Dunno why I bought this book, maybe to find out about the loose ends left from the first one, instead all I get is 11 hours of teenage drama, if you're into that stuff go ahead and read I'm not stopping you but if you're a sci-fi fan looking for a good sci-fi read you should probably go look elsewhere.
This is an auto-biography with just a little bit of math sprinkled in, this is not for people who like mathematics and want interesting topics to think about during their day.
This book does not show you the beauty of math, it's entirety is dedicated to showing you how much Edward loves math, how much Edward thinks math is beautiful, and all the amazing things about math that we will not be exposed to because we're not Edward.
The small bits that are about math are explained in analogies so dumbed down that neither casual people nor experienced mathematicians could gain anything from them..
I just feel a bit cheated, I learned nothing new from this book and it did nothing to change my view of mathematics, the Langlands Program sounds like an awesome topic that I would absolutely love to see put in an audiobook, alas this book does nothing except mention that such a thing exists and you can go and read more about it yourself.
Please bare with it, this book starts off veeeeery slow and takes a while to pick up the pace, but just give it a chance, it'll be worth it.
I understand why people who quit in the middle of this book find it so disappointing, the entire first half of it is back-stories and details about characters that have not yet been properly introduced, I didn't pay much attention in the first part and so missed out on a lot of that information.
The one thing that kept me going was "this is what Karpyshyn left Star Wars and Mass Effect for, it has to be worth it" I was almost 75% into the book and still forcing myself to bare with it just a bit more.
But then at the end it finally started picking up the pace and I finally started to enjoy it and follow along with all the details, I wouldn't say it's better than Karpyshyn's other sci-fi books but it is still quite enjoyable.
And despite Karpyshyn's attempt to move far away from his other works to create a brand new saga, this book has the Star Wars feel all over it, it even has friggen' Jedi's in it, well they're not called Jedi's but they still are Jedi's and since Jedi's are awesome, this book is awesome.
I don't usually read book a second time but I think I will make an exception for this one, not because I liked it so much but because you'll miss out on more than half of it if you only read it once.
And I am definitely reading the second book as soon as it comes out, I think it will have no problems with pace as all the ground work has been set up in this one and so the second should have no problem being just nonstop action...
I started playing the game before reading this book, and finished them both together, there are almost no spoilers shared between the video game and the book, on the contrary, they compliment each other better than any other book+movie or book+video-game I have seen so far.
I recommend you do them both together, don't start one after you finish the other, trust me it will make the experiences on both mediums much more amazing than any one would have been on its own..
I myself play a lot of games but if you don't, I think you might even enjoy it more, you can find the game cheap on online digital stores.
(Without giving away any serious spoilers)
The book started off really great, the mystery of the opening hooks you in and makes you want to delve deeper to find out what the hell it's all about, but when you do, it turns out to be nothing but a boring cliche that you've already seen a dozen times in other books/movies & video games.
The book ends on a cliffhanger, but the plot is so boring I don't care enough to read the second book.
I should have looked at the category this book was in before getting it.
In any case though, I thought it would be a bit fun because it would have references for programmers to enjoy, it didn't, it's like the author went to a programmer friend and asked for a list of words related to computers and then just scattered them around here and there in the book.
Ironically I was reading this book when I was already working at Google, I didn't read it to prepare for interviews or anything, I was just interested in the puzzles, and this book didn't disappoint...
Aside from the puzzles the stories about the IT industry hiring processes were very interesting as well...
So if you wanna read this book because you're trying to get hired somewhere, I can't say how much it will help, but if you're reading it for fun and brain teasers, I highly recommend it...
If you've read any other Star Wars audiobooks then you're familiar with the awesome quality that comes with them, this one is no exception, an awesome performance by Daniel Davis as always, and the story itself is very satisfying...
I'm surprised no one reviewed this yet, I've had this book on my wishlist for a few months (dunno how it got there in the first place) and 2 weeks ago I decided why not and I'm glad I did...
I bought this book after I just finished "Insurgent", the second book of "Divergent", and I must say I liked Fever Crumb alot more than both those books and even Hunger Games, what I like most about it is the no cheesy love scenes and emotional complications that spam half of the book, I grew very fond of Fever and can't wait to read more of her in the second book "A Web of Air" and the yet to be released third.
If you liked young adult books like Maze Runner and Hunger Games, you'll likely enjoy this book too, Reeve has done an awesome job in both writing and narrating this book.
If you enjoyed "Star Wars The Old Republic Fatal Alliance" you'll enjoy Deceived just as much, it's a different author, but the same awesome style, excellent narration and epic plot...
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