Six years have passed since 2013, which was when Marie Lu (Warcross, The Young Elites) wrapped up her YA dystopian Legend novel series by publishing the third—and what was intended to be the final—entry, Champion. Just recently, however, on October 1st, she released the fourth book, Rebel—a moving story that digs deep into the heart and … Continue reading My 2 Cents on Rebel: A Legend Novel
Imagine a world where expert thieves known as extractors are hired by companies to commit acts of corporate espionage by executing heists in a target's dream. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) is one such extractor, sedating his target, breaking into their dream, and stealing the secrets with which their … Continue reading My 2 Cents on Inception
Matched has a natural ability to weave the gripping twists of a mystery and the genuine emotions of a romance into one plot, giving it a creative edge over typical YA dystopian sci-fi books. Sometime in the far future, people live in a utopian world of tranquility watched over by the Society. The defining feature of … Continue reading My 2 Cents on Matched
(SPOILER-FREE: Read on for an insightful overview of the web series if you haven't seen it yet) gen:LOCK from Rooster Teeth is the smartest, most character-driven, most compelling entry in the mecha anime genre, period. I'm happy to see how the indie animation studio Rooster Teeth has matured so much over the past few years … Continue reading My 2 Cents on gen:LOCK
(SPOILER ALERT: This is a full breakdown review for "Identity Crisis") "Identity Crisis" is the eighth episode of Rooster Teeth's mecha anime web series, gen:LOCK, released on March 9th, and lasts almost thirty-two minutes. A climactic battle interwoven with the recruits and their emotional bonds, the show's core theme of identity, and the vast swaths … Continue reading My 2 Cents on gen:LOCK – Episode 8, “Identity Crisis”
(SPOILER ALERT: This is a full breakdown review for "It Never Rains...") "It Never Rains..." is the seventh episode of Rooster Teeth's mecha anime web series, gen:LOCK, released on March 2nd, and lasts twenty-four and a half minutes. This is, simple to say, a slow-paced transition episode, but there are many terrific moments, including the … Continue reading My 2 Cents on gen:LOCK – Episode 7, “It Never Rains…”
(SPOILER ALERT: This is a full breakdown review for "The Only Me I Know") "The Only Me I Know" is the sixth episode of Rooster Teeth's mecha anime web series, gen:LOCK, released on February 23rd, and is twenty-five and a half minutes long. Simple to say, this episode is thrilling from start to finish with … Continue reading My 2 Cents on gen:LOCK – Episode 6, “The Only Me I Know”
This is an enthralling entry with a focus on character development for a traumatized gen:LOCK recruit, the gen:LOCK process itself, and a battle with an increasingly enigmatic Union mech.
This is the best episode so far, packing in everything that I wanted to see with the enthralling team dynamic, a focus on Valentina's gender-fluidity, and mecha action that starts out entertaining before it takes a sharp left turn into suspense.
Sidney lumbered up a road to another city square before she staggered to her knees. In turn Wyatt slumped out of her arms and thumped onto the plinth of a soldier statue. "Comrades!" Corbin exclaimed from down the road, running ahead of the others. "What's hampering the two of you?" They slowed down within ten … Continue reading Project Super Nex, Chapter Twenty-Three, “Fuchsia Light” – 2nd revision