I didn't dislike the book, but it didn't grab me either. It occupied my mind as I drove to and from work. Unlike some other books, it never grabbed me enough to sit in the driveway listening after I got home.
But I just could not suspend disbelief. This book is comprised of two different stories (one a political intrigue, the other a super hero spy story) that the author was unable to stitch together convincingly. It is presented as three books, but each book consists of the two stories badly stitched together.
I thought this was an interesting, well written book. I enjoyed the characters and watching them grow throughout the book.
The one thing I didn't like was the way the narrator read the fight scenes. He may as well been reading a recipe out of a Betty Crocker cookbook. Maybe that's how they were written, but I think it is just how they were read.
I realize this is a 'special' book that is well thought of and has been made into multiple movies ... but I was really not impressed.
While some of the philosophical underpinnings of the book are thought provoking, the book itself is boring. There is very little action, or even character interaction. We don't 'see' much of anything going on. Instead we are inside the head of the central character as he reads scientific studies ... lots and lots of scientific studies written by people with long names who introduce long winded theories.
If you don't mind a book that is almost exclusively exposition, then maybe this book is for you.
I really enjoyed this book. The central character was complex enough (and damaged enough) to grab me. I don't know if the author has a real understanding of Hispanic gangs, or if she just faked it ... but I felt like I gained real insights.
The book leaves the door open to a sequel. I hope she writes one soon.
I realized this was sort of a YA book, and that it tread over well worn ground, but the reviews were good so I gave it a try.
I really enjoyed the book. I quickly bonded to the main character, and enjoyed seeing her grow over the course of the book. There was nothing particularly ground-breaking in the book, but it wasn't trite drivel and was well written.
At least until the last hour. Did the author get tired and decide to take the easiest way out? Did a different author take over? Did the editor force the author to change a good ending into something stolen from a zombie book, concluding with a well-worn Disney fairy tale? I don't know, but I gave the story a 3-Star because the ending was so awful - with a decent ending it would have been a 4 or a 5..
This was strictly a formula novel. There was a certain pattern to the events, and that pattern was repeated over and over and over again down to the last 10 minutes. That's not to say it was a bad book - it was a pleasant enough way to pass the time driving. But don't expect a work of art or any thoughtful insights.
An interesting book - interesting look at the future. However, do NOT expect action. At first I thought this would be sort of like Hunger Games and kept waiting for "things"to get going. However, once I got over my preconceptions I found I enjoyed the book.
I couldn't stop listening. I drove extra slow to and from work, and still wanted to listen after I got home. My wife threatened to burn my headphones.
He is a masterful narrator. I think there were a couple of problems with editing the audio, but I will start buying books now just because he was the narrator.
I have really enjoyed Mark's books ... they are funny, they are interesting, and I care about the characters. However this book is not funny, and while it is interesting you will likely not care about the characters.
Very Minor Spoiler Alert: take a sweet young girl with an unusual capability and stick her with an absolutely unrelenting stream of the most despicable people you can dream up. Not just for a little while - not to provide an opportunity for growth ... just not-stop grinding right till the end ... until they turn her despicable. I almost stopped listening when she was taken from the perfect household with the perfect caring foster mother and placed with a known IV drug user with scabs on her arms and babies crawling in filth on the floor. Enough is enough ... please give me at least one person in the book I can care about.
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