I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their incredibly awesome meme: Top Ten Tuesday.
This is a meme involving lists, peoples. LISTS! I love lists.
This week’s prompt is: Top Ten Most Unique Books You’ve Read. I had to ponder how I wanted to write this…because it could be about unique books in a genre, or characters, or writing styles or…anything. Since there’s a TTT coming up about characters (see look! I’m looking ahead! Planning, go me!), I’m going to zoom in on genres.
Oh this is a piece of 5-star-awesome. But why is it unique? A lot of dystopians deal with “caste systems” (look at The Capitol vs. The Districts in The Hunger Games), but RED RISING uses colours to define people. And I’m not talking about, “Hey you with the red hair, you must be a Red.” I’m saying “Hey you with the red hair and red eyes and reddish skin and red-sounding name, you must be a Red.” It’d freakishly awesome.
I didn’t even realise this was about superpowers when I started it. (And to be honest, it’s not my favourite series.) But, who cares if I didn’t like the weirdo metaphors. IT’S EXTREMELY UNIQUE. It mixes superpowers with a dystopian setting. Everybody is insane. Oh, and the first book isn’t all about Let’s Find A Cure. Mutant and proud, please, that’s the spirit.
This book absolutely blew my socks off. CAN YOU EVER RECOVER FROM BOOKS LIKE THIS? It’s about a school shooting, which is a horrible subject, but it’s from the POV of the girlfriend of the shooter. Intense? Yes. Heartbreaking? Please, bring the sticky-tape for my shatter feels.
I don’t have all that much experience with angel-books. (I got hugely burnt by a really dorky one.) Buuut, ANGELFALL kind of stole my heart. It represented a LOT of minorities…like a parent with schizophrenia, a wingless angle (poor birdie), a sister in a wheelchair, and no you-cannot-live-on-museli-bars-alone. Welcome to the apocalypse.
Oh be still my fangirling heart. This series is one of my all-time-favourites because HELLO ALICE IN WONDERLAND WITH MOTHS? Yes, please. (I have manners.) Not only does SPLINTERED work with all the weirdness that is Lewis Carroll’s mind, it also makes it creepy. You know, “Go to sleep, sweet dreams, THE MOTH MIGHT KILL YOU.” The sheer imagination in here has enslaved my heart to the netherlings.
6. apocalypse: NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis
Most apocalypse (from what I’ve read) involve people cruising around blown up universes, looking for food/water/one-true-love. That sort of thing. NOT A DROP TO DRINK actually takes place in ONE spot. The furthest they go is just outside door. (Okay! Okay! They go a little further than that.) Also: I love this book.
I’m not an enormous fantasy buff, but the most unique one I’ve read so far is definitely SHADOW AND BONE. Why? It’s set in a Russian-ish fantasy world! That. is. awesome. Look, England is awesome with all their Arthurian ways, but there’s nothing like a bit of Russian food to keep your eyes glued to the page.
It’s written like a letter! In tiny little segments! And my soul broke! And I love this book! And…I know this seems rude, but has anyone ever read a book with a Puritan village about NICE PEOPLE? Why is everyone always so mean?? (I’m looking at you too, Witch of Blackbird Pond.)
I devoured this entire series in a few weeks. Addicted much? But it’s so good! I loved how all the genre mash-ups. It had some alien-life stuff going, as well as intense superpowers, and freak-my-socks-off nasty things. I still think the bugs disturbed me the most. Closely followed by the intestine-eating-worms. Yes, you’re welcome for those images.
Not to brag or anything, but I learnt an awful lot about how to be evil in this book. Maybe I won’t be leading the criminal underworld, but I DO know how to steal a phone efficiently. (Waaaaait, I promise I’m a wonderful person who never ever steals. Except my sister’s chocolate. But that’s different.) On an unrelated topic, I like this book a lot.
Coincidentally, I’ve rated (almost) all these books 5-stars. I adore books that challenge the “norm”! It’s good to be a special snowflake, see?
Cait has 10,000 words left to edit of her book and then…PAR-TAY TIME. She plans to celebrate by a) reading, b) persuading Mime to give her chocolate, and b) pinning gifs on pinterest. She has style, honestly. After that she gets to decide which of her 4 billion ideas wants to be written next. Currently, she’s reading FIRE AND FLOOD.