Less complaining from the main character and more sci fi. Its not until midway till something starts to happen, but by then I'd burnt all my goodwill..Show More » for this book. Endless introspective complaining and chatting about her situation after some car crash. Tedious interactions with her new boyfriend. More complaining and whining about having to see her psychiatrists - who are all characterised as one dimensional and predictable.
I liked this book so much -- despite its flaws -- that I can't wait to hear the next one.
Before I list any flaws, let me say that the story ..Show More »itself is truly original and Grant's exploration of what it means to be a symbiont/host is elegant. There's a lot to reflect on here, in regards to who we are as people, and what makes us human. I found myself caring a great deal about the characters, and wanting to know what would happen next.
Somewhere early on in the book, I realized that it was intended for young adults (which I am not) and I do wish that YA books would be more clearly labeled. I know the lines are blurring between good YA fiction and adult fiction these days. But the characteristics that frustrated me are actually common tropes of YA fiction. The heroine is often confused about things that adults would understand, adults are either one-dimensionally evil or simply inscrutable, and then there's the repetition that the other reviewer was talking about. Repetition may be good for young readers, or people who didn't read the first book in the series, or -- lets face it -- adults who aren't paying close attention to the book, for instance if they listen while driving.
In the end, I think that I was so frustrated by these qualities precisely because the story itself is so good. I will definitely listen to part three regardless.
While the premise of this series is an excellent one for exploring themes of identity (If a tapeworm takes over your brain, are you still you? Who do ..Show More »you want to be?), the execution of it falls a little flat in this third installment. Some questions have have lingered from the first book go unanswered, while others are tied up in too neat of a bow. I'm left thinking that the story could have been told in one or two books instead of three. Or maybe it should be four or five. (See what I mean? Hard to tell.) I don't want to give the impression that the book is poorly written, because it's really quite well written—just not structured properly, perhaps. The narrator struggles with one character's British accent, and that was quite distracting. Still, I'm optimistic enough to read the author's future works, and see where she goes from here.