Review of Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman

So! It’s thursday. Time for a book!

Today, we are looking at Full Tilt, just like my title says. Here’s the cover of the book!

how do ya’ll feel about Mr. Neal Shusterman? Have you heard of him? He’s pretty popular in the young adult world. Especially in science fiction. He wrote Dry and Scythe. And The unwind series and The Skinjackers Trilogy. And the Star Shard series. 🙂 I fearing LOVE unwind and Skinjackers. Those are two of my favorite young adults series.

So, when I saw that one of his books was for sale on audible, I instantly snatched it up. It was horror. it was young adult. It And it was for sale. I had to have it. Especially since I’m going to a book festival in March where Neal will be! So stoked. Going to get signed books and see lots of my favorite authors in person! Hopefully I’ll get to get a few of my books personalized and tell the authors how much I like their stories. 🙂

Anyway! Had to have full tilt. 🙂

here’s the blurb for the book!

Sixteen-year-old Blake and his younger brother, Quinn, are exact opposites. Blake is the responsible member of the family. He constantly has to keep an eye on the fearless Quinn, whose thrill-seeking sometimes goes too far. But the stakes get higher when Blake has to chase Quinn into a bizarre phantom carnival that traps its customers forever.

In order to escape, Blake must survive seven deadly rides by dawn, each of which represents a deep, personal fear — from a carousel of stampeding animals to a hall of mirrors that changes people into their deformed reflections. Blake ultimately has to face up to a horrible secret from his own past to save himself and his brother — that is, if the carnival doesn’t claim their souls first!

It’s a really, really cool idea.

But when I read/listened to it…. I was really disappointed. It wasn’t nearly as good as his later books. You can really tell that this one is an early book. I mean, it’s just not as well executed. Does that make sense? If you’ve read stuff like Scythe and Unwind, then read this one… You can just tell how far the author has come as a writer.

My rating for Full tilt is…

2 stars

I know. I wish I could have given it more. I really, really do. But it just wouldn’t feel right too me. I try to find good in everything I read, even the stuff I wasn’t a huge fan of. And full tilt totally had its moments. It just wasn’t my favorite. 😦

Here’s my review I shared over on Goodreads for it.

It wasn’t my favorite book by Neal shusterman, but it had its moments. In fact, I really liked the last 3rd or so of the book. But the middle part was sort of dull. And it wasn’t nearly as well written as some of his later works. This one felt… Kinda awkward. And like it was trying to hard. Like, it was dumbing things down and explaining them too much.

Teens aren’t dumb. You don’t have to hit them over the head with a message to make them get it, and that’s basically what this book felt like to me.

Does that make sense? It might be worth a read for big fans of his other works who want to read as much as they can by him. But if your looking into Neal’s stuff for the first time, I’d go for his other stuff. Skinjackers, sythe, and the unwind series are all well worth the reads.

Did my review make sense? lol. I hope so. I tried.

It did have a few good parts, and that’s what saved it from a one star rating. I hate giving things one stars. 😦 But the good parts weren’t enough to bump it up to a 3. sigh.

Maybe give it a go if you see it at a good price a used bookstore or on amazon. I saw hardback copies for like $2 there. But I wouldn’t go to far out of my way to try it if I were ya’ll. But you should totally try his other books! 🙂 Skinjackers is best!

I’ll try and be back tomorrow with a free book friday! Happy Reading, everyone! Love Lennie! ❤

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