Hive takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where an alien force decimated the world. There are now pockets of humans trying to survive and hopefully, end the hive for good.
There are strong characters throughout the book and you see the relationships change among them. The main character really comes into his own by the end of the book. The writing is effective in transplanting the reader into the hive’s world.
I enjoyed the story and the twists throughout. No spoilers here but there are exciting twists!
There was quite a bit of description used, especially in regards to the weapons. The amount of description was tedious to read. The weaponry descriptors were strange and things I wouldn’t have known if not for video games.
Overall I enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series.
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When I first read the title ‘Manflu,’ I didn’t have very high expectations. It is a weird title, but Simone delivers an excellent book that I didn’t want to put down.
The basis of the book is that an illness has killed most men or those that survived were bedridden. A few men prove to be immune, and some never caught it at all and are housebound. The main character is a scientist working on a cure, while others are trying to sabotage her.
The writing is excellent and easy to read. Each character had their own unique personality. Every time stopped reading; I couldn’t wait to get back and see what would happen next. It felt like I was watching a movie in my head as she transported me to this world with Manflu.
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Strange is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about this book. In a post-apocalyptic world with supernatural blizzards, strange is a perfect fit.
I’ll admit that the first couple of chapters had me expecting a poorly written book with so much random jargon that I wasn’t going to be able to enjoy it. I was happy to be incorrect. The author sets the stage for the rest of the book through the language he chose in the first couple of chapters, which makes sense once you continue reading. There is an easy shift between perspectives and language used depending on the scene.
Overall, the story was not what I expected, and it was interesting to see the character’s growth. A lot of description was used, which helped show the landscape after a long war—taking us through various aspects of a world utterly unknown to us.
As the story finally concluded, many of the pieces I wondered about fell into place. Though I still have a few questions (but I won’t give you spoilers).
If you like strange books (and are an adult – the language choices are geared towards an adult audience), then this will be right up your alley.
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This is the story of someone whose life is turned upside down. It doesn’t go into much detail about what happened, which left me with questions. Whatever did happen meant that she needed to move and purge unneeded items; at a garage sale. The book focuses on the strange occurrences that transpired during the garage sale.
In our day-to-day lives, we often dismiss coincidences, but what if they mean something more? The author explains how each occurrence, no matter how small or coincidental it may seem, actually meant something much, much more significant.
The book is an easy and smooth read. Each chapter outlines a different event that happened during the garage sale. This gives the reader a natural stopping point without leaving us hanging to read the next chapter. Perhaps after reading this book, you will see the small things in life as big things.
If you aren’t into religion you may still enjoy this book. It does not delve into the bible or give any one religious perspective. It is more about what could happen if we look at things in a different way.
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The imagery transported me to Peru, with the vivid landscapes, and food/drinks native to Peru. The story follows Tamara a young girl who is terrified of being back in Peru visiting her family. The year before there was a horrible Earthquake where she almost died. Being back with her family in Peru brings back all of the traumatic events that she lived through and has been dealing with since she left. Throughout the story, you can see tremendous growth from Tamara as she faces dangers she could never think imaginable.
All the while she is trying to help her friend and figure out who the murderer really is. I had suspicions of who the murderer might be and as the story progressed there were hints to lead you in different directions. The author does an excellent job of making you want to continue reading. This is the perfect book for the young reader who enjoys a mystery.
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