After reading some of the other reviews to this book I thought I would share some of my own thoughts. I notice a lot of people are giving the book a lAfter reading some of the other reviews to this book I thought I would share some of my own thoughts. I notice a lot of people are giving the book a low rating and criticizing it on account of the instances of the animal testing which appear within the story.
I can understand that reading of the things might indeed be unpleasant, and disturbing, I myself do not like/approve of animal testing, but I don't think it is altogether fair to criticize the book for including these scenes, because I feel in a way that is missing the whole point of the story.
The author/book are not condoning animal testing, in fact the whole point of the story is the fact that what the scientists are doing is morally wrong.
Reading a book that is a somewhat dystopian, science-fiction novel about a group of scientists doing experimentation in the jungle and than complaining because there are scenes of animal testing would be like deciding to read a crime fiction novel and then criticizing the book for all the murder and violence.
This is a story that questions what it is that truly makes us human, and it is our flaws, "weaknesses," morality, emotions, compassion that gives us our humanity.
In a bit of a sort of Frankenstein way at one point Pia is accused of becoming a monster, but the true monsters are not her but her creators.
While they struggle to create what they consider this perfect being, an immortal human of whom they try to raise with complete rational thought devoid of emotion and a conception of "right" and "wrong" with a willingness to do anything for what they believe is the greater good their own humanity is stripped away from them and Pia must fight to reclaim her humanity. ...more
This book seemed a bit like zombies meets Stephen King's The Tommyknockers. I have to admit that I found it paled in comparison to Lindqvist's "Let thThis book seemed a bit like zombies meets Stephen King's The Tommyknockers. I have to admit that I found it paled in comparison to Lindqvist's "Let the Right One In" which I thought was a brilliant work. But considering that zombies have been done to death (no pun intended) I do appreciate the rather fresh and original perspective this book brought to the subject.
This book was not about your movie zombies who are out to eat human flesh, but rather Lindqvist explores the social and moral problems that would occur should an event occur in which the dead should arise again. It explores the subject from various different points of view, from the scientific to the spiritual, and how the families of the "revliving" as they were deemed in the book would be affected and their reactions to the event.
Some very interesting and thought provoking ideas were put forth, but I did feel as if the ending was a bit anti-climatic, I felt as if the book was building up to this really big event, and that there would be some grand conclusion, but nothing is really explained or made clear. ...more