I found this book, though dark, to be entertaining. Not great literature, but there's enough meat in the ideas to get me to think. The author did a great job of extending the worst of our current natures to their logical conclusion, and then placing his characters in a world of that making. Cautionary tale, indeed.
I enjoyed the book right up to the end, where the guy comes on and says "This is Audible. We hope you enjoyed..." At that point, I thought maybe I'd gotten a corrupted file, so I even re-downloaded and re-installed it on my iPod. Nope, that is the actual abrupt end of the book.
That makes me mad. It makes me feel like I'm being played for what I'll buy next that has this author's name on it. Never mind that I'm left hanging in the middle of several radically new developments. Never mind that I feel cheated by major plot threads left hanging. The only thing that matters is leaving me so up in the air that I have no choice but to buy the next in the series.
It doesn't have to be that way. I've read and enjoyed many other series, and have waited with anxious anticipation for the next book to come out. In fact I'm about to read Tana French's latest, and I've read the three leading up to it, and not in any particular order. Now that's a successful series. I didn't even know I was reading a series until Broken Harbor came out with the announcement that it's the fourth installment in a series.
Readers don't need to be manipulated to stay with a series. Give us a great book with a satisfying ending - even one that leaves us a little on the edge, and that also gives us closure on the stuff that matters. Just don't make it feel like you stopped in the middle of a sentence just to get us to the edge of the cliff.
Too bad. It had promise.
Those not seeking end of the world excitement
Sections of tediousness; I never felt a connection with the characters so when they weren't in danger of death I was bored. The ending was also one of the worst in recent memory.
Anger at the author
I think the author tried to hard to make a different kind of end of the world book. If you liked "the Road" you probably would not like this.
I really enjoyed the way this book developed. After a fairly slow start, the characters really developed and you find yourself rooting for them. At one point I didn't know if I felt sorry for the main character or whether I wanted to be him. If you like gory, zombiesque post-apocalyptic books, than this isn't the one for you. Yes, disease has killed off almost all humans. Yes, violence is present and bad people try to to what bad people do. But this book is more about an emotional journey of a handful of characters that you really grow to like.
This book was very slow and boring. It got mildly interesting when he met some new people. I really disliked the short choppy thoughts without pronouns which were used frequently. I thought the reader did a very good job with it though. He was the only reason I made it past the first few chapters.
Can't stop listening
So hard to describe a post-apocalyptic novel as beautiful, but it is. This is not my typical genre but the reviews made me curious enough to give it a try. The narration was perfect, and preferable to actually reading it. The economy of words came across brilliantly in the voice of Deakins. I have no interest in spoiling any part of this story, but be prepared to look at life a bit differently in the end.
I really enjoyed this book. It was assigned to me for a class but I would have read it regardless.
The majority of the Earth's population has been wiped out by a flu apademic and for those who remain life is brutal and unforgiving. Only the strongest survive and it is a case of kill or be killed.
The story tells how one man tries to cling on to his humanity in a society where any weakness can be fatal.
This is at times a stark and brutal story. The short staccato sentences conveys this very well.
Having said that, there are some very touching moments and the overall sentiment of the book as that regardless of how bad things are and irrespective of how unlikely it might be, humanity and its need for love and friendship will win through.
The prose exhibits both the harshness of Cormac McCarthy while at the same time using the sort of lyrical prose found in books by John Steinbeck such as Of Mice And Men.
At times the story can become a little maudlin and the introspection can drag on a bit. Also, the romance plot line near the end seems a bit over the top and sentimental for my tastes.
Still, a good read and reasonable narration.