“The Day of the Triffids” and Venturing Into Apocalyptic Fiction

In this post, I am going to talk about the post-apocalyptic genre as a whole while also talking about the classic “The Day of the Triffids” by John Wyndham. I could have written a book discussion, but I wanted to talk about the genre more than the book. So, let’s get started!

A few days ago, I was watching a video recommending apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic novels in Jen Campbell’s channel. I will link the video here for you. While watching this video, I realized that I’ve never read much of this genre even though I find it incredibly interesting. All the books that Jen and Sanne recommended in the video interested me and I wanted to buy them immediately. I have read a lot of dystopian because the young-adult literature is filled with them. But the only post-apocalyptic books that I remember reading is Station Eleven. If you have read my discussion for this book, you know that I loved it. I started to wonder why this genre is so new to me. And then I realized that I haven’t read many books from the genre because I don’t see much of this genre in the places I go to search for new books. Until recently, all the booktubers I watched or book blogs I read concerned mainly YA. But I am slowly easing myself to lots of different genres including literary fiction. And that is where I found the best books of this genre.

Like I said, I wanted to read all the books from Jen and Sanne’s recommendations. I started with “The Day of the Triffids“. Believe it or not, I’ve never heard of this book before, even though it is a classic. But the premise sounded very interesting to me and I gave it a go. This book hooked me from the start. It is not very long and the language is very easy to read. I am going to link the Goodreads page of this book here so that you can see the synopsis for yourself. As I expected, the story was beautiful. And there is always something happening in the story which makes it easy for you to go through it in one sitting. I didn’t feel that attached to the characters but the situations kept me engaged and interested. It was also really scary sometimes. I think this is also something that interests me a lot about this genre. I really don’t read horror or watch horror movies because I’m really scared by them. But in this genre, the horror is in small doses which is perfect for me. I recently watched 10 Cloverfield Lane which is also a post-apocalyptic movie and it only increased my interest in this genre.

The other thing that attracts me about these books is how messed up they can be. I love books that are incredibly messed up, which is also why Gone Girl is one of my favourite books of all times and why I love psychological thrillers. It interests me to see how far the survival instincts of humans can push them to go and the many ways people can react to the same situation. So many ideologies clash when it’s literally the end of the world and it’s just amazing to see how different authors think about the different ways humans deal with it. These books give a great understanding of the human psyche and I love that.

I would really like to read a lot more of the books in this genre. Of course, I am going to go through the list of recommendations in that video but if you know about some amazing post-apocalyptic or apocalyptic books, please let me know! I would love to read them. Thank you so much for reading this! Please comment if you like to read books of this genre and if you do not, why. Until next time then.

Fin!

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

This is going to be an incoherent post. So, be warned! It may also include extreme fangirling over Rhys. But really, what was this book? How does Sarah J. Maas manage to improve with each and every book? Now, I haven’t read the Throne of Glass series yet, except the first book. But this series is already becoming one of my all time favourite! I loved the first book A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I didn’t know how she could improve upon it. But somehow, she did! This book is even more amazing than the first one! So, if you haven’t read it yet, what are you doing? Read it, read it, read it!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

I already had high expectations for this book. And it exceeded it. It gave me what I wanted and so much more. I read the first book immediately when it came out, so it’s been a long time since I’ve ventured into this world. And maybe because of that, I forgot how amazing the world building is. And I think I forgot how much I loved Rhys. Either that or he has become even more amazing in this book. Which is completely believable because Rhys is awesome! The countless twists and turns that this story took always kept me interested. There is not a single dull moment in this book. And it is very hard to put it down once you start reading it. There is one point towards the middle that is comparatively slow, but you’ll not find it hard to get through. I finished this book in 2 days. That speaks a lot for its addictive nature.

Some new characters are introduced to the story. In fact, a whole new court is introduced to the story. And each and everything is extraordinary. I think I forgot how much sex there were in these books. And if I may have one more complaint, I would say that I didn’t like the many, many graphic sex scenes that there are in this book. Sometimes, it didn’t feel right. But those are my only complaints about the book. I grew to love Feyre much more in this than I had before. And I liked Tamlin a lot less in this, a LOT. You’ll know why once you read the book. This story broke my heart and pieced it back together again and again. I got all the feels and I loved it.

