A big thanks to Imyril from One More and Lisa from Dear Geek Place for organizing SciFiMonth! I wrote four posts in celebration of science fiction:
– SciFiMonth 2020 TBR
– Mixed up: Science Fantasy
– Four Sci-Fi short stories and novellas I love
– Intergalactic book tag
On other blogs I also found a couple of interesting posts. Arina on The Bookwyrm’s Guide to the Galaxy made a list of Sci-Fi’s Greatests Subgenres. Joanna from Melfka wrote about books with aliens that are truly different from human species. I also loved the recommendations from Amanda on Classy x Book Reviews in her post #SciFiMonth: If You Like This, Then Read That.
Of course I’m also going to talk about books! Next to Want and Ruse, I also wanted to read Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. But I wasn’t able to borrow the book on time at my library. Instead I decided to reread another book. Here are my thoughts about the three books I read this month.
Want (Want, #1) by Cindy Pon – reread
I loved this amazing book just as much as the last time I read it! The story is fast-paced, with an exciting plot and a fascinating world. It’s set in a future Taiwan where the sky is brown instead of blue and people get sick from the polluted air. The rich have the money to buy special suits, poor people just die early. The international Jin corporation manufactures these suits, but may also be responsible for making the pollution even worse. Jason and his friends are prepared to do everything to destroy Jin Corp. At the moment wearing a face mask is normal in our own world because of the pandemic. That makes it even easier to imagine a future when people wear face masks or suits to protect themselves.
Ruse (Want, #2) by Cindy Pon – 4 stars
No spoilers for Want, trigger warning for murder
This was a good and satisfying conclusion to the duology. A big part of the story is still narrated by Jason, but there are also some chapters told through the eyes of Lingyi and Daiyu. It gave me the chance to get to know these characters even better. Especially Daiyu’s chapters were interesting, since she is the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. I enjoyed the multiple perspectives and wished there were even more chapters narrated by Lingyi and Daiyu. This sequel has a strong plot, but it wasn’t as thrilling as the first part. This is probably because the theme of the book is different. In Want there’s a strong environmental theme, in Ruse the focus lies rather on friendship and trust. When considering the things that happened at the end of Want, I do think this is what the story needed. Yet, I feel the stakes weren’t as high as in the first part.
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1) by Cherie Priest – reread
I bought this book seven years ago in London because I liked the cover. The story was okay, but not that great. This month I decided to reread this book. I hoped to like it more since my English is better now. Yet I would still give Boneshaker only three stars. The title refers to a machine that unearthed a dangerous gas which changes people into the living dead. The part of the city that contained the gas is now walled. The narrators are Briar and her son Ezekiel. He secretly goes into the walled part of the city. Now his mother has to bring him out alive. My problem with the book is that there is too much description. Despite all the action, this slowed down the story. I also missed some character development. Briar and Ezekiel are likable characters, but I didn’t really care about them.