T5W: Most Misleading Synopses

It’s Wednesday which means its time for Top 5 Wednesday! If you don’t already know, T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey, but it now hosted by Sam from Thoughtsontomes. If you’d like to join the group, check it out on Goodreads here.

This week’s topic is the 5 most misleading synopses. These range anywhere from books that didn’t sound interesting from the synopsis, but the book ended up being great to book synopses that either described too much or too little about the book. Either way, these synopses were misleading in one way or another.

5. The Infinite Sea


How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

I think I’m too harsh on this book (I rated it 1 star on Goodreads…) but after the greatness of the first book, I was expecting way more in this sequel. I was let down, and the synopsis was soooo misleading. Nothing happened in this book AT ALL. I am not over-exaggerating here, I swear. In the synopsis it says that there’s an ultimate battle between life and death (that’s true, though it’s not as epic as Yancey makes it sound), hope and despair (okay there is a lot of despair in this book), love and hate (oh there’s hate alright, but that’s coming from me). The synopsis just makes it sound like the book is action-packed and emotionally scarring, but no… it’s flat and drags on to the point where I was forced to skim the pages, and I never EVER skim the pages.

4. The 100


No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

I have so many problems with this book, and I even won a rant review contest on it. This book is rant-worthy in every possible way. I was rolling my eyes throughout the entire book because this book is not what the synopsis says it is. The synopsis promises the reader an action-packed, high-stakes read where there is death and heroism every other page, but no, instead there are boring flashbacks that do absolutely NOTHING to help the story’s development and unnecessary love triangles that are mind-boggling at best. The three episodes of the TV series is 110% better than this book.

3. Red Queen


This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…

This synopsis isn’t bad, but the problem is that it gives away too much. You know those 2-3 minute movie trailers that give away the entire plot and plot twists? This was the book version of that. It takes way too dang long to read this synopsis and gives away almost every arch in the book that makes it even remotely interesting. I guess I can see why some of the key points such as Mare getting engaged to the prince and all that glittery junk, but mentioning the love triangle is a no-no, even though I expect one in basically every YA novel out there.

2. A Clash of Kings


Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead…victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky—a comet the color of blood and flame—six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard’s son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King’s Landing. Robert’s two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.

A Clash of Kings transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge, wizardry and wartime. It is a tale in which maidens cavort with madmen, brother plots against brother, and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside.

Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory may be measured in blood. And the spoils of victory may just go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel…and the coldest hearts. For when rulers clash, all of the land feels the tremors.

Audacious, inventive, brilliantly imagined, A Clash of Kings is a novel of dazzling beauty and boundless enchantment;a tale of pure excitement you will never forget.

Again, this synopsis isn’t bad, it’s just way too long. This is the second novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series, so it’s not like I need to read the synopsis (I usually don’t) but when it’s this long, I’m definitely not going to read it. I’m lazy when it comes to reading summaries of a book or even a movie. I’d rather just watch the trailer or read the first sentence of the summary instead (and I usually do). Plus, there are spoilers in the synopsis! I hate when books do that becomes oftentimes when I’m bored I like to read the synopses of upcoming books in a series just because I don’t expect spoilers to be there, but I’ve stopped doing that because I have ran into way too many spoilers that way.

1. The Witch Hunter


The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Your greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.

I don’t really have much of a problem with this synopsis – and I quite liked the novel to be honest – but  I do have a problem with the protagonist Elizabeth and how she’s described in this synopsis. She is not the Katniss Everdeen or Hermione Granger you would expect. Instead, she’s the Bella Swan and Tris Prior. She doesn’t think before she acts, and frankly, she’s annoying. She does not come across as a professional, kick-butt witch hunter like this blurb made her out to be. Instead she’s stupid, arrogant, and gets knocked down by her enemies way too easily.

Do you have a synopsis or two that you thought was misleading? Are there any books out there that ended up being the complete opposite of what the synopsis said it would be? If so, leave a comment linking to your Top 5 Wednesday post or leave your answers in the comments!


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