I am into self exploration. I love complexity, intrigue and an ending that I may have to participate in. I do not need to be told of all little details. This book starts cohesively with proper train of thought and use of language. As it evolves the language is there but it is absent of cogent meaning. Might as well be "word salad". Disconnected ideas that are supposed to have some higher meaning. Simply tell me who or what brings Wilson/Quinn/Auster(or whatever the protagonist wants to be called) the food when he's in Stillman's apartment. Am I being too concrete. If the purpose of this book is to raise questions about "who knows what" then it has achieved its goal. If its purpose was to raise issues about, identity, language or metafiction as other reviewers suggest or possibly allow for introspection, I believe it did and does not. Maybe the ultimate goal of the book is to increase confusion and to collect dust in my library. Job well done.
Reasonable storyline, predictable outcome. Writing is decent but I'm not sure there's much depth or undertones. No idea why this is an award winner.
At the end of this book I found myself asking "When". This book is written in with the "paranoia" of all parents and the actual injustices "to" children simply because of their youth, in mind. The plot and theme are logical with several nuggets of "facts without associated relevance" thrown in to keep up the mystique. Sometimes these "facts" appeared to need immediate attention but were put off for later handling so as to create more anxiety. That was fine but did not correlate well with the high level of function of the main characters. Parental behavior was incompatible with the their displayed wisdom. The story does tug at one's emotions with an ending that is consuming. A statement at the end of the book, by the author, is a highlight but nevertheless I do not believe this to be a book on par with the Ender series.
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