Being a fan or science fiction and fantasy books, I decided to give this a shot after reading the reviews. Overall I enjoyed it. However, if you're a fan of Harry Potter, you might be annoyed (I was) because this book has obvious similarities. Without spoilers, there are themes, plot points, and vocab that are taken directly from the HP series. After you get past that though, it's a nice listen and I will continue listening to this series.
The author strikes me as being the type of writer that doesn't use a formal outline. I say this because there's a natural breaking point where the book should've ended and a new one begun, but it doesn't. It just keeps going and going and going. Toward the end the main character becomes fatigued with his personal story, and I found myself in complete agreement.
The story meanders all over the place in a remarkable setting where very little remarkable happens. The main character is a boring whiney drama queen that ends up doing nothing heroic. I know that having a main character that's actually heroic is a bit of a trope, but without it you end up with a character that's difficult to root for. Here's hoping that he'll actually end up doing something interesting in the next book. I never thought that I was an optimist, but I guess I must be.
The setting is far more interesting than the characters, and therefore the story doesn't quite live up to its potential. I gave this book 3 stars because it's an unremarkable score for an unremarkable story.
well told. well written.
stay away from sharp objects while listening as you'll be liable to slit your wrists by the second act.
Jesus but it's hard to sympathize with miserable young people with access to the powers and secrets of the universe.
The book was endlessly entertaining... has a childlike fantasy to it in a crude and very adult themed book. I loved it! Very unique and interestingly written, would recommend to any adult looking for a new and creative story.
This one was new for me. I started reading it with a little previous knowledge about the storyline.
The protagonist is young, naive, selfish, and whiny. It is most definitely a coming of age story. At times I found myself ridiculously irratated with him.
That being said, the overall story is interesting, sad, clever, and unexpected. The characters are very real and raw. At times you love to hate them, at others you hate to love them.
Having some background knowledge of the Narnia series will help you follow along.
I hear this book is the hardest to get through, starting book 2 now.
I was hoping it would be like the show I watched on Netflix. It's not
This story is the elongated, depressing, slowest, worst thing I have ever read.
I would not recommend it to anyone.
I loved this book, as well as the narrator. The book is different than the TV series and, as is often the case, better.
Can't wait to start the next in the series.