This book seems better than the previous ones. I don't know if it is in fact better or if I just gave up on hope after the first two books being such...moreThis book seems better than the previous ones. I don't know if it is in fact better or if I just gave up on hope after the first two books being such disappointments. In this 3rd book we have enough information about the good and the bad guys and we finally have motivations for everything that WICKED has been doing (and, believe me, they are not very convincing). We also get to see more action in a "realistic" background, full of normal people.
On the other hand, some parts were so naive (like (view spoiler)[ when Thomas goes back to WICKED, asks to use the bathroom and just plants a device that is supposed to explode part of the structure and nobody seems to even suspect anything - don't they have hidden cameras inside that high tech complex? (hide spoiler)]) they reminded me of how difficult it is to see a good story slaughtered by a bad writer. Add to that the unbelievable moments (there were many of them) where Thomas just refused to know more about his lost memories, the incredibly nonsense mystery about a "message" which was supposed to be read only at "the right time", the (view spoiler)[ completely flawed way of creating a quarantined city (hide spoiler)] and so on... and why, why, why WHYYYYYY did they keep repeating (view spoiler)[ WICKED IS GOOD (hide spoiler)] throughout the books? I kept waiting for it to be part of a big revelation and just not part of the same we already knew...
I still think this whole story could be adapted into amazing movies. I do hope they take the dystopian feeling to the big screen and make the characters more believable!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Once again I have to say: good story in the hands of a bad writer! The beginning of this book is way better than the first one. The same can be said a...moreOnce again I have to say: good story in the hands of a bad writer! The beginning of this book is way better than the first one. The same can be said at they way it ended. But everything in between is just so bad I almost stopped reading it.
The good parts: -We know about the events at the same time as all the characters do. I hated how in The Maze Runner the "campers" didn't answer to any of the questions and even withheld information. -At some point we constantly fear that we are being lied to. We don't really know what is supposed to be a test and what is not. -The action seemed better in this book.
The bad parts: -Even worse then the first book, here we don't even have an interesting background. Walking around a desert to get to a place and supposedly find a safe haven is just... just pointless. -Teenage love... the worst kind of teenage love. The kind that could never make any sense. -Apart from Minho and maybe Newt, I couldn't care less about any of the characters, especially Thomas and Tereza. -Bad, bad, bad writing style... once again.(less)
What a disturbing book! I kept thinking how this kind of "realistic" story could actually describe the Russian society at that time. Poverty, class st...moreWhat a disturbing book! I kept thinking how this kind of "realistic" story could actually describe the Russian society at that time. Poverty, class struggle and so many conflicts were detailed in a crude (and compelling) writing. The main protagonists are a criminal and a prostitute (that alone may give you the atmosphere of this novel) but despite being a dark book it did to me what good stories do to people: made me feel a myriad of strong emotions. Definitely a must-read classic!(less)
When I started reading this book I thought I would have to drag myself through boring pages. But I actually liked it! It gives us a sneak peak into th...moreWhen I started reading this book I thought I would have to drag myself through boring pages. But I actually liked it! It gives us a sneak peak into the early adult life of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson. And they had such an uncommon life! Since we know he had 3 other wives I was kind of sad from the beggining knowing there would be a point in the story where their marriage would fall apart and the feeling increased with the fact that I came to like her, despite her being the kind of wife who is just a shadow of a husband. And Hemingway... OMG... he really was a very difficult and a completely unsteady person. I felt bad for Hadley in many ways, specially when she was about to find her own footing and once more had to change plans. At some point I almost gave up reading because I felt I could no longer stand her stupidity towards her husband's infidelity. Unexpectedly I enjoyed the way it all ended. I guess this book was a nice read specially because Hemingway was such an unusual person. It seems to me he was always after some major inspiration and could not have a hold on things for long. He in fact destroyed many of his friendships with his constant mood changes and acid words/writings. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys biographies and historical fiction.(less)
I don't really know how to explain the fact that the other 2 books got a 4 star rating while this last one got a 5 star. I can only say that my feelin...moreI don't really know how to explain the fact that the other 2 books got a 4 star rating while this last one got a 5 star. I can only say that my feelings throughout this series changed a lot. Actually, when I finished the first book I immediately gave it 3 stars, since I didn't quite like the events at the end. But after re-reading some parts and trying to analyze the whole plot I added 1 more star to it.
About this book (The Night Eternal) I can say I am truly pleased by many different aspects: 1 - It has an interesting plot. It is not just a following story of the 2nd book. It happens 2 years in the future and we can actually see this different society that was created (kind of a weird dystopian reality). 2 - The development of the characters is nicely done. Everyone would change after living 2 years in this hell of a reality and the authors made a wonderful job in molding them. 3 - It has a background story to support the existence of vampires. I understand that many people will rage and hate this part but I did enjoy it and could even imagine how Guillermo del Toro himself would make an excelent movie/series based on this plot. 4 - Secondary characters are much better depicted in this book and we get to know their story. 5 - It is still a very creepy story and I'm glad I read it while on a boat (i'm serious about the boat!).
Most of all, it is an entertaining story and it differs a lot from the typical vampire story.(less)
This book almost deserved a 4 star rating for its cleverness. I love how Allan's life story reminds me that of "Forrest Gump" and the adventures he ha...moreThis book almost deserved a 4 star rating for its cleverness. I love how Allan's life story reminds me that of "Forrest Gump" and the adventures he had around famous people are the best parts in the book. The way the writer depicts the different political views (and the fact that corruption is everywhere, regardless) is simply genius. I didn't enjoy so much the "main story" where he finds this bunch of people and just goes away (it isn't bad, it's just not so good in comparison). The thing is, despite being a very entertaining book I think I got tired of the writing style and it took me a long while to finish reading it. Therefore, I would give it 3.5 stars but since this is not an option, I'll stick with 3.(less)