The Rules by Stacey Kade

11640957The Rules by Stacey Kade
416 pages
 Science Fiction
Aliens, high school, drama, romance
How I obtained the book
Netgalley, eARC


1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don’t get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don’t fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…

Oh… eurgh.

While looking through the numerous reviews for THE RULES, I came about a review calling this “THE HUNGER GAMES meets THE HOST”. I found this hard to believe since pretty much every book is marketed as THE HUNGER GAMES nowadays. But, hey, she had to have come from somewhere right?

Yeah… no. Not at all. I don’t think I’ll ever get how this is close to THE HUNGER GAMES, or THE HOST for that matter, unless they suddenly morphed into a teen drama sitcom contemporary with alien elements. Ok, so I get THE HOST (well, not really). THE HOST has aliens and THE RULES has aliens. But what about THE HUNGER GAMES?

Did THE RULES turn into a book about an arena where teenagers kill each other for food fun because they’re forced to? Yeah, must’ve missed that memo and obviously I didn’t read this book very well.

The real plot has absolutely nothing to do with THE HUNGER GAMES or THE HOST. It’s about a girl, whose DNA had been mixed with some alien DNA in a genetics lab, where she was created. She grew up in a very sheltered world (pun intended) and apparently took all our slang/phrases literally.

What I really hated about this book is that the summary gives the impression that the story is sort of like the Maximum Ride series. The beginning of the book was. Ariane’s guardian was sort of like the kids’ guardian in the first book.

Then, it stops being like that and starts to fall under the trap most of the books I read do. They turn into teen dramas, which is something I have very little interest in.

Maybe this teenage drama with a tiny hint of paranormal appeals to people, and at times it does to me. Yes, I know I’m contradicting myself but well done high school dramas with an awesome plot, characters and a hint of paranormal can be really good.

This book had neither a great plot nor an amazing cast of characters.

If there is one aspect of THE RULES that really stands out to me, it is Ariane and her lack of personality. She’s so infuriatingly bland, it’s crazy.

Ariane was so… BELLA. She doesn’t ever do anything, well other than fawn over the love interest, Zane Bradshaw who she can’t have because y’know Romeo and Juliet. Much of the book is her swooning over Zane and acting like a freaking idiot in front of him because that’s what girls do.

Why does every author think this? I don’t have much any experience with this but I’m pretty sure you don’t fall on people when you have a crush. Stuttering every damn word? Probably not every word. Blush like your face is on fire? Maybe but I just don’t see every girl doing that especially the “strong, brave” ones.

I don’t even know why I try anymore. It seems like I can’t find a well-rounded, badass heroine or hero anymore. It’s either a meh or an I’m going to kill you one.

Why does this happen to me? What did I do to deserve all these terrible heroines and heroes? I demand an answer!


Alright, rant over…

Zane was pretty forgettable. It took me all day just to remember his name. He’s that classic nice guy which basically means he’s sweet but has no real personality. His POV was mostly him fawning over Ariane, who he can’t have because apparently Ariane’s dad (guardian) works for a place that Zane’s dad hates.

No, I’m serious.

The plot is boring, very boring. I was not very attached to the story. It relied on the old plot ideas, some of which include evil mean girl who hates the main character, nice boy who everyone loves even though his BFF is evil girl, and loner girl with no friends.

Though the story wasn’t really bad, it just wasn’t either interesting or engaging. I didn’t connect with the story except for one moment which made me feel really bad for Ariane.

I wish that the whole “being half alien” thing was more prominent in the story. It was very much a side thing, something that wasn’t too important other than being a reason for Ariane to be a loner. I just thought it would be a bigger thing in the book. FALSE ADVERTISING.

Likes and Dislikes

– Plot
– Characters

In conclusion
I was really disappointed in this book. I’m the black sheep with this book though, so maybe you’ll like it but I can’t recommend it to you.

*The writing segment has been skipped since this review is a month late and I don’t remember :(


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