No more rants & complaints, now we move on to something more positive. I will start introducing you to series I absolutely loved! So instead of Book Series I didn’t finish, you now get the ones I DID finish/caught up with and totally adored.
MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood
Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.
- Orxyx and Crake
- The Year of the Flood
Here is my opinion on the first book, Oryx & Crake.
I should really read more books by Margaret Atwood because I always enjoy them. This trilogy got better with every book and left a lasting impression on me. While book 1 was still a bit slow and was told by the least interesting character in the whole series, book 2 & especially 3 exceeded my expectations. Book 1 & 2 run parallel to each other while 3 brings them both together and continues where they both finished off. Every book gives you the ‘lifestory’ of different characters. While 1 features Jimmy & Glenn, 2 focuses on Ren & Toby and finally in book 3 we learn about Zeb.
I plan to write reviews on the last 2 books in the future, I really should have done it after I finished them.
So what exactly made this trilogy one of my favourites?
- the characters – the main protagonists and pov characters were all authentic. I especially loved Toby, who is one of the 2 main characters in the second novel. She seems hard & emotionless but has lots of heart, is clever and tough as hell.
- it’s written beautifully – I am a big fan of Atwood’s style of writing! Also, it doesn’t just start in the beginning. It’s not a straight forward story. When we jump into the story, the catastrophe already happened and people are trying to cope with it. We get lots of flashbacks to the beginning and learn what happened.
- the post-apocalyptic feel – science has gone too far, people became obsessed with living forever, the world has become a dangerous place where people have to be scared for their lives.
- how real it felt – seriously. This could happen to us!
- The ‘God’s Gardeners’ – there’s always someone who resists! People who’ve gone back to the old ways, they predicted the apocalypse and prepared for it. They are vegetarians, trying to live in harmony with nature and present a safe haven. I loved reading about the little community that lived in their rooftop garden.
The Banned and the Banished by James Clemens
On a fateful night five centuries ago, three mages made a desperate last stand, sacrificing everything to preserve the only hope of goodness in the beautiful, doomed land of Alasea. Now, on the anniversary of that ominous night, a girl-child ripens into the heritage of lost power. But before she can even comprehend her terrible new gift, the Dark Lord dispatches his winged monsters to capture her and bring him the embryonic magic she embodies.
Fleeing the minions of darkness, Elena is swept toward certain doom–and into the company of unexpected allies. There she forms a band of the hunted and the cursed, the outcasts and the outlaws, to battle the unstoppable forces of evil and rescue a once-glorious empire . . .
- Wit’ch Fire
- Wit’ch Storm
- Wit’ch War
- Wit’ch Gate
- Wit’ch Star
I wasn’t sure whether I should include this series because it is a long, long time since I read it and when I look back now, I am not sure whether I would like it as much now. It might be worth a Re-Read! I decided to include the books because at the time I read them, which is about 13-15 years ago, I loved them to bits and couldn’t finish them fast enough. I got them from the library and remember that I was devastated that book 4 was not available when I wanted it. I read 5 first instead because I just couldn’t wait 😀
It’s a High Fantasy series featuring a small group of heroes trying to stop an ancient evil from gaining power and destroying the world. Nothing new there. The main character is a 13 year old girl called Elena who can work blood magic, something very special and dangerous. She is the only one who can stop the unknown dark lord and he wants to catch her before her powers become too strong.
So what did I like about this average sounding Fantasy series?
- It was dark. I remember a vivid description of the main character’s parents burning to death at the start of the novel. I was still pretty young and didn’t read a lot of gory Fantasy so this was something new for me
- It was very magical & colourful, there was every magical creature imaginable, giant spiders, murderous stone dwarfs, mermaids, magical artifacts, lost cities, worlds under the ocean, EVERYTHING! The world felt really big.
- So much was happening – I didn’t remember boring moments, the group was always on the move, there was always some danger, some fight, some betrayal, action – I couldn’t catch a breath. Also, main characters were dying.
- I was really into the ‘main’ romance that didn’t develop until the end of the series.. for reasons^^ I thought the author was a bit too much into pairing up almost all of the main characters which each other… Not a big fan of that, but fortunately the romancing didn’t take up too much space and there was no love triangle
- I loved Elena and her development throughout the series. Also, all of her companions were unique characters I was interested in.
- Betrayals and backstabbing!
One tiny thing I hated: The names had too many a’post’roph’es, that were no’t ne’cess’ary
Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin
Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she’s the most important person in the whole world.
Anthony Carter doesn’t think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.
FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.
- The Passage
- The Twelve
- The City of Mirrors
What I liked about this (Post-) Apocalyptic Trilogy
- The scale of it. It feels much bigger than ‘just’ a trilogy. The books are big and epic and the whole thing covers hundreds of years. There are multiple flashbacks and perspectives.
- The danger of the virals – the virals are more Vampires than Zombies, people who turned into strong, blood-thirsty monsters who always come out at night. A bite will either kill or transform you
- There’s no plain ‘magic’, but something supernatural is going on
- Amy, the main character of the trilogy, a young girl who was infected by the virus and changed into an immortal being. She’s changing and adapting throughout the novel and although she is sometimes passive or not the center of the action, she definitely is the thread that holds everything together.
- The scientific aspect – we spend a lot of time in laboratories, watching experiments & investigations of the virus that was supposed to help but ended the world as we know it.
- Life in colonies after the disaster, I love reading about how people cope after the apocalypse and this was exactly it.
- The group of main characters from the colony, whom we follow for several years, including Peter, Sara, Hollis, Alicia….. Apart from Alicia who never grew on me, I loved the main characters and could identify with all of them
- Emotions! This book made me cry several times because it was either so sad or written so beautifully
- closure – every storyline is finished up nice & neatly. It’s a very bittersweet ending, just how I like it. Not everything is fine, but we will go on and manage