I have not seen the movie and I bought this book on impulse. I really had no expectations for what I was about to listen to, but from the opening paragraphs I was hooked. I believe it is the way the story is crafted more than the story line itself that is so remarkable. Quick uses a 1st person voice and writes in simple sentences. However, simple certainly doesn't mean unsophisticated or childish. Indeed it was subtle and elegant. He paces the story and reveals the details Pat's history perfectly. Much of the book I felt as if I were on beam and the story could tumble out of control either into darkness or the other way, into the some kind of sappy feel-good non-sense. But Quick maintains that tension beautifully through out.
I will say that I was surprised by this book and found it to be the most compelling book I've read or listened to this year. Well done Matthew Quick!
Without giving away too much of the story, Divergent is a story about a remarkable girl, who doesn’t really fit in to the family and environment where she is raised. Then comes the test that will offer her a new life. Of course this takes place in a dystopia where everything is not as it seems. Some of her fellow classmate become her enemies, and people you’d expect to be her enemies become her friends and allies. Adventure ensues, until the end which sets you up for more books.
It feels like the author is reaching desperately for Harry Potter, Enders Game, or the Hunger Games but falls short. There are moments in the book where I did get carried away with the story, but unfortunately they are not frequent or enduring enough to sustain the grandness that the author strives for. She has only a few sentences that hint a larger, darker and more troubling story to be told, but I don’t feel she gets to it. Perhaps she is leaving for the next books, but I won’t ever know because I don’t plan on reading them.
I will say the book is entertaining and I didn’t have to struggle to finish it, but I wasn’t finding excuses to drive a little further or run an extra mile just to find out what is next.
I, like many readers, have been checking back monthly to see when Audible would finally offer Path of Daggers. For me the wait was over a year. Now that they have, I’m a little disappointed. For those who have listened to all or at least a few of the previous Wheel of Time books read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, this performance is consistent with the previous books.
By book 8 of the Wheel of Time Series, I’m sold on the story and undoubtedly I will press on through the remaining books. However, I feel that Path of Daggers has been Jordan’s weakest effort so far. That is not to say it was bad or poorly written, he just failed to move the plot along at all. The bottom line is, everyone has been scattered so far from one another and with such different agendas (granted this is part of what I like about the series) that it feels like Jordan just pops in to say Hi to each character, check to see how their day is going, remind us that Rand is losing his mind, and then is gone. There were a couple of moments when Jordan had some real potential to get things going, but just left those plot threads dangling, like he has a tendency to do.
The bottom line is, I’m glad that Audible finally got it so that I can move on to Book 9. If you are a Wheel of Time fan, expect to like it, not love it.
I loved this book. The main character, Smithy, has an awkwardness about him that oscillates from obliviousness to profound insight. It is his deep love for his sister and the understated hopeful nature of his quest that made me root for this guy. I believe the author's narration truly enhances the character of Smithy. I found this book to be compelling, not unlike "On The Road." "The Memory of Running" made me restless, like I had a rock in my shoe, until I completed it. I think want to take my bike for a ride.
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