One of the best children/adult books I've ever read. I think this could actually be enjoyed by children AND adults, except for the very first pages ma...moreOne of the best children/adult books I've ever read. I think this could actually be enjoyed by children AND adults, except for the very first pages may cause nightmares in some. A Boy raised in a graveyard, the children will like the difference of being raised by ghosts, the adults will like the deeper story that will probably bypass the children, with a good bully problem solving in there. It's a gentle book with only a little bad vs good, and really, no action, all just story telling in a serious and a little somber manner with no sadness till the end, but it's a sadness of children growing up, more a sadness for adults. Very well written, the characters are strong with enough mystery for guessing and though gentle with enough to keep one's interest solidly peaked. I like Neil Gaiman, I've read almost every one of his books and this may be his masterpiece so far. I bought it in the adult section of the bookstore and it should be there, I hope it's also in the kid's section. (less)
I've seen many reviews of this book, many linking it to The Hunger Games, but as I am slow to follow the herd, I've neither read nor seen Hunger Games...moreI've seen many reviews of this book, many linking it to The Hunger Games, but as I am slow to follow the herd, I've neither read nor seen Hunger Games, so this is a review based upon the merits of this book alone, though I see the resemblance to "Legion", it bothers me not a whit. My young adulthood was in the 70's and 80's and I LOVED the post apocalyptic books then, but most of those were post nuclear war, because the Cold War was on most people's minds back then... now it's zombies and diseases... still the same thing, humanity and or lack of such, in a post disaster world. I enjoyed the heck out of this book. It's several generations after some apocalypse that since the main character doesn't know what the nature of that apocalypse was, we don't know either, but it is revealed later, when she finds out. Aguirre is very good at fleshing out even the minor characters and giving them very human or inhuman traits, we live through Deuce's trials and tribulations, her pride in herself and her fears and how she views her worlds as they change. She lives underground in the New York subway system, though she doesn't know that either, she just knows it as underground. Her world is brutal, yet not as brutal as it COULD be, she learns to survive and be a huntress, something that she takes HUGE pride in, it gives her the reason to live in such brutal conditions... then she has to leave and is exiled to Topside with her partner where her entire world changes, she is no longer the mistress of her domain and finds that maybe the tunnels weren't as horrific as it could have been. She fights her way and fights her way, learning how to live as a fuller person. My only gripe is after a well written book, the ending just stopped. It left a taste in my mouth of "Oops, the book is getting too long, gotta end it now" I really wanted to know a little bit further and though it's a series, it doesn't look like I'll find out, difficult to tell and I really dislike that sort of tactic that is used to sell books nowadays. This book is definitely not the classic of "On the Beach" or "A Canticle of Liebowitz" both of which are must reads, but for a young adult book, I think it's pretty good, though I'd read "On the Beach" in High School, so Aguirre could have made it better, books don't have to be dumbed down for youth, though they may connect with them better, I don't know, I think Aguirre has the talent, I'd have to read her adult books before I formed more of an opinion. I enjoyed it and would recommend it, it's better than some of the vampire pap out there and better than some of the other zombie books out there too.
I hate Joyce's books, they are so good, you can't put them down and then go through them so fast! This is one of his Young Adult books, yet I have my...moreI hate Joyce's books, they are so good, you can't put them down and then go through them so fast! This is one of his Young Adult books, yet I have my suspicions that a Young adult would not get as much out of it as an adult. This isn't my favorite by far, of his books, and I wouldn't make it the first one if one has never read him, but even his worst book is pretty good. Being far away from my young adult hood, I am not sure if he has a good grasp on it. He might, though the well written characters, at least the main one seems to be a little perceptive for a 14 year old. I am not quite sure if I was that perceptive at 21, but maybe... it's been 25 years since I was 21. Anyway, the characters are complex and interesting, yet I felt that there could have been more done with the whole topic of the bracelet, that there could have been a large book out of it and that it was chopped to make it more palatable to a young audience. It's a shame as I think a fuller book for a more adult audience would have been more appropriate, but who am I to say, an adult? Good book, not his best, but a very enjoyable read. (less)
Read this in the 60's or early 70's all through adulthood, can I tell you how many times I've read it? Great books, even though aimed at Young Adult....moreRead this in the 60's or early 70's all through adulthood, can I tell you how many times I've read it? Great books, even though aimed at Young Adult. Based on the Mabinogion and Welsh mythology, people familiar with Welsh mythology will recognise most of the characters, especially the famous Gwydion and House of Don etc. Who wouldn't empathize with Taran? Though even when I was very young, I thought Eilonwy a little silly and empty headed. (less)