The Hive is so plausible it's scary. Hive activated. The characters are always trying to present possible scenarios without any real reason to, and without having any. I like that you get to see how people are thinking and why they do what they do. This book seemed to make a similar connection to our political atmosphere today. Like a few others have already stated, this seems like it would be a … But it fills a big hole in the universe Card has created. I also think I would have liked it more if I had actually read it instead of listening to the audio book. bookshelf 0; A … I had to force myself not to abandon the book as so little of interest took place. Aaron Johnston's juvenile and amateur writing is painfully exposed by the lack of an interesting story from Card. What an incredible read. There is no reason to care about anybody, since they don't seem to have human emotions. It's being mean to a stranger, and it's all the same. It's time to wrap these up. The idea of the hive could have been interesting without all that. So, this is no Ender's Game. leiatalon (56) in Hive Book Club • 2 days ago. Avoid purchasing from Hive books. It fails to grasp the Formics' Hive Queen's vast intelligence and tactical brilliance, instead sending an … So I'm removing it from my to read list, along with the eventual third book of the trilogy. How could it be? So, the plot was cheap suspense and predictable. 2nd book in a row where Mazer just sits, sidelined by some fatigued obstacle being rehashed again. This book was just like...wild lol. Sad it has come to this, as the last few novels have gotten so bland and cookie cutter. Let the hell fire rain down, and cast this person out like a leper. The Hive was certainly believable – its basically a physical manifestation of the shame that we’re willing to dole out to strangers online (if you’d like a great non-fiction read on the topic, try So You’ve Been … Here we are at the Hive and it is a an enormous letdown. Ingenious. Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. This book is what happens when you mix The Purge with cancel culture and let the government control it. The first book lost me, and I don't really have any desire to come back. On my last review for the first book, I noted how I wasn't sure if there was a First Formic War series that I was supposed to have read first... it's true, there is. And I'm glad the decision was made to continue things into the third book rather than leave things out in this book to try to get everything in. It's not difficult to imagine because it happens every day. You had me at "Wicked, sultry fae." This is a good continuation. I pray that The Hive is not prophetic. This is a novel about ideas, love, grief, and what hold … Social media can be an excellent addition to life when used properly. Imagine a person makes a bad decision, says or does something offensive, mean, etc., and it's all over social media with the faceless masses slinging insults and demanding justice. But if I'm still alive when book 3 comes out, I will read it. Not a particularly good effort. I never thought it would end. The world building is wonderful and the characters are worth either (a) rooting for, if they're the "good ones" or (b) booing and h. I suppose I should have expected the abrupt ending (obviously to be resolved in book 3) as I neared the end of the book, but still it left me a little disappointed. September 14, 2015. To be honest, I’m getting tired of YA SF which have interesting ideas but lame suspense plots. The IF high command refuses to share vital intelligence and grows ever more paranoid and ineffectual. Especially the current government. Isabella Shadow Judge 2019 Hive book review. This was an interesting book, one with a lot going on in it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I suppose I should have expected the abrupt ending (obviously to be resolved in book 3) as I neared the end of the book, but still it left me a little disappointed. Still, I’d get it for free, don’t buy it. Scroll down to browse the most recent fantasy, science fiction, horror and other speculative fiction reviews, or visit our archives to more easily navigate ALL THE REVIEWS… The Hive Paperback Release: April 28, 2020 Card and Johnston continue the fast-paced hard science fiction history of the Formic Wars-the alien invasions of Earth's Solar System that … Formic stuff always tickles that particular itch for me. Cambiare by Avery Ames brings adventure and temptation that never let up. ambafatima (57) in Hive Book Club • 4 days ago "The 100" is a science fiction book by Kass Morgan that became the basis of the plot of "The 100". Orson Scott Card phoned this one in. However, I have always loved the alien invasion movies of the 1950s and their connection to our fear of secret Russian agents undermining our government. This was a fun story, and it was enjoyable to see how it continued to set up the world of Ender's Game. I highly doubt I'll get into the third book when it comes out because I was having a hard time keeping track of the characters when I was still reading the book. The Hive is so plausible it's scary. It’s as if the authors can come up with the ideas, but can’t actually write anything memorable. That was the only downside to an otherwise excellent book. But it fills a big hole in the universe Card has