Michael Hassan

REVIEW: Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan

FullSizeRender (93)On 21 April 2008 Steven “Crash” Crashinsky saved over a thousand people when he stopped his classmate David “Burn” Burnett from taking their high school hostage with a range of assault weapons and explosives. Crash gained nationwide fame, television interviews and now the book deal where he’ll finally reveal what Burn whispered to him that day and show how the two of their lives have been linked since grade school.

This was a relatively long book at just over 500 pages and while the premise was intriguing I kind of had to force myself to get through it. The set up was good, I thought Crash had a very realistic teenage voice and attitude, but as the story kept jumping from Crash and Burn’s childhood and the slow lead up to Burn taking the school hostage to the present day as Crash is dealing with his fame, his friends and family I just found myself not particularly interested.

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WWW Wednesday – 8 July 2015

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s a simple meme where you just have to answer three questions:
– What are you currently reading?
– What did you recently finish reading?
– What do you think you’ll read next?

I think it’s a great way to share my recent reads as my reviews are always way behind what I’m actually reading.

So here’s my answers!

What am I currently reading?FullSizeRender (93)
Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan
I’m not sure what I think about this book at the moment. Crash is telling the story leading up to when Burn takes their school hostage and how Crash stopped him and saved the school. There’s certainly a gallows humour in it which is weird for a book about a school shooting and I am intrigued about both Crash and Burn but at the same time the characters aren’t that likable. I’m half way through it now so I kinda feel like if I give up on it now I’ll have wasted so much time on it – I guess I’ll keep powering on.

What did I recently finish reading?FullSizeRender (92)
X-Men: Days of Future Past by Chris Claremont and John Byrne
While the actual Days of Future Past storyline was only across two action packed and fast paced issues, the rest of the collection had the lead up to that event so you knew more about the characters and the stakes that they’d be facing. I’m glad I’ve now read this iconic comic.

What do I think I’ll read next?FullSizeRender (94)
Techbitch by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
I saw this book in WHSmith and had to pick it up. Mainly because the similarity between the front cover and the Fifty Shades of Grey movie poster made me smile and I hope that’s been done deliberately. It’s all about how social media and the internet is changing the magazine industry and as someone who works in PR I’ve seen those changes and how some embrace them and some resists them so I’m interested to see what the main character in this does to survive the changes.