Mini-Reviews: The DNF Episode Arson and Across the Universe
Monday November 26, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Stonehouse Ink.
Published: May 4, 2010
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 318
Form: Paperback
Series: Arson Trilogy (1)
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Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl–who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin–moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he’s never had: purpose. After years of living in fear, he will be forced to confront his haunting past and embrace the unknown as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Edgy, realistic, and breathtaking, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated teenager with unimaginable ability, is set to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.

My Thoughts

Sigh…I so very much wanted to love this book.  I think the concept of a boy being able to manipulate fire is so interesting.  Alas, the molasses like plot and the unnatural dialogue kept me from even being motivated enough to finish this.  Admittedly, I only got to page 96 or so, but NOTHING happened in that time but muddled and confusing thoughts and flashbacks from the MC.

I’m convinced his Grandmother is bi-polar, the girl he likes is super shallow, and I never get to see him work with his fire.  Arson is also really self-deprecating and it kind of got annoying after a while.  And the dialogue is so awkward and unrealistic I couldn’t stand to read another minute.  This is a DNF for me.  But I will encourage you all to go out and read some other reviews as there are some who loved it.  I just couldn’t get into it.

Publisher: Razorbill
Published: January 11, 2011
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 318
Form: Hardback
Series: Across the Universe (1)
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Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

My Thoughts

I got a little further in this book.  I read until about halfway through, maybe page 250 ish and had to put it down as it just was not keeping my interest.  The concept is good in theory, but I guess there isn’t but so much you can do with a ship.  I hated all of the characters in this one.  Eldest had to be the dumbest MC ever and had no ability to put two and two together.  And the girl main character (whose name I forget), was such a bitch to everybody.  I understand her dilemma, but that really is no reason to be nasty and mean for no reason to everyone.

The ‘bad guy’ and overall plot couldn’t have been anymore obvious.   I knew who and what he was upon his first introduction and found myself rolling my eyes at all the so called ‘clues’.  The plot was meh, and again, the dialogue and conversations were stilted, awkward, and unrealistic.  I’m starting to notice that many of the books I don’t finish have dialogue that I just can’t abide.  When the dialogue makes no sense, I’ll have a hard time being convinced that I should keep reading.

Again, many people loved this one so check out some other reviews before making a decision.

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10 Responses to “Mini-Reviews: The DNF Episode Arson and Across the Universe”

  1. You didn’t like ATU? Woow. But I feel you. Plenty of times I haven’t loved something the masses do. Great mini reviews.

  2. If you like the idea of someone creating or controlling fire, you should read Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright. Definitely more fun and interesting.

  3. I haven’t heard too much about Arson, but muddled thoughts and flashbacks don’t really sound like a strong start to a novel. Thanks for the warning. I did enjoy Across the Universe, I was intrigued by Amy’s scenario. I still haven’t read the sequel, though.

    • Jade says:

      I’m mad b/c I bought the sequel just knowing I would love the first. What a disappointment that was. Now I’m stuck with a book I have no intentions of reading. If you want it, you’re welcome to it. Just let me know.

  4. Alysia Allen says:

    I hate when that happens. Great topic, great concept, even great synopsis and then the story doesn’t deliver. I was in the same mindset as you with the ARSON book. I wanted you to love it too! 🙂

  5. Noooooooooo! Not only are the covers cool (cuz you know, I’m book-shallow like that), but the premises sound AMAZING! Gosh darnit.