It is true that science fiction and fantasy genre is often regarded as an escapist fiction. As an avid reader of fiction books, I can honestly say that books of any genre can be an escape from reality. On the contrary, I prefer reading realistic fiction to escape reality. It is infinitely easier to get sucked into the life of the characters who live in the real world. The real world works on simple principles that all of us are already familiar with so I don’t need to focus on how the world works. Whereas, science fiction and fantasy have their own set of rules and unique principles that govern their world. They inspire me to think on an intellectually different level than what an average realistic fiction book can provide.
The Red Rising trilogy has everything one would want in a science fiction book and more. The epic world-building, the eccentric character arcs, and the emotional dilemmas of a flawed protagonist make it an intense read. It is set in a futuristic world where the entire solar system has been colonized and run by a color-coded society, achieved by genetic and surgical manipulation of humans. There are fourteen levels of the color-coded caste hierarchy; Golds are the most elite, ruling over the rest of the humanity and Reds are at the lowest level, forced to do menial work. The protagonist, Darrow, is a Red whose mission is to infiltrate the ranks of the Golds to destroy them from within.
Finally, I decided to do another TTT. This one is hosted at thatartsyreadergirl. Check out her prompts, if you guys want to join in. For this week the topic was supposed to be THE BEST BOOKS I READ IN 2018 (SO FAR!) But, so far I've only read 25 books. And if I count down the 10 best books, that will be 40% of my entire reading pool. That would be very inaccurate, so I figured I'd make a 5 Good and 5 Bad books I read in 2018. So starting with The Good:
I usually prefer waiting until all the books in the series are out so that I can binge read the entire series. However, with this book, the HYPE was strong with this one. So there I was three books out in the series and ready to be left in a cliffhanger at the end. If there is one thing I learned from this book its that Saraj J. Mass can write dramatic scenes with very dramatic sentences. It's like you can almost feel her dropping the mike after she ends a dramatic scene.
When he died, all things soft and beautiful and bright would be buried with him
Yes, this book gave me everything that the blurb promised and then some. It had me laughing out loud and feeling emotional AF at times. The Characters are awesome! Nate Shaw can see ghosts. Due to which he has a reputation of being the crazy kid, and there are certain bullies that give a hard time in high school. However, he is not at all what one would expect him to be. He is the sweetest person and doesn’t let what other people say about him get to him much. Even though he doesn’t have any friends, he has his aunt Susan and his Grandmom- technically a ghost, as she is dead.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. And I just stumbled upon her blog and this post. I think this post would make a really awesome aesthetic picture, so I am doing this post. This weeks topic was favorite color. BLACK. it Black. My favorite color is black.
So, the book had Sherlock Holmes on its title. Hell yeah, I am going to read it. Also, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes. Oh... I know who the mom is. *smirks* The thing that kinda bugged me: So apparently what happens in this book is that all the characters from the original Sherlock Holmes books have offspring who have the same job and same characteristics as their parents. Yeah, this could not possibly have happened. They are not exactly alike, but they have a similar line of occupation.