When I first heard that Steven Spielberg was set to direct the movie version of this book, I had to purchase it. I even heard the rumor that Spielberg's company optioned the movie rights to the book before it even came out it stores.
With that being said, it is a good book, but I was expecting a tad more. The beginning and ending were great, but the middle was ho-hum. It basically started, and then ended. I would have liked to have followed the characters adventures in between. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read. The characters were unique and you often did not see their actions coming.
Think 'The Terminator', meets 'The Matrix', meets 'Maximum Overdrive' (for those of you old enough).
-The first 1/4 of the book is seen through the eyes of a computer. The rise of the machines is viewed in a different way. Very Original!
-The characters, including the bad guys, all have different, and interesting personalities. They are not just Robots. -Pun intended...
-Narration was good.
-Descriptions were brutally honest.
-The exploration of multiple characters was what i liked best.
-I feel like there were chunks left out of the story (the middle).
-Too short. It needed a little more depth.
I am probably being over critical about the negatives. I highly recommend this book!
Can't wait for the movie!
I am an educated person, but I am not entirely sure what this was even about. It is like I downloaded the wrong part of a multiple part book.
I love Dean Koontz, but he must have been under pressure from his publisher to release something. This was not his finest work.
A good run of the mill action story. It, at times, is a bit predictable. I live in the area described, so I found that fun.
Like the evil that lies in the dark, you will not see this one coming. All I have to say is WOW!
Someone recommended this book to me because he thought I may like it. I was very skeptical. Plus, the person who did the recommending, was very coy about the description. I can see why. It is a delightful surprise when you read it.
For the first part of the story, I often thought - "Ok. Good story so far, but where is it going"? Well... I was patient, and it was well worth it! All of a sudden, boom, this book grabs you and does not let go. After that, I was hooked. Just like my friend, I will not ruin it for you. Everything comes full circle in this epic story.
Is it possible to weave every genre into one story? Impossible? In this case, I think Justin Cronin has accomplished it. He blends - Horror, drama, romance, science fiction, fantasy, suspense, spirituality, and mystery all into one.
Truly a remarkable read!
This is a very well written and intensely researched book. I enjoyed the first part very much. However, where is the rest? By 3/4 through the story, I was thinking I needed to add the rest of the files to my iPod. Nope. That was it. It just ended! After the "climax", the author just summarized the rest, and ended it. I was expecting so much more.
As other reviewers noted, Dodd experienced much more than what was told in this story. After explaining in so much detail about the first 1-2 years of Martha and her father's time there, the second half was explained very quickly and in my opinion rushed. Was there no material to pull information from? If that was the case, then so be it, but I do not think that was the case. Some things just needed to be explained more.
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