the story and characters where just good, but the way he ended it was awesome, and left me thinking about it for days after. I recommend reading the BOOK, not listening to the audio on this one, as the book comes with illustrations that are important to the story.
I have put off reading this book for some time because I was afraid to be disappointed. I didn't want my beautiful image of Sanderson's impeccable writing to be tarnished. Afraid that to create a young adult novel, Sanderson would have to "dumb down" his writing, I stuck with re-reading The Stormlight Archives and Mistborn series'.
I have never been so wrong.
A story about 2d chalk monsters, geometry, and high school kids should not be this "dusting" good! Sanderson brought all of my favorite features of his writing to this book. To name a few qualities: character development, plausible yet abnormal motivations, useful dialogue, ten million plot twist, no superfluous scenes, and a very well developed "magic" system that makes you really believe it could exist.
When it comes to books I would want every teen to read, this would be on my top 5 list, right next Lord of the Flies, The Count of Monte Cristo, Fahrenheit 451, and Strange New World.
My only regret would be waiting so long to read or not waiting till the sequel was out!
And of course I must compliment Kramer! He is a master at voices! Every character has their own special inflections, tones, accents, and dynamics. And he keeps every character's voices so consistent throughout the entire novel(and even entire series in some cases). He really helps bring the characters to life.
high school English teacher
A very unique universe and fascinating story. Really enjoyed listening to it and the narrator did a wonderful job and was pleasant to listen to. Can't wait to listen to a sequel!
I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.
I enjoyed this fictional futuristic play on U.S. town names. The entire concept was a little hard to comprehend in the beginning, but once I understood what the were doing, it became fun. Consider it a futuristic mystery that we hope never happens. Brandon Sanderson has some very unusual storylines. I've enjoyed all that I've read.
Sanderson does not disappoint in this novel that appears to be the start of a series. He definitely leaves the opening for further books and while the start is slow, it is engaging throughout.
Much has been said about how weird the "chalklings" are. I found them to be quite an interesting, new concept in magic, something that's hard to come by these days. Instead of using wands and casting spells, these people draw lines of power on the floor with chalk. The evil chalklings are only 2-dimensional, but can still consume you.
Otherwise, the story can be compared to many other kids-learning-magic stories. That's okay since it is a YA novel. There are several mysteries to be solved that have quite serious ramifications, and there are surprises in who is really bad and who is really good. This is a fine story, but not as wow-tastic as Steelheart.
One simplistic point is that the hero is known by,and friends with, nearly everyone, so he can pretty much go wherever, and do whatever he wants. The narration is very good. And there is an obvious sequel to come. Not fantastic, but decent entertainment.
I love the cosmere universe even more after reading this, and the only I wish for is more in this world! Great story and character development, with a nice, new touch to the worlds of magic arts.