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message 1: by Dayna (new)

Dayna I agree with your review!! It had such a good plot and good characters but nothing was going on!!! Lena went to a few parties why didn't Oliver get more descriptive there or make more happen. I also felt the romance could've been better. It didn't feel like two teenagers (with hormones) in love. I'm 38 (and 4'11 haha) and I remember butterflies and all that stuff. I just didn't feel it from them I guess. In twilight I felt it!! I'll read the next one also because I did develop an interest for the characters. I just hope it gets better!


message 2: by kari (new)

kari I agree completely Dayna. I wanted more of the characters and feelings and less wandering around town. It has the possibility to be much better so I hope the next book improves. Thanks for the comment.


message 3: by barb (new)

barb Since we seem to agree on books, I've just started this, but now I see your review I'm not sure I will continue. I'm about 6 chapters in and so far... meh. Not sure if I can slog through it all for the last 100 pages. I'll keep going though! Her sentence structure & descriptions are off-putting to me.


message 4: by kari (new)

kari If you're interested at all, just skip ahead and read the last fifty or so pages, you'll get all the important info there. This one didn't flow at all for me either.
And I know she can make parties and teenage life compelling because Before I Fall is one day played over and over and it works. This one is a disappointment.


message 5: by Nicole (new)

Nicole I agree with your comment wasn't overly impressed, but the last few pages left me on the edge of my seat. Didn't realize this was a trilogy until the end and reluctantly I can't start a series without finishing it wish authors could write just one book once in a while it gets hard to keep track of all the series!!


message 6: by kari (new)

kari Oh I hear you! I am so tired of all these books being series when really if the plots were tightened and most of the junk removed, you'd have one good book instead of three or more mediocre ones. I agree 100%.


message 7: by Bridget (new)

Bridget That is so true!


message 8: by kari (new)

kari And I know this author can do so much better as she managed to make the repeat of one day exciting and involving.


message 9: by Trudee (new)

Trudee Bealka I agree with your review and also did like the book. Her writing has a way about it. What I had a hard time with is the isolation of just one emotion. I don't see love as a single emotion at all but a combination of many emotions. If all of those emotions making up love are removed, you would be left with an instinctual society that in my opinion would not act like they did. Putting that aside, i enjoyed it. Do I want to wait a year before the story is finished, no. Will I, yes. I miss the days where a book was a book and not part of a set distributed over a lengthy period of time. But if it keeps people reading I'll go along with it even though I don't need that motivation.


message 10: by kari (new)

kari Trudee wrote: "I agree with your review and also did like the book. Her writing has a way about it. What I had a hard time with is the isolation of just one emotion. I don't see love as a single emotion at all..."

Oh, I so much agree. I just want a book with a beginning and satisfying end with no run-on series. But, even so, I will read the sequels and hope they will get tighter in the plotting and less descriptive of here, there and everywhere.
That's true that love isn't one simple thing and if you completely remove all traces of it, then what makes a parent care for their child or children care for their parents? Or did they just remove romantic love which would be even trickier because there are endless varieties and combinations there as well. That's a good thought though, that it isn't one emotion. I hadn't even thought of that.


message 11: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I enjoyed this book, but I completely agree with you about the continuity issue. It seems minor, but that issue with Lena's shoes at the beach bugged the heck out of me! LOL. I was reading that Oliver was an editorial assistant for a major publishing house in NYC before writing full time; I can't understand how this kind of glaring error made it into her final manuscript. In addition to the shoes error, I also pointed out in my own review that I thought the issue of the Lena's dog bite being remedied by bandages and bacitracin was just ridiculous. I can only suspend my disbelief so far--and I don't think that was the part I was supposed to suspend my disbelief either. :D That just bugged me. I remember thinking what huge repercussions that bite was going to have, how her aunt would find out everything now about Lena having this romance and whatnot, but no. I did like this book an awful lot, but those little things really could have been easily been taken care of, in my opinion.


message 12: by kari (new)

kari Oh, you are so right. I forgot that dog bite, but I imagined this huge bandage and no one questioned her about it. That didn't make sense to me either. Like you, I did like the book and think it could have done with some better editing. Things like that completely pull my focus and I read over that beach scene three times or so to make sure I read what I thought. Yes, I know, it doesn't really matter, but it bugs me that much. LOL


message 13: by Joy (new)

Joy I agree with every single thing you said.. I also noticed the weird time keeping until her procedure. There was one spot in particular that said she had 17 days left and then two more days went by and she said again there were 17 days left.. It took me 3 weeks to get through this book because I felt like it just dragged along and nothing was keeping me glued.


message 14: by kari (new)

kari Joy wrote: "I agree with every single thing you said.. I also noticed the weird time keeping until her procedure. There was one spot in particular that said she had 17 days left and then two more days went by ..."

