The problems I have with this book in no particular order are:
-It's pretentious (which I think is supposed to be an inside joke with the reader, but tThe problems I have with this book in no particular order are:
-It's pretentious (which I think is supposed to be an inside joke with the reader, but that still wasn't enough to make me like it) -How cliche the story is- Wow, some girl from the middle of nowhere moves to New York because New York, obviously, and falls into some weird love triangle with a couple of elitist douchebags that treat her like shit, but she can't help but like them anyway -Restaurant/food/wine jargon- Yes, we're all very impressed with your knowledge of everything and you should totally keep name-dropping things with no explanation because only the people who get it already are your intended audience -How boring it is- There's just not a whole lot going on in this book; I made it about 2/3rds in and I'm still not that sure what the point of this book is and why I should keep reading it. -The love interest(s)- Again, really boring and cliche; I especially disliked how they were meant to be these mysterious people the main character couldn't help but be obsessed with. I just found both Jake and Simone really fucking annoying, in particular Simone, who wouldn't stop talking in this vague stupid way that was meant to be profound and just ended up sounding ridiculous. If someone talked to me like that I would run very fast the other way.
Honestly, I wanted to know why a debut novel got a 2 million dollar book deal and whether the hype was warranted, which is why I checked it out from the library. In all fairness, Danler does know her way around some decent prose, but between the boring and cliche subject matter, how confusingly it was written with way too many characters the reader's expected to remember, and how pretentious it ended up sounding, I just couldn't get into it.
I liked her writing style well enough to continue past the point I would normally give up on a book like this, but it's just not good enough to justify slogging through the rest of it. Maybe I'll give a future novel of hers another try. ...more
I appreciate this book's return to the Mistborn mythos, though I felt it was a bit heavy-handed on the God theme. While I like that he's exploring theI appreciate this book's return to the Mistborn mythos, though I felt it was a bit heavy-handed on the God theme. While I like that he's exploring the concept of gods being fallible, I'm hoping it doesn't become the most important part of this series. What else? Wayne still annoys me (though I do like how knowledgeable he is about accents and imitating people) and Marasi has become slightly more boring to me. (view spoiler)[ I wasn't expecting Bleeder (such a dumb name) to be Lessie all along, but I'm not sure if I care for her death being used twice to further man pain. However, I sort of like how Wax is getting closer to Steris, so there's that at least. (hide spoiler)]
Going back to Wayne again and reading the majority of reviews on here, I can see I definitely have an unpopular opinion of him. Even less enthused reviews credit Wayne as being the only bearable character, when in fact, I find him to be the most unbearable. I just hate how he thinks and talks (the whole philosophizing about "the crapper" was so cringeworthy and deeply unfunny). Plus, I hate how shitty he is towards Steris. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
Let me preface this review by saying Mistborn's original trilogy is easily one of my favorite series of all time. That being said, I pretty much hatedLet me preface this review by saying Mistborn's original trilogy is easily one of my favorite series of all time. That being said, I pretty much hated Alloy of Law. When Sanderson originally wrote this he says in his acknowledgements that this is not intended to be a true sequel to the Mistborn trilogy, but rather just a side series that adds a bit to the world overall. Now that three books are out I've heard a much different story, which is that this standalone is actually now the second series, which is the biggest reason I gave this book such a low rating.
The original series was so complex and imaginative- every detail was paid immense care. However, Alloy of Law reads more like a bad fanfiction capitalizing on steampunk's popularity, with a boring, slowly-paced plot and very one-dimensional characters. Wax is your typical lawful good character with a very rigid code of honor who will punish anyone who works outside the law, even when they're seeking justice for the lower class. For some reason he has no problem turning a blind eye to the plight of those beneath his station and even thinks how Miles, the main villain would have been more heroic in another time. He seems relatively untroubled by the obvious class inequality that plagues Elendel and doesn't even seem to consider how his privilege makes him complicit in their oppression; something tells me Kelsier would not have cared for him at all.
But perhaps one of the weakest parts of the book lies in its comic relief, Wayne. I for one, hate Wayne. He's sexist, immature, and deeply unfunny, even though Sanderson seems to think he's the height of wit. His abilities are interesting and I'm definitely here for the evolving of the world and Allomancers/Feruchemists within it (honestly, that's the only thing that made me keep reading) but it doesn't make up for how unlikable his character is. Marasi was okay other than her kind of dismissive comment about self-actualized women, but she was the only one who to me, was even kind of interesting.
Based on the high rating of this book I know my opinion is unpopular, but I just expected more from Sanderson after seeing how amazing his first series was. I don't want it to be a carbon copy, but neither do I think this is a worthy successor of the Mistborn line considering how shallow its plot and characters are.
I will say that the ending intrigued me enough to continue reading the series if only to see how characters from the prior trilogy involve themselves and learn more about the history of this new setting. ...more