TV Show Review: Netflix’s “The Society”(Spoiler-Free)

Hi everyone! I hope everyone’s been doing good.

For all of those who have been following me on Twitter and Instagram may be aware that I have been thinking for a while now to also review movies and TV shows, occasionally. I was also thinking to revamp the aesthetics of my blog for that – the thought is still under consideration – so i might eventually end up doing it or not, i ain’t sure of that. But one thing that I’m perfectly certain of is that I am definitely going to be reviewing shows and films.

Hence, my first post on a TV show – TA-DAA!

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The Gilded Cage by Vic James

HEY EVERYONEE!

I *finally* finished Gilded Cage which was actually supposed to be a buddy-read with Victoria during the spring break! (haha yeah which was like 3 months back. Look at me keeping up with my plans)

I don’t even know how Victoria @ Be Careful of Books kept up with me, but seriously she’s the sweetest to do a buddy-read with. It was a lot of fun because we decided to send each other videos whenever something sad or shocking happened. So it was really cool watching each other’s initial reactions! I’m glad to say, that we agreed on a lot of things (YAYY!)

My Review

Rating: 2/5

Attractive cover.
Instant cover buy.

Interesting as hell synopsis.

In modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten years of service. Do those years when you’re old, and you’ll never get through them. Do them young, and you’ll never get over them.

This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. 

Now who wouldn’t want to read something like this, yeah? The first two chapters were grrrrrreat. Good plot-line. I wanted to read more and know more about the characters’ plight. What I found, however, was the introduction of more and more characters as chapters progressed, pointless POV’s which were literally contributing no substance to the story; whatsoever, and a mesh of 10000 conflicts all of which were left unresolved or just abruptly and stupidly solved. 60% of the book was senseless pov’s, i repeat. A LOT OF repetition, and I kid you not, around 50 characters of whom 3 were the only important ones.

Even the main characters all lacked personality except maybe, Silyen, one of the Jardine brother. He was a cruel, heartless Equal but atleast it was clear what he wanted, what his goals were and who he liked or hated. The other people were merely pawns in the story just carrying the plot line forward with no mind or thinking ability of their own. I couldn’t connect to them at alllllll.

The only person I felt a tiny bit of pain for, was Luke, one of the kids in the Hadleys family who was separated from the rest of the family. He was THE ONLY ONE who actually suffered, and see the difference in lives between the Equals and the Normals. His story had action. Unfortunately, we don’t read much of him either.

What we read about, is the annoying slave-girl, Abigail. God!! I wanted to shoot her in the head!!!!
This girl’s family was torn apart, bound to the Equals to serve them, her brother in war-torn conditions in a land far away, and you know what troubles her the most??????

Ugh, Would it be a spoiler if I say so? (Hint: a very very very very forced kick-in-your-crotch-spit-on-your-neck kinda stupid romance)

This girl was crazy.
Idk what thought process Vic James was going through, but there were major contradictions in all of characters’ personality.

The ending was very abrupt. Suddenly wrapped up. And it was very very evident that it ended the way it did, only because the writer wanted to write a sequel. The reason it gets 2 stars, instead of 1 is, bec the start was good, and the last chapter also had some read-able substance. Everything in the middle? *eye-roll*

My Review (1)

My Rating: ★★★

My Thoughts: The world building of this book was really interesting. I loved the mix of fantasy and alternative history. The Equals are essentially a super hero class of people, they have ‘skill’ which are essentially magical powers and therefore are the ruling class. The ordinary people owe the Elites ten years of slavery known as the ‘slave days’ and everyone can chose to serve out their slave days whenever they want, as long as they do them. They say in the book that if you do your slave days too old, you won’t survive them, and if you do them too young you won’t recover from them. They’re pretty damn brutal. The novel starts with the Hadley family parents telling their children that they have signed them all up for their slave days, the parents thought it would be best to do the days all together as a family (I’ll get into that a bit more soon), but when they arrive their son is taken from them to work in Millmoor (one of the most notorious slave camps in the country).

What a cool premise!

The problem I have with it is that despite the fact that the world building was really cool, this is a character driven story and… the characters were a mess.

To start with, there were a lot of them. It became tricky to keep track.

Secondly, they all kind of made stupid choices, all the time. Lets start with the Hadley parents. They signed their kids up for slavery without consulting them!? They talked to their oldest daughter about it, but not the other two kids. It seems like a really terrible thing to spring on them. They’re also really emotionally flat. When their son is taken away they’re just like ‘oh I hope he’s okay and I guess we’ll see him in ten years then’. THIS IS YOUR CHILD. Have an emotion people! And when anything traumatic happens its almost like they don’t notice. Its weird.

