Well, that was unexpected. I’ve got very mixed feelings about this book. But, I need to start out by saying that I think this was probably one of theWell, that was unexpected. I’ve got very mixed feelings about this book. But, I need to start out by saying that I think this was probably one of the most violent young adult books I’ve ever read. Dystopia and post-apocalyptic books look like child’s play compared to this.
There were a lot of characters that you needed to keep straight, as they were all pretty much main characters. The story would jump from one to another in a way that seemed to make no sense at first, but eventually I was able to straighten it all out. The nice thing was that the characters were honest and true-to-life. They weren’t particularly likeable, and Wasserman definitely didn’t gloss over their short-comings, but they grew on me a little because of that. I didn’t really connect with them, but I was curious how they would get through this bizarre situation they found themselves in. That could have a little bit to do with the way the story was told, which didn’t work for me.
The story was told by an omniscient narrator who was able to tell what each character was feeling and thinking at any given time. I think it would have fared better for me if it had been written in alternating views, so I could have gotten to know each character rather than be told how they felt and what they thought.
Besides the lack of connection with the characters, the way it was written made it feel very long-winded and rambling, too. Wasserman used a lot of big, obscure words (yes, I know how that sounds, and generally I like big words but it was too much, and they would distract from the story) and it seemed that at times they were just strung together to make run-on sentences. It felt a little bit pretentious, to me – just too much prose for the type of story that it was.
In the end, though, it had lots of action and mystery, which was entertaining and kept me interested, despite the fact that the writing style kept putting me to sleep. I was constantly wondering what made the whole town go crazy, and then once that was answered, how were they going to get out of this predicament? It’s very dark themes made me question exactly what would we really be like if we stripped away our consciences and had no qualms of acting out our darkest desires? At times I was shocked at what just happened, since it’s not something I see in many young adult books, and surprised at how quickly these kids became desensitized to their surroundings.
It wrapped up a little too quickly for my taste, with just paragraphs in some cases to put everything away in tidy little packages. At the end I still had some unanswered questions scratching away in the back of my mind – like why did the voices that the main characters were hearing suddenly disappear?
My final verdict is this: if you can get past the writing style, or think that it would work in this type of setting, then give it a go. It was, at the very least, something different from the norm and the story itself was captivating. It won’t be for everyone, and it definitely has it’s flaws, but it was still a decent read....more
What a terrible thought - that a person could wake up every morning not having any idea who they are, able to keep memories for that day and then haviWhat a terrible thought - that a person could wake up every morning not having any idea who they are, able to keep memories for that day and then having them disappear that night. Although I found parts of it unbelievable, and thought partway I figured that she was purposely being kept in this personal hell. I never in a million years would have seen the end coming.
It is split into three parts, and though it's advertised as a thriller, I didn't feel that until the third part when it all came together. The first two parts were just ongoing about her trying to regain memories and writing her journal.
But all in all it was a good book, something different than the usual fare....more
I enjoyed this book, but it followed the formula of Still Missing a bit too much for my liking. It's written as if the narrator (Sara) is talking to hI enjoyed this book, but it followed the formula of Still Missing a bit too much for my liking. It's written as if the narrator (Sara) is talking to her shrink, reliving the story between sessions. At times I found Sara likable and at other times I wanted to slap her. I felt for Abby, who was trying to deal with Sara's lack of time for her while she tries to deal with her killer biological father. The ending was easier to predict since having read Still Missing - but I think that if Chevy Stevens steps away from what has already been successful and branches out a little bit, she will be very successful as a writer....more
This was pretty good for a debut author...an interesting plot with a lot of bouncing around so you're confused about what is actually happening. But..This was pretty good for a debut author...an interesting plot with a lot of bouncing around so you're confused about what is actually happening. But...I only gave it 3 stars because despite the bouncing around, the big "whodunnit" starts revealing itself about halfway through the book...I guessed and was pretty much bang-on. Still, worth a read and I would likely read more by Larsen when they come out....more
An enjoyable read, but I don't think it was as good as the first. Maybe because there weren't really any new characters added - those that were were eAn enjoyable read, but I don't think it was as good as the first. Maybe because there weren't really any new characters added - those that were were either dead or not developed. The "bad guy" in this one was barely mentioned - a sideplot, yes, but there were very few surprises with the Gretchen/Archie story, so I wanted more from the rest.
Disturbing. But probably very close to reality in the way that she portrays the public's view of a serial killer, the media's obsession with news thatDisturbing. But probably very close to reality in the way that she portrays the public's view of a serial killer, the media's obsession with news that isn't really news and how it affects people. I actually found the sub-plot about the media and public spectacle about Gretchen more intriguing than the Gretchen/Archie plot, it made me sick to my stomach in how close it really came to how things are. Mind you, the whole book was a bit demented and sick (of course) and a few places made me gag just a little bit while reading with the extreme and grotesque imagery.
If you've read the first 2 books in the series, read this one. If you haven't read the first 2, read them before reading this (it wouldn't make any sense without them)...but know that none of the books are for the faint of heart - if you don't like "gross" you will have a hard time with these books....more
This was a really good thriller...it reminded me of another one I'd read recently (where the doctor was "researching" enhancements and creating super-This was a really good thriller...it reminded me of another one I'd read recently (where the doctor was "researching" enhancements and creating super-people by doing things in their brains), but only in the way of the villains - the rest of the story was completely different. It wasn't the type of book that I could guess what would happen next and definitely kept my interest all the way through. And I can not imagine the pain that the townspeople had to go through with these creeps. It's the type of story that makes you hope that things like this aren't really going on in the world....more