Where this book shines is the anaylsis of girl's social hierarchy, group dynamics, and general "mean girl" antics.
I am the parent of a tween with two...moreWhere this book shines is the anaylsis of girl's social hierarchy, group dynamics, and general "mean girl" antics.
I am the parent of a tween with two more daughters right behind her. As such, I found parts of this book really frightening. The book presents a worldview that almost no girl passes through adolescense without some serious emotional scarring, having sex, and/or abusing substances. However, I've volunteered in youth programs for over a decade and I did not find this to be accurate. Everything in the book is definitely happening, but not on that scale (I hope).
Most of the "how to" advice is not a revelation and comes across preachy.
I felt like the book was written for white middle to upper class suburban moms. This would be me. However, I would have liked to hear about more diverse populations and how the realities are different or similar. (less)
I had a very clear idea of who I wanted Sookie to end up with and if she would be turned or not. Neither of these things went the way I had wanted the...moreI had a very clear idea of who I wanted Sookie to end up with and if she would be turned or not. Neither of these things went the way I had wanted them to. There wasn't any set up for how things did end and it felt abrupt to me. If it wasn't that person, I had 2 more lined up in front of the person she ended up with. Very unsatisfying.
With many characters you don't know how they ended up or their reaction at least top how it ended. I mean at least let us know what these characters thought about how it ended for her after being with us for 13 books.
It was a lot of "poor Sookie" and then abrupt chaotic events that did not make sense. It was as if she was forcing some twists and turns that did not follow the natural progression of the series.
The series was never sophisticated and fell in more of the guilty pleasure range. Yet, it still fell short of my expectations.
As a side note, with this series you would expect an abundance of romance in the final book. There was nearly none of that. (less)
Wins the "most beautiful cover" award, although the cover itself was a reveal. But, I didn't mind because I didn't know how it would come about.
The tw...moreWins the "most beautiful cover" award, although the cover itself was a reveal. But, I didn't mind because I didn't know how it would come about.
The twists surprised me and I like to be surprised. But, I should say the heavy foreshadowing of the twists was when I was surprised.
The series' medical vs. naturalism debate worked for me. It took something happening in our society too the extreme for examination. At the end, I got the impression both sides could lead to disaster. It could be it was left open for interprtation and to ponder. Best recent fiction written on the topic and in the "dystopian genre."
The characters fleshed out to authentic people. The emotions crept off of the page into my gut, especially the quiet sadness and the hope to have hope.
I didn't care if she ended up with Linden, Gabriel or no one. They both seemed unsuitable romantic figures for Rhine. That part was a disappointment.
Best of all, this book completes storylines and felt complete. It didn't leave me feeling like "that was the end?"
If you didn't like the second book, Fever, I would encourage you to give this book a chance.(less)