Convenient. This was the word running through my head while reading the book. It is so chock-full of plot devices and asspulls, it's ridiculous!
ObseConvenient. This was the word running through my head while reading the book. It is so chock-full of plot devices and asspulls, it's ridiculous!
-> Our heroes are on the run and they need a car to get away, so they just waltz into a second-hand car shop and buy an SUV for 1500$... EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE ONLY 16 AND THEIR FACE IS PLASTERED ON NATIONAL TELEVISON EVERYWHERE ON ACCOUNT OF THEM BEING BRANDED AS TERRORISTS.
-> They need a place to hide - and voilà! A nice big mansion, complete with a swimming pool, is lying empty just for them to come along and crash for a few days.
-> Each of the nine Garde was assigned an adult, a Cêpan, as the author realised that he can't just leave teen kids on an alien planet, unaided BUT the author also realised that it won't be much fun with adults getting in the way so he conveniently has them all killed one by one.
(view spoiler)[-> Somewhere along the way, after John FINALLY reads Henri's letter, we find out that Sam's dad was a Loric ally who helped out Henri and John when they first came to Earth and he was, in fact, abducted by aliens.
AND THEN, just when our guys have run out of options and we're left thinking there's no possible way the story can move forward now, we find out that Sam's dad had buried something in his backyard - something that might help the Loriens defeat the Mogs - and had been hinting to Sam ALL THROUGH HIS CHILDHOOD to look there in a time of need - which is something Sam remembered JUST NOW.
This is just off the top of my head but there are PLENTY more where those came from!
The entire story feels like none of it was planned and carefully thought out. It isn't put together well at all and comes across as a complete mess. Two authors co-wrote this book and it shows. It is half-hearted and lazily written like the authors didn't care about anything other than the money they would be making from this book and the possible movie deal they had clearly kept in mind while writing.
Thankfully, unlike the previous book, John didn't take up the narration for the entire book (God, how I hate him!) - the story was also told from the POV of Number Seven, Marina, and she was infinitely more interesting than John. I was pleased with the direction Sarah's character took as I never liked her. Six was slightly unbelievable but still likable. No one else evoked ANY sort of emotion from me.
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1. It is sometime in the future. 2. A deadly disease called the "Flare" has been spreading rapidly through the human population; a diseasImagine that -
1. It is sometime in the future. 2. A deadly disease called the "Flare" has been spreading rapidly through the human population; a disease the attacks your brain and eats away at it, slowing turning you into a cannibalistic monster - called a Crank by the others - until you are no longer the person you had once been. 3. You are a sixteen-year old who is one of the very few people immune to the Flare. 4. You, along with a group of sixteen-year olds like yourself (who may or may not be immune to the disease as you), have been recruited by a mysterious Company who erase all your memories and subject you to a twisted experiment, watching you and noting down your reactions to the different "variables" they throw into the "experiment", and looking for some pattern, any pattern, that explains away the mystery as to how the disease doesn't affect some people. ALL done in the name of finding a cure for the Flare. 5. You can't trust anyone - not even your best friend. 6. You escape, and are on the run with your friends, fighting for your survival every step of the way. 7. One of your friends isn't immune to the disease and you have to watch him spiral rapidly into madness, and, in his moments of clarity, hear him beg you to kill him before the disease completely takes over. 8. The Immunes are being kidnapped by the mysterious forces and the world is slowly being taken over by the Cranks, who are attacking everything that moves, and then possibly eating it. 9. It's up to you to find the cure, the Death Cure.
This book scared the crap out of me. If I had a refrigerator in my room, I would've have gotten up and put this one in the freezer every few minutes! I stayed up all night to finish it and I'm sure I'll be having recurring nightmares for the rest of the week. Dashner doesn't mince words when it comes to describing Thomas's dystopic world. His words paint a vivid picture of the hopelessness and utter horror of the entire situation. Every time the Cranks come onto the page, you feel like you've been punched in the gut - the brutality, the violence, the nausea-inducing gore of it all, drains you emotionally.
Extremely well written, Dashner draws you into his world with his words. Throughout the book you're with Thomas - you see everything through his eyes and feel everything along with him. You share his confusion, his fears, his helplessness, his despair and his losses. Dashner doesn't hold back, quite a few people die near the end - and in the most brutal way possible. The ending is a bit LOST-like. Half of the questions you might have had from the previous books go unanswered, but I didn't mind it so much (It's not the "why" that's important, it's the "how").
I might need to re-watch all ten seasons of FRIENDS or re-read the HP series just to get over this book. Absolutely gripping! A fitting end to the trilogy....more
I had been hearing quite a lot about this book lately and finally managed to get my hands on it yesterday.
For a debut author, this book is good, and tI had been hearing quite a lot about this book lately and finally managed to get my hands on it yesterday.
For a debut author, this book is good, and the story has an interesting premise. But, it comes across as a rip-off of the Hunger Games.
The main protaganist, Tris, is, again, a girl, living in a dystopic city which is divided into five "factions" - each favouring a particular human trait (Knowledge, bravery, compassion, selflessness and honesty). The children in this city, get to pick a faction once they turn sixteen, either choosing to stay in the same faction into which they were born or going into another, upon which they must forget their families and friends because, here, it is "faction before blood".
The reason given for Tris deciding on her faction is never really clear. And indeed, she spends the rest of the book wondering if she made the right choice. Didn't exactly give me much confidence in her character. There is also the mandatory romantic interest (called Four, if you'll believe it) who is supposed to be deep, complex and desirable but actually is none of those. I think the author, herself, realises this as she tries to convince us that he is, indeed, deep, complex and desirable, REPEATEDLY (I call it the "Meyer Complex"™).
The charcters of this book are its major falling. None of them are memorable and there is no depth to anybody apart from Tris and Four. That irks me more than I can ever explain! Random characters are unnecessarily introduced, they say a few lines and remain in the background! NOTHING is at all revealed about them! No explanations of any sort is given about practically anything - why are things the way they are, what made the society form those rules, what are they being protected against and why, oh why, do the Dauntless feel the need to jump on to and out of trains for every single thing - can't they climb in and out like normal people?
Tris is not likable at all. She goes through the entire book repeating phrases, going back and forth about which faction she really ought to belong to, being practically awesome at everything without any practice and showing uncharacteristic behaviour that just cannot be explained away.
(view spoiler)[Things that happen in this book that I simply cannot digest - - People behaving uncharacteristically out of the blue - Friends turning into foes before you can blink - Main characters being killed off without any rhyme or reason - Thinking it is OK to kill a good friend who has a gun aimed at you, in order to save yourself, even if said friend is SLEEPWALKING and being controlled by the bad guys - Thinking it is perfectly normal to proclaim your love to someone and makeout furiously, MINUTES after you've watched your own parents DIE right in front of your eyes. (hide spoiler)]
The initiation process was a bit interesting though, but the attraction lay in the mystery as to why they had to do all those things, but that, too, was never explained properly. A vague "to prove your bravery" was given as the reason.
Compelling in places but could have been so much better. 2.5 stars for this one.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Oh Lord, this book! It was unbearably frustrating! It just didn't make sense! The setting was interesting enough - In a dystopic city in the future, eOh Lord, this book! It was unbearably frustrating! It just didn't make sense! The setting was interesting enough - In a dystopic city in the future, everything is controlled by the Society (duh) - what you wear, what you eat, what you do, when you die - and who you are "Matched" with. Intriguing, yes? Unfortunately the author takes this and mangles it up into a rage-inducing mess of a story.
Cassia is matched with her best friend, Xander (And she is very happy about it - as the author clearly writes in the first few chapters) but then later, while viewing details of her match from a microcard or some such, another boy's (Ky's) face pops up instead of Xander's and Cassia begins to wonder if Ky is her match after all and if the Evil Society is up to no good.
The book stops being even mildly interesting here.
After we learn about Ky (that he happens to be one of the most BORING and CRINGE-WORTHY fictional romantic interests in the history of forever), we find out that Cassia has know him since childhood but has had NO romantic feelings towards him whatsoever UNTIL she saw his face via that microchip thing. All of a sudden we are bombarded with Cassia's memories of Ky which crop up out of nowhere and after a LOT of excruciatingly painful chapters where NOTHING happens apart from the two spouting random poetry to each other (really?), Ky teaching her HOW TO WRITE - 'cause, apparently, in the future they don't do that any more - and exchanging a large amount of drawings of Ky's "mysterious past" on some paper napkins, Cassia realises she has fallen in love with him. BUT (*le gasp*) it is forbidden (!!!!!!) because he is an "Aberration" (Vampire, Aberration, Possibly-own-brother... who can tell the difference anymore?)
And now, the ending. I won't hide this as a spoiler, because, trust me, you'll thank me for saving you the trouble of reading this book. Turns out, the Society had orchestrated this love affair all along. She was MEANT to see his face "accidentally" and they were MEANT to fall in love with each other for NO reason whatsoever - all as a part of an "experiment". About what? Nobody knows. The Officials take away Ky to some strange place called the Outer Province and Cassia decides to set out and find him, as, according to the author, finding him will SOMEHOW cause the destruction of the Society - which they are ONLY NOW realising they don't like. How is finding Ky going to solve their problems? Nobody knows.
I know, right?! And I didn't even have to tell you about the absurd plot line of poetry being banned and dangerous. You're welcome....more