Boneshaker is an interesting study in a good idea that just falls flat. Simply put the world is amazing, the idea is enchanting, and the supporting cast of characters are each a ray of imagination. But, and its a very large but, the main characters, mother and son protagonists, are flat, one dimensional, lacking any interesting dynamic qualities, and down right annoying. I cant even relate in any meaningful way to them, and time and again I just struggle to care. The son is a cliche of the annoying brat. And annoying he is. Maybe its the narration, maybe its the writing, but I cant remember a character that has got on my nerves so much.
The mother is slightly more dynamic, and only mostly a cliche of the abandon and abused single mother. She almost makes up for the other half of the book.
2 out of 5 stars for almost. If there was one word I could use for Boneshaker, its almost.
Faerie Wars is a solid book witch I enjoyed very much. The only odd thing is, for the first 15 minutes, I wasn't sure I was listening to the right book. Then for the next 15 minutes, I wasn't sure if I was still listening to the same book. I couldn't see how the two protagonists had anything to do with each other. But I gave it some time and really started to enjoy the story. The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is because I feel that the strange family drama really was a bit gratuitous and only made for a rocky start. It just never seem to fit well.
This is a great book to scare your self thin with. It delivers frightening statistics with a touch of humor that I find helps truth go down very well.
I was always worried that things were bad here in America, but after hearing this book I am sure. I have never been so upset, my indignation is boundless. As a direct result of this book I am trying to become very connected with the political system. I feel it’s time to bring accountability and transparency back to politics, and I can only say that because now it’s so painfully clear to me that government lacks these things.
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