Abi is the oldest daughter. She is meant to be the smart one. And holy shit is she an idiot. Before leaving for the slave days she is obsessed with reading romance novels featuring normal people who fall in love with and have an affair with Equals during their slave days. She says ‘oh I would never be stupid enough to expect that’ and then any time an Equal so much as breathes in her direction she’s thinking ‘is this it?’ ‘is he into me?’ ‘oh are we going to fall in love?’. Even when she should be afraid of them she runs TOWARDS Equal men to protect her, totally forgetting that they have her enslaved. It makes no sense! Even when she is repeatedly slapped in the face with the fact that legally, slaves aren’t considered fully human, she insists on believing she is the exception. She does have a bit of a romantic story arc with one of the Equals but I kind of hope it comes to bite her in the ass later in the series.

Luke was my favourite character, he seems to be the most realistic in this family. He sees the slave days as…. slavery and thinks that’s wrong. He’s in Millmoor for most of the book, working in a terrible slave camp where he is pretty brutalised. He is the hero of this story from my view, and though we are meant to be sympathetic to the entire Hadley family, I really only found myself invested in Luke.

The youngest child, Daisy, is only ten. The minimum age requirement for slave days. She ends up a babysitter to an Equal baby and… its real gross. She ends up being really defensive of the Equals and thinks they’re all really good people or misunderstood or something. But I guess she is a little kid. She was the least developed Hadley.

Around their story is the story of a massive political conflict around slave days and Equals and all of it.

I have such mixed feeling about this book.

The whole arc of Equals, Skill, and the politics that is happening in the background is fascinating. Its just these characters…

Its difficult.

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So there’s that, guys! Have you guys read this story?? What did you think of it?

Until then,

Happy Reading!  

Bookish Thought#3: Genres I love reading.

Hi guysss! Wassup wassup.

I’ve been damn busy, juggling studies, theatre, netball training and blogging! There’s only so much I could do man.

I’ve honestly been fishing crazily for blog posts to do. I’ve done enough tags and monthly hauls. For doing book reviews, I WILL HAVE TO ACTUALLY READ BOOKS WHICH I HAVEN’T BEEN DOING LATELY. No, it’s not a slump. I’m dying to read but the most I can manage is like 3 pages a day and that also when I’m in my very boring Econ class. So like, well yeah..

Moving on…

As the title suggests, I will be discussing my favourite genres to read and will be giving some recommendations along with it too.

1. Fantasy/Dystopian:

Fantasy is a genre of fiction set in a fictional universe, often (but not always) without any locations, events, or people referencing the real world. Most fantasy uses magic or other supernatural elements as a main plot element, theme, or setting. Magic and mythical creatures are common in many of these worlds.

Why I like it? I’ve only been recently found that I’m actually very much interested in fantasy. Maybe I’m just tired of reading so much of YA contemporary? I don’t know but I’m really enjoying fantasy reads! I find myself escaping the realities of the world and just lost in the wonderful adventures of the fictional worlds! Some best examples will be: Narnia, The Night Circus, Caraval, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!

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Now one sub-category which comes under Fantasy is Dystopian. I LOVE DYSTOPIAN NOVELS. It’s basically a futuristic, imagined universe which shows oppressive societal control. The illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system. It’s something which is very different from the worlds we live in.

Why I love it? because it gives me an idea of just how many possibilities there are! You know like world could be so much worse or if I was in a so-and-so situation, what would I have done! It’s very interesting to see how characters react and everything.

Examples:

I’m going to be listing A LOT of Dystopian reads because I love this genre and many of these here are also on my TBR!

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2. Historical Fiction

This is a genre, which, as the name suggests, takes place in the past. It depicts the workings of older class societies, mannerisms, and people. Mostly historical fiction tells war-time stories and truth be told, World War kind stories are my ABSOLUTE FAV!

Why I like it? People wouldn’t normally prefer to read history books and go over the Tudor or the Scottish Kingdom histories. But these books not only provide the entire history, but they also add elements of glamour, sex, intrigue which makes history so much more interesting to read! The characters are the ones which ACTUALLY have existed before! And I just can’t stop wondering what those people might have endured in certain situations. You can read about throne accessions, battles, world war, life of a peasant or a life of a soldier and you learn so much more!! I mean apart from the lush, lavish Victorian lifestyles to being imprisoned in a war…I pretty much enjoy all Historical Fictions!

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3. Mystery/Thrillers:

Mystery books are ones in which there is usually a crime to be solved. The emphasis is on the element of puzzle, suspense, intrigue and lots of drama. If a mystery book is well-written, it is bound to keep you on edge THE ENTIRE TIME. One of my favourite authors for mystery is Sidney Sheldon. His books are the perfect definition for mystery and thrillers.