created. I'm a little sad that I finished it so quickly. But the Hive notices everything. Never really connected with this one. This book should have been titled “All IF are incompetent and/or bad people.” Seriously, the whole “leadership are all hacks” got tedious, let alone having only non-professionals see a strategic picture. I finished it. Definitely gives you something to think about! Hayley’s world consisted of 6 hexagonal … Imagine these faceless masses having the authority and ability to hunt down the offender and punish him/her in any way they deem suitable. I never really considered quitting, and I do sometimes have that thought for my 3 star reads. What a wild ride!! Also, the dilemma set up in the previous volume of how Earth got from the total mess described there to the brilliant victories of the next Formic War is solved with a disappointing cliché McGuffin. I found myself thinking 'Is this it?' A lot of reviewers on here complain that there is too much focus on the conflicts going on between good and bad people, but that's something that I really like about this series. How could it be? Nothing special here. I finished it. —The New York Times Book Review), the second part of a new epic masterpiece of graphic horror in brilliant, ... –Publishers Weekly, starred review “The Hive is a tour-de-force of … That is a scary thought. The Second Formic War is mostly a backdrop to a meandering plot that appears to be in motion because of its numerous scene changes. Mercurial gods are trapped on Earth in The Lost Gate, a new fantasy from a science fiction master. The characters are likeable enough, but as mentioned before, they all sound like pompous intellectuals…In short, a very dismal book all around. Most chapters consist of filler with circular and sometimes tedious discussions to scant story payout. Books don't tell you what to do, what not to do, and boss you around, … Imagine these faceless masses having the authority and ability to hunt down the offender and punish him/her in any way they deem suitable. This book has all the same problems as the first. I found myself skipping so many pages of long discussions and arguments that I finally just gave up on the book and moved on. Fast read! The Ender prequels are becoming tiresome. To be honest, I’m getting tired of YA SF which have interesting ideas but lame suspense plots. This was really disappointing. At least, these were my expectations going into this book. If you have started this trilogy, save yourself the disappointment. Totally unrealistic. I've realized that I don't care enough to read this book. The delivery was very fast and tracked, which was free. *Insert standard commentary here about how I'll read Orson Scott Card's books (from the library) because I'm invested in the Enderverse, but disapprove of his opinions and actions against gay people, which sometimes come out subtly (or less subtly) in the course of his stories.*. September 3rd 2019 This book wasn't the best book I've ever read, nor the worst book I ever read. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published I wish I could say that Barry Lyga swept me off my feet with his recently released new novel «The Hive». Readers have a lot to look forward to this year! For some reason, however, it was while reading this book that I began to really grapple with the abhorrent views and causes that Orson Scott Card supports. Our old thermostat was very basic and had a very slugish response in consequence we thought the heating system was under powered.The Hive has made a big difference and is quick to respond hence … Reviewer wardragoncatt02 wrote: Cricket loves books. Crowd sourced social justice, I can see why the idea could occur but as this book shows vividly some things are just built with way too much scope for manipulation. Then the Formic War series. lol. Gotta see how those dirty Formics get beat down this time. It's great if, like me, you are appalled by the atrocities of social media every day. The Hive is funny, well-observed and strikes a good balance between its comic and more serious moments. I'm not sure how to rate this book fairly. I like everything about this story because it's so relatable and relevant. The characters are always trying to present possible scenarios without any real reason to, and without having any ability to confirm whether their guesses are accurate. Having finished five of the six prequels, I'm sure that I will knock out the sixth book when it is released, but it's just a slog at this point. It's the Hive mentality. This is a good continuation. Two bonus stars for the performances on the audio version. Some of the kid dialog just feels awkward and the narrative was feeling a bit weak. The story isn’t that great either…the writing seems stiff and all the characters end up sounding pompous and intellectual and windbags. I found The Hive to be an interesting read, especially in today’s society and the growing popularity of social media. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review. Wild. When the story returns to the excitement, we find the excitement. Where excitement starts to build, the perspective switches to characters elsewhere. Zadie Smith, author of Swing Time'Remarkable, the most delicious novel I've read.' The Shadow Series. So, the plot was cheap suspense and predictable. Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels. Another good installment in the series. That's why it got four stars even if some reviews have disavowed any such connection. The lack of action and the sheer preponderance of filler material and pointless internal dialog made it a difficult book to make it through. So, that explains my confusion and excuses the lack of character development! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Society is just a bit short of this becoming reality. The book centers around main character … Pre-publication book reviews and features keeping readers and industry influencers in the know since 1933. ... My Review. Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2010 The Hive is the best known work by the Spanish novelist and 1989 Nobel Laureate, Camilo Jose Cela. Betts novel Zack & Mia so I was delighted to have the opportunity to read and review Betts’ latest novel Hive. We know all the important stuff already. 3.5 stars really from me. It won't be long until the blind lead the blind to exact justice. The world building is wonderful and the characters are worth either (a) rooting for, if they're the "good ones" or (b) booing and hissing if they're not. Another installment in the Enderverse. The Hive, a young adult book, was a solid 3.5 stars. Here we are at the Hive and it is a an enormous letdown. Take Twitter’s mob mentality and public shaming are put it in the hands of the government. This book is strictly for Enderverse fans who feel they have to complete the series. It was also full, and I mean full, of coding jargon. According to, Popsugar 2020 - A Book Involving Social Media, Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell. THE 100 (2015) - Book Review. Gorgeously written. ARC Review: The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden. That was the only downside to an otherwise excellent book. Wow! The idea of the hive could have been interesting without all that. Entering her senior year of high school, filled with grief over an unexpected loss, Cassie is primed to lash out. We’d love your help. I look forward … Perhaps the authors should read about Project Ultra in WW2 to understand why sometimes orders seem callous or wasteful or criminal to those without clearance and need to know. I thought the story was interesting, flowed well between the different subplots, and was interesting enough to keep reading (though not one of those that you just "can't put down"). But I skimmed all of the second half, so I just finished it, but barely. The New York Times Bestseller'A taut, sharp, funny book about being young now. Other reviewers have bemoaned this book. The Empathy Edge shows how compassion can support or drive business success. Death defying stunts, evil conspiracy, teen geek love, teen geek angst. I get that there are tons of self important military and political climbers who put self-advancement above all else and that these climbers can find themselves in important positions that they are not competent to ho. All opinions are my own. Basically, a dystopian hellscape of weaponized anger. Where excitement starts to build, the perspective switches to characters elsewhere. This book is just a whole lot more fluff and unnecessary detail building to a climax about which we have always known the details. It's brutal - and brilliant.' The Hive, a young adult book, was a solid 3.5 stars. It's just a little obnoxious, and feels like the author is bragging here, though he is really good at coming up with them, I'll admit. Let's review! by Kids Can Press. Life is not lived unless it's seen and liked. I came across Hive whilst searching for a book online. Social media is dangerous, especially for a generation of non-thinkers who simply do not exist as individuals. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The book definitely held my interest and was entertaining, but was ruined by the authors world view that all political and military leaders care for nothing but personal advancement even when they know their actions or inactions would put the world in jeopardy of total annihilation. And as her viral comment whips an entire country into a frenzy, the Hive demands retribution. And I'm glad the decision was made to continue things into the third book rather than leave things out in this book to try to get everything in. Rather than wail about how everyone but some kids, a Maori and some miners-turned-recruit are complete fools, why not spend those words with IF discussing hive queen v self-organizing behavior v mission order engineered drones as competing enemy makeup and how to combat each, or something similar. But if I'm still alive when book 3 comes out, I will read it. Further, the story just doesn’t jibe with the Ender universe. Gotta see how those di. Further, the story just doesn’t jibe with the Ender universe. But the second half made up for the first and I once again find myself eager for the next installment, a sensation I've experienced non-stop in the Enderverse since I first discovered it. I’ve read quite a few reviews and heard a lot about A.J. The book definitely held my interest and was entertaining, but was ruined by the authors world view that all political and military leaders care for nothing but personal advancement even when they know their actions or inactions would put the world in jeopardy