As a portion of the Ultimate X-Men collection, this is important to read. However, it's not one of my favorite. The art changes in the middle, and whi...moreAs a portion of the Ultimate X-Men collection, this is important to read. However, it's not one of my favorite. The art changes in the middle, and while I'm okay with art changes, not to the extreme of this one. The two art styles are totally different and jarring. As individual issues of the comic, it might not have been such a big deal, but when reading this as a whole story, it totally takes you out of the story.(less)
I'll be the first to mention that I'm probably not the target audience for this book. I picked it out of the library because I was looking for a good...moreI'll be the first to mention that I'm probably not the target audience for this book. I picked it out of the library because I was looking for a good urban fantasy book to read. It looked promising with a new take on the post-apocalyptic world. But, I found myself bored and only reading it because I don't like to leave a book half-finished. That being said, I finally gave up. I didn't care for the characters. I didn't care for their story. And, frankly, the relationship between boy and unicorn became too close to bestiality for me. I grew too uncomfortable with the boy's wet dreams to continue.(less)
**spoiler alert** I had some issues with this book. It has redeeming qualities in it, but there are just a few things that bugged the heck out of me a...more**spoiler alert** I had some issues with this book. It has redeeming qualities in it, but there are just a few things that bugged the heck out of me and made the book less enjoyable. I'll discuss them in bullet.
1) The names. Some of the names were fine, but names like Chuch, Chance, and Booke just had me wanting to pull my hair out. For Chuch, I kep seeing Church and could barely get my head around there not being an "r" in the name. Chance was just to cliche. And Booke? Umm, what was with the author's taking common words or names and making them unique by dropping the r? I just hated it every time I had to read these names.
2) The setting. Okay, I got it that the story was set at the mexican-american border and I get that the author lives in Mexico, but god gravy! I couldn't go one single page with out a spanish/mexican reference. Maybe it's just my pet peeve, but to me, if you spend this much time emphasizing just how intimately familiar you are with your seting, then you're definitely trying to cover up something. I was fine with some of the dialogue that was in spanish because we'd get the translation, but when the characters kept referring to each other in some spanish term, I wanted to stop reading. Sorry, I didn't take spanish in class. It wouldn't be a problem if she'd taken a couple of spanish words and used them consistently throughout, but every time we turned around, some character was saying a new spanish word.
3) The Dog. Others might have found Butch endearing and the best part of the book, but really. A dog that can communicate with the main character?!? No thank you. Besides, it was just too much of a stretch for me to believe that they found a crucial clue from the barks of a dog. What the hell is wrong with having a normal dog for once?
Aside from these problems, I found the ending to drag on for too long. I was done with the book a few chapters from the end and only struggled through it because I wanted to finish the book.(less)