I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it
Do you remember the cartoon show "Home Movies" that aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim? That's exactly how the kids and wife sound in this audio book. If you have no experience with Home Movies, the characters sometimes speak in clipped, spastic phrases which is hilarious in a cartoon...not so funny in a serious apocalyptic novel. I tried to get past the narrator, concentrating more on the story. That was before I realized there wasn't much of a story to concentrate on. The action sequences are far and in-between leaving the reader with hum-drum sequences. The neurotic wife's incessant nagging. The spastic kid's insufferable whining. Four hours in, I just wanted their Land Rover to blow up...end of story.
In a lot of ways, this book feels like the practice run for the Wayward Pines trilogy. There are some parallel situations (namely the part where the husband and wife begin the story nearly estranged because of *fill in the blank*). At times, I found myself genuinely interested, but then the narrator would go all spastic and the story would fall flat.
This is definitely not the worst book I've ever read, but I could not recommend this book, in good conscious.
I like sci-fy and fantasy. My favorite books are Karen Miller's Kingmaker Kingbreaker series and Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles.
This book starts out with a bang and just keeps going along at a pretty rapid pace. Something affects people and the next thing you know they start killing each other for no apparent reason. The book follows Jack and his family who are trying to get to safety throughout the book. No one seems to know why the killing is going on but later on in the book we find out. I say the book isn't for everyone because of the violence in it which some people might be disturbed by. Jack and his family are traveling from New Mexico, heading north toward Canada in hopes of finding safety. Along the way they run into many obstacles and hardships which they must overcome. The book is about survival and being on your own in a mostly unfriendly world that is trying to kill you. The narrator did a good job. I noticed in many reviews people didn't like the female voices he used but I didn't have any trouble with them.
Loved it but it bugged me the whole time that the narrators voice reminded me of Bob from Bobs Burgers.
This book was a great read (listen, since I listened on audiobooks) and kept my interest throughout. It's a mix between Cormac McCarthys The Road (which I loved), and The Walking Dead -think Terminus.
I enjoyed it but there were a lot of holes in the plot and some places where I had to suspend my disbelief - a lot. But, overall, enjoyable.
I liked this book, didn't love it. The premise is good but how much can one family go through. If you like a lot of hatred based killing then this book is for you. By the end I was glad it was over.
What would happen if one day half of the population decided to become homicidal maniacs? Where would you go? How would you survive? This is the question Blake Crouch asks in Run. The action starts only a few pages in and doesn't stop until the very end.
I will say the mother and son characters both became increasingly annoying as the story went on, all they did was whine and cause Jack more stress...I was secretly starting to hope they might get killed off...I won't spoil your fun of finding out if they do or not!
Blake Crouch almost lost me with Abandon, but he won me back here.
I appreciate the fact that the author kept the family intact, the father was separated but came back into there lives again at just the right time to give us hope & a good ending. I lose interest in a story when I connect with a character and then they die or are left out of the story in some aspect.
The intensity of the action , the sincerity of the emotions conveyed really gave,' RUN' the realism needed to captivated the reader.
. It plays on my fear/fantasy of end of word scenario & made the book memorable. If perfection Is in the details then the author hit the mark!