I took a chance on this book, because it was on sale, and for the sale price I'm very satisfied! The performances were great, though a bit confusing at the end when the two performances meet. I assumed that a bit of post-production would be in order, but no.
This was my first taste of Cherie Priest, and while I loved her characters and dialogue - I felt the plot was not filled to its potential. The "journey" was too redundant and when a pivotal point occurred I wasn't aware of it until after it passed. It seemed a bit young adult and anti-climatic.
I thought the ending was well done - as contradictory as that may sound considering I just claimed it was anti-climatic. I supposed, given the direction the plot HAD been going, I was expecting a poor ending. But it was satisfying!
I loved the stories told - by all the characters - it was what intrigued me in the story initially. The passionate descriptions and fervor of the character's expression were very powerful.I didn't like the arrogant story telling. Too often the author says, "you can never understand" - or something to that effect - and really that is a fault for the author and not the reader. If you're unable to express something to me, without "telling" me, then you need to go back to the drawing board. Also, the author would often say, "Only an idiot would do xyz" in some kind of explanation as to why his character would be so knowledgeable ALL THE TIME. After reading the whole book I felt that the main character really GAINED no new knowledge, he already knew everything according to the author.
No, particularly after partially reading the second of the three books. The story is very stagnant - most of the time - and it seems to be there just for the author to postulate how intelligent and well-rounded he is via the character.
He's a very passionate reader and great with accents, I never thought to myself, "Who am I listening to now?" I loved his accents the most.
Yes, because I'm sure all the needless fluff and side stories (minus the great "stories" told) would be eliminated and we'd get the heart of the matter in less than 30 some hours.
The most frustrating thing about this book is that I desperately want to know what happens, I just don't want to read it from this author any longer :( Also, it should be noted that I don't care for overly long fantasy novels, such as Lord of the Rings (though I love the story), or Game of Thrones. I enjoy fantasy novels that give me an impression of otherworldly without boring the sh*t out of me. Like Earthsea :D
Yes, because the narrator did an excellent job providing accents for all the characters which made it much more enriching.
Yes, because its a great Steampunk novel and quick & easy - No, because its a series and not everyone wants to commit to multiple books in order to start & complete a story.
No, the jumping between lead characters made it easy (in a good way) to stop at appropriate moments and still cause a good amount of tension and suspense to build.
The author choose to use the word "barking" for a filler in almost every sentence spoken by Deryn - which became very repetitive and annoying. Its almost as if he were using it in place of a expletive, which was even more irritating since it felt half-assed. It is a young adult novel though, so I prefer "barking" over something more vulgar.
It kept me going, when I think I would have put down the book long before I finished. Not because it's not good! Simply because of the length and the less-than-happy route the story takes. You can only endure so much struggle before you're emotionally wiped out.
Yes, at parts - because you wanted to see how the characters would react to such extreme conditions and situations. Not always though.
I liked his tone and pitch, but disliked his pace. It seemed like the story was being told by an old man thinking back on an event and not feeling much about that event, not happy or sad. A general lack of passion, I would characterize it.
Yes, the story of Amy was very sad to me - I'm a mom with a young girl and it seems unthinkable what they both had to go through.
About halfway through the book, I felt like I was reading an entirely different book. I almost wish the author would have split the book in half - it would have been easier to read and made more sense in regards to tone.
Yes, because I would like to re-experience the main character's transformation again and pick up more.
When the main character is nearly killed by a bunch of bullies - one of whom pretended to be her friend. I thought the conflict was reasonable, and yet not too graphic for the age group of this novel.
Great pace with a lot of passion, even when the character is first emerging out of her shell.
Neither, not uncommon though.
The creation of a society based on human traits was very rewarding, in that it had a lot of chance of introspective but also a lot of room for good and bad. It was much better fodder for a dystopian novel than the classic post-apocalyptic event.
The ending! It had me on the edge of my seat and thankfully began to answer more questions than simply ask more. It made me excited for the third book - more so than with the ending of the first book.
It seemed to fit right in with the other novel in the series - I don't believe that Veronica Roth has any other novels besides this series.
There is a point where Tris (main female character) is drugged to be more "peaceful" and her reaction and Emma Galvin's performance is unforgettable. I was laughing the whole time, which I don't think I would have done if I were only reading it.
Not cry, I felt the author kept the violence contained enough for that. I laughed a few times - as stated above about my favorite scene.
I did not enjoy the predictable vulnerability of Tris' character in the aftermath of the last novel. I also did not enjoy the constant fighting that Tris did with both herself and Tobias. Hoping we'll be past all that in the next novel.
Yes - especially to someone who finds books hard to get through. Fast paced story that doesn't linger overly long and get boring.
Love the narrator's accents, I've never spent much time with people from the East Coast so the accents were a great way to pull me into the location.
Laughed often at the quirky character observations, and the way the narrator voiced the teenagers.
Felt some of the artistic descriptions were a bit cliche at times, but not enough to bring down my rating. You can only describe art and it's form in so many ways.
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