I had planned, while reading this, on giving it two stars.... but I can't. It sucks. It seriously sucks. There are so many problems with this book I h...moreI had planned, while reading this, on giving it two stars.... but I can't. It sucks. It seriously sucks. There are so many problems with this book I have no idea where to start. For one, there were no characters that were even close to realistic. Not one and not even close. There were tons of unanswered questions. The writing itself just basically stunk. At first I thought maybe a 10 or 12 year old might like this (and looking at reviews I see people have liked this) but I changed my mind. At least I wouldn't have liked this at that age, or any age for that matter. The ending sucked but that was to be expected after putting myself through the crap beforehand. Explain this: pg. 157 - (last two paragraphs I think) Tom Logan. He asks who did something (don't want to give out a spoiler for this oh so suspenseful book) to Lisa because he wants to "beat his little head in if I ever catch him". Next paragraph. Tom Logan again. He's thinking about how he killed her. Uh, correct me if I'm wrong but if he was looking to find who did this than how could he himself have done it? Is that actually possible? I hate to nitpick but jeez..... I'll leave you with a quote - a brilliant quote if I do say so myself -
"Fear is what you feel when you wait for something bad to happen... and fun is what you have when you figure out a way to make something good happen."
Well damn. Well said Nelson. Well said. You can't get much more brilliant than those words right there. I wish I had a bumper sticker with those words to live by.
This shouldn't even be a book. It's not a book - it's kindling.
I was really expecting to think this was too long. I haven't read a book nearly this long in a lot of years and fully expected to wish it had been a f...moreI was really expecting to think this was too long. I haven't read a book nearly this long in a lot of years and fully expected to wish it had been a few hundred pages shorter. That was the case at all - everything felt just as it should be. The really scary thing, for me, is that it seems like McCammon actually pictured all of this. The way us non-authors like to imagine every book is written but we know isn't the case. I have no doubt at all that he saw every single thing in the book in his mind at some point or another. I can't imagine! I loved the characters - loved Josh and Glory, Swan was perfect as was Sister, and the rest. I have one complaint, however minor and 100% personal. The picture on the cover of my copy didn't do "Friend" justice. It just didn't seem like him to me nor did it really follow any of the descriptions of him. Even when the mask comes off at the end. I wish the picture had seemed more like him but with the detail being what it was this is a really minor point. Reading this just makes the case that I'll always read anything Felicia hands me. Hell, she could probably hand me a western or self-help book and I'd give it an honest shot. (Maybe... lol) (less)
I enjoyed reading this. I'm still so new to this type of book that I'm hesitant to say much because my knowledge is quite limited. I've read very few...moreI enjoyed reading this. I'm still so new to this type of book that I'm hesitant to say much because my knowledge is quite limited. I've read very few books that can be put into the same group as this and this isn't my favorite but it is good. I liked the differences between these zombies versus "regular" zombies that are slow and dumb. I wish the 'why' of it were explained more - I think that could have helped out a lot because knowing why these zombies were different, for whatever reason, could have helped me get into the story more. I don't think there was one character that didn't fit into the story, whether he was a good or bad guy, they all fit and fit well. There will be a sequel to this I'm sure and I'll definitely read it.(less)
I couldn't get into this at all and I barely got a quarter of the way in. Even though I am now able to quit a book I still don't like doing it and I d...moreI couldn't get into this at all and I barely got a quarter of the way in. Even though I am now able to quit a book I still don't like doing it and I do try not to.... when I can. I couldn't continue with this. I'd be interested to know whether Simmons is Irish, has ever been to Ireland, if he knows anything about the dialect, slang, etc. Because it was far too over the top IMO. It was like someone like myself (not from Ireland and not a person who uses Irish slang) wrote a book and stuck in every single damn Irish slang word I could find. Far too much. Ciggie, trackie bottoms, take the Mickey, bloke, arse(s), footie, shite, etc. Good luck trying to find one page that doesn't have all of these terms and more. Horrible. It was like work and I don't like to work when I read, I like to have fun. I really thought I'd like this because the cover art is pretty cool and the title interested me. This, however, is just NOT for me. If the dialogue would have been smooth I maybe could have hung in there despite the overuse of the slang but that's not the case here - the conversations and thoughts and everything in between is anything but smooth. (less)
