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message 1: by Madeline (new)

Madeline I agree with your low rating of the book, but I wonder if the truth about releasing was supposed to be a surprise? I remember knowing immediately what the characters meant when they said "release" when I read this as a 12-year-old, and I think the point is supposed to be that the readers know what it means, but the characters don't. So the actual release scene serves as a revelation for Jonas, not us.

message 2: by Gloria (new)

Gloria Mundi Maybe you are right. But that's another thing that felt unrealistic. In a world where a significant proportion of the population must be either directly involved in or closely connected with releasing people, it would be impossible to keep it completely secret, not even from a kid. And I find it unbelievable that no one finds it horrific or objectionable, as Jonas immediately does. How does a man with predisposition for looking after babies spend a year nurturing one and then talks very calmly about killing it? Unless everyone else in that society is somehow modified to the point where they are unable to feel any empathy or sense of connection to another human being, which is not suggested at any point, that just doesn't make sense.

message 3: by Esther (new)

Esther Lily spoke the same way as her parents because that's the way she was taught. Didn't you understand the premise there? Kids weren't allowed to be kids.

message 4: by Helene (new)

Helene I totally agree with your review. Nothing convinced me that this possibly could be any sort if reality. The community was so dull which then in turn created a dull book. And don't get me started on the stupid ended. Bad! Bad! Bad! I would call this the worst book I read this year, but sadly there were worse

Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast) I agree with every single thing you presented, and I am extremely glad I'm not alone in disliking this book.

message 6: by Merrilyn (new)

Merrilyn I agree completely. I had high hopes for this book due to others ratings but in the end, it left much to be desired. Glad it was so short and I only wasted a couple of days on it.

message 7: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I agree with everything you said :-)

message 8: by Lee (new)

Lee Coleman amen! finally!...the first review i have stumbled on which references the very things that disappointed me about the book. everyone keeps remarking on the political aspects of the story, and i can't get past how this community ever came to be established. i get it is a short novel, but memory and mood altering technology? climate and terrain manipulation? is society ignorant or do people just not care? i can't even focus on the very simple story- the whole time i'm wondering why everyone seems to forget what happened ten years ago, why can't people listen to music, why (and how) would society need to supress the ability to perceive color if everything is so regulated that inequality and discrimination are impossible? seriously...the entire book, i was completely distracted by the improbability of the whole set up.

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