by TW Piperbrook and Bobby Adair
I purchased this book on impulse based on the plot. Reviews are mixed and not encouraging, but I thought it was worth a try. And I must admit that I can see why it received so much negative criticism.
The Last Survivors takes two of modern science fiction’s popular recurring themes to create what could be an interesting view of a post-apocalyptic world, but somehow, even using two writers, they have missed the mark.
The idea of civilization trying to recover from a devastating plague which leaves most of the population in a zombie-like state is not an original one. Neither is society’s return to the Dark Ages. I was intrigued by the religious element of the story, making the dark ages throwback almost believable. Unfortunately, the plot itself is a little lame and the characters not fully formed.
The narrative moves between several characters at such a pace that I found it difficult to follow the individuals and never really invested in any of them.
All that said, I am intrigued enough to add book II to my wish list. Hopefully the plot and characters will be better developed.
by Cassandra Clare
This is the fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series and I think that by now I have said all I can say about them. The vagaries of teenage romance provide a distraction from the magic and mystery of the fight to keep the world safe from demons and more human looking baddies.
The ongoing will-they won’t-they relationship between Clary and Jase continues it’s never quite getting there course. And as usual, the teenage Shadowhunters can’t rely on the adults to face up to the dangers they all face. Instead it is once again up to them to save the world from impending doom.
City of Lost Souls is not exactly great literature, but it does continue in the same easy to read vain as the previous four books, perfect for it’s teenage audience. I must admit that Cassandra Clare’s style and plot have kept me wanting to find out more. I enjoy the naivety of the storyline, the struggles of the characters as they balance their natural desires as young adults with their responsibilities as part of the shadow world.
Populated by vampires, fairies, werewolves, demons, angels, warlocks and more, Cassandra Clare has created a dark and mysterious world that is simplistic in its structure, but compelling as a form of escapism. I am looking forward to reading the last in the series, not because I want it to end, but because I want to see how the various romances pan out. I am sure that “team good” will eventually win the day, but will Jase and Clary ever actually get together? Will Simon and Izzie become an item? And what will become of Alec and Magnus? And for that matter, will the grown-ups ever start listening to the kids who obviously know best?