“Young FBI agent Chevie Savano arrives back in modern-day London after a time-trip to the Victorian age, to find the present very different from the one she left. Europe is being run by a Facsist movement known as the Boxites, who control their territory through intimidation and terror. Chevie’s memories come back to her in fragments, and just as she is learning about the WARP program from Professor Charles Smart, inventor of the time machine, he is killed by secret service police. Now they are after Chevie, too, but she escapes–into the past. She finds Riley, who is being pursued by futuristic soldiers, and saves him. Working together again, it is up to Chevie and Riley to find the enigmatic Colonel Clayton Box, who is intent on escalating his power, and stop him before he can launch missiles at the capitals of Europe.” Goodreads Description
Thanks go to Netgalley and Penguin Books for the review copy. 🙂
The book is due for release on June 26th (release date may differ outside the UK).
I was so excited to get an advance copy of this! I love Eoin Colfer’s books and I found the first W.A.R.P book so exciting and action-packed that I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.
The Hangman’s Revolution explores the consequences of time travel, which I find really interesting as many of the time travel books I’ve read don’t seem to go into what happens to the time stream when people start playing with it. They go in, they get out. The getting out seems to be the bones of most time travel plots, but not here. The Hangman’s Revolution is all about what happens when you change history, and it is BRILLIANT.
There’s a touch of dystopia in the beginning, for those of you who like that, and all your favourite characters, plus some new ones. I LOVED the Thundercats, although I kept getting them mixed up at first. Towards the end though, they were easier to distinguish, but I think this was done purposefully. Without giving away too much, it’s to do with the uniformity of the society they live in and how their characters develop.
The book sucked me in straight away. I wanted to go back to the book (I’ve read a few books in the last fortnight where I didn’t really want to read more, so W.A.R.P 2 was such a nice change), I wanted to read more, I wanted to step onto the Chevie and Riley express and follow their stories. The historical detail was very well done (it definitely isn’t missing anything in the detail because of all the action and sci-fi/dystopia elements) and the characters just rose off the page.
The ending was frustrating (in a good way!) and I look forward to the next book in this series.
My only complaint was that I felt cut off from Chevie somehow. I didn’t have the connection to her that I did in the first book.
I can highly recommend this book for fans of Artemis Fowl, time travel, action-packed stories, historical fiction, and dystopia. This book is fantastic!
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars – a fantastic adventure!
As I mentioned in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post, I’ve branched out a lot in the last six months or so, in terms of reading.
I used to read young adult (YA) or middle grade (MG) fantasy, the classics and a small amount of adult fantasy, and that was it,
Now, I read the YA “issues” books, a small amount of YA romance, a small amount of YA historical fiction, a bit of cosy crime, some literary fiction, and some steampunk, as well. I’m also delving into YA dystopia, and sci-fi (both adult and YA).
I’m too new at dystopia to say whether it’s working for me or not yet, but sci-fi is very hit and miss.
Vampires were new to me a year ago, but I enjoy some vampire fiction now. I’m a big fan of Vampire Academy, but I didn’t like House of Night or True Blood. I like vampires in books where there are lots of types of supernatural creatures, a lot more, I guess.
I’m not really into paranormal romance, unless there’s a lot more to the story. I don’t usually like the whole angel/devil thing either, yet I love Cassandra Clare and Laini Taylor.
What can I say? I’m trying pretty much everything lately, although I do have genres I won’t touch. (I have tried them, and they are not for me.)
What’s outside your comfort zone? What used to be, but isn’t any more? How widely or specifically do you read?
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was free choice.
I have branched out a lot with my reading, so far this year, and in no particular order, here are my top ten new (to me) authors:
1. John Green – I never thought I would like any of his stuff. I started reading his books after I branched out into more “issues” based YA. (Sorry, I don’t know what else to call them; I don’t want to say contemporary because that tends to mean romance, and that’s not what I mean). In case you’re wondering, I’ve now read all five of John Green’s books. My favourite was Looking for Alaska, closely followed by The Fault In Our Stars. Paper Towns was ok but it naffed me off a lot. I didn’t enjoy An Abundance of Katherines. I loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson, but it took a few chapters to hook me.
2. Rainbow Rowell – I caught the buzz from the book blogging community when everyone was reviewing Fangirl. When I was browsing the new teen books in my local library, Fangirl was there, so I picked it up and I was HOOKED. It was a really special experience for me. Rainbow Rowell really GETS being different and incredibly anxious. I very recently read Attachments and enjoyed that too, although not as much as Fangirl.
3. Natalie Whipple – I came across Transparent while browsing the library’s ebook service and since they also had a paperback, I put in a request for it. It is amazing! The concept, the writing, the characters… Just, yes! I have the sequel to read, which I’m sure is going to be awesome, and I sincerely hope there are novellas. Many, many novellas.
4. Ally Carter – Like, why did it take me so long to find Gallagher Girls and Heist Society? WHY? I started with Heist Society, but it was those awesome butt-kicking Gallagher Girls that really won my heart.
5. Tamsyn Murray – Her series about ghosts and the people that can see them is not the best written series in the world, BUT the characters are really, really well-done and very likeable. The books are great for a lighter read, and I just found out last weekend that there is a novella available via Kindle. (If you don’t have a Kindle you can download the free Kindle app and read Kindle books on your phone).
6. Django Wexler – I reviewed Forbidden Library recently, because everyone was talking about it and it was still available on Netgalley at the time, and I AM SO BLOWN AWAY BY THIS BOOK! I have to read more about this world!! Seriously!
7. Jennifer Armentrout – Yes, yes, I know. I have only just finished my first Jennifer Armentrout book. It was Obsidian and I will post a review next week. The library I use is Armentrout-poor. They have the first three Lux books in ebook only. That’s it. Like, what?? Hopefully they will rectify this mistake soon!
8. Laini Taylor – Go me, late to the Karou party!
9. Jennifer E Smith – Get me reading contemporary romance! I do not normally read in this genre, but I was intrigued by The Geography of You and Me. I devoured that and then pounced on The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I didn’t enjoy that one as much though. I love the covers and the titles are quirky too. The writing style is awesome and the characters always wonderful to read about. Again, my library only has one Jennifer E Smith book (Statistical Probability). 😦
10. Michelle Harrison – I love her 13 Treasures series; it’s very well done. I thought it was oh-so predictable at one stage, but it turned out not to be. And man, I love Tanya and Oberon. I want me an Oberon!
Other authors I have discovered this year are: Lucy Clarke, Alyson Noel, Brandon Sanderson and Jay Asher. There are others, but those stick out most. Those are authors who I will actively seek out more books from.
Who have you discovered this year? Have you read anything by any of these authors? What did you think? Are any of these authors or their books especially close to your heart?