Bayonne, NJ, United States | Member Since 2014
The authors had a compelling premise here, but spoiled it by imposing a good versus evil showdown on top of what could have been a fascinating moral issue.
The protagonist wakes up in world where everyone is incorporated at birth, and where they own less than a majority of their own stock. Our hero is startled at the perceived lack of liberty that these people have, though it is pointed out to him again and again that this system eliminated poverty and war, creating an overall quality of life that is much better for everyone on average.
If the book had taken time to let the readers explore the pros and cons of this new system, and make up their own minds about it's validity and morality, then this could have been a great book. Instead, we are immediately confronted with a too-evil bad guy who ends up representing all of incorporation (metaphorically and literally). Because he is such an evil jerk, we, as readers, are forced to align ourselves against him, in spite of the fact that his arguments are extremely convincing. We are told what to think instead of letting us make up our own minds.
The writing feels pretty amateurish in that the protagonist is way too smart/prescient at the beginning, though that seems to taper off steeply as the story progresses. There are other places where the writing is half-baked: entire plot lines, which seem vital to the story, are abandoned completely. Also, their is this really contrived will-they/won't-they romance based on a ridiculously unbelievable and artificial taboo. This taboo seems sacrosanct until it is broken, at which point everyone important acts like it is no big deal at all--totally inconsistent.
The authors did paint an interesting picture of future society and technology, which is largely why I've given them 3 stars instead of just 2.
Ultimately I'm left unsatisfied with this book, largely because I was very swayed by the pro-incorporation arguments, and the anti-incorporation argument really boiled down to feelings, rather than any articulated points against it.
The book was funny. The prose were very good. The characters were interesting. Still, this book never really pulled me in. I suppose I just never cared about the central mystery.
This is not my usual genre of choice. I tend to lean towards sci-fi, fantasy, or thrillers. But, I'm always trying to expand my horizons, so I thought I'd try literary fiction for a change.
The well-written characters and dialog sucked me in. The plot lacked some of pizzazz that I generally prefer, but it was gripping, full of drama and danger. I was satisfied.
I would have given this book 4 stars across the board, but the incredible writing and narration of the old man in the nursing home was A+ work, and some of the best listening audible has shown me so far.
This was a fantastically interesting take on Peter Pan and where he came from. Unfortunately, the story didn't really want to go where it had to end up.
This felt like a less-funny, more American Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was very interesting at times, very dated at times, and not quite funny enough most of the time.
Hodgman was well-paired as a narrator, and he did as much with it as he could.
The big reveal in this novel was not worth the time, and certainly didn't satisfy after the buildup.
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Smarter than I expected, but not terribly deep. I enjoyed this book, and I think it has real potential to be an interesting series. That being said, the story didn't really speak to me personally, and I'm not sure I'll be coming back to it.
This story is probably perfect for young girls who can identify with the main character.
An interesting idea, but not enough to justify an audiobook. We Are All Weird is basically done after the first chapter.
Garrison Keillor is great, in moderation. He doesn't have the energy to carry a novella, though. Let's be honest, even getting all the way through his radio show is a chore sometimes.
I knew what I was getting into when I picked this story up, and it delivered exactly what it promised. No more, and no less.
This sort of book isn't usually my cup of tea, but my wife told me to read it. I was very impressed by the substance of this book, and the fascinating research behind it.
I'm giving it a very high rating because, though the book has some flaws, it's contents should be read by everyone.
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I didn't find the premise interesting enough to warrant an entire series. I enjoyed the first book, but I didn't care enough about the story to want to read a sequel. Mostly this is because our main character becomes rather foreign to us near the end of the story. I stopped empathizing with him, and our other central characters were not enough to keep me emotionally involved in the plot.
All in all, a well constructed book... and had it been my first introduction to the genre, I'm sure I would have liked it a lot more.
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