Wednesday, March 23, 2016
BOOK REVIEW: Alight (The Generations Trilogy #2) by Scott Sigler
This book picks up where Alive left off, with Em and the others landing on the planet of Omeyocan. It did take me a while to get into this one. Part of it may be that I forgot about some of the characters from the first one and it's been a while since I read Alive. But some things I remember: Em is still the leader and Aramousky is still acting like a zealous jerk with questionable motives. And of course both O'Malley and Bishop have a thing for Em, but since the romance wasn't a huge focus in this book, I will forgive the kind of love triangle.
Em and the kids are concerned about food and their new planet so they spend a lot of time exploring their new world. The first quarter of this book was kind of slow for that very reason. The new planet was just not that interesting at first. It took a while before anything happened with that. The first part of the book was just bits of them exploring the planet mixed with bits of the power struggle between Aramousky and Em. The power struggle stuff was infinitely more interesting. Aramousky was a complete jerk, but I wanted more of him. Is that weird? Yeah, probably. I still loved Em in this book. I mean, she is so bad ass and she actually stops to think things through, unlike others on the ship (umm, I'm looking at you Aramousky). This book focuses a lot more on the personalities of different people on the ship. There is a lot of fear and anger that leads many kids to buy into what Aramousky is selling.
Without giving any spoilers, there are new discoveries on this planet and new things to fight. These are just kids with the fears and hormones that kids have, but they also must make very adult decisions. Yeah, when Em felt an overwhelming rage that she didn't know what to do with or why she felt it, I had to laugh. Sorry, but that is exactly what being a teenager is like. But maybe some of it leftover from Matilda and the other Grownups. They have to figure out their food supply and how to deal with some mold that is infecting everything. And I will also say that I loved the Springers. When the Springers entered the picture, the book started picking up speed and the new planet became so much more interesting.
The last half of this book was crazy good and it was everything that Alive was and more. There were so many crazy twists and turns. I really, really can't give too much away of what I loved because SPOILERS. But man, I didn't see ANY of it coming. There were secrets revealed about Matilda and what the symbols on their heads mean and there was a brutal fight, but that's about as much as I can say. Seriously, Sigler has written a dystopian book that is so different from anything else I have read. The last 100 pages were SO INTENSE! And that ending . . . OMG! I desperately need the sequel NOW!!
Buy/Borrow/Skip: Buy this one! Bottom line: even though it started a bit slow, I ended up LOVING it and you need to read this series!!