Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Scholastic Press
“Another one bites the dust” … This book doesn’t make sense and I can’t be bothered to read any more of this. I’ve been reading the first 100 and the last 20 pages.
My problems with this story are:
– The premise: The race for a cure is so totally unrealistic (even after reading the last 20 pages and knowing the reason behind it). It’s the same problem I had with the Hunger Games: why do people think that parents, family, friends and the rest of the society would contend sending children to their death or into danger? I felt like it was all so unexplained and simply there in a “Take it or leave it but don’t try to make sense of it” kind of way.
– The pets: They have all those miraculous powers and skills, like lions breathing fire or rams making earthquakes and all of them hatching from an egg. Sure. Again just go with it.
– The main character: She is so vain and rather spends time on fixing her hair and her make-up then to actually compete in the race for the cure her brother needs. She loses track of her goal (the cure for her sick brother) so often it is rather embarrassing. She gets distracted by unimportant things constantly. She doesn’t choose anything of her own volition but acts without thinking and makes stupid decisions based on incorrect assumptions.
– Unrealistic plot: You have 100 people racing through a jungle with nothing but their eggs/animals. It’s like a stroll through the woods behind your house than an actual race for survival through a difficult landscape. Food? Shelter? Danger? Parasites? Hygiene? Don’t you mind, because if our MC needs it she will find almost always someone who will offer it to her.
This book just didn’t do it for me.