Thanks. There were just so many unimportant things that went on and on, where she was walking or bicycling with all this detail that didn't matter and yet the time until the procedure, the detail that did matter and should have been kept very precise, jumped all over. That really bugged me, too.


message 15: by Mel (new)

Mel Sharpe I can't agree more with your review! I'm really not a great reader and get easily confused during novels, so I assumed it was just me! All those inconsistent details... Isn't that what editors and proofreaders are for?

All that being said, I plan on reading the full series. I'm about to start on Pandemonium... It has less pages so maybe there's less repetition? lol


message 16: by kari (new)

kari Mel wrote: "I can't agree more with your review! I'm really not a great reader and get easily confused during novels, so I assumed it was just me! All those inconsistent details... Isn't that what editors and ..."

I hope you enjoy it. I've read all the books including the separate stories(Which don't really add anything) and I was disappointed, but hopefully you will like it. Thanks for the comment.


message 17: by Louise (new)

Louise Very slow story I read the first fifty pages and the last hundred no way I'm going to waste any money on the next book when their are so many fantastic stories sorry!


message 18: by Mirkat (new)

Mirkat The thing with the shoes really bothered me, too--so glad I'm not alone. It's as if she had shoes under her shoes. ;)


message 19: by Erin (new)

Erin kari I agree with everything you said too. I think you should be an editor. With that said I have read all 3 books and really wish the first one would have been shorter and the 3rd book to have been longer at the end. with all of the descriptions the first book had I expected a better conclusion at the end. I am really disappointed. good books but not great. it had great potential but execution was flawed.


message 20: by kari (new)

kari Louise wrote: "Very slow story I read the first fifty pages and the last hundred no way I'm going to waste any money on the next book when their are so many fantastic stories sorry!"

You are so right. Go on to something more worthwhile.


message 21: by kari (new)

kari Mirkat wrote: "The thing with the shoes really bothered me, too--so glad I'm not alone. It's as if she had shoes under her shoes. ;)"

Things like that just bug me so much. I reread those pages three times trying to find where she had put her shoes back on or something, but nope. Perhaps in this world wearing shoes with shoes is typical. LOL


message 22: by kari (new)

kari Erin wrote: "kari I agree with everything you said too. I think you should be an editor. With that said I have read all 3 books and really wish the first one would have been shorter and the 3rd book to have be..."

I think had she tightened and hired a GOOD proof-reader and then finished with a REAL ending, I could recommend this, but it just added up to a whole lot of nothing. If all the walking and running and hiking and what-have-you had been removed, she could have crafted one strong story, assuming she would then give an actual ending.


message 23: by Beth_hattenburg (new)

Beth_hattenburg One thing that also got repeated too many times was the fact that Alex had "burnt golden-brown hair--the color of leaves in autumn"


message 24: by Mirkat (new)

Mirkat Beth_hattenburg wrote: "One thing that also got repeated too many times was the fact that Alex had "burnt golden-brown hair--the color of leaves in autumn""

Ha, yes--I got really tired of his hair, too.


message 25: by kari (new)

kari Yes! Just in case you forgot the color of his hair


message 26: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Beth_hattenburg wrote: "One thing that also got repeated too many times was the fact that Alex had "burnt golden-brown hair--the color of leaves in autumn""

YES! o.O Because ya know, the color of his hair is soooo important.


message 27: by kari (new)

kari As is the fact that she is . . . how tall was it again? Oh yeah, five foot two!


message 28: by Mirkat (new)

Mirkat Also, she's an in-between girl. Nothing special. ;)


message 29: by Caroline (new)

Caroline kari wrote: "As is the fact that she is . . . how tall was it again? Oh yeah, five foot two!"

Kari, that's like in Divergent how we hear over and over and over and over that Tris is short or has short legs or can't see over the heads in a crowd or whatnot. We GET IT. She's SHORT! It's not that important! Why do authors focus on dumb things like this? Makes no sense to mention it if these details have no relevance to the story.


message 30: by Mirkat (new)

Mirkat Similarly, Kyla of Slated is "five foot nothing." I even wrote in my review for that that I'm tired of all the short girls in these YA dystopian novels. Bring on the Amazons! ;)


message 31: by kari (new)

kari Mirkat wrote: "Also, she's an in-between girl. Nothing special. ;)"

OH, aren't they all? lol


message 32: by kari (new)

kari Caroline wrote: "kari wrote: "As is the fact that she is . . . how tall was it again? Oh yeah, five foot two!"

Kari, that's like in Divergent how we hear over and over and over and over that Tris is short or has s..."