I can’t believe that I have to wait another year before I get to read the last book in this trilogy. But there are going to be many re-reads of these two books for me. Especially for some special parts.;) I also felt like this book drew inspirations from popular series like the Hunger Games, the Vampire Academy and Twilight, and fused them together in the best possible way. That’s all I have to say about this book. Please go read ACOTAR if you haven’t read it yet and then read this book. I would love it if you do. Thank you so much for reading this! Please comment if you have already read this book and you are ready to fangirl over it like me! Thank you again. Until next time then.

Fin!

My rating- 5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 5/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: All The Rage by Courtney Summers.

I get the irony of the situation. After I protested against reading any YA contemporary book anytime soon, I’m still here talking about another book of the same genre. But this one is very different from the ones that I’ve been reading and I wanted to read this book so that I could know if this is worth recommending. Now I have read it and I have to recommend this to everyone! Despite its faults, I think this story deserves to be read at least once. It is dark, gritty and terrible, but in a good way. We all need to read stories like this. We just do.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

The first thing that hits you when you start reading this book is the writing style. The writing flows very well but it also stops you from speed-reading this book. You need to take your time while reading it and as you get towards the middle of the book, it becomes harder to read. Not because it’s boring, but because the situation is too important for you to just skim through it. You need to pay attention and you need to take each and every word in. This story was incredibly hard for me to read. And I must admit that I broke down crying at least twice while reading this. The sheer humiliation and pain of the protagonist is enough to leave you gasping for air.

I don’t really know how to describe my feelings after reading this story. The protagonist is obviously very brave. But the society that she lived in terrified me. It terrified me how it is just a contemporary and so many girls around the world face this each and every day. I would have much preferred it to be a fantasy so that I didn’t have to think about it so much. It is hard to believe that the story the book tells us could easily have been true. It’s hard to deal with that knowledge. This story makes you think a lot. The biggest thing that I took away from it is not Remy’s story but how long we still have to go to achieve equality. Not just of gender, but of race, of sexuality and of many other things. I may not remember this story at all after a few years, but I will remember the way it made me feel.

Anyway, if I had to talk about things strictly based on the book, I would say that it is beautiful. The characters probably won’t stick with me but the story remains relevant for the way it made me think. A lot of the times I was incredibly frustrated and I hated every bad character in this book with passion. It may not be the best book about the subject it focuses on, but it initiates a lot of deep feelings within the reader. Because the story is not that memorable, I couldn’t give it 5 stars.

That’s all I have to say about this book. Have you read it yet? If not, I would encourage you to read it. And if you have, please tell me what it made you feel in the comments. Again, thank you so much for reading this! Until next time then.

Fin!

My rating- 3.5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West.

How many contemporary books can be read by one person before it becomes too many contemporaries? Well, I guess it’s 4 for me. Yes, I’ve read 4 similar contemporaries. And now, it all looks the same to me. It’s time to move over to another genre. But first, let’s talk about this book!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Because I’ve read all these stories back-to-back, I found a lot of similarities between this book and This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. And it is very apparent. Both the books have a headstrong and intelligent girl who is not in a particularly good financial condition and a handsome, rich boy. But no, I am being extremely redundant about this. There is more to the story than just this. But while this book took a lighter approach to the situation, Jennifer E. Smith’s book took much darker turns. And generally I like darker stories, which may explain why I gave this book a lower rating. Don’t think that I didn’t like this book! I really did. But because I have seen another similar story that have been executed a little bit better, this book didn’t shine much in comparison. Now that I have go that out of the way, let’s see what I did like about this book.

I liked how sarcastic and witty Caymen was. Her constant banter with Xander was really entertaining. Okay, just for the record, I like Alex so much more than Xander. I mean, Xander? Really? Anyway, I found the chemistry between the two characters to be very believable and sweet. And I must admit that I found Xander to be extremely swoon-worthy many times. I really liked how their relationship progressed and I was able to take the Rapunzel-esque ending (Spoilers?). So basically, the book did provide me a sweet romance and I knew what I was signing up for when I started reading it. I just hope that I had read it a few months before or after this moment. But I did finish the book in a day. That speaks a lot for Kasie West’s addictive writing. Her books are great for getting out of reading slumps.

So, that’s all I have to say about The Distance Between Us. I recommend it to get out of reading slumps but I DON’T recommend anyone reading this after This Is What Happy Looks Like. Anyway, have you read this book? Did you like it or did you feel like I did? Please tell me in the comments. Thank you so much for reading this! Until next time then.

Fin!

My Rating- 3.25/5.

My Goodreads rating- 3/5.

-Sanchita.