Claire Danes brings the characters to life. I have read the book, but found it a bit tedious as the plot is not straightforward. I enjoyed it more and understood it better as an audible book. It is a strange and quirky plot almost misogynist, but somehow believable fiction.
Any of the Moira scenes, especially her escape from the "Aunts"
"Don't wast your money, listen to the Claire Danes version on Audible"
I highly recommend this for people who like intelligent fiction.
Beautifully written. Imaginative. Epic. I am starting over at the beginning of NOTW. I am buying the paperbacks too. I am not going to write a synopsis, synopses are available on the Many Many web tributes to this series. Absolutely excellent character development, plot & narrator. If you don't like this series then something is wrong with you.
The beginning, boot camp chapters are really uneventful...They read like this:."I got up, brushed my teeth, ate breakfast, ran three miles, got yelled at, went to bed" Probably necessary for character and story development, but I was going to return the book because it was boring. But, once he gets out of training, it is a good story with interesting characters. Very imaginative and well written. Loved the aliens! Very clever. I will read the next one! I gave the story 3 stars because of the beginning chapters.
This is a story about a young girl, "Rosie" who attends a private boarding school for the arts. As a fun twist, the students are filmed and their time at the school is a popular 'reality' show. Apparently, there will be "winners" at the end of their tenure at school.
The students are given sleeping pills at night to make sure that they get enough sleep to fuel their creativity. She decides not to take her pill and discovers some disturbing activities going on in the night. The rest of the book is about her journey to find out what is happening.
I love this genre. This book has so much promise and the prose is beautifully written: BUT, it is told in first person, from Rosie's perspective. She supposedly came from an lower socioeconomic class, her parents home is a "boxcar". Her Mom and Dad are un-educated and hold dead end jobs. Her Step Dad hits her when he is frustrated. Rosie's vocabulary was way out of context with that background. She uses terms like "we worked together companionably' " Where did Boxcar Girl get that high dollar vocabulary? I don't buy it. Then when she addresses her Mom she slips into blue collar mode calling her "Ma".
Her "art" is filmmaking at which she seems to have no talent whatsoever. Compared to the other students, I don't buy her getting into this program, especially as a scholarship student. Boxcar Girl should stand out from the other Forge students in vocab, dress, culture etc. But she seems to fit in fine. She says that this opportunity is her best chance for her future. She wants to stay with the program, but she can't stay in bed at night. If it is so creepy then leave. Or at least have the consideration to clue your friends in as they may be in danger.
As the story progresses, she makes choices that put her in danger, eventually she does not have a lick of sense.
The end was tied together sloppily. Are they going to kick her out or not? Why have the meeting with the Board of Trustees if the Dean wants her to stay. Is it a sham? Is it real? What about the voice in her head? What is up with that. Make us believe it, give us more details. I wanted something richer, something more.
At last, I did get a hint of what I was looking for in the last few lines. If you are still listening at that point the "twist" at the very end was awesome. I wish the rest of the book was that gripping. Maybe I am to old for YA.
Surpassed my expectations. First book I have read by this author . I have read a lot of fiction, a lot in this genre. You will know where the story is headed, but how he gets to the denouement is entirely unique. Characters are very unique. Surprises ahead! Not predictable or formulaic. In some ways reminds me of a Sam Spade Mystery because it is told in first person. It is not a mystery per se Yes I will read the sequel!
I think the narrator was a little grating. He is obviously talented, just my ears...
Thank you Mr. Sanderson!
Entertaining. Very imaginative. Kudos to Mr. Yancy for creating a light read that had a surprising plot line. People who read a lot often know where a plot is headed...not so this time! In the Cassie Evan storyline I had to suspend a lot of disbelief. But this is fiction so that is ok. No monsters, no zombies. Thanks for that. I actually have listened to this twice and liked it better the second time around!
Wow! Such a good book. My 12 year old and I loved this book. (In general not appropriate for 12 year olds due to language, but he is my third child and knows that if he uses those bad words There Will Be Consequences...except for "Ass-Hat", Ass-Hat is epic). I was the same age as the protagonist in the eighties, the references and memories were awesome. I found myself laughing out loud at times at the story and at myself. I loved the characters and found myself emotionally invested throughout the story. I cared about them, they were very well developed. This was a book that, given the outcome, you could read multiple times and revel in the new perspectives. I like sci fi and dystopian fiction. This was a lighter read a refreshing break from blood, zombies and vampires. If you are a gamer - young or old you will love this book. Very very well researched from Pac Man to Monty Python to the ubiquitous John Hughes films we watched. Kudos to you Mr. Cline, we are avid readers and we loved this one!
After discussion, we decided that "H" was our favorite. I wish I had a best friend like H. Loyal and quirky - the banter between the 2 was priceless. H stayed true to character throughout.
Wil Wheaton is my son's favorite narrator. He brings the characters to life without annoying inflections like squeaking out the female dialog. I could listen to him all day. Smoooth like butter.
So my son just made gargling sounds in his throat. That is what he would say it since it can't be properly spelled or pronounced. It would have to be a recorded tagline.....
I love Michael Crichton, have read his books and enjoyed his imagination very much! Highly recommend him. Frances Cassidy is not my taste.
I find her voice grating and annoying.
All of them just give me a box of rocks, (which would be more interesting than this book).
I am a Crichton fan. This is not even a story. I didn't even finish it because I don't care what happens in the end. No depth to the book at all. Very disappointed!
This book was very disappointing from the beginning. Too many ridiculous tangents that caused a lack of depth in the story-line. Very difficult to get into. There were some great ideas but they were not put together well at all. The plot skimmed the surface of so many details and side stories that it was impossible to process all of these shallow tangents. It was like an out of control train wreck that was headed towards a very disturbing conclusion. Characters were introduced but not developed. Areas were introduced but not developed. The relationship between the newly introduced characters and locations were not adequately developed. Too many loose ends. It was disjointed and confusing. It is difficult to be specific without ruining the story for those who have not read it. My 11 year old child had a better Book #3 in this Series. He called it "Convergent" and it brought the story to a conclusion. I loved Book #1 and #2 but this one did not measure up.
No not at all, I love this genre.
Emma Galvin is amazing. Aaron Stanford was OK
Emma Galvin is amazing. I did like the direction that this book was headed, it just veered off course horribly taking many plot victims with it.
I would listen to this multiple times. It is excellent fiction with rich characters.
Luke has to be the favorite. He is an old soul with the fresh eyes of a child.
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