The basic idea behind the story is interesting, however I found this book SO SLOW. The whole book could have been condensed into 1/2 or 1/3 of what it was to get to some action or intrigue .
I also have a hard time caring about either love interest, and as for the main love interest I'm at a loss as to why the protagonist cares about him. In this book the characters are flat and one dimensional.
It's not horrible, just average and not your typical dystopian novel with a faster paced plot.
My biggest issue with this book was the music playing in strange places. Out of nowhere there was music that didn't seem to really fit. It would start in the middle of a chapter and finish right before the end. And it was very inconsistent. It might have only been in a handful of chapters. Very odd and distracting.
The good news is that this could easily be turned into a movie. The bad news is that it could be easily done because it moves slowly and not much happens in this book. There was no real conflict, climax or crucial decision. I had to double check to make sure it wasn't just a part 1 of the download. It really feels like the author took a story and broke it into 3 sections. However, I like the story so far and I'm curious enough to read the next book, but I have my fingers crossed for more excitement.
I really liked the story, I only rated it a four because I felt it was a little slow at some points. However, it did pick up toward the end and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
I loved the book, loved the reader, but hates that there was music. I don't want music to make me feel a certain way when the whole point of reading is to pick up the authors story. Good writing doesn't need enhancement.
The story was fairly boring. Reminded me of The Giver-of which I am also not a fan.
At one point in time during the narration I could hear a phone vibrate. I was very confused as I was the only one in the house at the time and when I paused the story and then backed it up to re-listen, I realized that the vibrating phone was actually in the recording of the book. I also wasn't a fan of the music that was played in odd areas of the narration. Overall, with the odd narration and boring plot line I plan to do something that I almost NEVER do- I'm not going to bother to purchase the rest of the books in order to finish the series.
A good cautionary tale for our times about the dark side of a comfort zone. Also it is a story about waking out of childhood to find dis-illusionment in the Reality our adults have settled into. And finally it is about the driving power of love.
I have listened this many times. I think about it in real life often. Some things would be so simple with a world like this one. We live in such a free world. This book makes you appreciate the little things in life more.