Book Review: Proxy by Alex London

Summary: Syd is Knox’s proxy, meaning that he will take the punishment for anything that his privileged patron, Knox, does. On the run from Knox’s father and the society that will have Syd pay for Knox’s infractions, they both flee across the country in hopes of finding a secret society of rebels where they can both find freedom.

Thoughts: This review is long overdue!! I read Proxy a while back, and ever since, I’ve been recommending it to anyone who asks me “what should I read?” and even buying it for my friends and forcing them to read it. This is one of my favorite books ever, and not only because of how awesome and well-written it is, or because it made me cry. This book brings to light such an interesting concept of debt and punishment and how whatever privileges you’re offered, there is someone out there paying the price for them. I loved Syd and Knox, even though I wasn’t a huge fan of Knox at the start. By the end, his character development was a perfect arc from rich-boy asshole to a human being ready to stand up and claim personal responsibility for his past and actions. Proxy is thought-provoking and action-packed and funny yet intense. I appreciated the racial diversity and the LGBT elements and I highly recommend you read this book. I’d go so far as to say it should be required reading for everyone. If you don’t know what a brain feels like when it cries, then you will after you’ve read Proxy. That’s all I’ve got to say. Happy reading!

Stars: 5/5

Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Summary: The world is divided between Reds and Silvers, the latter are an elite who are in possession of god-like powers. When Mare Barrow, a Red, accidentally displays a set of stunning Silver powers in front of the King and Queen and their court, they have no choice but to proclaim her as a long lost Silver heiress. Mare accepts this role and uses her newly gained position to spy for the Scarlet Guard, a Red rebel organization working on overthrowing the monarchy. Mare is thrust into a world of power and jealousy where anyone can betray anyone.

Thoughts: I really loved this book, YA cliches and all. The one thing that really ruined this whole experience for me was that the MAJOR plot twist in this book was spoiled for me before I read the book. Basically, I read this book knowing what was going to happen, but hoping it wouldn’t and tricking myself into thinking that I read that spoiler wrong. I didn’t. The less you know, the better your experience will be. Half the time I was reading the book, knowing what was going to happen, all I could think was WTH MARE!! You were warned so many times, why didn’t you listen????? But even though I really enjoyed this book, I can’t say that it’s unlike anything I’ve read  before because I’ve read many similar books that if they were meshed together would result in Red Queen. The social structure of Red and Silver reminded me of the social structure in Red Rising though much less complex. At the same time, it also read like Divergent and The Hunger Games but set in a world like Mistborn’s but not. I do recommend you read this. The writing is excellent and Mare is a very relatable character. The story will be slow at the start, but the plot twist is worth it because it will blow your mind (if it hadn’t been spoiled for you). I’m still bitter over that!

Stars: 4/5

Book Review: The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

Summary: Greta is a Child Of Peace, one of the many children of world leaders who are held hostage by an Artificial Intelligence in a post-apocalyptic world to prevents wars between nations. As soon as she turns eighteen, she will be free to leave the Precepture where the children are kept. If she can survive that long. But when Elian arrives and defies the machines that control their lives and keep them in line, he opens Greta’s eyes to the brutality of the rule they live under and she begins to learn more about her strength and power as her country and Elian’s declare war on one another – endangering both their lives and that of their nations.

Thoughts: I was instantly attracted to this book after reading the blurb. How could I not? It had everything I loved. Politics. Artificial Intelligence. Dystopian elements. War. Goats. Emphasis on GOATS! The first few chapters built the story up so well, and I was so sure that it would not disappoint me. Keeping aside the fact that it follows a trend very dormant in dystopian fiction: a stranger comes to a place where everyone is living contently and shows them that everything is not as it seems and they begin to see that he’s right and so on etc. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around most of the things that were happening. There were so many technical terms that made the book read like a political manifesto – which wasn’t a problem because they were all clear to me but they made the book read cold and technical and therefore I couldn’t empathize with the main character because of the lack of emotions and feelings and by the end of the book, there was little to no character development. Greta read more like an AI than the AI itself. In fact, some of the characters were set up earlier to read like they would be very important players in the plot, but they just fell short and lost their purpose. The secondary characters were confusing and I lost track of who was who because there was no way I could tell them apart. There was nothing to distinguish them in behavior, mannerism, patterns of speech etc. While I enjoyed some facets of the world-building, and maybe the main focus on this is one of the reasons why character and plot suffered, it was too simplistic and too confusing at the same time. I wanted to stop reading half-way through but I hate giving up on books and I always hold on to the hope that it would get better towards the end, and in this case, I was just relieved when I finished it and I don’t think I’d be picking up the sequel any time soon. And I hate that because I was really looking forward to more goats!

Stars: 2/5