Pop Sugar 2019 Challenge prompts:
Book that makes you nostalgic
Book without chapters or unusual chapters (advanced prompt)
What an amazing romp through nostalgia! This book was incredibly well researched and full of details. It mentioned series I didn't even know existed, as well as the huge hits. Full color. Dozens of book covers. Interviews with some of the authors. Even a piece on the person that painted all the Baby-sitters Club covers. If you want to remember your youth, check this out.
This was almost as good as the first. My only complaint is the repetition of facts we already know. Probably 3 times, we are reminded about thermoclines, several times we are told the same facts about the Mariana Tench, and then constantly about the accident that happened in Meg Origins. Constantly. We get it. We know all this.
There's also the exposition thing. It found some sort of lazy ways to explain things, and it goes way over the top. We even have a villain monologue that explained his entire plot.
But besides this, I really enjoyed the fast paced plot. Poor Jonas is going to be in therapy for the rest of his life.
This was going to be a 5 star rating, but the book needed editing. There were a few grammatical errors that were easy to spot. Also took half a star for the misogyny. It didn't bother me too much because it was military guys being that way, and that's just the nature of them. My husband tells me stories of his buddies that would make my skin crawl if I knew it wasn't a joke.
Anyway, the plot was fast paced, the characters varied, and the settings well described. My recommendation is to not read Meg: Origins first, even though it's in the front of the book. Read the actual novel then go back and read the prequel. It gives things more suspense.