The story was written from two perspectives and this is what allowed the complexity of the characters and their relationship to be revealed. It's a great plot, too.
They bring the characters to life.
I couldn't stop listening until I had finished it. I don't want to be a spoiler, but the ending really let me down ...
I figured out part-way that this novel is probably targeted to teenagers. If you're older, please don't let that put you off. It's full of beautiful insights, smart humour & philosophy, and wonderful characters. Be prepared to cry, and if this is not your world, to learn. I am so pleased to have stumbled across this book. I'm impressed by John Green's ability to channel a teenage girl with a terminal illness. Kate Rudd is an excellent narrator, and Hazel is someone I want to know.
I really enjoyed this tale of two women's deep friendship which was forged within, and profoundly affected by, wartime events. Not only is this a great story, it is full of enlightenment about WWII. The narration is superb, the story is gripping. I highly recommend it either in print form, or as an audiobook. It might have taking a bit of getting into, but came through in the end as an exciting, and very moving tale.
The premise of this and others of John Scalzi's stories (that I have heard) is diplomacy among species in a future universe. He uses this with great creativity; I have never known of a diplomatic emergency being sparked by farting (but I could be wrong). Starting from this hilarious event, the novel moves it way through an action-packed story that alludes to a variety of real and literary figures, and culminates with a rather complex power play that shows Scalzi's amazing talent for story-telling. Wil Wheaton's narration is excellent, creating the right dead-pan delivery of the material.
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