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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Woman in Cabin 10The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I didn’t really want to do a review on this book, but here I am.

This book takes place on a luxury cruise liner sailing in Europe. The ship is constantly described as being miniature, which I totally get. What I loved best about this detail was the perspective of the MC, Laura aka Lo. She didn’t really care for it, despite being impressed. This hit home for me because in the Spring I went on luxury cruise in the Caribbean and despite how NICE and BEAUTIFUL everything was, I would never do it again.

But what really missed the mark for me, especially in the beginning was the MC’s treatment of her boyfriend, Judah. While their relationship isn’t explored in depth, I loath her for her treatment of Judah. It really turned me off to her, built this wall that I never overcame while I was reading the book. The second barrier I encountered was the opening act. The opening scene where Laura, the MC, is robbed in her house was the reason that Laura acted the way she acted the entire book. It was this solid thing she could point a finger at and say “this is why I am acting this way!” both as an miserable excuse, and a triumphant validation. I thought that I didn’t understand because I had never been in the position but last night something parallel happened to me and now I know that if I had read this today, rather than a few nights ago, I would have just rolled my eyes.

The plot development with something like this had a lot of standard elements you would expect to find, but there were some pleasant twists and turns. I won’t ruin them for you.

So back to characters- there are really only other characters that are developed at all upon the ship. Laura’s ex receives some development, but it is little, but I sort of held onto it because so many of the other characters were cardboard cutouts. Then there was the MYSTERY GIRL. I am so impressed with how MYSTERY GIRL is handled. She is by far my favorite part of the story.

So would I recommend it? Not especially, but I wouldn’t discourage you if you are interested. I keep telling myself, it’s me not the book. I was hoping for Tana French or Gillian Flynn but that’s not what I got and that’s not the author’s fault.

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Ready Player One

9969571Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Technically I started this book way before my summer reading challenge, but I muscled through the last half of it this week so I’m counting it. Especially because of how painful this was to finish.

I have no idea how this has such a high rating on GoodReads. It’s slow, monotone, and boring. The action of this book could be condensed to a fourth of the length, if you removed all the 80s movie, TV show, music and video game explanations. I know kids today don’t know about tape players and whatever but it was like a grandfather trying to cram “back in my day” disjointed stories down your throat and expecting you care. Or a grandchild to trying to explain Instagram to a grandparents. It’s just not the same experience unless you live it.

Then there are the characters. Wade Watts is the main character. He has almost zero character development. He is shallow and doesn’t understand having personal relationships which is almost understandable but when he does have the chance, doesn’t face any problems that someone that hasn’t had personal connections with other people would have. For example: when his girlfriend leaves him, he doesn’t display any sort of trust issues.

The other characters including said girlfriend are about as flat as a piece of paper. Two do good philanthropists, a token girlfriend, a best friend that has social justice issues, and a dark, evil corporate executive. Wade the MC, suffers from being good at everything. It’s such a burden. Of course he is poor so that is challenge enough I suppose. Wade can play a perfect game of PacMan, escape from slavery, has endless time to relive the entirety of the 80s multiple times, super polished hacking skills, and never has to worry about conflicts with his friends. (He says he doesn’t have friends but he has has at least 4 which isn’t awful.)

There were some good things about this book, the idea of the Oasis is fun. Traveling through it was great. The contest concept was interesting. I can totally imagine being in the Oasis and how addicting it would be. Final ruling: 80s Fanfiction.

Rating: Two out of Five Extra Lives.