Sci-Fi

Future Man (2017-?)

Future Man (2017-?)

Network:

Hulu

Starring:

Josh Hutcherson

Derek Wilson

Eliza Coupe

Plot:

Josh Futturman, a janitor by day and a gamer by night, is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time to prevent the extinction of humanity.

Review:

Alright, so it’s a time travel show, I had to watch it. I started the first episode and my husband happened to see it, huge mistake. Future Man is hilarious and because of that now I can’t binge the show like it was made to be consumed. I have to watch an episode a night, at most, because my husband is loving it and wants to watch it with me.

The humor is crude, the future bleak, and there are several time jumps. I’m really enjoying the show, I’m not finished yet, but I’m already hoping there’s a second season.

If you want to watch all episodes are currently available on Hulu.com and the way each episode ends it’s made to be binged. Since they’re only thirty minutes long it’s easy to consume and so much fun.

4/5

Side note: Wolf is freaking hilarious and gets better with each episode.

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A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) By: Claudia Gray

 

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) By: Claudia Gray

Plot:

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

Review:

Lost Stars was an incredible book, because of that I needed to try something else by Claudia Gray. A Thousand Pieces of You is about parallel universe and traveling to them, if that isn’t right up my alley I don’t know what is.

A Thousand Pieces of You is about traveling between universes, it’s got a system all worked out, it does it multiple times, but that isn’t the main point of the book. The main story is a freaking love triangle! Ugh. Other people might not feel that way, the characters certainly wouldn’t, it’s not about who she loves that way it’s about finding who killed her father and what the hell is going on, but there was just too much relationship stuff for me to agree. Her struggle between the two was in every chapter and it annoyed me to no end.

The book was well written the world’s created were cool and well thought out, but I just couldn’t stand the main character. She was stupid, it was clear from the first chapter that something was wrong with her motivation and she didn’t question it, she just pushed on and it bugged me. I just kept wanting to get to the part where she was as smart as people kept saying and I had to wait until the end of the book.

If it wasn’t for those two things I’d read the next book, but I just can’t handle more of the relationship drama. She’s basically made her choice at this point, but I know it’s not going to be that simple, it can’t be in these types of books. Technically I believe this book was actually a New Adult instead of a YA, the heroine was a senior in high school but she had sex, so *shrug*

If you don’t mind any of the things I mentioned I recommend reading this, it has a nice fleshed out plot and I’m sure it will continue to be, but I just can’t go on and that makes me sad. I was really hoping that Claudia Gray would end up being another favorite author.

3/5

Fate of Devotion

Fate of Devotion (Finding Paradise #2) By: K.F. Breene

Plot:

After rescuing their daughter, Marie, from corporate-controlled Earth, Millicent and Ryker thought they were safe on their off-world paradise. They were wrong.

Toton, once thought the weakest conglomerate, is now dominating ruined Earth with a sinister new technology. By harvesting minds for use in their supercomputers, they’re enslaving the best and brightest humans to further their agenda. Millie and Ryker know that it’s just a matter of time before Toton realizes the biggest prize—Marie’s “gifted” mind—is merely a rocket ride away.

As the anticorporate Rebel Nation and rival companies alike scramble to thwart Toton’s inhuman machinations, society teeters on the brink. No longer safe, Millie and Ryker must sacrifice their hard-won freedom to return home and stand with the burgeoning revolution—outmanned, outgunned, and aided only by a most unexpected ally on the inside: Millie’s nemesis and estranged sister, Danissa.

But can a family’s love survive greed gone mad in a world that measures human life on a balance sheet?

Review:

This book basically didn’t stop at all. There was a point where I was actually wondering if everyone was going to die. There was a lot of death, mainly from red shirts, but the people I wanted to live, lived.

Again there was a lot of technical speak and my eyes would glaze over, I actually think there was more this time, so I didn’t always know what was going on. I’m actually a little unsure about the ending, I think I understand what happened, but there was just so much going on, and people were doing stuff with tech that isn’t real and it was confusing and I didn’t really care about that I just wanted to know if the people were alright.

My favorite character, Trent, wasn’t in it as much as I would have liked, and was constantly belittled and made fun of, it annoyed me because what he was saying was what I was most interested in.

The book had a lot of the same themes as the last one only the stakes were higher, this time two worlds. Lots of kicking butt, lots of close escapes, and just general all out chaos. Really wondering if there will be another book and if there is what will it be about?

3.5/5

What Happened to Monday (2017)

What Happened to Monday (2017)

Director:

Tommy Wirkola

Starring:

Noomi Rapace

Glenn Close

Willem Dafoe

Plot:

In a world where families are limited to one child due to overpopulation, a set of identical septuplets must avoid being put to a long sleep by the government and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.

Review:

After watching the trailer I was hoping for more of an action based movie about sisters that work seamlessly together to thwart their government. That’s close to the exact opposite of what I got.

About a third of the way through I realized I would not be getting a super happy ending and then just over halfway through I figured out what was going on but continued watching in the hopes I was wrong. I was not and it was a bit depressing.

The movie did end on a slightly positive note for the sisters, but for the world as a whole it was pretty negative.

The acting was good, so at least it had that going for it.

2.5/5

The Orville (2017-?)

The Orville (2017-?)

Network:

Fox

Starring:

Seth MacFarlane

Adrianne Palicki

Penny Johnson Jerald

Plot:

Follows the crew of the not-so-functional exploratory ship in the Earth’s interstellar fleet, 400 years in the future.

Review:

I honestly have nothing to add to the hundreds of reviews that are already out there for this pilot. It was like a Star Trek work drama with comedy thrown in. If it had stuck to one thing, drama or comedy, it might not have been that bad, but just when it would start to be alright as a drama it would throw in crude humor. It was unbalanced and if the goal was for a dramedy it failed.

I didn’t like the pilot much, but I like the concept enough that I’ll give it a couple more episodes.

2/5