**spoiler alert** I honestly can't decide if I should give this 3 stars or 4. I'm still thinking about it. It's been 24 hours since I finished the boo**spoiler alert** I honestly can't decide if I should give this 3 stars or 4. I'm still thinking about it. It's been 24 hours since I finished the book, and I'm still thinking about it. That says something, right? But what I'm thinking about is whether or not I actually liked it. I couldn't stop reading it. It was gripping.
But, come on. These characters were horrible people. I did not really like the experience of being inside the minds of these two clearly mentally unstable people. Amy had obvious psychotic issues, but Nick had his own host of issues as well. I think the only characters I liked in the whole book were Boney and Go. And I think I only liked Go because she was essentially the inverse of Nick. Also, her name was Go. I liked that. So maybe Boney was the only character I truly liked in the whole damn book.
And the ending. Oh, man, that ending was horrible, too. That poor kid. How much you want to bet that kid grows up to be a serial killer or something? With parents like that?
I liked The Maze Runner. I liked it a lot. I didn't really care for the Scorch Trials. I had high hopes for this one because I**spoiler alert** Sigh.
I liked The Maze Runner. I liked it a lot. I didn't really care for the Scorch Trials. I had high hopes for this one because I thought it would finish out the story on a high note. But it fell flat. It was disappointing. It had none of the magic that made Maze Runner good. The plot seemed to take unnecessary twists that just confused things. (view spoiler)[Like how did Brenda know that only Chancellor what's-her-face could be trusted? Oh, let's team up with this conveniently placed anti-WICKED group (starring our biggest enemy from the Glade) who is prepared to do exactly what we need to do to advance the plot. Wait a minute, we don't need the Right Arm any more and they're not good for us because they're just going to start blowing things up. Let's do our own thing. By the way, whatever happened to "WICKED is good"? Why plant something like that in the first book to never have it pay off in the end? Oh, and the whole thing with Newt and the letter. Thomas, think about it. If the roles were reversed, wouldn't you want him to kill you? Just shoot him already. We didn't need multiple chapters devoted to this. Jesus. (hide spoiler)]
I forgot to mention - there are still next to no women in this series. Theresa, Brenda... that's about it. A Chancellor Paige is mentioned, but we never actually see her.
I was at the movies last week, and before the previews during the "pre-show entertainment" (read: adsI don't read fast, but I read this book in a day.
I was at the movies last week, and before the previews during the "pre-show entertainment" (read: ads), there was a little spot about the movie version of The Giver. The actor who plays Jonas said that this is an incredible story, and everyone should read the book, then go see the movie.
That's usually my instinct, but to hear it voiced out loud by one of the stars of the movie, that seems significant to me. It worked. On Wednesday I had some time to kill and found myself at a book store. I saw The Giver on a shelf and picked it up, read a few paragraphs of the introduction (not even the actual book! just the introduction!) and knew that I had to read the book.
I bought it. I read it. I loved it.
I bought it on Wednesday and by Thursday night I was done reading.
That's unheard of for me.
A few thoughts on the book itself:
- What a depressing place to live. No real fun, no adventure, no diversity. Of course, they don't have any idea what they're missing out on. Even so, I don't know how any of them can actually be happy. (view spoiler)[Though, really, this is what Jonas discovers when he starts receiving memories. He wants his friends to see what they've been lacking in their lives so far. (hide spoiler)] - I very much liked the community's emphasis on precision of language. As an aspiring writer, that was very interesting to me. I think that of all the things this strange community does, that's one of the most interesting. We could use that in our community. Sometimes our hyperbole gets to be a bit much. -(view spoiler)[Leading up to the end of the book seemed a bit rushed to me. It seemed so sudden that Jonas and the Giver decided that things had to change, that Jonas had to run away. I felt there could have been more leading up to that. (hide spoiler)]
It's going to be very interesting to see how the movie adapts the story. I know that Taylor Swift plays a character named Rosemary (view spoiler)[who is long gone by the time the events in the book take place (hide spoiler)], for example. I have hope, though. At least they aren't trying to fit an epic into 3 hours....more
Still reading this one. I really enjoyed The Maze Runner, but this one I'm struggling with. It was like the author knew he had something good with theStill reading this one. I really enjoyed The Maze Runner, but this one I'm struggling with. It was like the author knew he had something good with the first book and tried to do the same thing only better for the sequel. But so far it seems like he failed. It is far, far worse. I'm going to keep reading in hopes that it gets better, but I don't even care about these kids. The concept is so ridiculous that I'm not even really wondering how they got there anymore. I really liked Minho in the first book, but here he's just an impulsive machine who doesn't ever seem to use his brain. So disappointing.
Ok, now I'm finished. It got better, but it still had considerably more issues than The Maze Runner did. But I liked it enough that I picked up the next book. I want to find out how the story ends....more