If I only read a couple of books each month this would have been a disappointment. But, since I'm constantly either reading or listening to books -- and since I tend to read just about anything -- it wasn't all that bad. In general I thought the writing was good but it needed some serious pruning down. So much of the plot was repetitious and predictable. The foreshadowing leading up to the ending was more interesting than the conclusion itself and much was left unresolved. As far as vampire/zombie thrillers go, it was okay.
Don't get me wrong, l love a good long story, but this was ridiculous. Let me echo the book's most annoying theme with these simple words, 'Where was the editor? Where was the editor? Where was the editor?" Redundancy, repetition and recap seemed to be the reason for the exhaustive length. Was Justin Cronin paid by the word? Either Cronin ran out of things to say or the publisher felt he had earned the 'per word maximum payment' because that’s how the book ended; it just stopped. I wanted to like the characters but there was never enough to truly engage the reader into cheering them on. I just kept looking at my count down timer wondering just when this book would end. And then it did, the story just stopped. I kept alive the vain hope that things would finally tie together and there would be some sort of resolution to the various plots; there wasn’t. Perhaps with the strong hand of a good editor there could have been some promise here. I was hoping to discover a new author, but I'll just pass on Mr. Cronin. There are too many great books out there to waste you time with this one.
I was disappointed in this book. The middle part dragged on and there really wasn't a good resolution to the story. There were too many characters. I wish I hadn't gotten this book.
Most of the book predictable and unbelievable...how many time CAN you escape the virals after all... and then just kind of peters out. An OK summer read since all I really wanted was to be is transported into another time and place for a few hours a day, and it did do that. But it in the end, it is just a snapshot of time after an "event", without any resolution. The only way to redeem the book is to assume there is a sequel that describes what happens next and comes to some "end".. Perhaps a few hints of that...the "ghost" that kills the viral in the cabin (is it part of a future story?)....the idea that in the massacre "our" characters were not killed (just like they escaped like every time before). why only Leish is changed (what is the role of that). and why Amy destroys the vials (explained in one sentence) ....if/how she finds the rest of the virals...etc. Just kind of leaves us hanging there waiting for parts 10, 11, 12...etc. I had to check the library to make sure I had really come to the end of the book!
If you want a really incredible, stark, and poetically written post apocalyptic novel, read The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. it is magnificent.
. . . did not Edward Herrmann record the unabridged version of this book? The main narrator has an annoying vocal pattern that did not serve the story and in fact, worked against the style of this author's writing. The two women were great. I suspect this is a good book. Listening to it was torturous.
As others have pointed out, this book drags. Starts out as a decent concept, but then makes a 100 year jump and becomes a chore to get through. Some equate tedious to "epic", but I have listened to good epic (search Peter F. Hamilton), and this story pales in comparison. After getting through it, you will feel the author laughing at you in the epilogue.
I was a little hesiant to order this book but decided to take a chance. I loved it. The reader was great and very pleasent to listen to. I think I had the idea it was more about vampires, but it wasn't. The story was very interesting and I have since heard there will be 2 more books. Very happy about that.
The first couple of hours was good, it was full of action, and the premise was interesting. Then, that story went away and another took over. What great potential Amy had after her first introduction! And then....nothing. The thing that bugs me the most about this book is how all the action in the "second story" takes place in everybody's heads. We don't get to experience the action, but get it second and third hand within people's heads with all kinds of modifers and qualifers. Suspense? Ha!
I agree with everyone review that gave it 1 star, if there was zero star I would give that, it is totally idiotic and non-captivating, I finally gave up and went to the last 20 minutes of the story, then immediately erased it from my device and computer.
As I was listening I was mentally composing a review. It was good, but not great. I would rate it a 4. It has some great moments; the narration was excellent, but it was very drawn out. Then I got to the ending. That spoiled it.