Book Review: The Unidentified by Rae Mariz


School. School. School. School! It has completely overwhelmed my life and has let loose a monster on my weekends. The monster is roaring tasks I must complete as I frantically do the little squirrel-in-the-middle-of-the-road dance wondering whether I should run away leaving dust in my wake or if I should valiantly meet the monster and slay the my responsibilities with the tip of my pencil. Decisions, decisions.

Anyway, that whole metaphor was there to help you see my dilemma:

1. I have absolutely no time to read!

2. I have absolutely no time to write reviews or posts!

Which is another reason why I have yet to post about my book festival adventures. They were quite eventful, too! It will come eventually, I swear! Hopefully by this weekend…


In the mist of my pitiful social life and copious amount of school work, I did finish this book. It took way longer than it should have, though. But that wasn’t all my fault. Part of the reason was that I couldn’t stay interested in this book!

Unidentified is just another dystopian novel that I picked up at the discount section at Books-A-Million. With the plethora of dystopian novels out there, if the book isn’t a drop-dead knock-out mind-blowing story, then it is not worth reading! This genre gives a vast territory of uncharted land for authors to explore, but you cannot just tag behind another author and hope to find a corner they haven’t fully touched! This book wasn’t bad, it was just ordinary.

Ordinary books are boring books, let’s be honest. Creating a school that only exists not to teach, but to promote commercial items is an old concept. Making it into a “game” was a new one, yet it wasn’t as exciting as it could be. The story had set up for about 90% of it, then the problem was solved and wrapped up in a nice little bow during the final 10%. I was sitting there wondering what else was going to happen when, *poof*, it ends.

The struggles of the characters weren’t exciting, I didn’t connect with the characters, and sometimes information just seemed to pop up out of nowhere. For instance, she’d add a random fact towards the end of the book that could have and should have been elaborated on, but instead was just a side note.

I don’t think this book was bad, but it was insipid to me. I need wildly interesting and different to keep me engaged right now, or I won’t want to fit in reading time in my schedule. After finishing this book, I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in two days. That was a book I wanted to fit in!! I’ll post that review one day this week, also.

I may have to start combining these reviews so I have time to write them… hmm… Maybe weekly updates or clumps of three? I’ll think about it…

2.5/5 Stars


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