I enjoy this kind of fiction and this book by Druga doesn't disappoint. However, I disliked how the male narrator did all the voices in such a way that most of the characters sounded like old men or women, with very little distinction among them, so sometimes I wasn't sure who was talking. With many characters to follow this detail is very important since the story can get confusing after a while.
This is definitely a YA novel, but I'd say it's for the mature end of that public. I like the emotional and spiritual journey of the character that deals with existentialist questions that youth and maybe some adults may wonder about, but it trascends all of that to deal with real life issues that the young protagonist must face and solve in her present reality. Ultimately it's a novel about second-chances, not going along with the crowd, developing a sense of individuality and self-confidence, and facing life issues head on.
I really like having different voices to make a distinctive pov for each character. It's romantic in an unusual sort of way. I could do without so many references to car sickness and bodily functions.
Whether you agree or not with the premise of this novel, I believe most people will find it very human and very moving story. I'm not sure if it's what I was expecting, since this is my second novel by this author and the other one seem to once again deal with very human characters, not your typical love story. One thing that I find in both novels is that in both you get a contrast with those people struggling to make ends meet and the other side of the spectrum with people who're swimming in money. The author seems to point at how necessary money is to reach certain goals, but all of the money in the world can't make you happy if you don't know what to do with it.
I believe myself to be a person with an open mind and when I read sci-fi, particularly stories of futuristic, or alternative worlds, I'm willing to take risks. An example of this is the novel "A girl with all the gifts." Yes, children are monsters in that story and it's a kill-or-be-killed world that made no exception for age or gender, yet somehow I felt there was a logical explanation to this type of behaviour. The Sopaths doesn't even compare, it's one of the worst novels I have ever read in my life. Please be warned that this is bordering on kiddie porn with no subtleties about it. I found the story more and more offensive as I tried to get through it and I couldn't find a single saving grace, not even the writing, which is as bad as the story. I've tried to return this audiobook, but they're making me call a number to do so. If they'll make it hard for me to return it, I'll make sure then to leave this review as a strong warning to anyone thinking of reading this novel, because if you have an ounce of decency you'll find yourself feeling sick to your stomach as I did.
I found myself split at first on this book. There's humor, there's romance and there's lots of sexy moments. However, I found her naivete annoying sometimes, and her self-deprecating comments even worst. And still, if as a woman I'm honest, there are plenty of times when my mind has played the same stream of consciousness that this woman keeps playing in her head. The moment I admitted to this, the book just really clicked for me. A credit well spent!!
Because there has to be a 3rd book, it'd be really sad if the series ends here. While the first book left us with hope about the future of the characters, the second one felt like a bucket of ice water, leaving us with a sense of uncertainty and fear. I feel the author has matured as a writer, giving us less gossipy, highschool-like feel to the group of friends, who're supposed to be in their late 20s or early 30s, and there's more zombie action. I look forward to the next book.
I really love Molly Harper, and this book follows the formula of her previous books, but the setting just doesn't do it for me. How long can adults get stuck with each other without that many worries about family and other life responsibilities weighting down the fun? I felt it was a set up more appropriate for YA books.
I really dislike being stringed along with a great plot line and narration, only to end up with a solution that's way too simplistic and not very satisfying after all the tension and fear that has been building up over the course of two books. Why? Why make it sound like something really terrible is about to happen, only to end up with a Disney ending? Gag!
I haven't read anything by this author since the Flowers in the Attic series, which was pretty good. This one reminds me a little of early Anne Rice's books, though there's too much emphasis on teenage drama that goes a bit overboard, and by that I mean, the character is completely obsessed with having a boyfriend, above all other concerns.
I found this book more interesting than the first one, although I would have liked less repetition of already known facts about the characters.
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