Not a writing style I enjoy, The plot is actually more interesting if you read the Wikipedia article describing it first. The beginning of the story plods along and listening to the performance is tedious and exhausting. Don't feel bad about starting then abandoning the story. There are better ways to spend a day. I wouldn't recommend this book or the Audible recording.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
to dystopia literature. Slow and patient to reveal the dark secrets and full of engaging characters in a vivid other world, this novel will keep you engaged from first to last.
Don't torture yourself with this one.
I loved the slow, eerie pace of the novel. I enjoyed the process of speculation that the story engenders, but much like a typical indie movie, this novel leaves you with little closure and too many questions.
Great narrator. I felt so anxious throughout the story because i knew there was a back story that needed to be revealed. Unfortunately i was hoping for a different ending.
Ravenclaw. I like books that break my heart.
My friend recommended this to me with the promise that it would make me cry. It didn't, so that was disappointing. The story is solid, but slow. It's conclusion is more of a slow unraveling of layers instead of a real climax. Overall it was a good story, but it didn't break my heart.
I listened to this whole story and it was painful to get through. At the end you got the point and at moments the minutia of life as a teenager (granted a teenager in an alternate universe with no parents) was pretty but man this was pretty boring and annoying at times. Here is the point of the book (spoiler alert). We all die so what is life worth. I'm sure I'm simplifying but by the time I got to the end I was so relieved that it was done that I needed a simple way to sum it up. The performance had nothing to do with my rating!
I am a mystery reader, old and new, and I enjoy more classic, cerebral books. This was definitely a creepy, slow building revelation of a horror that could exist in our society, and I loved it.
The realization of what the children's lives were for.
I liked any time that Miss Lucy eluded to reality, warning the kids that they weren't aware of the truth. Then when Miss Emily discloses it all in the end, it really made you think.
Great slow burn to the brain when told a story of a possible way humans could solve health and mortality issues, if only we were to suspend our definition of what human means. Test tube or organ bag or person? Where is the soul in our bodies anyway?
This story, so simple on the surface, has such depth. It unravels slowly, playing on the difference between the narrator's experience and our own, to arrive at its inevitable conclusion. A work of great yet understated beauty.