Tyler's Blog

My biggest passion is reading. My favorite genre is science fiction, but I'll read just about anything if it's well-written

The Striker

The Striker (An Isaac Bell Adventure) - Clive Cussler Another good book from Clive Cussler, although I do think that the co-author Justin Scott wrote most of it. Still, the book was pretty decent and I think it was better than the last two Bell novels. The book was a little light on the action till the end. It was nice going back into Bell's early years as a detective also. All in all a welcome addition to the Isaac Bell series, but not as good as Cussler's earlier novels.

Fuse (Pure Trilogy)

Fuse - Julianna Baggott I thought this was a definite improvement over Pure. I was pulled into the story very early on. This book really has it all with great character development, good plot, interesting and thought-provoking themes, and great descriptions of setting. I especially enjoyed Baggott's descriptions of the world and the people in it. You can really see it in your mind. The fusing aspect can be a little disturbing and hard to believe, but I like it as an interesting and original part of the series. I look forward to the conclusion to this trilogy.

The Future We Left Behind

The Future We Left Behind  - Mike A. Lancaster This book was a little disappointing when compared to Human.4. It took me till about halfway through before I really got into it. This was a super fast read for me, only took about a couple of hours. The characters were a little weak for me but the premise and plot were really good. I loved the ending of this book. I definitely think that the crazy guy that Peter saw was one of the aliens. I would recommend this to anyone that likes a sci-fi thriller.


Zoo - James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge One of the most poorly-written books I have ever read. There are many things wrong with this novel. The prose is choppy and the descriptions stink. The dialogue is terrible and there were many parts where either the narrator or people who were speaking would say something and repeat it 3 or 4 times. This is incredibly annoying. The characters are unrealistic and not likable. I was pretty much hoping they would die. I can't even remember anyone's name and I read this book only a few weeks ago. The premise of the book is interesting, albeit far-fetched, and Patterson just does not execute it well. Only reason this isn't a one star is that I was slightly entertained.


Feedback - Not as good as Variant, but still a very good read. I didn't feel the same suspense as I did in Variant till the end, so that's what makes it a four star. I still liked Benson and liked Becky also. I thought the ending was good and really interesting, but I think that if left some questions unanswered. If aliens are running the academy, where are they from? How many academies are there? Will humans believe Benson and company? The ending does serve as a conclusion to the story, while also leaving room for another sequel. Recommend for fans of Variant.


Variant - Robison Wells I thought this was a great ya sci-fi book. A thriller throughout, it was very hard for me to put down. I really liked Benson the main character, and many of the other characters. The premise of going to a boarding school but never being allowed to leave isn't totally believable, but I like it anyway. I loved the twist at the end when you find out that some of the students are robots, I had some idea of this but I wasn't totally sure. Variant isn't especially well-written but the suspense makes up for it. Great read for fans of ya sci-fi.


Human.4 - Mike A. Lancaster Holy crap this book blew my mind. I was pulled into this book from the very beginning. It was so weird and so cool at the same time. One of my all time favorite young adult sci-fi books. There was so much suspense throughout I read this in one sitting. Lancaster kept me guessing as to what had happened to everyone, and when you finally find out that humans were getting a software upgrade, and that this had happened before I thought it was awesome. I had no clue that was the answer to what was going on. One of the my favorite twists in any book I've read. It's not revealed but I hope Kyle and his girlfriend choose to stay like they are. Awesome book.

Life As We Knew It (Life As We Knew It Series #1)

Life As We Knew It (Life As We Knew It Series #1) - While I was reading this and for a few days after I finished I kept looking into the sky to see how big the moon was. A great sign of the book's greatness.Life As We Knew It is definitely on of my favorite novels. It was just so realistic and believable, the characters were easy to relate to and well developed. I loved all the descriptions of the things that happened. The tension between family members was compelling and believable. I was really drawn into the events of the story. When the family got sick, I was really worried, and then when they get food at the end after they survive the winter, I felt happy for them. So a great book, I would recommend to everyone.

Ashfall (Ashfall (Trilogy - Hardcover))

Ashfall - Mike Mullin One of my favorite books. I was pulled into the story from the first sentence. There's suspense, good character development, solid action, great descriptions, and I just love the plot. I've always been intrigued by the Yellowstone supervolcano and this book is a satisfying development of what would happen if it erupted. This is probably one of the most well-written of all the dystopias out there.I loved following Alex and Darla on their journey. They are both characters that are easy to relate to and very likeable. The plot is very realistic. I felt like I was experiencing it. This is really an excellent read.

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath - This is one of the best books I have ever read. It got me into reading serious literature books. I could not put down this book

Currently reading

The Testing
Joelle Charbonneau
The Curiosity
Stephen P. Kiernan
The Lord of Opium
Nancy Farmer
The Mayan Secrets
Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry