Oscar is the perfect son of the Mayor in a perfect town called Candor. His father built a community in which there are sublimal messages within the co...moreOscar is the perfect son of the Mayor in a perfect town called Candor. His father built a community in which there are sublimal messages within the constant music that is around. So people are always friendly and caring, there are no teen pregnancies (as "kissing is just for husbands and wives"), no overeating, kids study and help with household chores. Oscar however knows about the messages and fights against their influence. Then another family moves in, their rebellious teenage daughter in tow. Torn between getting her out of town, away from the brainwashing messages and keeping her close he tries to stay the model son to the outside.
The story is amazing, very Stepfordshire-Wives like. I like the main charcters. Oscar is not perfect, he has his own agenda, makes his own mistakes. Nia is a great counterpart. The writing is quite funny at times and the simultaneously perfect and nightmare-ish atmosphere in Candor is a fantastic background.(less)
The monetary problems of the family still loom over Buckshaw, but her father found a way to make some money: he rented the estate is being rented to a...moreThe monetary problems of the family still loom over Buckshaw, but her father found a way to make some money: he rented the estate is being rented to a film crew, that will shoot a period film on the old property. Unfortunately, but much to the satisfaction of Flavia's criminalistic senses, a murder occurs in the night of a snow storm when half of the people of the nearby village are forced to stay at the mansion. But Flavia has another big project to take care of: Capturing Santa to confirm his existence once and for all.
The set up is very classic, a limited number of suspects, but the killer surely among them. Adding to this Bradley uses an old fashioned language and humor, forming the story into a classical "whodunnit" reminding of Agatha Christie.
There is something unique about the adventures of Flavia de Luce. I enjoyed the latest installment a lot, although it felt a bit rushed in the last third. It is amazing how alive the snowy Buckshaw becomes while reading. (less)
What about proof-reading a book before publishing it? I never came across THAT many irritating typos/ wrong words in a novel, and this is a very short...moreWhat about proof-reading a book before publishing it? I never came across THAT many irritating typos/ wrong words in a novel, and this is a very short one! The story itself is a bit silly and was clearly less important to the author than writing juicy scenes. And they were juicy and appealing... in the beginning, but soon things started to be quite redundant. I hoped for much more when picking a sexy werewolf story. (less)
The novel starts out with a catchy idea, Alex, a young woman, suffering from a fatal brain tumor is in the woods for some days of peace and reflection...moreThe novel starts out with a catchy idea, Alex, a young woman, suffering from a fatal brain tumor is in the woods for some days of peace and reflection when the USA are being attacked by EMP blasts that kill most adults between about 13 and 60. Some of them don't die instantly but transform into some zombie-like creatures. Around the half way point of the novel there is a cut in the story that introduces a new surrounding, new people and most disturbingly a whole different pace. While the first half was constructed like a page turner, with cliffhangers at the end of chapters, a very fast pace and one moment of excitement following the next, the second half is interesting in terms of the difficulties of a dystopian civilization, there isn't much happening. The people that I grew to like except for the protagonist vanish from the story and to the end their fate is unknown. The story feels like it has no real ending, just a cut between part 1 and part 2, there are a lot of questions left unanswered. Sure it is part 1 of a trilogy, but still some answers could be dealt with... So overall the book was a disappointment, but especially in the beginning it is a real pageturner that lays out a horrible apocalyptic world. I would have wished for a more even pace, more consistant protagonists and a bit more closure at the end, even if there is a second part to follow.(less)