Hope you’re all having a good week! As I’ve been quite busy recently, I thought I’d do another Mini Book Reviews post. I do prefer longer, in-depth reviews but it is hard to find the time to write them, and it means I don’t get to review all the books I want to review.
The Soterion Mission Trilogy
The Soterion Mission Trilogy is a gripping dystopian series about a world in which everyone dies once they become an adult. It is a very difficult concept to imagine, but Stewart Ross manages to pull it off. The series starts off when a young woman called Roxanne stumbles upon a ‘Constant’ village whilst trying to escape from the barbaric ‘Zeds’, who want to destroy everything in their path. The Constants are reluctant to trust Roxanne at first, believing that she is a Zed herself and was sent to spy on them. However, a few members start to trust her and join her in her search for the legendary Soterion: maybe life would be better if it was like that before the Great Death…
I found all three books in this series to be utterly compelling. I was immersed right from the start and ended up reading the books in just a few sittings. I particularly liked the protagonists, especially Cyrus and Sammy, and I thought the references to Peter Pan and the Ikea catalogue were hilarious. However, I did find it a bit difficult to keep up with all the new terms (Ross only included glossaries in the second and third books) and there was a lot of violence throughout the trilogy. Nevertheless, I enjoyed The Soterion Mission Trilogy and I think it’ll appeal to kids and adults alike.
The Sun Is Also A Star
The moment I saw that Nicola Yoon had written another book, I knew I had to have it. I fell in love with her writing in Everything Everything and couldn’t wait for more. Like Everything Everything, Yoon’s second novel The Sun Is Also A Star focuses on a pair of teenagers who fall in love despite the series of obstacles that stand in their way. Natasha doesn’t believe in love and is soon to be deported back to Jamaica as her family aren’t actually meant to be in the US; Daniel is a poet whose parents are keen for him to go to college and become a doctor. Nevertheless, it seems that Natasha and Daniel are meant to cross paths, even if it’s just for a short amount of time, and so much happens to them in the space of one day. I was really drawn into the story and I could connect with both characters. As with a lot of Young Adult books, The Sun Is Also A Star is cheesy and cliched. However, Nicola Yoon clearly put a lot of research into the book and I love the little anecdotes from the other characters and their past.
My Not So Perfect Life
It comes as no surprise that Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors. Her books are hilarious and her characters are super relatable. My Not So Perfect Life is no exception. Katie Brenner is just a normal twenty-something who dreams of making it in London. However, things don’t go according to plan and she ends up moving back to her father’s farm in Somerset. After failing to get a new job, Katie helps her father set up a glamping business. But just as things are starting to look up, a couple of Katie’s old colleagues turn up at the farm. Katie is keen to get revenge on her old boss, but soon realises that maybe she isn’t as bad as she thought…
I absolutely loved My Not So Perfect Life and I couldn’t put it down. While Katie does have her flaws, she is a likeable character and I could empathise with her. My Not So Perfect Life is a heartwarming story that has an underlying message: while it is easy to judge people based on what you hear from other people or see on social media, you should try to get to know people before making decisions about them.
What books have you read recently? Have you read any of the books I’ve reviewed in this post? What did you think of them?
Disclaimer: I was sent The Soterion Mission Trilogy for review purposes but all words and opinions are my own.