My mom recommended this book to me at a time when I didn't have anything else to read, so I gave it a go.
I did not enjoy this book. The premise is cut...moreMy mom recommended this book to me at a time when I didn't have anything else to read, so I gave it a go.
I did not enjoy this book. The premise is cute, but far-fetched enough that I never actually believed it. In fact, I believed the events of the story less and less as things got more and more ridiculous. I kept asking myself, "Why don't the characters do this, or do that?" It was all just too implausable.
Once a story is so utterly implausable as this one was, all you're left with is symbolic and allegorical meaning, but to me those meanings are lessened when told as a story you simply don't believe could happen. A good story will be symbolic within a viable story arc, in my opinion.
Besides, the later pages of the book, in keeping with the story's "gimmick", are unbearably annoying to read. I don't want to give anything away, but you'll get the idea if you read this book.
Even the final resolution was a mystery to me. There was no explanation as to how the main character resolved the issue, only that she had, in fact, done it. There was no logical connection of HOW the main character had done it. Just another annoying inconsistency in the story.
The only thing this book has going for it is that it's short. So if one of your friends is just ravenous over you reading it, I guess you could muscle your way through it, but don't expect a great story.
The narrator was too strong, for me. His (?) voice was getting in the way of the story, which started quite slo...more
I didn't like this book, not at first.
The narrator was too strong, for me. His (?) voice was getting in the way of the story, which started quite slowly. But i was intrigued by the obvious literary talent, and kept going. This author (these authors?) has a powerful way with words; you can picture his phrases in your head, you can taste and smell them, you can feel them in your gut. Which allowed me to be more emotionally invested in the story, which ended up having a strong effect on me by the time I had finished the book. This book was definitely more of a complex experience, to me, than simply a story.
The more I read, and once the story got off the ground, the more I started to love it. The characters felt vivid, stark and real, to me. Which allowed the take-home message to hit home all the stronger:
War is hell. Hatred is stupid. Love is the answer.
If you feel like these simple statements are of any value to you, then read this book. That is all.(less)