Výborná kniha. Jen si nejsem jistá, jestli bylo moudré tohle psychologické drama o partnerské krizi dvou mladých lidí trpících krizí identity, zasadit...moreVýborná 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! (less)
I was hoping a reread would change my ambivalent feelings toward Across the Universe. No such luck.
Even when writing sci-fi space futuristic detective...moreI was hoping a reread would change my ambivalent feelings toward Across the Universe. No such luck.
Even when writing sci-fi space futuristic detective thriller you have to abide by the rules of nature and especially the rules you established as a writer and creator of that particular universe. There is just no excuse for breaking them and using shortcuts. Setting you book aboard a spaceship doesn’t justify the plot holes by any means. Treating hormones, DNAs, genetics, embryos, peoples’ talents and aptitudes like scrabble just isn’t right.
First, you need some likeable and/or interesting and/or round characters. Amy an Elder are sorry excuses for the main characters. Are you being threatened for creating the disturbance on the ship where you stick out as a sore thumb? Go out jogging. Do tell people stories. Give a tantrum. No one will notice. Or will they? Maybe you are just affected by the unfreezing liquid pumped into your vains centuries ago which nobody tried to get out of your system. Wait, the liquid wasn’t even needed, was it? The end of the book breaks every rule established in the beginning.
This can’t be happening. There is always some excuse for every all too convenient and not so much believable incidents and subplots. The thing is – an average observant reader shouldn’t be expected to come up with such excuses if he is to have nice and overall pleasant reading experience.
"Rules for writing detective stories" by S. S. Van Dine (SPOILERS ahead)
The reader must have equal opportunity with the detective for solving the mystery. All clues must be plainly stated and described.
Not really. Elder has access anywhere and to everything and he still remains clueless to everything. He knows nothing about the drugs, about the genetic manipulation, engine malfunction, real nature of the plague… All it would take is to talk to some of the keepers, reading through the history records, questioning Orion, questioning the Doc… Every time somebody acts suspiciously or gives a clue, Elder just ignores it.
No willful tricks or deceptions may be placed on the reader other than those played legitimately by the criminal on the detective himself.
Super modern space ship centuries ahead of the old Earth. Everybody has an ID chip. Everything can be traced. And yet, it is very convenient not to use this technology to your advantage and to rely on archaic fingerprint base authorization and identification. How convenient for the author and inconvenient for the characters solving the murders.
There must be no love interest. The business in hand is to bring a criminal to the bar of justice, not to bring a lovelorn couple to the hymeneal altar.
Ok, lets skip this one. The love interest was needed in order to have a catchy lovey-dovey cover.
The detective himself, or one of the official investigators, should never turn out to be the culprit.
This was just so very wrong. This way, the author made Elder a hypocritical lying dummy with no moral fiber and more importantly she made a fool out of all her readers. Or were we just pretending it was an actual detective story? Lets rather pretend we didn’t notice than no real precaution at all has been made in order to prevent other murders. None at all. Locking the door? Setting up alarms? Disabling the cryo tanks from being compromised? (Putting Harley - the depressive star obsessed boy in mental health care – on guard just doesn’t count)
The culprit must be determined by logical deductions — not by accident or coincidence or unmotivated confession. Such an author is no better than a practical joker.
Call it as you wish, a voluntary confession fits the best. For both of them. Ooops. Just one too many because:
There must be but one culprit, no matter how many murders are committed.
Ok, enough with that. I know it’s not fair to judge YA sci-fi as a roman policier. But it’s equally bad to consider YA readers gullible objects who don’t question anything and fall for every attempt to bring some new fresh ideas into Young Adult.
SETTING matters. PREMISE matters. CHARACTERS matter. PLOT matters. SCIENCE matters. READERS matter. You have to go beyond setting, getting stuck somewhere around premise and not going further/deeper just wont do. (less)