This was one of those books I picked up and could not put down, I read it cover to cover in a single day. Thankfully I was getting my hair done today...moreThis was one of those books I picked up and could not put down, I read it cover to cover in a single day. Thankfully I was getting my hair done today so I had a spare 2 hours to churn through it. Even more thankfully I didn't get to the sobbing parts until I was at home, because that would have been a bit embarrassing.
I thought this book was magnificent. I love the way that John Green writes his characters. They are quirky and offbeat. They are funny. They love literature and use words far beyond their years. You fall in love with them. You remember their trademark phrases long after you put the book down.
Even though this was a book about children recovering from cancer, it was so much more than that. It was about love, loving people so much you would rather close yourself to them than leave a scar on them. Loving so much that you lash out at the world at times. It was about the fear of mortality, how so many don't want to go gentle into that good night, they want to fight. They want to leave their mark. They want to be remembered. It was about how sometimes in the face of tragedy, some people walk away and others stay until the very end.
To me the characters seemed so real to me. They have left a mark on my heart I wont soon forget. Thank you to John Green for being my van Houten, I can't decide if I want to buy a copy for everyone I know or keep this book to myself for fear that others won't love it as much as I do and I'll question why I'm friends with this person to begin with.
Benny hated zoms his whole life because he never stopped to consider that zoms were someones friend, someones mother, someone loved them. They weren't...moreBenny hated zoms his whole life because he never stopped to consider that zoms were someones friend, someones mother, someone loved them. They weren't evil, they just were instinctual. This book taught the lesson that sometimes the real evil isn't the clear target you've been taught to hate, sometimes it the hero you worshiped your whole life and sometimes evil is wrapped up in a package of indifference - turning a blind eye to anything you are too afraid to confront.
As you go along with Benny in his journey of become more aware of the world around him, you witness his transformation from a young boy to a young man. He still has his trademark sarcasm and quick wit, but he realizes that some of the truths he has clung to his entire life were not truths at all. You watch him grow and change from a typical teenager to an extraordinary man.
This book also explores what I think would be a basic truth, in times of tragedy, some men step up as heroes - men who likely seemed like nothing special in ordinary life, others use the tragedy to further their own greed and lust for power, others still let fear keep them trapped, silent and uneducated. Tragedy brings out the best in some and the worst in most.
This book was well written with rich characters I truly cared about and want to visit again. I think Maberry really did a fantastic job with making you stop and think about so much more than zombies. I highly recommend this!(less)
The first part of this book was just plain confusing. I had no idea what was going on. I considered giving up, but glowing reviews from my friends mad...moreThe first part of this book was just plain confusing. I had no idea what was going on. I considered giving up, but glowing reviews from my friends made me stick with it. At about page 100, I couldn't put it down at all and by the end I flew through the last 200 pages.
I really enjoyed the characters and the interworkings of their pain and how they have processed it. In the end I really wanted the best for everyone and I just loved the boys, Jonah, Chaz and even Jude. They were just swoonworthy in their goodness. I thought that Taylor and Raffy were fantastic too. Just well written great characters I'm glad I got to know.(less)
The only reason I gave this 3 stars is because I read it in a day, so clearly it was a compelling read. I found the characters to be exasperating. All...moreThe only reason I gave this 3 stars is because I read it in a day, so clearly it was a compelling read. I found the characters to be exasperating. All of them. I don't mind the complete lack of characterization compared to the mythology as much, I actually enjoy that, but the characters themselves just made no sense at times.
Well considering I just picked this up from the library this afternoon I think it is safe to say I enjoyed this book!
I liked the advancement of the pl...moreWell considering I just picked this up from the library this afternoon I think it is safe to say I enjoyed this book!
I liked the advancement of the plot and the twists and turns it took. I am now dying for the next book, so points scored for that one (a total OH NO YOU DIDN'T END IT THERE cliffhanger for sure!)
The thing I enjoy so much about books like this is that they are so easy to read because they are engrossing and enjoyable. I liked the characters and how the storyline was woven together. A great, fun, summer read for all who enjoy novels about the supernatural realm.(less)