This is a good book. I like it more for the world that was created then the underlying story being told. The story was meh. At one point, I thought ohThis is a good book. I like it more for the world that was created then the underlying story being told. The story was meh. At one point, I thought oh Hunger Games at the Circus.
Marco and Celia's love story is serviceable. Nothing unique, unusual, or amazing about it, but pretty standard fare written from the textbook and full of cliche. It's kind of like plug and play. Their scenes could have been taken, or inserted, in just about any other book of this genre. Really, I kept thinking I'd read this before. Oh and don't forget it's a triangle (sigh).
And then there's the ending which is really just flat. For an epic battle over decades, there really wasn't much action and then it kinda just ends with a whimper.
However, the language when describing Le Cirque des Rêves is beautiful and very evocative. I was intrigued by many of the ancillary characters and for once I loved the circus. I'm a huge circus fan, but novels about the circus tend to never really get what makes a circus awesome. I liked that this book is grounded in a love for the circus and shows the circus as more than just a backdrop for a drippy love story. It's a character in this book. A much better character than Marcus or Celia. They're not bad characters but I wanted so much more. I guess I'm just disappointed in the unfulfilled potential.
In conclusion, the story gets like a 2 (it really never ever makes sense what they are doing even when it's all revealed) but the circus gets a 4.5. I wish there was a better story for the world created. ...more
I can't shake the feeling that if this was written by a woman it would have a pink cover and be stuck in the chick lit section. Sure it includes someI can't shake the feeling that if this was written by a woman it would have a pink cover and be stuck in the chick lit section. Sure it includes some mental illness and deep thoughts about religion, but it's simply the story of a cute, neurotic girl who has to choose between the nice guy and the bad boy. Nothing about this story surprised me, or felt new and modern. It kind of just felt comfortable and familiar which is why I'm going with 3 stars because hey the formula works to entertain; it's just not special. ...more
The book was really clever. A great idea executed rather well, if not a bit predictable. The themes were obvious - real vs cyber, corporate vs individThe book was really clever. A great idea executed rather well, if not a bit predictable. The themes were obvious - real vs cyber, corporate vs individual, the outsider vs. society - but the premise was so original and richly detailed that it made the rather mundane underlying of the plot and themes both bearable and enjoyable.
My only complaint really is that the middle lags a bit and suffers from chapter upon chapter of over indulgence in describing the technology and gadgets. ...more
I don't know if I liked this book or not. The TV show followed the book with aching precision and I read the book having already seen the TV show.
ThaI don't know if I liked this book or not. The TV show followed the book with aching precision and I read the book having already seen the TV show.
That said, I was not a fan of the character POV chapters. It created disjointed story lines and flat characters. I would also just forget what happened with a character because last I heard of them was 150 pages ago.
I also because increasingly displeased with the portrayal of sex and power in the book. Inevitably, whenever an author creates a whole world (even when he steals most of it from medieval times) there is a sense that he yearns for that world. Why else would he, or readers, spend 1000 of pages in this world if there wasn't some desire to visit this land? For me, I don't take pleasure in reading about a world where women are routinely raped and degraded without any sense of redemption on the horizon. This is not a book about the revolt of the oppressed. This is a bunch of rich entitled dudes all wanting to be the king of a playground only they are allowed to play on. Is this some sense of reality? Maybe, but there is no indication that anyone in this world (save a fleeting scene of Dany stopping the rape of women by making those women her slaves!) thinks things should be different and consequently the author doesn't appear to care either.
A story needs some sense of morality, some purpose. There is none in this book and so it just leaves hundreds of pages of shit that happens and people who die and for what purpose? I suppose in the end I think this made a better TV show than book because at least on TV actors can bring to life characters that are thinly and somewhat badly written.
**spoiler alert** I have to wonder why it is seemingly impossible to write a female protagonist who does not devolve into a sniveling, pathetic, whiny**spoiler alert** I have to wonder why it is seemingly impossible to write a female protagonist who does not devolve into a sniveling, pathetic, whiny girl who can't make a decision. Gale ended up being my favourite character here because he got fed up with her bullshit and left. And I might actually be able to overlook Katniss's character flaws if she actually you know saved the world or something but she actually plays no active part in the rebellion.
Still totally love the Hunger Games. Should have stopped with that one. ...more