Well, this was a challenging read for multiple reasons. I am persuaded of the basic premise: race doesn't create racism; racism creates race. That is dWell, this was a challenging read for multiple reasons. I am persuaded of the basic premise: race doesn't create racism; racism creates race. That is deeply profound insight that has huge ramifications.
However, the conclusion was discouraging - not a lot of proactive or helpful solutions are offered; more standard left-wing rhetoric and "the end is near" sort of language. I might be misreading this, but I couldn't help but come way with that taste in my mouth.
I am trying to study the African-American experience and learn from them and attempt to see the world more through their eyes as a white man who has experienced privilege. This is the first serious book I have read in my studies....so we will see what else I can learn in coming reads.
The crucial insight in this book is mind-altering, despite some of the weaknesses and biases of the authors....more
Well, this was a fairly impressive trilogy, coming in at around 1800 pages. It should have been about 1400.
This was the weakest of the three. The firWell, this was a fairly impressive trilogy, coming in at around 1800 pages. It should have been about 1400.
This was the weakest of the three. The first 280 pages were really not necessary. In fact, the huge section that flashes back to Fanning (Subject Zero) and his backstory just didn't work. My biggest problem with the book is that I don't think that Cronin adequately explains why Fanning hates the world so much and is so evil and intent on destruction. And his obsession with Amy doesn't make sense. Plus, having him end up with Liz after all at the end after wiping out 7 billion souls (7 billion!) was just wimpy. Let justice be done.
The best parts of this trilogy are the following: A great prose which is very unusual with post-apocalyptic genre, 4-5 really highly developed characters that you grow very close to, and an amazing ability to write great action sequences that will have you turning pages as much as any book I have read for a long time.
I recommend the books. Not for the faint of heart. The first 200 pages of the first book were my favorite...and I enjoyed book 2 a lot as well.
This was a definite page-turner and an interesting read.
Cronin is a skilled writer who portrays the ability to develop a really spellbinding plot as wThis was a definite page-turner and an interesting read.
Cronin is a skilled writer who portrays the ability to develop a really spellbinding plot as well as give you insight into key characters that goes beyond a typical "action-horror" genre author.
The book is really three different books. It is always difficult to put together a sprawling epic; but the sudden historic leap forward (100 years!) in the span of about 3 pages really caught me off guard and was the weakest part of the narrative. Overall, the first part of the book was the strongest, and they became gradually weaker in the second and third.
I will definitely move right into the second book because I want to know what happens. I am willing to commit to 1,500 more pages after Book 1. Many epic trilogies have had me tossing the first book aside vowing never to move forward. So, Cronin succeeds in winning a reader such as myself.
Plus - the part where you discover that the post-Apocalyptic world continues and is based in The Republic of Texas was just a great added bonus.