This book was like most snack food, not much going for it nutritionally but you eat it anyway, and likely until it's gone. I read this book quickly, e...moreThis book was like most snack food, not much going for it nutritionally but you eat it anyway, and likely until it's gone. I read this book quickly, even interrupted my sleep for it. But it's not a great story, and not all that well written. There are places in the book where you really have to just keep going because if you actually stop and think about it, well the whole thing will fall apart.
Really wish I hadn't stayed up late reading the book, it was not worth it. Yet, the story is engaging in a way where you want to just keep reading straight until the end. One reason why I picked this up was the movie trailers made the story look interesting. I wanted to see if the tale was good enough to see the movie in the theaters. And...no. But I will watch the movie once it gets to Netflix. Will I read the next in the series? probably not.(less)
The last 13% of the book is this glossary of made up words by the author which define situations that occurred in the book. Honestly, it was lame. Cou...moreThe last 13% of the book is this glossary of made up words by the author which define situations that occurred in the book. Honestly, it was lame. Could hardly make myself read through the whole thing. The book overall reminded me of utopia books, where the author has something to say, but creates this fiction for characters to speak his ideas, and usually you have to bear with this device and it’s actually all very awkward. There are several parts in the narrative where these stranded people are talking about what they’ve learned in life, and it feels very false. Not what people would do in this situation. Not how a conversation would go. And really, the premise is hardly believable either.
The premise is the world immediately goes into chaos once the price of barrel of oil gets over $250. While there is a price, even to the limit of impossibly high, would wreak havoc on our current society, I just don’t see it happening all in an instant like it did in the book. Also the end was summed up too tidily, very quickly, which resolved the high oil price so neatly that everyone went back to their “normal” life. Another aspect of unbelievability.
All in all the ideas Coupland was trying to get the reader to think about: time – humans perception of time, being stuck in a linear mode; your life as a story, or not; intelligent species outside of humans; and what about your belief in God, or not, does it give your life meaning….Well these are thought provoking topics. Just not dealt with very adeptly throughout. Sorry but this book is a fail. My first Coupland book I attempted, not sure how quickly I’ll read another. (less)
I really enjoyed this book! It was a lot of fun to read, with so many references to sci-fi/gaming/80's pop-culture which I've never read before, at le...moreI really enjoyed this book! It was a lot of fun to read, with so many references to sci-fi/gaming/80's pop-culture which I've never read before, at least all in one book. While reading the book, I did find myself wishing for more similar books….this one seemed unique, at least at first. Overall the book follows many other similar plots of fiction: the quest that must be accomplished, a mystery, a romance. I don’t want to give too much away…. Needless to say there were some problems.
Sometimes the references didn't seem to have a point, except to "name drop" but since I was having so much fun reading, it didn't matter very much. There were some surprises at the end, which I really question the reasoning, and a few other things. In fact I didn't get too bothered by the inconsistencies and some other minor things the author should have fixed with a revision or editing. Although I did find it unbelievable that this young kid really did MASTER so many video games, memorized so many movies line by line, and read all kinds of books, saw all episodes of many different tv shows, and more, all in only five years time. That’s a bit much beyond believable, and the line about not having a life giving you 12 hours a day of research will allow for this level of master of all topics, doesn’t quite cut it. You’d need more time than that! I just put it aside.
My five star rating is probably way too generous, but I haven’t enjoyed a book as much in a while, so I forgave it faults. It’s a quick easy read, did I mention fun? The book is probably more enjoyable for people of a certain age, meaning those who lived during the 80’s, but I could see it being good for the youth of today too. :-)(less)