After finishing Pangaea: Unsettled Land and Superhuman, I let a few good Google searches lead me to my next book. I knew I needed another black cast with some magic. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi DELIVERT. I was supposed to find a book to read alongside it, one I could switch back and forth with while on the metro to work.
Nope.I started reading… and reading… and reading… and I was done. I found myself itching to devour the pages, find out more about this world and these characters. I sat at home and read for hours on end. No TV, just a light dinner to get me through another fifty or so pages. I read through this book in about five days. Fun fact: I was reading the last chapter, and didn’t know it was the last chapter. I went and turned the page and… that was it. I was UPSET (but in such a good way).
I started and finished Children of Blood and Bone near the last week of March. I expected it to carry me through much of April, but we see how that turned out. So before April started I needed to find replacements, something to fill the void. I ran across Octavia Butler many (many, many) times during my searches and decided that a time-travel story would be nice. (I absolutely love time-travel, by the way. That and six-degrees of separation. To me, there are very, very much linked.) I wasn’t too keen on reading anything about slavery, but Kindred otherwise sounded nice, so I picked it up. To join it, I chose The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Now, when choosing this book, I was still going by the “must star a black (or POC) character” rule I had set for myself. I assumed the main character was white (I feel like I remember “some people” complaining about the casting choice for the movie). But, because of the movie, I said, “I can have Ruby be Black in my head as well.” Well, come to find out, there was already another main black character in the book!Kindred got right into the action. I think Butler gave us all two or three paragraphs before the first time slip happened. I loved it. And, surprisingly, I loved the entire story. I felt for Dana and the struggles she went through. Could she risk changing history at the cost of her own life? I think the only thing I didn’t care for in this book (besides that ANNOYING, entitled ass— Ugh. Spoilers.) was the chapter-less format. It was more-so divided up into segments. I normally have to stop reading throughout a chapter anyway, but I had no “end goals” to get to, something to say, “Oh, I can read another few pages before I put this down.” The Darkest Minds was very, very interesting. From the trailers for the movie, I was expecting the story to go in one direction. But… it doesn’t! I can say those movie trailers didn’t give away much of the story at all. EXCEPT, because I was, in fact, reading the book, I went to the movies one day and saw another trailer for it. I just so happened to put a few clues together about the end of the book because I noticed a scene I hadn’t encountered yet. It didn’t deter me, though. I’m not sure why I haven’t yet, but I still need to see the movie to see how it compares. Soon!
Next week, I get to the first book I absolute hated this year. I didn’t DNF it, but, oh man, I was tempted to. On the flip side, I also came across – perhaps? – my favorite book/series this year. Hope to see you all back next week!