I’ve been in a bit of a rut when it comes to books. I go into them thinking they will be at the very least decent. I know every book isn’t going to wow me. But I also don’t want to feel like I wasted time reading the book. Unfortunately, two books recently have made me feel annoyed and shaking my head at the end. Today I’m reviewing Schism by Britt Holewinski and The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky.
Review of Schism
Imagine a world where the oldest person in the world is 18. Five years earlier, a government-made virus was accidentally released (whoopsie!) and it killed everyone that was over the age of 13. We meet Andy, Morgan, and Charlie in Bermuda where they were vacationing with their parents when the virus hit. They have survived using their smarts and keeping to themselves. A traumatic event happens, and they decide to sail to the mainland US in the hopes of finding something better.
They get to the US and find out it is pretty darn bad too. The run into Ben and Jim (cousins) and begin a cross-country road trip to find something “better.” All sorts of adventures and misadventures occur until they end up back in New York to find the big bad guy that has the last remaining vials of the virus (that could now kill them all) but is also trying to make a vaccine; which would make him even more powerful in is totalitarian regime he has created on the East Coast.
This sort of book is usually right up my alley. People using their smarts and common sense to not only survive, but to help the world as well by removing the “big bad.” However, parts just rubbed me the wrong way and there were just far to many cliches used to make it worthwhile.
In this post apocalyptic world where the oldest surviving person was 13, the two trades that somehow survived was drugs and human trafficking. Now, I get the trafficking, because humans always suck. But drugs? Come on! You are telling me that there were enough 13 or younger children that were involved enough in the family trade that they not only prospered, but thrived? Right.
Another thing that bugged me was that two of the main characters ended up pregnant after having intercourse once. Now, that isn’t completely crazy. But it kind of is when the little East Coast empire that the Big Bad guy has created has an entire class of women called “Helens” that are pretty much prostitutes. And there was absolutely zero mention of any of them getting pregnant, new children in general or birth control there. Did I mention that being a Helen is as high as you can get there if you are woman? Unless you are hot and willing to have sex with the leaders, you are pretty much 4th class citizens. So don’t tell me that two of the main characters are getting preggo but no one else is.
Overall rating of Schism
I just can’t recommend this book. If you don’t think about it too hard, it isn’t a bad book. There is a lot of action, so if that is your jam, you will probably enjoy it.
2.5 out of 5 stars – some merit, but wouldn’t recommend
Review of The Immortals
The Greek gods are alive and just living their lives in NYC. The gods are no longer quite immortal (because people are not worshipping them) but they are not quite mortal either. That is the setting of The Immortals. The main character is Selene aka Artemis. She now helps women that get into crappy relationships and more or less scare the daylights out of the loser men. But then a murder hits a little too close to home and her world begins to change more than it has in hundreds of years.
The whole ancient gods still being around but with no power thing is nothing new. And honestly this book didn’t do anything new or exciting. Full of cliches and besides who was the bad guy behind the murders, you knew what was going to happen.
It has been awhile since I’ve read anything with Greek gods, so I did enjoy learning more about the gods and all of their monikers. I wasn’t really a huge fan of any of the characters except for the main human character. He was kind of a geeky fun guy. But beyond that, none of the gods really stood out to me character-wise. Oh, I liked Selene’s dog. She was kind of hilarious.
Overall rating of The Immortals
As you can image, when I like a dog more than the other characters, there really isn’t much to write home about this book. If you enjoy Greek gods, you can give this a try. But other than that, I wouldn’t pick it up again.
2 out of 5 stars – little merit, but wouldn’t recommend
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