This may actually be closer to 3.5 stars. I did enjoy the book, though I found the writing to be a little on the light side and I found some holes in...moreThis may actually be closer to 3.5 stars. I did enjoy the book, though I found the writing to be a little on the light side and I found some holes in the story telling that I hope may be answered in the coming books.
This book kept my interest, though I can't say it was a book I couldn't put down. The characters while slightly flat/2 dimensional, were interesting enough to keep the story moving along and the reader engaged. The concept is interesting, if not fully developed. But I hope that the future books in this series (a proposed trilogy) will provide more depth as we explore who the returned are, why they have returned, what it all means, and why they simply leave again. I am intrigued enough to continue reading as future books are completed. I may or may not watch the TV series.(less)
This was not the easiest book to read. I already had some knowledge and ideas about Scientology, but this book showed a real human side to it. And it...moreThis was not the easiest book to read. I already had some knowledge and ideas about Scientology, but this book showed a real human side to it. And it is not all the pretty lights that Tom Cruise wants you to look at! I also get that people like Tom Cruise, John Travolata, and other celebrities have a very different experience in this organization. I can't really even say religion because at its core, religion is about a belief system, but when most of your members don't even really know the basis of your "religion" how can they really have a belief in it?
I don't often read memoirs. They are often in need of a really good editor and maybe even ghost writer, but this doesn't usually happen as what you want is the raw emotion of the story teller to come out. But this one really could have used a little help. At times it was really challenging to figure out where in time the events where happening, or how much time had passed between events being described. It was hard to get the flow of time and how she had grown/changed over time.
But overall, a really interesting look into the inner workings of this organization. I am sure there are some very good people and that some people find what ever it is they are looking for in this group. BUT it really goes to show that you can't just look at the surface, dig deep to find out what is really going on. Mostly you will just find a desire for power and money.(less)
I am not sure it is quite a 4, maybe a 3.75, but close enough.
This was an interesting read, so different outside my normal book selections and simply...moreI am not sure it is quite a 4, maybe a 3.75, but close enough.
This was an interesting read, so different outside my normal book selections and simply for that it was a good book! I will admit it took me about 100 or so pages to really start to get a feel for this writer's style and for the plot device of the book. The premise being that Ursula Todd has lived her life before...and she starts to have flashes of her previous lives (deje vue) which allows/causes/leads her to make different choices at certain points, thus allowing new or different events to occur.
It is interesting to think about how one event can alter ones life. Maybe until we finally "get it right", what ever that may be. Through most her different "lives" the events are very similar and the choices that make changes are minimal, though there are a few that are pretty significant and take her down a few rather unique paths...
I am looking forward to talking about this one with others, as I think this is a book that really does beg discussion.(less)