manchee!!

isismccoy asked:

Hey can you recommend me something similar to The Maze Runner or Shatter Me?

Sure! Here are my suggestions:

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee – whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not – stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden – a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien

In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother’s footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be “advanced” into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

Wither by Lauren Destefano

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape - before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee – whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not – stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden – a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

4 stars of 5

It’s difficult to review this. On the whole, I got very caught up in the world of the novel, so I’m adding it to the favorites shelf. It was super intense, with that level of intensity that not many dystopian young-adult reads could reach. There aren’t a lot of books that could make me gasp aloud, or shout expletives, but this was one of them. There’s SO MUCH action. Man. And emotions! Patrick Ness goes deep. Plus the Noise was such a wonderfully conceived thing. (“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.” FAVORITE LINE. Without a doubt.) I loved how the author played with it to influence his characters as well as move his plot along.

But I guess what I liked best about it was the…uniqueness of it all, and I’d credit that to the creatively written voice of the protagonist, Todd Hewitt. The author made use of grammar and spelling errors and a bit of invented slang (that takes some getting used to, but works) as the character’s language, but more than that, the strength of Todd’s (young, clueless, angry, conflicted, but ultimately good-hearted and spunky) personality just overflowed. Violet Eade was an excellent female character as well, providing that much-needed balance to Todd’s pubescent maleness, and their friendship and all the underlying themes there were A+.

And MANCHEE. Oh gosh. That dog is the BEST thing in this book. I cannot. I can still actually hear “Todd?” repeatedly in my head and (to quote Taylor Swift) I am a crumpled up piece of paper lying here………….

But anyway. On to the stuff I didn’t like… Um. Much of this book is about escaping and running, and that’s fine, but one could only take so much. The book felt a bit tired and repetitive by the second half. The recycling of seemingly indestructible antagonists got annoying. The Oh!-saved-in-the-nick-of-time! got annoying. And all the teasing got annoying. (There was. SO. MUCH. PLOT. TEASING. The author loved withholding information from the reader and did it over and over.) There was so much teasing that you’d think the reveal would live up to the hype. (You’d be wrong. A little predictable.) But I guess what annoyed me the most were the passages like this:

“I punch his face—
Over—
And over—
Breaking it further—
And still I pound him—
Still I hit—
Till I can no longer feel my hands—
And still I hit—
And the hate—
And I look over—
At the knife—
Just a metre away—
On the ledge—
By the pulpit—
Calling for me—
Calling—
And this time I know—
This time I know—”

and there were pages of that. Just broken phrases ending in em-dashes. Right in the climax of the action. Which I get, but considering he showed perfect ability to compose long paragraphs otherwise, I think that was annoyingly lazy writing from the author.

There is also a turning point in the book that I don’t know how to describe without giving away spoilers (let’s just say it’s the incident with the knife and the Spackle) that made me really despise the protagonist. It was such a BOOM! moment in character development, I guess, but the rest of the book was never quite able to handle that properly, or to redeem its hero. So. That was a bit disappointing.

And finally, finally there is a great, big, huge, massive, absolutely CRUEL cliffhanger in the end. I really have to say that. Don’t start this book unless you have the next one ready. There was definitely that “WHAT! After everything that happened?! AFTER EVERYTHING?!???!” frustration when I finished this, lol. But as they say, it was the journey, not the destination, that matters, so: 4 stars.

and sometimes I randomly get sad over Manchee

I rub the ears of my dog, my stupid goddam ruddy great dog that I never wanted but who hung around anyway and who followed me thru the swamp and who bit Aaron when he was trying to choke me and who found Viola when she was lost and who’s licking my hand with his little pink tongue and whose eye is still mostly squinted shut from where Mr. Prentiss Jr. kicked him and whose tail is way way shorter from when Matthew Lyle cut it off when my dog — my dog - went after a man with a machete to save me and who’s right there when I need pulling back from the darkness I fall into and who tells me who I am whenever I forget.

THIS SERIES IS SO SO SO GOOD

I was tagged by widowoftheforest

name: Lila

nickname: Lilas, Lie La, Gandalf and Typey Typey Fast Fingers (long story)

star sign: Capricorn ??i think???

gender: female

height: 5’4

sexual orientation: bi (????)

fave color: light grey

current time: 4:14pm

average hours of sleep I get per night: ~9

lucky number: 24, 12

last thing I googled: typey (i was trying to figure out if it was an actual word)

1 word that comes to mind: rhombicosidodecahedron 

happy place: bookstores

how many blankets I sleep under: 3 or 4, depending on the season

fave fictional character: Thorin Oakenshield, Todd Hewitt, Manchee, Miranda Bailey, Callie Torres, Thorin Oakenshield (again)

fave famous person: Richard Armitage

celeb crush: Richard Armitage

fave book: The Knife of Never Letting Go

fave tv show: Grey’s Anatomy

fave bands: Bastille

last movie i watched: it was either Rent or the Imitation Game

dream trip: I would say New Zealand but i’ve already been. Iceland, maybe?

dream job: forensic pathologist

what I’m wearing rn: plaid shirt; jeans

I tag: starlightwalking and that’s it because I’m in a hurry