I read this book about three weeks ago when we were still on our vacation, sitting around the pool and sipping my drink in a coconut (I do miss that aI read this book about three weeks ago when we were still on our vacation, sitting around the pool and sipping my drink in a coconut (I do miss that a lot!) An Abundance of Katherines was such a great surprise that I read it in one sitting. I was completely hooked to the story and the characters!
Some guys like blonds; others like blue eyes; Colin likes Katherines. His type is linked to the name rather than physical appearance, and why not? It’s an original idea, one that gives you a good glimpse at the author’s sense of humor. His character, Colin, was refreshing to me; how great is it to have a male lead instead of a female one in a novel that has a lot to do with love? And Green does it well enough; the story is just a good mix of fun, realism, and extraordinary adventure.
The characters made the story exciting; they were original and detailed, in such a way that I immediately imagined this book being turned into a movie. They had strengths and weaknesses, and the friendship between the two guys was absolutely believable – maybe because in some way, it reminded me so much of the friendship some of my guy-friends had at that age. This is one book I wouldn’t be afraid to recommend not only to girls, but also to some guys! I read certain passages to the Man and he laughed, so that’s a good sign!
This may not be a life-changing book, but it is certainly a fun, quick read, perfect as a beach read! And Green’s writing is on point on so many occasions, I could easily feel Colin’s misery or happiness along the story. He also makes a great use of footnotes and anagrams, which makes the reading more surprising, varied....more
There is so much I enjoyed in this book, it’s hard to decide where to begin with! Of course, as most first books in a series, this one was a lot aboutThere is so much I enjoyed in this book, it’s hard to decide where to begin with! Of course, as most first books in a series, this one was a lot about setting the characters and the different aspects of the world. The great thing is, Briggs paces the information thorough the book in between the different scenes in a way that doesn’t seem too heavy. Plus the alternate version of our world felt well constructed and intriguing, so reading about was only captivating.
I loved the characters and the dynamics between them, and also the dynamics in the werewolves pack (and with Mercy, since she is kind of an outsider). They had very different personalities, and Mercy’s two would-be love interests had both great stories. I had a slight preference for Adam over Samuel, but honestly it’s a tough choice! And while we’re on the topic of Mercy’s men, here is my next point : Mercy as a character and Mercy on the cover.
As much as I’m okay with the cover, I don’t feel it represents Mercy that well. That girl is a little too sexy, while Mercy didn’t give me that impression at all. I’m not saying this because Mercy was a mechanic and wasn’t feminine (and she was not “not feminine”), but because that’s not what mainly comes out from this novel. Sure, there is a tension between her and the two werewolves (Samuel and Adam), but if you’ve been put off by the cover, thinking it would be all about romance and sex in an urban fantasy setting (like I first thought), than let me assure you, it is nothing like this.
Mercy is an heroine just like I love them : strong, down-to-earth, practical. That’s not to say she has no emotions, but she doesn’t let them control her either. She also has some common sense : when she smells danger, she actually doesn’t run to it unless she has no other choice. She doesn’t risk her life every other page and plans carefully her actions. It’s kind of refreshing to have a character who’s not constantly endangering hers and her friends lives! Add to that a good sense of humor that doesn’t take over the story, and it pretty much was one of my favorite urban fantasy novel in a long time!
All in all, it was a great book, and I know I’ll be wanting to read more....more