A little confusing and a lot weird! Alive #Review

March 28, 2016 Reviews 9

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A little confusing and a lot weird! Alive #ReviewAlive by Scott Sigler
Series: The Generations Trilogy #1
Published by Del Rey on July 14, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.

I picked up Alive from Netgalley because the concept sounded slightly similar to The Maze Runner which I enjoyed, but not so similar it would be boring. I was right, it wasn’t very similar at all. The only real similarity was a group of young people waking up not knowing who or where they were. Otherwise, it was completely different.
What Worked:

  • Alive was a real page turner! It was fast paced and kept me curious.
  • Alive actually snuck in a lot of social issues/questions in an unexpected way. The question of nature versus nurture is all over this book. Are we who we are because of what we experience and how we are raised or because of our genetic makeup? It also questions the role of religion – in a kind of jarring way, but still – I liked that the book makes you think.
  • I have to say I like that it was written in present tense – something I usually HATE – because it really suspended that feeling of living only in the present. The characters have no sense of their own pasts or future so the present is all they have. A really smart choice by the author.

What Didn’t Work:

  • Alive was CONFUSING! I know that some of that was necessity. The characters don’t know what’s going on, so how can we? But sometimes things were just introduced in really haphazard, awkward ways – like the religion element. It’s just BAM! out of the blue. I felt the character’s frustrations, that’s for sure.
  • At some points, I think it was a little too weird for me. I don’t want to give specifics and spoil, but there were elements I really couldn’t even visualize.
  • I kind of hated the main character. She wasn’t evil or anything that bad, but I did not like being in her head at all. Her obsession with everyone’s beauty and how much older they all were got tiring. Her endless NEED to be in control frustrated me. I was not her fan.

Because the characters are in a place of constant discovery telling you too much about the book would really ruin the experience and I did like it enough to say you should try it out for yourself, so I don’t want to ruin that. I think I’ll read book 2 when it comes out next month – though if I don’t ever get around to it, the way Alive ended would work as a standalone too. If you try it, let me know I’d be curious to know what you think!

3 stars Just Okay
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About Scott Sigler

Scott Sigler

New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His works are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey Books.

In 2005, Scott built a large online following by releasing his audiobooks as serialized podcasts. A decade later, he still gives his stories away — for free — every Sunday at scottsigler.com. His loyal fans, who named themselves “Junkies,” have downloaded over thirty-five million individual episodes.

Scott is the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League series. He lives in San Diego, CA, with his dog Reesie.


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9 Responses to “A little confusing and a lot weird! Alive #Review”

  1. Melanie Simmons

    I’ve not heard of this book, but I listened to a Scott Sigler book last year. I really enjoyed it (even though it was book 3 of a trilogy). I picked it up because of a narrator that I will not name and will not listen to again. Anyway. I enjoyed that story, Pandemic. He did create some evil characters and some that you weren’t really sure which side they were on. Sorry this one wasn’t as good as you had hoped. Better luck with your next book.
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  2. Lexxie

    Never heard of Alive before, Berls, but I’m all for weird, even if I prefer books that aren’t confusing 😉 It sounds like present tense really worked too, as you were able to discover what was going on along with the characters.
    I hope you’ll be able to pick up the second book, and that it’ll be even better 🙂
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    • Berls

      Thanks Lexxie. It might work better for you than it did for me, you’re more of an omnivore than I am and may be able to handle the weird better. 🙂

  3. Bookworm Brandee

    I hadn’t heard of this one, Berls, but the premise is interesting. I’m sorry the execution wasn’t perfect. I like that social issues were a part of the plot but the being confused about what’s going on AND hating the MC are certainly red flags. I just finished a book where the MC was unsure of what was going on…and although all the lights came on at the end, I didn’t like that I spent so much of the book in the dark. (I’m gonna have to use that line in my review! *haha*) I have to tell you that I really like your new review format. Are you switching to this style solely or mixing it up? I do bullets sometimes and I did a what worked/didn’t work review that hasn’t posted yet but I’m finding it makes reviewing more fun for me to switch up my style.
    Sorry to go off on a tangent…. {{{hugs}}}
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    • Berls

      I think the being confused was sometimes because of the story and sometimes me not being good at reading sci-fi lol. But having the MC, that was all her 😉

      Thank you! I got the idea from Michelle – we were talking aboit doing bullets and I thought, “you know, I should try that”. Writing reviews has been hard for me lately, so idk if this will be permanent, but it’s what I’m going with for a little while. It helps me get the review out quicker! Hugs!!

    • Berls

      Lol don’t you hate when reviews make you unsure? This may be one you just have to try for yourself. I haven’t read the sequel, it may be better. Also, this may be more for the Sci-fi reader. Idk? Thanks! I had a really low key Easter 🙂 I hope yours was good!

  4. Stormi

    Not heard of that one, but when you compared it to The Maze Runner I was like oh no, as I didn’t really care for that one…lol. You know me and dystopian types it’s a love/hate relationship, so maybe I will pass on this one. 🙂

    • Berls

      Lol yeah I’d say stay away – this isn’t a book I see you enjoying. Between the Sci-fi elements and the dystopian love-hate relationship you have, it’s a no go lol! Some people will love it though, I’m sure!

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