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The Imposters by Scott Westerfeld

I loved reading Scott Westerfeld’s series Uglies and the Midnighters when I was younger. When I saw The Imposters at Target, I knew I had to give it a try. Especially when I saw it was an autographed copy!

I had no idea this was going to be set in a time after Tally Underwood from the Uglies series. The dynamics between Frey and Rafia, Rafia and their father, Frey and their father, Frey and Col, and Frey and the world are incredible. The way that Scott Westerfeld set the twins up and the depth he used for Frey was amazing. With each chapter, you learned more and more about the way she thinks and functions. Her character was constantly growing and becoming more and more real.

The further I got into the book, the less I wanted to put it down and the later the time became. Rather than sleeping, I kept reading into the night. The ending was both predictable and a surprise at the same time. I had a feeling it would end the way it did, but I kept hoping that it wouldn’t. I cannot wait for book 2 in September!

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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

“Wicked is Good”. Concluding book 2, Teresa makes this simple announcement that she has actually made before. “WICKED is good” Are they though? So far, I would definitely say the organization is not good by any means, although they seem to have good intentions, going by the philosophy of “the ends justify the means”. After seeing so many of their friends die, and the trials and hazards they have had to go through, why is Teresa so convinced of this?

As with The Maze Runner I read, actually, listened to The Scorch Trials by audiobook during my commute. While at times I found myself zoning out and missing sections, overall I prefer listening to this series rather than reading it. I found myself wanting the narration to go quicker so that I would know what was happening. Which is a good thing that I was listening instead of reading so that I could not skip ahead on sections.

So far, Minho and Thomas are still my favorite characters with Teresa still being my least favorite. While I do not think she is evil, I still don’t have a high opinion regarding her. I would rather see Thomas be with Brenda personally. Although one of the things I do love about this story is that James Dashner barely focuses on any relationship and prefers to keep things platonic which is ideal for me.

The real question for this book is…..do they really have the Flare or is it another trick? They were able to survive the Scorch so what is next for them? Is it really over?

I enjoyed this book very much. While at times I wish there was more detail, and at times I wish there was less, I enjoyed the story and am ready for book 3!

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I originally read The Maze Runner a few years ago and really enjoyed it. This time around, I decided to try it as an audiobook which I definitely enjoyed!

While I vaguely remembered what happened in the book, it was more of vague feelings rather than real recollections. While listening to the book, I found myself remembering events as they happened, but I was happy to find that I could not remember what happened next beyond a few exceptions. I enjoyed hearing it again as if it was almost new.

The characters are easily relatable and I found myself very much enjoying the interactions between all the characters, but especially Thomas and Minho. I enjoyed listening to Thomas grow into who he truly is as a person despite adversity from a couple of the boys. I very much liked hearing Chuck mature and become braver as a result of his friendship with Thomas.

The only character that I did not enjoy hearing was Teresa even though I remember enjoying her the last time I read this book. I enjoyed the interactions between the boys better when they did not involve her.

As the ending of the book came closer and closer, I found myself not recollecting the story line. Once they exited the maze, I didn’t remember anything. I am excited to listen to book 2 as though I’m hearing/reading it for the first time.

Mark Deakins was very enjoyable to listen to and I hope he is the narrator for book 2 as well.