This is one of the few books where the five-star overall rating totally fails. Or at least, does not work for me. I enjoyed the way it was told, throuThis is one of the few books where the five-star overall rating totally fails. Or at least, does not work for me. I enjoyed the way it was told, through the social media posts and various points of view for the people involved. I appreciated that it didn't quite provide the shooter with everything they were going for, something that Thirteen Reasons Why had some problems with. I liked that various people had various backstories, though many of them were fairly one-dimensional. I also did not like how many bodies there were - school shooters are just not generally that good, even the ones with firearm experience. It also gave a bit too much of a clever plot device for potential copycats, something that is always a possible problem with media like this. I found the way it was written compelling, but not the actual plot and content. This is a difficult topic for many reasons, and I don't feel it was quite done right, though also, it would be very, very difficult to do something like this in a way that was "right" to all readers. Focusing too much on the pain and suffering of the victims, glorifying the shooter, everyone wondering what they could have done and how they snubbed the shooter, all of these things are not good in these situations but they are difficult to avoid as well.
So the five star rating system doesn't quite work. I'm going with three stars.
This book was a Big Library Read and that surprises me. This book was probably not the best topic for such a widespread audience. I would not have read it otherwise, and I think I'm glad that I did, so maybe it was a good choice. Apparently, I am conflicted about this book in many ways....more
This was an excellent ending to a very good trilogy. All of the characters grew and learned and the pain and loss that happened felt as though it matcThis was an excellent ending to a very good trilogy. All of the characters grew and learned and the pain and loss that happened felt as though it matched the stakes and the kind of evil they were up against. I also enjoyed the fact that the author kept updating the semi-peripheral stories like what was going on in grey London and how they all played out.
The main complaint I had was a common one with action books: I couldn't really grasp the timeline. How many days, hours, or whatever was this happening over? It didn't lessen my enjoyment, but I did wonder at times if it was the same day or another day....more
This book was excellent. I debated between 4 and 5 stars for it. I love the character development, the plot, all of it was really great! There were aThis book was excellent. I debated between 4 and 5 stars for it. I love the character development, the plot, all of it was really great! There were a few things that didn't quite feel right, like Lila not learning enough about what she was getting herself into to be sure she wouldn't get caught and/or learning about the consequences before acting. Just didn't quite seem right. Good followup to the first book and honestly, I liked it a lot more. Word of warning: the book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, I'd recommend having #3 ready to go if you're reading this one!...more