*WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Sam at Taking on a World of Words in which participants answer three simple questions:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What have you just finished reading?
3. What are you going to read next?
I love how straightforward this meme is and how it asks the questions I frequently like to direct at other bookworms. It’s also a great way to predict and anticipate upcoming book reviews by my favorite bloggers! So, let’s try it out:
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading one book and listening to one audiobook.
👓 The Waning Age by S.E. Grove
The Waning Age is set in a future where humanity loses the ability to feel emotions after their waning age, approximately ages ten to twelve. The main character, Natalia, has already waned and looks after her kid brother Cal who is almost past the waning age. Despite his growing age, Cal has yet to show any signs of waning. When Cal is kidnapped for that very reason, Natalia is prompted into action to save him by instincts, or maybe even emotions, she didn’t know were inside her.
I’m almost halfway through the story and really like the concept so far. It’s a bit difficult to imagine the adults having no emotions whatsoever, although Grove tries to pin this deficiency on science and sociology. I’m not completely convinced with the explanations, but I’m eager to see what else Grove has up her sleeves.
🎧 Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Ash Princess is the first book in its title series following Princess Theodosia. Ten years before the start of the story, Theodosia’s mother, The Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes by the Kaiser—and her kingdom fell to the tyrant. For a decade, while her people were slaughtered and enslaved, Theodosia lived as a prisoner in her own palace, beaten and looked down upon by the Kaiser and his court. But after a traumatizing event, Theodosia’s heart is set aflame with vengeance for her mother and kingdom.
This is my first time to listening to a fantasy audiobook, and I like it so far! Fantasy stories tend to be lengthier and have heavier world-building, so it’s nice that my eyes don’t have to stumble over all the exposition and wordiness. As for the plot, it’s a pretty cliche princess story so far. There’s a lot of talking about gems and magic and guardians, but not much showing. I have a feeling those elements will be put into action in the second half of the story, so I’m holding out until then.
What have you just finished reading?
✔ Feed by Mira Grant
Feed takes place in a post-apocalyptic world—zombies roam the United States and people have learned how to live around them. People like the main character, George, and her brother, Shaun, help people in their daily endeavors by providing unbiased and truthful media coverage through their blogs. As the U.S. gears up for their presidential election, George and her team of blogger-journalists are selected by an up-and-coming candidate to honestly cover his campaign. The already difficult job of journalism is made harder in this story as George’s team encounters zombies, targeted attacks, and dangerous conspiracies.
I finished Feed last week and have been trying to write the review since then, b u t t h e w o r d s w o n ’ t c o m e o u t. Until I sort that out, I’ll leave you all with this statement that perfectly and concisely sums up how I felt the book:
I like zombies, and I liked this book.
me: the best at words.
What are you going to read next?
📆 Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
Goodreads Description: The company says Otherworld is amazing — like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive — that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.
Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.
And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Technically, my Goodreads says that I’m currently reading this story, but I haven’t actually started it yet. I borrowed this book from my library already, but I want to wait until I finish The Waning Age or the Ash Princess before I begin it. I’m a sucker for anything about virtual reality, so I want to be able to give this book my full