of total annihilation. The action is good, but it's like reading a book about World War II that bounces around from a front line soldier to a woman at home to a kid in a concentration camp to a nurse in the Philippines with stops to see what's happening with half a dozen other characters who might or might not become important. It’s as if the authors can come up with the ideas, but can’t actually write anything memorable. The Hive is a short Obi Wan centered story that features a lot of fast paced action. Welcome back. I enjoyed this much more than I usually enjoy my 3 star reads and I read the bulk of it in just two days. What I find interesting it initially I thought one way, but as things started to spin out of control I found my mind being changed. Seriously, if you do not own this book… Don't join the hive(lol), but do read The Hive. The Hive was an interesting take on a Dystopian future that honestly kinda scares me in how much of a possibility it could be if we as a society let ourselves get there. To see what your friends thought of this book. I found the first half of this to be a little cringey. ... (the special significance of the hive for Freemasons, who prided themselves as … Full review below. Published. Much of the action in this episode seems designed to get all of the characters into the correct locations and predicaments for the events finale, where Mazer Rackham's role as savior of Earth will be documented at last. Another book of a bunch of useless filler and side plots. We’d love your help. 'The Hive' suffers most of all from being the dreaded 2nd installment in the 2nd trilogy! I finished the book last week and I can barely remember it. Perhaps he should learn how MacArthur and Patton came from wealthy families with important fathers. Death defying stunts, evil conspiracy, teen geek love, teen geek angst. A.J Betts’ book Hive was gripping, as well as challenging both morally and emotionally.It challenged every aspect of life that society understands and places … Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. THE HIVE. The book is short action scenes interspersed with long winded dialogue which slows the book to a crawl at times. Daniel Kurland. The characters are indistinguishable. I’ve read the Enderverse series since I first found it in the early 90s. Egged on by new friends, she makes an edgy joke online. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published I would have given this three stars because I really didn't like any of the characters. It’s the hazard of writing a prequel some 35 years after…the Ender saga sounded like it was written in an extrapolated 1980’s and to be consistent, the prequel needed to be written like that as well, but it reads like it was written in the 2010’s with 2010’s concerns and attitude…which just doesn’t work. The story isn’t that great either…the writing seems stiff and all the characters end up … Here's the HUGE problem: if this hive are saying/doing terrible things to this offender, whom they don't actually know personally, then they are performing the SAME action that offended them in the first place! Whether it's a bias against the author or they really didn't like the book, you'll have to be the judge. It's set in Madrid during World War II and in the … There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This has the choppiest writing of any of them. I carried on with this series because I loved Ender's Game. I wish I could say that it was the most amazing sci-fi I’ve read in a very long time. Refresh and try again. We know all the important stuff already. I don't care. This book should have been titled “All IF are incompetent and/or bad people.” Seriously, the whole “leadership are all hacks” got tedious, let alone having only non-professionals see a strategic picture. [You're telling me that people want to kill a teenage girl. I thought this was slightly better than the last, but one thing I didn't like was the CONSTANT speculating. The Hive and the Honey-Bee is the greatest beekeeping book you can own. Overall, that was my only real annoyance. [Review] ‘The Hive’ Dresses a Tired Concept Up in a Fancy Structure, But Still Falls Short. Mark Walden Collection HIVE Series 8 Books Bundle (Aftershock, Deadlock, Zero Hour, The Overlord Protocol, Higher Institute of Villainous … Caution: cliffhanger. Perhaps the authors should read about Project Ultra in WW2 to understand why sometimes orders seem callous or wasteful or criminal to t. I’ve read the Enderverse series since I first found it in the early 90s. And the writing is fine, and the characters are good. It's the Hive mentality. This book has been an enormous help to me through the years. on. I enjoyed the book, but it was clearly just setting the table for the final book, yet to be published. I thought this was slightly better than the last, but one thing I didn't like was the CONSTANT speculating. Just feast your eyes upon all of these debut books to check out and emerging authors to... To see what your friends thought of this book. I’ve really loved all of the various Ender books. And Card has Aaron Johston doing the heavy lifting so he should be able to crank these out. And Card has Aaron Johston doing the heavy lifting so he should be able to crank these out. It made me really question whether a person's art can be separated from the