This book really deserves 2.5 stars but that's not an option and I just can't justify giving it 3 stars.
Sure, there's an interesting premise, some prThis book really deserves 2.5 stars but that's not an option and I just can't justify giving it 3 stars.
Sure, there's an interesting premise, some pretty good characters, and the read is pretty fun, but the book is so obviously written for a younger audience. I understand if the authors and the publishers wanted to make the book more accessible to that crowd, but in any case I don't think they give the reader enough credit.
At one point you find out there is a big secret between two of the main characters, but anybody with even a shred of insight knows what the secret is from the get go. Then it is referred to a few times, without being revealed, and finally in the last two lines of the book there is the big revelation... Except you've already known for a hundred pages what the secret was, you just wished there would be some sort of a twist and that you'd be wrong. Some parts were painfully predictable, which makes the book much less fun to read in my opinion. Everything is presented in a simple and straightforward manner, without much regard for style. Another instance where the book left me feeling insulted (although I don't really know why this bothered me soooo much) was when the author felt the need to describe the ingredients of a s'more. Ok, I think everybody who has had a childhood knows what a s'more is... Maybe this is just a case of overwriting and not necessarily a slight towards the reader, but either way it really ticked me off for some reason.
There were some small problems that should've been picked up in editing also. For example, one sentence reads "Emergency services were pushed to the brim." Clearly, "brink" would've been a better fit. Another example has one character entering a "scolding" shower. Look, I understand if your shower is SCALDING, but if your shower is scolding you then you should get the hell out of demon house. Another instance has the word "soldiers" misspelled. Again, I know these are minor complaints, but these are things I tend to overlook in better books. They definitely stood out to me in this particular book.
The story was enjoyable though, and my heart was racing as I was reading the final showdown. My only real complaint about the ending was that it lacked grandeur and importance compared to other instances in the book. Sure, the character achieved his final objective, but it seemed an almost arbitrary goal, or at very best just the beginning of a greater plan. If they plan on releasing a sequel, I won't be buying it. If the ending of the book somehow ties into the video game, that would be pretty cool. I guess time will tell.
So, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in purchasing the game (which releases on March 15th) or anyone who is fascinated by the premise. Personally, I love post-apocalyptic books (which this isn't, technically, but it does feel like one at certain points.) and I did enjoy this book. It's a quick, fun, and easy read. Just don't expect it to be a great piece of literature, because you will be disappointed....more
Overall, its very good collection of stories. Unfortunately, like most collections, there are definitely going to be a few stories that will not enjoyOverall, its very good collection of stories. Unfortunately, like most collections, there are definitely going to be a few stories that will not enjoy at all. A few of my favorites in here are Harry Turtledove's "The Road Not Taken," Gibson and Swanwick's "Dogfight," Harlan Ellison's "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman," and Asimov's "Robot Dreams." In my opinion, the collection is worth the price for those stories alone. If you like reading science fiction or short stories at all you'll probably enjoy this one. If you like both, it's a no brainer....more