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Fence: striking distance : an original novel (edició 2020)

de Sarah Rees Brennan, C. S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad, (Illustrator.)

Sèrie: Fence (Novel 1)

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665320,960 (3.33)No n'hi ha cap
Títol:Fence: striking distance : an original novel
Autors:Sarah Rees Brennan
Altres autors:C. S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad, (Illustrator.)
Informació:New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
Col·leccions:7th 2020-2021
Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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Fence: Striking Distance de Sarah Rees Brennan

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  rjcrunden | Feb 2, 2021 |
Borderline one-star book, and I should have stopped reading . . . but I just like the comic book series so much!

The comic is a sports drama about fencing with a generous dollop of LGBTQ+ romance. This novel is all about the romance. While fencing is constantly referenced in the prose as metaphor and pun, actual fencing is limited to maybe one page out of the 356 offered up here.

Picking up right after Volume 4 of the graphic novel collections, nothing happens in this book except young lads at an all boys high school thinking swooning thoughts about other young lads. Anything that looks like progress is really a loop that will be closed in time for a status quo ending that won't necessarily effect the comic book series at all. Or perhaps the comic will cover all this same material in a single issue, because most of this could easily be condensed down to a few panels.

I won't even go into the stupid coincidences and misunderstandings the author had to use to drive along the thin plot. Or that Seiji Katayama seems to have morphed completely into Sheldon Cooper.

My wife loved this book, having never read the comics and refusing to even consider that notion, but I found myself having to assign forty pages a night as homework in order to get through to the end. If Sarah Rees Brennan writes a second novel, I will no longer be a Fence completist. ( )
1 vota villemezbrown | Oct 28, 2020 |
"Aiden already knew he was sexy. There was no need to assault a helpless stuffed animal."

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

I have one MAJOR complaint about this book: EUGENE! Why isn't he on the cover? Why didn't we get chapters from his POV? Eugene is my favorite bro! The guy is a huge softie that cares about his friends. He's also a lover of gossip, liked among his peers, and willing to sacrifice his sanity to help out a fellow bro. I think it's terrible that he wasn't more of a focal point in the story, and wish for that to be remedied in future books. He's a part of the fencing team, had a lot of page time despite not having his own POV chapters, and was essential to the progression of the story. This series needs Eugene.

Why didn't I give this book five stars? Aiden and Harvard. Their relationship gave me ALL THE FEELS, but they kept missing their major moments. They've been best friends for most of their lives, they know everything about each other, they love the other more than themselves, yet they avoided the one topic and conversation I wanted them to have! They didn't talk about their feelings (specifically the feelings they have for each other), so I was left wanting more than I got at the end. I definitely think the author is intentionally dragging out the torture my heart has already endured, but I'm not a fan of delayed gratification. I wanted something more for those two by the end of the book - - they definitely deserved it. All the sweet, tender moments had me smiling into the pages, and I just adored how they were with each other. #RelationshipGoals

I'm not sure why the synopsis focuses on Nicholas, because I actually felt like he was given the least time to talk and grow throughout the book. Honestly, Aiden and Seiji seemed to be the two the story focused on the most. They're all incredible and interesting characters, but the synopsis makes you think one thing when it's really another. Yes, Nicholas is the illegitimate son of a famous fencer, but it's not something anyone else knows. It's also not something that's really addressed (other than in Nicholas' head) throughout the book. It's just a fact about Nicholas that he's not ready to share with the others. His half-brother, Jesse, played a more prominent role than their father did.

FENCE: Striking Distance will definitely pull at your heartstrings! They are just really good and decent characters. They don't lie (not really), they're not manipulative, and they genuinely care about others. They're also hilarious whether they intend to be or not (sooo many laughs)! Eugene and Harvard will do anything for their friends, Aiden will do anything for Harvard, Nicholas will do anything for Seiji, and Seiji is learning how to be around other people. They are such vastly different characters, but they all have heart and are willing to fight for what they believe in (even if that means fighting with themselves to let something go). I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to see what happens next! (★★★★☆)

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  doyoudogear | Oct 13, 2020 |
It was… fine, I guess?

Full disclosure: I find Brennan’s writing style incredibly annoying, like she tries way too hard to seem quirky and clever. I do not mean she tries to make her characters sound quirky and clever, no, it’s like she personally wink-wink nudge-nudges me through the pages. That’s the main reason I DNFed In Other Lands after, like, 50 pages. That book is insufferable.

It’s the same problem here. Sometimes I felt like the characters are a parody of themselves and the book is just… way too farcical for what I’ve come to expect from Fence. Look, I often joked in my reviews that these boys are idiots, but that wasn’t a challenge to turn them into literal cretins because… What, they’re 16 and know nothing? I felt like these teens aren’t actual teens, but versions of them imagined by an adult. I didn’t have this problem reading the comic.

I didn’t particularly enjoy the tone of the book, too, because it’s ultimately humorous, and I already established I find Brennan’s attempts at humor annoying.

There were good moments, though (Seiji’s talk with his father or, like, the whole of Eugene. I think Eugene suffered the least in the comic-to-book translation), but ultimately, I wanted something a bit more serious out of this, something that resembles the comic more. More fencing would’ve been great, too.

Overall, if you like YA and find Brennan’s style agreeable – you’ll have a great time. Otherwise, I would recommend just reading the comic. ( )
1 vota tetiana.90 | Oct 8, 2020 |
fam.... A FENCE NOVEL?!?!

I am already so excited and this is going to be out in a year
  themoonwholistens | Aug 31, 2020 |
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