I have seen a fair amount of people saying they found this unrealistic in this day and age. I don't. I went to school in the age of Columbine. It occ I have seen a fair amount of people saying they found this unrealistic in this day and age. I don't. I went to school in the age of Columbine. It occurred just prior to my starting middle school, and heralded in the age of the fake bomb threat. It happened so frequently that complacency just became the standard; after five or six times in a semester people just stop believing it's real until an actual shooting happens again. I distinctly remember a time when my middle school principal got taken to task after he only evacuated the building for five minutes after a threat. Unfortunately, it would be hard for a small town to really feel that something was genuinely wrong, and the way it's presented in this book the administration couldn't do a damn thing anyway.
That being said, it's harder to suspend belief about the fact the everyone in that auditorium has a phone on hand. One or two people saying it, oh hahaha not funny. But you'd be getting a hundred plus reports for this. Even in a small town, law enforcement would be getting there faster; certainly faster than some track stars running down the road to get them.
Nonetheless, I think this narrative felt genuine enough. I found the tweeting interstitial pieces somewhat distracting and hard to track, but I do hate twitter so very much. The individual narratives I actually found to be an interesting perspective. I don't think they lacked development; instead, if you really put yourself in the first person emotionally they said a lot about how that person was experiencing that situation. Nonetheless, the overall story lacked a certain amount of development that perhaps some more backstory could have contributed to. ...more
Not a lot of books make me so angry that I twitch while reading them, and this one is definitely an exception. From the time Naila gets to Pakistan onNot a lot of books make me so angry that I twitch while reading them, and this one is definitely an exception. From the time Naila gets to Pakistan on, I want to punch something. My word. And knowing that someone doesn't want to be with you and was forced into it, but then saying "Sorry, I don't have a choice"? Man, my husband is lucky not to be neutered in place of Amin! Saif is a much more reserved man than I could ever be.
In any case, it's a quick read. It gets to the point quickly. I wanted to read it as someone who grew up with many friends involved in this type of situation and living in a state where I will come in contact with many teenagers dealing with this from all perspectives. It served to confirm for me that my friends who chose not to obey were likely risking a lot doing so. I'm not going to say it's epic literature, but it's a good read for the young people in this type of community as well as those who might not understand it. ...more
I gave up 3/4 of the way through. I had to make a "didn't finish" shelf for this book. I never don't finish a book . Hey have you met Eliza? She's hotI gave up 3/4 of the way through. I had to make a "didn't finish" shelf for this book. I never don't finish a book . Hey have you met Eliza? She's hot. Kinda. And easy. Who wouldn't hit that? I couldn't do it. This book was far too shallow for me. I cheated and read spoilers and when I found out that I couldn't revel in the deaths of these characters in detail I was just done....more
I have to say that I genuinely feel like the cover and title (despite the title's apt tie-in to the story) undersell this book. It comes off as "chickI have to say that I genuinely feel like the cover and title (despite the title's apt tie-in to the story) undersell this book. It comes off as "chicky" and it's just so much more than that.
I was immediately drawn into the characters and world. Echo is so easy to relate to, and the two worlds at conflict are so bluntly put forth yet well fleshed out. It also might contain the most naturally flowing homosexual relationship(s) incorporated into a fantasy book that I've seen in ages. The interplay of the characters somewhat reminds me of Guardians of the Galaxy- a group of misfits who end up working together even though it totally seems like they shouldn't.
I'm not dying for the next title like the Lunar Chronicles series, but I'll definitely keep reading. ...more