This book scares me like no other--why? Because it's probable. Look up military technology after reading this book and tell me it's not a little freakThis book scares me like no other--why? Because it's probable. Look up military technology after reading this book and tell me it's not a little freaky. This book was good, had an intriguing structure, and complex characters. I definitely enjoyed it. It was a bit draggy in parts, but the quotableness that is this book makes up for it. I really look forward to Wilson's next release, Amped. He could write a 1984 or Brave New World for our time--actually, a lot of people could. Dystopias seem to be in vogue. ...more
Okay, so, I'm not going to keep saying what EVERYONE else is. The love triangle resolves in a good way. WhileEveryone's going to hate me for this....
Okay, so, I'm not going to keep saying what EVERYONE else is. The love triangle resolves in a good way. While I HATE love triangles and view them as an abomination plaguing teen lit, this one was tolerable. I liked all three characters, wasn't "Team" anyone, and felt that the expression of everyone's love for everyone was surprisingly mature. Okay, so the "I had feels" part is done. Because I did have so many feels....
Family tie-ins to The Mortal Instruments: great, BUT DON'T PUT THE FAMILY TREE ON THE INSIDE OF THE JACKET!!! I FIGURED OUT ALMOST EVERYTHING!!! Seriously, I'm very intuitive when it comes to books (probably all of that Agatha Christie I digested as a child...Trust no one, especially not the author), and the book jacket showed me so much.
Magnus: fab, we'd totally be bffs.
Everyone else (Charlotte, Henry, Gabriel, Gideon, Sophie, Cecily, Bridge, Whitelaw, etc.): gorge. Love you all, kisses. EXCEPT YOU, JOSIAH. YOU COULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH MORE...Good or bad. Really, he wound up being underutilized.
The plot: Here's where I have a problem. It was abrupt. I really felt that the plot was just there because something had to be happening beside angsty feelings. So, the plot just didn't matter...and it felt that way. It felt super unfinished, and to be honest, there was so much more she could have done with a sentence or two here or there. That was a moment when the writing truly failed. Not to give anything away, but...let's just say I got a pat, neatly-tied conflict resolution that I loathed. Look, lady, if George R.R. Martin can kill everything within his reach off (including the reader, I suspect, for his next book), you can have a messier resolution for your "plot" (even though we all know it only exists so Jem/Tess/Will feels can be had).
But, I never expected anything out of this book other than mild amusement and feels. So, the 4 star rating still stands. I loved it, and wish it well, but this book is a summer fling, not a long-term relationship. Even though I'll probably revisit it later down the road, when I'm feeling down on myself, after a hard book breakup....more