Reading Lately: December 2020 Edition

Final book reviews of the year! I had another good month, finishing 5 books. And only one that I wasn’t really impressed with.

Reading Lately: December 2020 Edition | Book reviews of Rhythm of War and Dawnshard by Brandon Sanderson; Gemina and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff; Complex by A.D. Enderly | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson: I loved this book. It was one where I didn’t want it to end but also couldn’t wait to get to the end. This is the fourth book in the series, so you can’t just pick this one up. You have to read the other 5K pages first 🙂 I just can’t say enough for this series and now I’m sad we will have to wait probably 2 years for the next book. But at least we know Brandon Sanderson will come through, unlike some other fantasy writers.
5 out of 5 stars

Dawnshard by Brandon Sanderson: This is a novella that is set between book 3 and 4 of The Stormlight Archive. And I’m SO glad I picked it up before reading Rhythm of War. It allowed me to sink back into the world. It had an interesting storyline that helped set the stage a bit more for RoW.
4.5 out of 5 stars

Gemina by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff: This is the second book (after Illuminae). It is an extension of Illuminae, but focuses on a new set of characters. Nik and Hanna couldn’t be more different, but they team up to try and save their station, and in extension, The Hypatia (from Illuminae). This is a fast paced, fun story. Still told through “hacked” documents, it does take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, you can really fly through this book. I definitely recommend this series.
4 out of 5 stars

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff: Another extension within the trilogy, this time we head back to Kerenza with another set of main characters. We get to see what happened back on the planet after BeiTech attacked. This book nicely wraps up the entire series. Once again, a fast paced, enjoyable book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys young adult sci fi/fantasy set in space.
4 out of 5 stars

Complex by A.D. Enderly: This was the one book that disappointed me this month. I didn’t have super high expectations, but a I started reading it, I really enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to see where it headed. But then it took a really weird turn at the end that felt like a cop-out and it made me super disappointed. It is set in the near future where people more or less live either in a Complex (you more or less sell yourself to the company) or you live on the fading government dole. As I said, it started out as a really interesting view of security of the Complexes vs. living on a universal basic income from a government that is slowing being swallowed by Complexes. There was discussion of autonomy and power and government. But then the end came. And it more or less blamed everything on an AI (rather than the crappy humans that got the story that far) and a little magic thrown in. It just didn’t fit for me. I wouldn’t recommend.
2.5 out of 5 stars
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