**spoiler alert** I've had this book since the summer, and it was one of those that was going to be really good or really not good. Unfortunately, it...more**spoiler alert** I've had this book since the summer, and it was one of those that was going to be really good or really not good. Unfortunately, it was disappointing. The premise was sort of promising, and it did have potential to be a fun, romantic novel, but it fell short. First, the main character was an idiot. I wanted to shake her the entire time I was reading. Her failure to ask questions just didn't make sense, and I didn't believe her. I just didn't believe she could be real. And then there was the romantic interest Ethan/Iain, who you're supposed to be in love with, but I just didn't see it. He was a giant cliche, and while you were clearly supposed to doubt his love for Haven as she did, it didn't actually work. The ending was just bizarre and it totally didn't make sense. The end felt like Miller forgot to give us a whole bunch of information, so she just threw everything in at the last minute.
I could deal with all the religious themes, but it felt sort of like the imagery was beating you over the head after a while. I got sick of it, and I ended up feeling alienated from the characters because the religion in their life didn't feel real. I like the idea of religion being both an antagonistic force in some cases and a healing force in others, but it wasn't executed well enough to make it not feel like a lecture.
Miller had a nice writing style, and she had some really brilliant, creative moments of description that gave me hope, but in the end, I just felt sort of "meh" about this whole book.(less)
I really wanted to enjoy this, but I was not impressed. The plot was pretty predictable, but that can be nice. The characters had potential, they were...moreI really wanted to enjoy this, but I was not impressed. The plot was pretty predictable, but that can be nice. The characters had potential, they were nice if not a bit forgettable, and the story wasn't bad, but what really frustrated me was the fact the author explained what EVERY SCENE MEANT. She lives in a glass house. I can figure out the deeper implications of that without being told. We get it, there are themes and symbolism. When you point them out every single time, your readers just get annoyed. Or at least I get annoyed.
The killer was the climactic moment, when Annabel finally tells the reader what happened and has to decide whether to speak up or run away...it's at a concert for the Truth Squad. REALLY? TRUTH Squad? I groaned out loud. At that point I just wanted to give up, I was sick of being beaten over the head with the themes. A little explanation goes a very long way, and explaining every scene and every theme is frustrating. I found it amusing that in a book about listening and having opinions, the author didn't let you come to your own conclusions.(less)
Disappointing. I really enjoyed The Forest of Hands and Teeth, so I was really looking forward to The Dead-Tossed Waves. Ryan has a very poetic style...moreDisappointing. I really enjoyed The Forest of Hands and Teeth, so I was really looking forward to The Dead-Tossed Waves. Ryan has a very poetic style of writing that makes zombies tragic and beautiful, and while that was still present, I was really disappointed. It felt like Ryan was trying too hard to be deep. It really felt less like an exploration of what it meant to be human and more like Ryan was repeatedly beating you over the head with what she thinks it means to be human.
As for the story itself, I found the main character to be painfully annoying. Despite all the troubles of her friends, all Gabry can do is play the martyr and blame herself. It feels like she goes through the same scene three or four times trying to come to terms with her guilt...which could be beneficial, except it feels like exactly the same scene everytime. By the end, I was sort of wishing she'd just get bit by a Mudo so she'd stop whining about how she'll never compare to her friends and her mother. Because honestly, she's right. I would much rather read a story about Catcher, Elias, or Mary than reread Gabry's tale.(less)
After reading The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, I went through a creepy futuristic novel kick. Unwind was one of the books Amazon recommended for me...moreAfter reading The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, I went through a creepy futuristic novel kick. Unwind was one of the books Amazon recommended for me based on this, and it sounded interesting, so I picked it up. And then I couldn't put it down.
A fast-paced thriller of a novel, Unwind raised challenging questions about bio-ethics and life. The characters were interesting, and the idea of unwinding was truly horrific. In fact, this book contains one of the most horrible scenes I've ever read, to the point I had to take a break before I could continue. I give Neal Shusterman major credit for this, as I'm not squeamish in the slightest. He gave me chills, in the best way possible.
Unwind is not for the faint of heart, but if you're looking for a novel full of adventure, great characters and a challenging look at the nature and value of life, Unwind is for you.(less)