I never rate books, but I enjoyed this enough to think it worth it this time. Most enjoyable for me was the philosophical question of personhood tackled in a different way. As with most YA books, both books--Partials and Fragments--address personhood with the typical "coming of age" motif. The more intriguing addition to the mix are the questions of "what is human" and "what does it mean to be responsible with technology". Obviously these books are planned as a series and the ending was definitely designed to hook the reader for the next book, which it did for me. Bastard. An enjoyable read.
This is a horrible, bad listen. I finished it because I paid for it. I'm sitting in bumper to bumper traffic, which is going to make me late for work and possibly fired, and that is better than this book. The bulk of the book was composed of needless repetition dialogue, melodramatic, one-sided characters. I can only guess that the repetition was an attempt to build climatic tension, but it made the characters seem unenlightened and made me feel dumb. There was about 8 hours in the middle where two characters give talking head back story accounts meanwhile the main character asks things like, "then what did you do?"By the way, 40 minutes have gone by since I started this in stop and go traffic. I've traveled about two miles and STILL a better experience than this book.
Huh...maybe this will actually live up to the brand of a comparison such as "If you like Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson..."
It definitely has the epic feel and you can definitely see influences from those two giants of modern fantasy literature. But the main compelling plot and twists on notions of time and....well, maybe you should just read it
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