By: Melanie | August 10, 2013 | (12) Comments

Review: The Fall by Claire MerleThe Fall by Claire Merle
Series: The Glimpse, #2
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Release Date: June 6, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, YA
Pages: 358
Source: Received in exchange for review
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London, in the not-so-distant future. Society has been divided into Pures and Crazies according to the results of a DNA test.

But seventeen-year-old Ana, whose father invented the Pure test, has uncovered a recording with dangerous evidence that the tests are fake. Ana has escaped her father and made it to the Enlightenment Project - a secluded protest group living on the outskirts of the City.

Back in the arms of Cole nothing is simple. Some in the Project believe her presence jeopardises their safety, others interpret her coming as part of their prophetic Writings. When the recording Ana stole goes viral, the Project comes under attack. Now Ana's father isn't the only one looking for her. She's come to the attention of Evelyn Knight, the Chairman of the Board - a powerful woman with a sinister plan. Ana must take greater risks than ever to unravel the truth and discover the secrets that lie beneath the Pure test. But unlike her father, the Chairman doesn't want her safely home. She wants Ana's spirit crushed, permanently. And she will destroy everyone Ana cares about to do it.

I feel like I’m coming to the point where I just am so sick of the same stupid books that I have zero effort to rant about it. Books like The Fall suck all the energy out of my body, leaving me nothing but empty frustration.

Dear The Fall,

It is in my greatest reluctance to write, for what is to fourth-come is my dreary thoughts that have been dried up after reading you.

I don’t think I’ll ever remember you. I already have forgotten you. You are easily forgettable. You are easily replaced. With something better. With something more worth my time. With something more worth my effort. Maybe if I read you first I would have loved you more? But I have read enough of your type of books. The same old. The same boring. The same cliché. The same old boring cliché novels that suck all my love for reading at times. However then I forget you and pick up another novel, not the old boring cliché novel like you are.

Your brain, is weak and illogical. I cannot bear character who speaks the words and does the actions. She’s not genuine, she’s whiny and effete. She’s not relatable, she’s impromptu and stubborn. For the main character- your brain- is not convincing, and I do not wish to befriend such stupidity. But not that I hate her. She’s okay at times, she has compassion and does what she deems right, but the brain is not always right. And The Fall, your brain, to my greatest sorrow, is never correct.

Your heart, it is unreliable but still works. After all, if it did not, then you wouldn’t be alive, you wouldn’t be working. The Fall, you are here with a working heart, but you are wheezing for breath, struggling to keep your hands on the cliff. Your world, your plot- your heart- is not unique. It is odd, it does not suit you at all. I was not caught by your hearty intentions, this structure of world was not entrapping. This plot was so typical. For your heart is the same, it isn’t independent like other dystopias.

Your soul, is lame. It’s not chemistry, hell, it’s not even science. Your brain says hi to amazing strangers, but it’s never as sweet to your love. To your Soul. Mate. And when it is, I feel like I need a toilet stop. To puke. I don’t like to puke. So cheesy and angst-driven, it can be. Your soul is unreliable, it could slip from your body if your brain sees someone else, then you are no one. The Fall, you are no one. No book, I mean.

I am so sorry you and I could not connect. I am sorry I didn’t like your brain (main character), your heart (world and idea) and your soul (romance). I don’t need to see you again. I don’t wish to see you again. I don’t want to see you again.



From Melanie.

~Thank you Allen and Unwin for sending me this copy!~


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12 Responses to Review: The Fall by Claire Merle

  1. Ah, I hate those same old, same old books :/ I hope your next read will be something extremely good!

    Love your review, though 🙂
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  2. Yikes! Sorry about your experience with this book. Hopefully the next one will be better 🙂

    Thanks for the honesty.
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  3. Stephanie B says:

    Lol! I love your goodbye in the last paragraph. Sorry you didn’t like it! That totally stinks! Not that I’ve read it at all, just that it stinks when you pick up a book and find out it’s crappy.
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  4. Nara says:

    Wow, such a creative review Mel! So awesome 🙂
    Thank god I didn’t continue with this series. It sounds absolutely horrendous. (Not that I could even finish the first book lol). Whiny protagonists are the worst…
    p.s. had to look up the meaning of a word in your review again (effete). I’m starting to think I should work on my vocab…
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  5. I don’t plan to pick this up – I didn’t like the first book at all – but I loved reading your review! 😉 Sorry that it proved to be such a waste of time and effort though. I tried to recall the main character’s name without looking at the book description and really couldn’t do it. She sounds even worse in this book!

    I hope your next read is a lot more satisfying, Melanie.
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  6. This must be one of the best reviews EVER! I really enjoyed your book review Mel, it’s so true that a lot of dystopians are just cookie cutter nowadays which really sucks! At least you saved yourself the trouble with a DNF.
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  7. Such a beautiful review for such a terrible book, it seems. I hate books that have been doing the SAME thing over and over again. Start your own trend, authors! Seriously. It’s annoying. The MC seems overly annoying, and the romance? Ew. Just no. The world-building, at most, seems pretty shaky, since it’s wheezing so hard.

    Beautiful review, Mel dear! <33 (Have some ice cream to cheer you up, kid.)
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  8. Noo sorry that you DNFed this one but I love your review! Like how does it manage to be so professional and awesome and hilarious at the same time? *dissects* I’m sorry the plot was typical and so was the premise and the characters and just everything. I heard some controversial things about The Glimpse, so I never bothered to start this series, and now I’m definitely not going to.

    Fantastic review, Melanie!
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  9. Sarah J says:

    Sorry that this one was a let down. It looked promising. Hopefully you find a better book soon!:D Great review!
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  11. I was not crazy about the first book in this series, and it sounds like I have not missed anything by skipping this…
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  12. I didn’t like the first book in the series, and I’m glad I decided not to continue on with the series. Thanks for the honest review! 🙂
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