There are plenty of points I could nitpick about this book, and yet I must say I enjoyed the story and I was motivated to follow it to s...moreRating: 6.5/10
There are plenty of points I could nitpick about this book, and yet I must say I enjoyed the story and I was motivated to follow it to see how it turned out. For a young adult book, it does present a lot to think about, and I think that the "Homeland Security gone out of control" concept was done very well. The human nature reflected in both the oppressors and the rebels felt true to life.
This book was written to educate kids about technology, turn them on to the cool side of hacking, and serve as a warning about giving up personal freedoms. The story and characters often take a back seat to the message, which could be a bit tiresome, but as a whole the story held up.
The book features many sections of text which read like Wikipedia entries, as Marcus explains some cool piece of tech to the reader. This often felt rather jarring. Imagine a story that is written like this:
"We ran out the door, and hopped into my car to get away. A car is a motorized vehicle which burns gasoline to drive an engine, and that engine powers the wheels to let you get where you're going, fast. It's totally awesome! My car is a red Chevy Nova, which I rebuilt the engine in with my friend one summer."
Now replace the car with public key encryption or instructions on how to build a laptop, and you get the idea. It's just a little weird. (less)
A satisfying ending. I enjoyed the interesting developments regarding wand lore and deep magic. The time Harry and frien...more**spoiler alert** Rating: 9/10
A satisfying ending. I enjoyed the interesting developments regarding wand lore and deep magic. The time Harry and friends spent on the run got to be overly drawn out, but not nearly so bad as the journey through the forest in Fellowship of the Ring.
I could have done without the cheesy, entirely too neat epilogue. They defeated Voldemort through great hardship and wild adventures, so that they'd be free to live the most boring and predictable lives possible? This was better left to the imagination.(less)