This book is written for very young adults - with the emphasis on adult. It's about immature teenagers, but the writing is too racy for the usual YA classification. I wouldn't have bought it if I had known it was a teenager book.
This writing reminded me so much of the Stephanie Plum series I thought it was Janet Evanovich writing under a pseudonym – only not funny. Or maybe she’s a Christopher Moore wannabe – but again, not funny. The author is trying way too hard and the humor just sounds fake and forced. Maybe she settles down a little in her subsequent books.
This book should have been a novella. The writer kept saying the same things over and over to make it longer. She just covered the same ground in an endless circle. The characters were not well developed or consistent in their personality. They just kept endlessly vacillating. It was boring and I couldn't wait for it to be over.
At the end of Part 1, Cal is cold, hungry and talking to someone, and then suddenly he's eating stew. This didn't make any sense to me. I got the book from the library and discovered that the audio book had skipped 20 pages -- it skipped from page 33 to 54. I did some more checking and found a different audio version published by Recorded Books. That version is 30.5 hours long -- 7 hours longer! The Simon and Schuster version is abridged and misrepresented as unabridged.
I also thought the narrator was terrible. He tries to achieve dramatic affect by putting great emphasis on the last word of a sentence and dragging out its pronunciation. "The two rode close together as they had through their years as RAAANGERS." The narrator of the first book, Dead Man's Walk, was much better.
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