Very true. And why isn't anyone just average size? Are doll-sized girls more attractive to readers?


message 33: by kari (new)

kari Mirkat wrote: "Similarly, Kyla of
Slated
is "five foot nothing." I even wrote in my review for that that I'm tired of all the short girls in these YA dystopian novels. Bring on the Amazons! ;)"



I agree. I really like when the heroine is a larger than average size and is just fine with it, not spending all her time angsting over how she isn't tiny.


message 34: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Mirkat wrote: "Similarly, Kyla of
Slated
is "five foot nothing." I even wrote in my review for that that I'm tired of all the short girls in these YA dystopian novels. Bring on the Amazons! ;)"


Yeah. It is really weird that they're all short. Why? Is it just coincidence? I'm only 5'3", so it's kinda cool for me to read about these protagonists (especially the kick-ass ones!) being short, but it's still weird that SO MANY of them are!


message 35: by Mirkat (new)

Mirkat Maybe someone at the YA division of a major publisher did market research and found that some large percentage of their target audience identifies with short teen-girl protagonists.


message 36: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I also was thinking that maybe it somehow has more impact when a small heroine comes into her own or does kick-ass things.


message 37: by kari (new)

kari Caroline wrote: "Mirkat wrote: "Similarly, Kyla of
Slated
is "five foot nothing." I even wrote in my review for that that I'm tired of all the short girls in these YA dystopian novels. Bring on the Amazons! ..."


That's a good point. These tiny little girls are powerful.


message 38: by kari (new)

kari Mirkat wrote: "Maybe someone at the YA division of a major publisher did market research and found that some large percentage of their target audience identifies with short teen-girl protagonists."

Probably true. Could be editing notes: "Make her smaller, the smaller the better!" lol


message 39: by kari (new)

kari Caroline wrote: "I also was thinking that maybe it somehow has more impact when a small heroine comes into her own or does kick-ass things."

True. I guess we'd expect a bigger girl to be able to hold her own while a smaller one is more of a surprise. Or would be if we didn't read it over and over in every book. ☺


message 40: by Mirkat (new)

Mirkat kari wrote: "Or would be if we didn't read it over and over in every book."

Ha, this. It reminds me of how, after having watching several seasons of Buffy, a story with a male vampire slayer had me thinking, "A male vampire slayer? That's weird." ;)


message 41: by kari (new)

kari Mirkat wrote: "kari wrote: "Or would be if we didn't read it over and over in every book."

Ha, this. It reminds me of how, after having watching several seasons of Buffy, a story with a male vampire slayer had ..."


True. lol


message 42: by Molly (new)

Molly This entire conversation just had me cracking up! I'm new to the dystopian genre, just read Hunger Games, actually, then Divergent and now this... was feeling like a giant at a whopping 5'6"!


message 43: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Molly wrote: "This entire conversation just had me cracking up! I'm new to the dystopian genre, just read Hunger Games, actually, then Divergent and now this... was feeling like a giant at a whopping 5'6"!"

Ha! Molly, try Unwind. I think Risa is tall! :]


message 44: by kari (new)

kari I'd agree. Unwind us fabulous. Terrific world building. Great characters who are smart, grow, etc.


message 45: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Kari, did you read UnWholly yet? I read it a month or so ago and loved it, possibly liked it more than Unwind.


message 46: by kari (last edited Aug 19, 2013 07:03AM) (new)

kari Caroline wrote: "Kari, did you read UnWholly yet? I read it a month or so ago and loved it, possibly liked it more than Unwind."

Yes, I did read it and LOVED it. One of the few times when the next book is every bit as strong, if not stronger, than the first book. I have never been so conflicted over a character, I think you know the one I mean. I want to sympathize, but I kind feel mostly loathing. Did you read the little story Unstrung? It is a connection and explains a bit more about it. I can't wait for the next book and see where that story is going and how it is all going to end. Wow, what a wild ride.


message 47: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Kari, I haven't read Unstrung yet; thanks for the reminder that I need to get my hands on that! And guess what? It's going to be a quartet. That's right; this series will be FOUR books, not three. I'm pretty excited. Apparently, the third book would have been too long so needed to be divided. (Ha! No pun intended!)


message 48: by kari (new)

kari Oh, have the tissues ready. Unstrung made me sob.
It is the story of where Lev went, what changed him. Hauntingly, beautifully heart breaking.


message 49: by kari (new)

kari Four books is fabulous news. I was so nervous when there was going to be a sequel because I thought the Unwind ending was so good, although somewhat open. But this is s very strong series


message 50: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I read an early review of the third book here on GR that was very praise-worthy, and it sounds like a fourth book makes sense (as opposed to Shusterman writing a fourth to milk this series as much as possible). I'm so excited about this!


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