Výborná kniha. Jen si nejsem jistá, jestli bylo moudré tohle psychologické drama o partnerské krizi dvou mladých lidí trpících krizí identity, zasaditVýborná kniha. Jen si nejsem jistá, jestli bylo moudré tohle psychologické drama o partnerské krizi dvou mladých lidí trpících krizí identity, zasadit do dystopického sci-fi světa. Proto jdu s hvězdičkami dolů.
Ale teď už vážně. I napodruhé to pro mě bylo zklamání. Možná jsem z toho vyrostla, možná jsem byla až moc namlsaná z prvního dílu, který je téměř dokonalý, ale od dobré knihy toho očekávám mnohem víc. Rozhodně ne postavy tak placaté, že by se o ně dalo pořezat. Ani hlavní hrdiny, kteří se (k sobě) chovají tak iracionálně, až to rozum nebere. Do mojí krabice s nápisem „stereotypní mocí posedlí záporáci“ se toho už taky moc nevejde, asi je začnu strkat do skříně. Byla tam spousta konfliktů, které sice měly na svědomí spoustu emocionálního vypětí, ale dějová linie mi přišla sešitá horkou jehlou a směřovala k jednomu jedinému cíli. Jenomže i cesta je cíl, v knihách dvojnásob! ...more
There was something captivating about The Maze Runner. Something that kept me going, wondering, reading andDear mr. Dashner. This is not a way to go.
There was something captivating about The Maze Runner. Something that kept me going, wondering, reading and - most importantly – caring. Scorch Trials is unpredicatable, shocking, thrilling... and it made me mad. It is not a bad thing to create an atmosphere full of suspense and uncertainty and to make the readers keep guessing what is really going on till the very end only to turn it all upside down.
James Dashner just went too far. He took a large group of mostly expendable characters (presumably so that he had could keep murdering them too add the right amount of blood, gore and guts once in a while) and put them through a wicked hunger-game like scenario. So good so far.
The problem is, that the forces that cause things to happen (the people behind all of it) are the ultimate gods. Their advanced technologies and infallibility of their plans put virually everything in motion. There is no reason why things happen and why people act like they do other than that someone somewhere wanted to see what was gonna happen. You can’t believe anything you see or hear because it is all staged. It is not that the narrator tells a story of what happened. Instead, you get the feeling that the author has a god complex, he got bored, and decided to tell you what he though was gonna be fun to make happen to all those kids.
There just might be a reason underlying all the events in the book that lead to some kind of conclusion, but I get the feeling that it doesn’t matter what happens, who does what, who says what, who kills who, who betrays his friend. The only thing that matters is that somebody though it fitting to happen without an obvious reason. Waiting for that fantastic reason for whole three books doesn’t outweigh the fact that I have to go through all of the three books just to see the point. Not to mention that The Scorch Trials followed the same pattern as The Maze Runner, the only thing that changed was the environment and the awareness of the characters. The Maze Runner just changed to “The Desert Runner”.
I am aware that all of my reservations might be just what the author was aiming for. It just doesn’t work for me. ...more
What is it about: Imagine a post apocalyptic world inhabited by zombies. A few enclaves of people still remain but every dead person either serves a What is it about: Imagine a post apocalyptic world inhabited by zombies. A few enclaves of people still remain but every dead person either serves as a live snack bar (take out meal) or - if infected - joins the ranks of the undead. Zombies forget all about their human lives and they are kind of like empty shells just mimicking human lives. And human brains are the best delicatessens for them because it enables them to experience some of their victim’s memories. R – a male zombie of uncertain age – has managed to preserve more humanity than others. One day he eats a brain of a teenage boy Perry and experiences Perry’s love for his (ex)girlfriend Julie. R decides to spare Julie and saves her life. He wants to protect her, befriend her. Armed with the remains of Perry’s brain in his pocket (for future consumption and for the purposes of some more memory-travelling) he brings Julie with him to the biggest zombie lair in town.
The writing is very mature and broody, much more about philosophical issues than about action and plot line. It’s all about humanity, what it takes to be human, how important hope is... Is it possible to save the world as we knew it or should we just build a new one? And that’s all really nice and new but it didn’t help in enjoy ability department. It was too slow. Sometimes it was really hard to follow and often I wasn’t sure why certain things were happening.
Do not expect sweet emotional romance or epic world saving attempts. Everything is thoughtful and gradual. And it’s full of WTF moments caused by the fact that the narrator is flesh eating a zombie and his beloved Julie is a bratty teenage girl who doesn’t even flinch while surrounded by a horde of hungry zombies and holds absolutely no grudge against R who sometimes kills people and ate her (ex)boyfriend’s brain for crying out loud!
What to expect: a lot of gruesome details, dialogues overflowing with ellipses...because... zombies just... have problems... articulating... their thoughts... properly, a big dose of do-not-judge-people-just-because-they-miss-important-body-parts.
Verdict It wasn’t exactly bad. Just not a must read of any kind. Nothing really outstanding with the exception of the zombie hero/narrator (who was somehow much more likeable than his human companion).
"Stop shrugging, you asshole! I know you can talk; say something." Later: "And there you go again, shrugging. Stop shrugging, shrugger!"
"Do you think we’ll ever get things back to the way they were?" "I hope not" ...more
I so wanted to give it 5 stars but I ended up with 4, than I had to change it for 3.5 and finally round it up on 3. The opening is excellent but it proI so wanted to give it 5 stars but I ended up with 4, than I had to change it for 3.5 and finally round it up on 3. The opening is excellent but it promises much more than you get at the end. The middle is a little bit boring with exception of few really good actions, but the end gets better again.
But First things first: I really liked and enjoyed the characters, especially Cale was very well written. The religion of Redeemers was quite believable and interesting. The hints of existing places a cities were a little confusing – Mr. Hoffman should have give us a little more, or much less. Synopsis on the back cover promised world in the future stricken by some unknown catastrophe – for me it was plain Middle Age. Nothing future and catastrophic at all. I like extraordinary and unusual names but I just couldn´t get used to some of them. I cringed every time I read about Arbell Swan-Neck and IdrisPuke (Puke- really? Was it necessary?) Vipond is an ok name, but to such a clever and elegant man it seemed like an insult. How can people so arrogant, obnoxious and vain like Matterazis rule a whole empire? They even showed themselves as quite stupid at the end. That´s a big mystery for me...
Like I said, there were some really excellent moments; most of the fights were unpredictable and exciting, this book is a good adventure and at times a real page-turner. But it is unbalanced by the boring and flawed parts.
Summary: It left a coppery taste on my tongue – I want more of it, but not right now, first I have to starve a little.