Friday, 22 August 2014
Ruin and Rising
I wrote a huge review for this and it just disappeared before I saved it. FML.
So, after I finished reading the third book, I finally noticed that all the covers have the amplifiers on them in order. Obviously the third book is technically wrong, because it should be Mal on the cover instead.
This book was extremely upsetting in both good and bad ways. Let me explain.
Things that made me angry/confused me:
- Alina’s hair became shockingly white, which reminded me of Daenerys. Come on, let’s stop involving GoT in everything.
- Nikolai’s sudden situation takes him (conveniently) out of the picture long enough for Malina (Mal and Alina) to figure things out for themselves/get back together grudgingly at first.
- If a Sun Summoner is rare, that makes Alina rare. That makes her family special. I thought for sure her theory would, in fact, be correct. When it wasn’t, I still wondered about her family. There has to be something about them, right? I NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING *gnashing teeth*.
- The amplifiers’ transfer of powers is inconsistent. The first two were transferred to Alina no problem. The last is confusing…technically Mal’s ancestor was the amplifier and she died. I already take a stance against that because she was raised from the dead and shouldn’t she be nearly immortal? When she gave birth to Mal, did her amplifier power transfer to him through her genes (were there FOUR amplifiers at that time or three and she lost her amplifier-ness?) or when she died did it transfer to him through default or nearest live body to her? In which case, I have no idea how these amplifiers work.
- The Darkling’s merzost-induced traumas lessened and were undone with his death. This makes absolutely NO sense, because you cannot pick-and-choose what is undone. If it is undone, all of it must be undone. CONSISTENCY. Which means that people who died should now be living and all the other injured should be healed (if it was from the Darkling’s zombie Dementors).
- I like Genya the best and her injuries and ugliness were something I appreciated and knew she was strong enough to rise above. I thought this made her character so much more. But in the end, even this harshness was slightly lessened to make her easier to look at again.
- If you think of Alina as a glow-in-the-dark sticker or a solar-powered gadget, shouldn’t she have had a little bit of Sun Summoning juice in her after all those months of healing? You don’t need a strict source of sunlight. I realize I just compared Alina to a glow-in-the-dark sticker, but…shut up.
Things I loved about it all:
- Malina’s orphanage take over.
- Alina losing her Sun Summoning ability.
- Alina choosing to be without political power and sway—living the simple life.
But srsly, everyone should read these books.#book review #review #books #reading #reader #literacy #literature #ruin and rising #leigh bardugo #shelfie #alina #mal #malina