Sunday, April 7, 2013

Strangelets (Review) (Dream Cast)

*Presented by: Itching for Books*

Release Date: April 9th, 2013
Genre(s): YA Science Fiction/Fantasy

My Review: (3.5/5 stars*)

The Strangelets starts out extremely promising but as the book moves forward at a really slow pace it falls short on a lot of accounts. The only character I liked was Declan for his humor and Irish charm. As for the rest of the characters I could neither connect or really care about them. I think going into reading this book I had high expectations and they weren't met. What kept me reading on was the sheer curiosity of how all the questions would be answered. But most questions that arose weren't and the ending left you with more unanswered questions which left me very disappointed. Lastly the switching of POV's was weird and bothersome. At times the change of characters was confusing and it happened right in the  middle of an action scene which took away from the moment altogether.
Now onto the things I did enjoy, the beginning really had me hooked with three teenagers located across the world about to die at the same time when at that precise moment a strange mass sucks them up. It's a pretty compelling novel full of suspenseful thrill with some dystopia and science fiction qualities. I think it will best be enjoyed by those who like being surprised. The Strangelets is a unique story that brings together a lot of cool theories. Overall though I wasn't impressed by the character developments, the middle of the story was tedious, and the conclusion wasn't satisfying in the least. I think if this were a series and the ideas that were mentioned in the book were explored more with complex characters it could have been amazing - the potential was all there but it fell flat for me. However, I feel others who like science fictional works with peculiar plots should give it a try.


17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer…
17-year-old Declan
stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland…
17-year-old Anat
attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt…

All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital—only to discover that they’re not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they’re to have any hope of surviving. 

Soon they discover that they've been trapped in a future that isn't of their making: a deadly, desolate world at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. Each teen harbors a secret, but only one holds the key that could get them home. As the truth comes to light through the eyes of Sophie, Declan, and Anat, the reader is taken on a dark and unforgettable journey into the hearts of teens who must decide what to do with a second chance at life.



Declan (Actor: Robert Sheehan)

Sophie (Phoebe Tonkin)

Anat (Actress: Freida Pinto)

Nico (Actor: Michael Grant Terry)

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