Mini-reviews: Enclave by Ann Aguirre; Ready Player One by Ernest Cline; and Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

Title: Enclave
Author: Ann Aguirre
Genre: YA dystopian fiction
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library
First line: I was born during the second holocaust.

For as long as Deuce can remember, she has wanted to be a Huntress, to be given her true name and no longer be one of the nameless brats. But when she achieves her goal, she is assigned Fade as her partner. He grew up outside the enclave, and his strangeness causes Deuce to start to question what she’s always believed, what she’s always been told. I enjoyed Enclave very much – Deuce is a complicated, fierce character, and the transformation of her world and worldview made for a fascinating story. The world-building is also excellent, as well as the interaction between Deuce and Fade. This book works as a stand-alone, but I see that the author has a sequel coming out in 2012. I’m excited to read it – not because she left me hanging at the end of Enclave and I HAVE to read it – but because the world she has built and the characters that people it are worth revisiting.

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Genre: Dystopian, science fiction
Publisher: Crown
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Wil Wheaton
First line: Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest.

Sandy was right – this book is amazing! I’m not a gamer, so I wasn’t initially interested in reading Ready Player One. Then, Sandy posted her review, which told me everything I needed to know: chock full of 80s nostalgia, action-packed, and narrated by the brilliant Wil Wheaton. Like Sandy, I am the target audience for this book – and so is my husband. He will be reading it soon – all I had to say was: Joust, War Games, RUSH’s “2112” album, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, etc. etc. etc.

Title: Explosive Eighteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Bantam
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public libary
Audiobook reader: Lorelei King
First line: New Jersey was 40,000 feet below me, obscured by cloud cover.

Stephanie is back, baby! I wasn’t all that thrilled with the seventeenth book in the series, but I found Explosive Eighteen thoroughly enjoyable. Sure, Stephanie is still torn between Ranger and Morelli, but there was less about that and more Stephanie and Lulu attempting to be Rangeresque bounty hunters, and that makes for lots of humor. And, of course, these books are all read by the incomparable Lorelei King – I wouldn’t experience them any other way.

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14 Responses to Mini-reviews: Enclave by Ann Aguirre; Ready Player One by Ernest Cline; and Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

  1. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    You’ve on a roll with great books! I wasn’t sure I wanted to read Explosive Eighteen since I found Seventeen disappointing, but now I think I need to look for it.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathy – I think it was better – but maybe it was just the mood I was in. Hopefully, you’ll like it!

  2. irene says:

    You have quite a selection there. Enjoy!

  3. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I am really just pleased as punch that you loved Ready Player One. I thought my head would pop off from geeking out, and I think I have a crush on Wil Wheaton. My next goal someday is to read some more of his audio books. And I must get the next Stephanie. She is shallow but she makes me laugh.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I know – I love my brain candy. šŸ™‚ And I wish my library had more audios read by Wheaton, but they don’t so far. šŸ™

  4. Melissa
    Twitter: myeclecticbooks

    I’ve been wondering how Enclave was…there’s been such buzz about it!

  5. Kailana says:

    I have wanted to read Ann Aguirre for ages and still haven’t, I really must get to Ready Player One, and I have only read the first book in Evanovich’s series and a bit overwhelmed that the series is getting so big!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kelly – yes, there are a lot of books in the Stephanie Plum series, but they are all short. They all run about 5 discs on audio – not sure what that translates into pages, but they’re quick reads. You’ll like Enclave and Ready Player One, I think.

  6. Christa says:

    I am totally with you on Ready Player One! It was such an amazing read!

    I’m wasn’t a huge fan of Enclave. It’s not that it was a bad book but I just didn’t feel any sort of connection with it. Glad to hear it was just me!

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