**spoiler alert** There are a few things that confused me about this book but overall I did enjoy it and I'd like to read the sequel that I saw that t...more**spoiler alert** There are a few things that confused me about this book but overall I did enjoy it and I'd like to read the sequel that I saw that the author is writing. In my opinion there were a few too many characters. They were hard for me to keep straight most times. By the middle I had a decent grasp on each and I have to say that each brought something to the story, but there definitely were many of them. As for the few things I didn't understand - they were relatively minor but at the same time I did notice and it did affect my reading and processing the story. One was about the gas trucks tired - how were they okay? The second was when Gareth and his friends come back - after what came from that - how did Joel's friends not see that he had something to do with that? That I didn't understand at all. There were a lot of parts I really liked - I loved how they all acted realistically, I liked the relationships and changes between the different characters, etc. I saw someone else mention the "strong language" - in my opinion it can barely even be called that to be honest. And I don't use bad language all that much myself nor do the people I put myself around. When language like that is "useful" in a book I'm very accepting and as far as I saw it was never used for shock value here. If you get offended when someone says "shit" in front of you - yeah, pass this by. Like I've said before, I'm not the more knowledgeable in this genre but I am enjoying it and I am looking forward to reading more and I am happy that a friend sent this to me. I look forward to reading the sequel.
**I forgot to mention that there are a few parts that are downright scary. I was sitting outside reading on my patio one night and I got to one part in particular and the next thing I knew I had swiped all my stuff in my arms and was hauling ass towards the house. For no reason. The book spooked me. lol I like that! (I like it now anyway, I didn't like it too much then.) ** (less)
I loved this! My heart was thumping so hard once I got about a quarter of the way into this one! Talk about suspense! I'm not very knowledgable with t...moreI loved this! My heart was thumping so hard once I got about a quarter of the way into this one! Talk about suspense! I'm not very knowledgable with this genre and I only recently found it this past year but I'm loving what's being recommended to me and very excited to read more. I went to Bodeen's page and was sad to see this was the only book of hers. :( I would have loved to have seen more of this kind for me to list. But I'm sure my friends will recommend more along the lines of this one. And if anyone else has any recommendations on 'end of the world' or 'zombie' books feel free to comment and let me know! (less)
I don't have the words to review this. I already know I wouldn't do the book or the author justice so I'm going to leave it alone. I will say that thi...moreI don't have the words to review this. I already know I wouldn't do the book or the author justice so I'm going to leave it alone. I will say that this man is brilliant. This, IMO, can be read by just about anyone... and loved. I never thought for a second I'd fall for it like I did. He's a master at a what he does. That's no exaggeration - he's truly a master.
**I think it's kind of neat that I'm the 7,001 person to rate this on here.** :)(less)
This is definitely more a 4.5 kind of book for me. I hadn't heard of this author or this book before a friend sent it to me and I'm so thankful becaus...moreThis is definitely more a 4.5 kind of book for me. I hadn't heard of this author or this book before a friend sent it to me and I'm so thankful because there are at least two others that I know I'll enjoy that I get to read by Pfeffer. I'm pretty much past thinking that YA is just fluff because I've read enough to know that's just now the case. But I am still hesitant at times. I do however happen to like books in diary/journal/letter format a lot - none of that mattered though because as soon as I started reading I fell right in. It's rare for me to wish a book was longer but that was the case here. I could have done with it being a lot longer. Miranda is a totally believable main character and the secondaries are just as good. I alternated between being frightened, to being happy, to almost crying. There are a few parts that really tug at your heart. And it's so realistic, in a sense, that I really started wondering 'what if'. Luckily I decided fairly quickly. I'm packing up the people and animals I love and moving, as fast as possible, to my friends house. (Luckily she's not all that far away.) I'm not saying any names because I don't want anyone else to remember this review and get any bright ideas - we probably won't have the room. :) I'm going to read the next two in the series and I can't wait and this will, again, be thanks to my unnamed friend. :D (less)