Depressing, but appropriate. Knowing this book was all about war, I was worried that it would be resolved too quickly and easily, but Collins did a fiDepressing, but appropriate. Knowing this book was all about war, I was worried that it would be resolved too quickly and easily, but Collins did a fine job. Of course, I've never been in a war, but I thought it was believable. One thing I worry about in a series is when parts of the story pop up in the third book that have no correlation with the first book. However, the seeds for each story line I can think of were sowed in the first book and supported in the second. I would highly recommend this series....more
What I liked: * Intriguiging storyline. It kept me interested, which is an accomplishment when the book is huge. * I enjoyed the character development.What I liked: * Intriguiging storyline. It kept me interested, which is an accomplishment when the book is huge. * I enjoyed the character development. Except for Amy, who doesn't act like a 100-year-old and who doesn't remember many details of her past, the characters and their motives are detailed and believable.
What I disliked: * Chapters 1-11 could have easily been condensed into one chapter. They were unnecessarily detailed. * I have less faith in Michael's abilities than Justin Cronin did. After almost 100 years, he could get any engine going after never working on those particular machines before? I don't think so. * The actual passage was such a miniscule part of the story. Why name the book after it? * The events after the passage didn't add up to me. Amy suddenly knew every viral's name and that's all it took to defeat them... too easy after 700 pages. I guess since it changed everything, we should name the book after it. Hmm, that answers that question. * There was too long of a period of time where the virals behaved one way and then suddenly they behaved completely differently. I know Cronin tried to explain this, but I just didn't buy it....more
**spoiler alert** This book is about mostly regular people who have been wronged and decide to form a sisterhood in order to exact revenge on those wh**spoiler alert** This book is about mostly regular people who have been wronged and decide to form a sisterhood in order to exact revenge on those who wronged them.
The dead daughter speaking to various family members was cheezy and unnecessary. There was not enough character development. I didn't end up caring about any of them. There weren't enough details on how Charles was able to accomplish extraordinary tasks. The characters would often say, "I'm not even going to ask." You might be able to get away with that in a movie about spies, but not a book about supposedly regular people (plus a millionaire and a former MI-6 agent). It was a little too convenient and everything went down without a hitch.
Even the ending was wrapped up in a nice, neat, little bow. If the world learns that all you have to do to not get caught for a crime is to ship someone off to farm in Africa and have them hypnotized, then criminals would be doing this all the time. The premise was kind of interesting, but the follow-through left much to be desired....more
I really liked the first half, but his trip to London made up way too much of the book. Finally at the end of his trip, he writes, "So I started walkiI really liked the first half, but his trip to London made up way too much of the book. Finally at the end of his trip, he writes, "So I started walking, but Siobhan said I didn't have to describe everything that happens, I just have to describe the things that were interesting." And I thought Thank GOD! He's finally going to skip over something.
I thought it got interesting again after he finally found his mother, but I didn't like the fact that he could make an 80+ mile trip on his own, overcoming a lot of personal struggles, but didn't make any effort when his mother took him shopping the next day after a good night rest. Really? You can sort of keep it together through all the noise of the tube, but not at a store?? Just weird....more