Salt by Nayyirah Waheed

December 27, 2016
Published By: CreateSpace on September 24, 2013
Format Read: Paperback Edition
Genre: Poetry/ Feminist/ Non-Fiction
Series: Standalone
Source: Purchased
Rating: FIVE STARS
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Salt is a journey through warmth and sharpness. This collection of poetry explores the realities of multiple identities, language, diasporic life & pain, the self, community, healing, celebration, and love.

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REVIEW:

I thoroughly enjoyed these wonderful poems. Similar to milk and honey by Rupi Kaur's minimalist style, the poems were short but multilayered and memorable. The voice and thought brought to the form was unique and thought provoking. The topics covered ranged from race, immigration, growth and womanhood. Each poem taught me to reflect and approach seemingly familiar topics critically, breaking them down into tangible bites that were worth more then the sum of there parts.

I recommend this to everyone who appreciates  poetry, and relishes the art of well put together prose. I read through this in one sitting and was blown away by Nayyirah's ability to bring the truth and pain of existing as a women to the page. This is a wonderful primer on the  ways that black women exist and survive in a society that usually thinks for them and of them last. The cover is pure white, and so the book quickly got marked up by being around my bag and flipped through on my dresser. But I liked that the book made room to be marked by the world around it, just like we all are.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Find out more about her work and contact her here: http://www.nayyirahwaheed.com/
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The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey

Published By: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 24, 2016
Format Read: Hardcover Edition (338 pages)
Genre: Young Adult/ Dystopia/ Sci-fi
Series: Book Three of The Fifth Wave Series
Source: Purchased
Rating: THREE POINT FIVE STARS
The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3)
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The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

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REVIEW:

After being in love with The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2), reading this book did not meet my very high expectations. The reasons I have loved and cherished this series, because it was unafraid to be bleak, depressing, and funny. However, I was unable to empathize and feel the same way I had felt about these characters in the past. Zombie and Ringer are my favorite characters so I was happy to read more from their point of views. But the book slowed down in the middle and included build up and suspense that ultimately didn't pay off. There was some well thought out prose, but the book could have been shorter and better with many things cut.
"Empty the vessel of hope and faith and trust and you can fill it with anything you like. They could have told the kids in Squad 19 that two plus two equals five and they would have believed it. No, not just believed it; they would have killed anyone who claimed otherwise."
While I was engaged in the narrative the emotional connection I had for these characters was gone in this final book in series. Between the action and terror was too much light-hearted cheesiness which took me out of the story. Cassie and Evan's connection and devotion stopped being believable because it was stretched out so long,  the suspense of it didn't land. After a slow moving middle of the book the action and plot picks up again in the last hundred pages or so. This led to a rewarding ending, which was satisfying but not happy.
"It's halfway across the courtyard, right next to the statute  of some war hero from the days when wars had heroes. You know, the good old days when we slaughtered each other for all the right reasons."
If your a fan of the series, this was an ok end to a decent narrative. However there are some plot points that were never resolved. Overall this was a worthwhile read that had some surprising moments, but it pales in comparison to the first two books. The creepy atmosphere and well timed humor was found in much less quantity here then the other two books. I would recommend the series to those who enjoy darker Sci-fi Dystopian Young Adult reads.

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The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancey

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

aka Richard Yancey

Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, for young readers, and The Highly Effective Detective, for adults. Both books are set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rick lived for ten years before returning to Florida.
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