artist, and what it means to consume art from people with horrible and harmful views. All these prequel books could have been done in two, but instead you're milking the readers with six of them. The book is a nice change of pace from the onslaught of zombie fiction (not that this is a bad thing by any stretch as long as it's a good read) and an change of pace temporally from typical Cthulhu Mythos … THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2009. edited by Charles Burns bookshelf Chwast and Twain are a match made in heaven. I am looking forward to "the Queens" and discovering the answers to the ongoing arc threads. Overall, B+. I understand the need to address cancel culture and the tendency towards mob mentality on social media. By. But, some poor soul accidentally says something regrettable but inconsequential to a waiter, bank teller, janitor, bus driver, etc., and woe to them. No, not becoming... they have always been tiresome. Imagine a person makes a bad decision, says or does something offensive, mean, etc., and it's all over social media with the faceless masses slinging insults and demanding justice. I highly doubt I'll get into the third book when it comes out because I was having a hard time keeping track of the characters when I was still reading the book. The book is short action scenes interspersed with long winded dialogue which slows the book to a crawl at times. In other installments, young characters have some form redeemable story arc while here, the younger characters are simply annoying children. One moment Cassie is anonymous; the next, she’s infamous. I would give zero stars if possible. This book … So, while I didn’t particularly like this one, other people, especially geek types, might like it. Very middle-of-the-road. And running for her … I received the book in excellent condition and at a cheaper price than other sellers. Can you say hypocrisy? This book has all the same problems as the first. Intriguing characters. It’s the hazard of writing a prequel some 35 years after…the Ender saga sounded like it was written in an extrapolated 1980’s and to be consistent, the prequ. I’ll likely only read the next out of senses of morbid curiosity and to wrap it all up. That said, I did like the mom, but didn’t connect with the others because I’m not a techie and couldn’t code my way out of a paper bag. Start by marking “The Hive (The Second Formic War #2)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. The Hive Queen (Wings of Fire, Book 12) has 20 reviews and 23 ratings. The scary thing is how close we could be to a future/society like this. It was a quick read but still enjoyable. This review was originally posted on my book blog. The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Badey is an urgent warning. Clearly a woman was not involved in writing anything having to do with women, pregnancy, or having a newborn lol. Dystopian satire in the Trump era sometimes straddles a fine line between caricature and allegory, and this book is...not on that line. by Charles Burns ... BOOK REVIEW. Follow the leader, don't think i. The problem with reading the same universe's stories - you have to read all or none. Never really connected with this one. When the story returns to the excitement, we find the excitement is over as the plot has moved forward in our absence. Card’s books lately consist primarily of characters arguing amongst themselves. Sad it has come to this, as the last few novels have gotten so bland and cookie cutter. That said, I did like the mom, but didn’t connect with the others because I’m not a. Most chapters consist of filler with circular and sometimes tedious discussions to scant story payout. So, this is no Ender's Game. Kass Morgan … Follow, follow, follow.....like a hive joining together. Progressing to the the Swarm felt like a slight letdown yet potentially a setup for stronger second and third books of the Second Formic War. Candice Carty … What a disappointing missed opportunity. The First Formic War series was highly enjoyable. Online shopping from a great selection at Books Store. I carried on with this series because I loved Ender's Game. Start by marking “The Hive” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I get that there are tons of self important military and political climbers who put self-advancement above all else and that these climbers can find themselves in important positions that they are not competent to hold. Be the first to ask a question about The Hive. What could feel gimmicky or cute never does; Flora 717 is a brave and spirited soul, and it is a pleasure to follow her through the hive and the air. The Hive is a cracking good YA read, which will probably appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and Black Mirror. The story isn’t that great either…the writing seems stiff and all the characters end up sounding pompous and intellectual and windbags. Does any one know if/when this is really coming out. Welcome back. Hopefully this is the last side track before we finish up this saga as I'm not sure how much stamina I have left for these. what an intense read. Still, it is cruel that I had to wait 3 years for this second book, and will likely have to wait many more years for book 3. Nicely done! lol. I've been reading thought provoking books lately and it was a great read!