I had high hopes for this story. Unfortunately that's as far as it got. I found the writing to be sophomoric and overall a story that stayed at the surface. I never became involved with any of the characters or knew enough about them to care very much what happened to them. I was left wondering what the authors purpose was when he wrote this. It wasn't funny enough to be humorous or introspective enough to make you think about anything deep. Not awful but I'd never recommend it to a friend or relisten to it.
After enjoying Delerium so much I was somewhat less enamored with the follow-up. Honestly I can't say why and would still buy the next in the series and recommend both to anyone who enjoys a distopian society tale for young adults.
I listened to this as a book club selection and we had an interesting discussion on how parents view their children. It raises interesting questions about how well we know our own children and do we give them our blind approval, trust and support just because they are our children.
A slightly surprising ending. I enjoyed the book although far less than the similar storyline in We Need to Talk About Kevin. If I were to only choose one to read it would be Kevin merely because of the depth of emotion in the characters seemed bland in Jacob comparatively.
I enjoyed this book but am slightly mystified as to other's reviews that say it is the best listen all year. It was good, entertaining, the narrators did an excellent job but it didn't grab me with a wonderful ending or an interesting twist. It just slowly, methodically moved toward the solving of a mystery. That being said, I wouldn't say I ever really knew how it would all turn out.
Having different narrators in this instance was a plus because the story switches back and forth between time periods and points of view.
If it's your last credit or you like a book with action to keep you on the edge of your seat, choose something else.
More unusual characters than some of Connelley's novels. I love the Harry Bosch series but this was an enjoyable listen. Plenty of twists as the plot unfolds and you find out the back story on each of the main characters. A likable heroine despite the fact that she is a theif.
Not the great American classic novel but an entertaining sequel nonetheless
I did enjoy that the author switched points of view in this novel and did a good job doing so.
A classic story with a fantastic narrator. His voices felt true to the characters and kept me listening. The story itself is a heart wrenching tale at times. I did not find much enjoyment in Steinbeck's The Pearl but this story completely sold me on the merits of this author
While a young adult novel, it certainly has plenty of questions to ponder for adults. I think the author did a wonderful job capturing the angst and emotionality of first love as did the narrator. I considered using it for a book club choice because I thought the discussions would have been quite interesting.
Other reviewers felt it may be too similar to other current popular YA fiction. I think good vs evil, adult vs teen, rebellion, governmental control, etc have always been themes seen in novels and the author does a great job of putting those to use in unique ways.
I wouldnt hesitate to listen to another of her books regardless of subject.
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