on Feb. 8, 2013 :
I liked the pace of this book - it wasn't exactly action-packed and fast but it did not drag on forever and was never boring. There're no fluffs either, which is great because I hate fluffs. It's one of the few books that I did not feel the urge to skip to the end right away and trust me, I've been skipping a lot recently. Besides, the plot was awesome. This book has some serious world building going on in there that can fill a whole codex of its own. I hope Jayne will get about explaining more about the system in later books. It's just so fascinating! As of now, I'm just glad that she didn't choose to ditch one whole chunk of information in my face. I just got a ton piled gently on my lap for me to sort through.
I liked the characters, though at times I wished that I feel for them a little more. It's like I can relate to them yet I don't connect with them. I guess it's because I read the excerpt and fell in love with Tyre... Only to find out that he really wasn't the highlight of the story. A big wth in my face, especially since I really, really loved Tyre. I kept thinking he'll be back as some badass villain somewhere in the book. It's stupid, really, considering that this book had been on my want-to-read list since before it was published and I had read the blurb a thousand times. That said, there were some pretty touching moments when I really felt sad for the characters and some really hilarious ones too.
Things always get sensitive when dealing with angels, especially when it comes to religion - atheists will get offended if the concept about God was forced too strongly on them, those who are devoted to their religion will feel repulsed if anything overly sacrilegious was spilled. Uprising did a good job of dancing around the whole religious thing, making Chinese zodiac, horoscopes and not to mention various religions work in tandem. I mean, I guess religious fanatics will still have a word or two to say but for the majority of the population, it doesn't get to the point where it is offensive. If you need something to measure against, I found the movie Legion (2008) offensive, and I wasn't even brought up in a devoted family.
The whole the human soul can choose to be a girl/boy thing made me feel a little uncomfortable, so to speak, but it was really fun in a crazy manner. Disturbing but interesting.
Despite all the good stuff in this book, I can't deny that it has its weaknesses too. For instance, I got the feeling that the referencing to all the astronomy lacked deep, detailed research work and Jayne was trying to make do with brushing over the surface. There's really nothing wrong to it since it's not the main focus of the story but stronger referencing that can give readers some insight to astronomy would have been a major WOW factor.
There's also a few things that I didn't quite understand. Plots that didn't quite make sense. The whole "surrender" reasoning feels a little forced, to me, but I can live with it.
Overall, it's an awesome read and I would really recommend people to try it.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)