Mini Reviews: Shady Corporations

Hey everyone! I’ve dwelled for a while on the merits of writing mini reviews, and ultimately came to the conclusion that I can do a book justice without going on and on at length about its merits (or lack of).

This first edition of mini-reviews will cover some of the books sent for review the past few months. These books have one other thing in common: they all have seemingly perfect corporations with shady reputations. Is it just a premise or the shaky backbone of the story? Find out below.


Alternity by Mari Mancusi
Title: Alternity (Synopsis)
Loved it
Author: Mari Mancusi
Genre: Science fiction
Publisher: NLA
Elements: Alternate universe
Series: Stand alone
Mari Mancusi is the YA voice of gaming, and she has written many books relating to video games. Reading this was not unlike playing one of the video games I have in my collection: a flashy premise, gorgeous characters and a steadily moving plot. What ALTERNITY lacked was a depth to the characters’ development, and their interactions left me frustrated, and not in a good way.
Solid by Shelly Workinger
Title: Solid (Synopsis)
Loved it
Author: Shelley Workinger
Genre: Science fiction
Elements: Boarding school
Series: Book 1 of the Solid series
You know I love myself a good boarding school for super people stories. I enjoyed this a great lot, though there was a repetition of scenes that didn’t move the plot or character development forward. The antagonists and twists could be clearly seen from chapters before, though this didn’t detract from my enjoyment.What works for SOLID is a strong foundation and solid relationships between the characters. They might be cast to type, but I believed in them and their friendships, and that’s all that SOLID needed to win me over.
The Program by Suzanne Young
Title: The Program (Synopsis)
Loved it
Author: Suzanne Young
Genre: Science fiction
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Elements: Suicide
Series: Book 1 of the Program series
Don’t trust a corporation that boasts a hundred percent success rate.So goes The Program, a program implemented in several US states, aimed to curb the ‘epidemic’ of teenage suicide. I highly anticipated the scenes during the implementation of the Program itself, only to be sorely disappointed with dragged out scenes where nothing truly chilling happens. Yes, a couple of horrible things occurred, but I only recognized them in principle and there was no visceral impact.

Combined with a somewhat strong beginning and ending, I’m looking forward to the sequel, though it remains to be seen if I’ll actively seek it out.

  4 comments for “Mini Reviews: Shady Corporations

  1. Wednesday, 5 June 2013 at 9:52 PM

    I’ve been seeing some mixed reviews for The Program but I think I’ll still give it a go. Shame you didn’t enjoy Alternity. And I liked Solid too! Thanks for the mini reviews.

    • Wednesday, 5 June 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Do try it, it’s a pretty good read!

  2. Thursday, 6 June 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Eh, I’m not much interested in any of these three anyway.

    • Thursday, 6 June 2013 at 2:00 AM

      Haha! I haven’t found a book with a similar premise that’s blown me away in recent months. Any reccommendations?

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