Cute book. Really fascinating premise. I feel like there were some things that I would have liked to have been fleshed out more, but it makes sense whCute book. Really fascinating premise. I feel like there were some things that I would have liked to have been fleshed out more, but it makes sense why they weren't.
I actually really appreciated the interesting and thought-provoking social commentary that weaved its way within the story, effortlessly and without feeling like I was being preached at. ...more
I read all of it, and I read it wanting to know what was going to happen, but with a minor curiosity, as if I had already heard the storUgh.
I read all of it, and I read it wanting to know what was going to happen, but with a minor curiosity, as if I had already heard the story and I just wanted to flesh out a couple of the details. Because it was exactly like that - by a third of the way into the book I had successfully predicted the entire plot of the book as well as about 48% of the details.
That sort of thing I was expecting, though - we're in the age of the YA Dystopian Novel With Strong Female Lead Who Is Quiet But Quickly Learns To Kill Things. My personal issue with the main character was that I did not find her relatable at all. I felt her choices were wild and illogical and her character progression didn't feel like an actual human's to me - and I get it, she's ~~~Divergent~~~ magic sparkles special snowflake everywhere. Some of the secondary characters acted more realistic, in my opinion.
There's a scene where everyone is facing horrible nightmares during the day and at night for days or weeks at a time, and people are being affected by this, because it's terrifying and taxing and they are tired and mentally traumatized repeatedly. And she's just... fine... and she recognizes it and asks, "Am I broken?" and I want to shout, YES, YES YOU ARE. VERONICA ROTH WROTE YOU AS A BROKEN CHARACTER, HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL? DO YOU FEEL ANYTHING? BECAUSE YOUR EMOTIONS SEEM TO BE EITHER "Wheel of Fortune, spin the wheel see how she acts today!!" OR YOU COMPLETELY LOSE ALL ABILITIES TO CLIMB A FUCKING LADDER IF A BOY LOOKS AT YOU FOR LONGER THAN TWO SECONDS. GREAT.
Mildly entertaining, but not very compelling. I honestly have no particular desire to read the rest of the series. ...more
Well. Imagine there's a place where you can go and be drop dead gorgeous, have all the fun you can stand, not have to worry about work or other mundanWell. Imagine there's a place where you can go and be drop dead gorgeous, have all the fun you can stand, not have to worry about work or other mundane things like jealousy or anger or other scary emotions. You're always happy. You're always beautiful, and so is everyone else.
Okay so that's the evil way to live. This book is about how really living is roughing it up in the wild and doing hard work and feeling all the emotions.
It's also about really awkward dialogue and very tenuous plot points. And an author who has difficulty directing your attentions to one thing or another.
I gave it three stars because the premise is... interesting, and maybe it gets better later in the series? Does that ever happen?...more
A ridiculous book that starts off trying to be a slightly spooky mystery - is it coincidence? Or is it paranormal??! - quickly forgets to follow the pA ridiculous book that starts off trying to be a slightly spooky mystery - is it coincidence? Or is it paranormal??! - quickly forgets to follow the plot outline and focuses on Twilight-esque romance of super perfect strong ridiculously rich guy and y'know, just a girl. All sorts of random things happen, but they're seemingly pointless until the very end when Hodkin suddenly realizes she has ten pages left in her journal and has to get everything to make sense somehow! It's mostly one long, tedious romance, punctuated by a bare semblance of an almost-interesting plot.
The excessive/constant banter was annoying. No one talks like that in real life. And if they did, the sarcasm would wither everyone's souls. The fact that Hodkin just had a pencil bag of (stock) characters that she paraded out when convenient, and then tossed them out with just as little thought, was *very* annoying. But like, plot devices! The entire book is teenage angsty love with plot devices thrown in from an internet plot device generator! Why??!
It was compelling (frustrating?) enough to finish, but I certainly am not reading the second in the series....more