Why I like it? I like them because they give me a way to solve the mystery along the way too! I just love commenting and guessing what’s gonna happen next, and everytime I’m proved wrong I just love it! The unpredictability that comes with reading thrillers and mysteries is pure awesome. When I feel like the books are becoming too monotonous, I go onto watching detective shows, one of my favourite being White Collar! If you haven’t already watched that show, you just have shit taste in tv shows then what are you really doing with your life???  Because 1. The show has Matt Bomer who is like the God of handsomeness and 2. The sense of humour and wit is frickin’ great! AND THAT SMILE IS FUCKING MADDENING! If I don’t stop right here, this itself is going to turn into a love-post for Matt Bomer which I obviously wouldn’t mind, but you guys aren’t here for that, right?

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Yupp! That’s all. That is all to my favourite genres of books. Unless you want to hear me gush about Bomer? UGH WHY AM I REMINDED OF THIS OBSESSION ALL OVER AGAIN. I WAS LEGIT JUST GOOGLING PICTURES OF HIM.

Revert. Back. To. The. Point.

What genres do you guys prefer? Let me know below! xx

 

P.S    I’m currently reading “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” and I’m having such mixed emotions about it! Can’t wait to share it with ya’ll 

Bookish Thought #1: Which Series to Read?

Okay so it will be surprising to know that I haven’t read that many series in my life. The last time I read a series was Never Never by Colleen Hoover, and I have to admit it SUCKED BIG TIME. Ugh. I wasted my very precious time on those two books so couldn’t get myself to even start the third part. That, along with the disappointment of fantasy stories in general never motivated me to pick up a series to read. I like the idea of reading stand-alones much better (they also finish up pretty fast)

However, I’ve now decided to give some series a read. My reasons for this decision are many:

  • There are so many hilarious memes and fanart on series and I fail to understand all of them and I feel pretty useless, you feel me? (You probably don’t because you may have read ACOTAR or The Raven series pfft)
  • Series have some pretty awesome bookmarks! Have you seen GOT bookmarks? They’re some of the coolest ones to own! Not to mention the ACOTAR bookmarks too!

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I SERIOUSLY NEED THESE IN MY LIFE!

  • I seriously want to know why the whole goddamn book world is going crazy over Sarah J Mass or are so constantly annoyed at Feyre! (If we’re bashing her, I want to join in on that too!)
  • Also, I’ve started reading Red Queen and I’m liking it so far! I can’t wait to get my hands on the Glass Sword too! (If not for the story, I would definitely buy it for the amazing cover) Oh and the bookmarks, again!
  • Tumblr and Pinterest have some really hilarious fan-art and memes too! Like I don’t even know what they talk about most of the times since I haven’t read the books but they’re just plain hilarious. (I read Red Queen ones and they got me exploding into laughter.)

So! I’ve decided to read dystopian/fantasy series in September/October (however well I could manage)

Now let’s see what I have:

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy (Goodreads rating: 4.29) 

“Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.”  

Honestly, the synopsis doesn’t even appeal to me that much but people’s reviews totally say otherwise. Also, pages & paperbacks review here is downright amusing! And probably forcing me to give this a try.

2.The Lunar chronicles (Goodreads Avg Rating: 4.30)

Read the synopsis here

What really attracts me here is that each of the 4 books in the series is actually a modern re-telling of the fairy tales so I automatically want to read and see if Marissa Meyer did these books some justice.    IMG-0105

Cinder (Cinderella, duh)

Scarlett (Red Riding Hood)

Cress (Rapunzel)

Winter (Snow White)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The Raven Cycle (Goodreads Avg Rating: 4.24)

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Read the synopsis of all books here. Plus these books have really amazing covers, no?

 

  1. The Uglies Trilogy (Goodreads Avg Rating: 3.86)

I was attracted to these series by its name, “Uglies” and it’s synopsis is just as intriguing!

“Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world– and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever… “

I feel like everyone should read this because it highlights the exact same society in which we live in; where appearances, glamour and beauty means more than the person’s character. From all the reviews that I’ve read, it is a very genuine, eye-opening story. I was all up for reading this, but then again, indecisiveness gets the better of me. *sighs*

 

  1. Starters/Enders (Goodreads ratings: 3.91)

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HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

“Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .”

So here you guys have to help me out! Help me make the eternal decision of choosing which one?! Have you read any of these? If yes, tell me which one? If not, will you plan to read it with me?

I will be glad to know your answers. Leave them in the comments below! xx

-Happy Reading!