this book yet because honestly, the plot came second to me because I was so entranced by the culture of the characters. Yeah, there’s a plot but it’s not terribly great but it is good and it is thought-provoking. Most of this book is the entertainment culture of the future and I very much enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the “background noise” of the calamity that feels so much like the world we are living in today, right now, that I sometimes I wish I could escape from into my feed.

The only thing worse than the thought it may all come tumbling down is the thought that we may go on like this forever.

This is a very good book I would recommend to anyone who likes YA sci-fi.


1/5 stars

This book was bad and Suzanne Weyn should feel bad. A lot of people complained about how this book ended suddenly ended but honestly, the ending couldn’t come quick enough for me. All of the characters lacked personality; practically the only thing I knew about the characters were their names. I couldn’t figure out why anyone did what they did or felt what they felt since nothing was backed up with thought or reason.

The message itself, while being a little preachy, was a good message. Keep in mind that I also really liked the movie Tomorrowland, which was also good but a little preachy. I think if a movie is going to instill morals and values, saving the planet we live on is not something bad to teach.

But back to this book. It was bad and poorly written and I didn’t care about the characters or what happened to them. I don’t understand what the blurb for this book is about- I went into this book thinking it would be a fast-paced dystopian but instead it was really a pathetic little love story about pathetic little kids set in a dystopian world.



3/5 stars

I find it pretty easy to not ask questions about why dystopian worlds are the way they are, they just are. All the people who don’t like this book because of not understanding how the world could possibly have come to be this way read differently than I do- I just go along for the ride wherever the author wants to take me. I don’t know, maybe I’m doing it wrong.

This book was okay- I feel like the author skipped some parts that would have been interesting to read about and time seemed to skip forward a lot when so many more action-packed things could happen and did happen (things that happened off-screen, so to speak).

My biggest problem with this book was the love interest. I don’t usually have a problem when there’s a love interest thrown into a book that didn’t really need one, but that isn’t my issue here, either. The feelings that West have for Chord don’t seem genuine and there’s nothing to support the fact that they’ve known each other since childhood. It just seems like Chord is any other random character. I feel like his personality and their history together could have been hashed out much better.

I haven’t decided if I will be reading the next book in this series.

Into The Forest

4/5 stars

I feel like this book is unrealistic to how two young sisters would adapt to their post-apocalyptic reality. They’re wrought with horrible decisions. The younger sister, Nell, had a moment in the book when I felt like she could redeem herself but backed out at the last moment. The very end of the book was another stupid and horrible decision; I didn’t get it. But despite my issues with Into The Forest and my shaking my head and disagreeing with almost everything the girls did, I really enjoyed this story. It enraptured me from start to finish.


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.

The Book

4/5 stars

This book was really good and felt similar to 1984, which I also enjoyed. I was hooked since the first sentence of this book told me not to read it. I read it on an electronic reading device, no less. I wonder how much of my copy of The Book was edited. How much did I not get to read, how much was I denied access to? What was kept from me?

So as it is, the book was an interesting concept and was executed very well. I liked that it was based on current technology, but didn’t take away from the beauty of a good old fashioned paper book. I really liked the extremity of environmentalism in this book as well, it was thought-provoking to read about.

The main character Holden was very well developed and likable, I enjoyed reading about him. I really don’t have any problems with this book aside from the epilog. I didn’t really understand it and felt like I missed something pivotal in the plot. I did some research and found out that I didn’t miss anything, and honestly that felt like even a bigger letdown than if I had missed something.

If not for the confusing ending, I would have rated this book 5 stars without a thought. I’m disappointed I had to settle on giving it four stars instead. 

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