This was recommended to me by an ex-boyfriend who thought it was great. He'd made excellent reading suggestions previously so I truly believed I was i...moreThis was recommended to me by an ex-boyfriend who thought it was great. He'd made excellent reading suggestions previously so I truly believed I was in for one awesome giant science fiction orgy of awesome in ten volumes! Instead I got offensive two dimensional characters, a plot like a stagnant pond and the author bragging in the introduction about how he dragged this 'opus' out for 1.2 MILLION words. I threw it across the room in frustration halfway through the first book but that's still more of my time then some complete books I've read. (And actually enjoyed) Hint to other authors: If it takes you 400 pages to establish that your bad guy is slimy, whiny and ineffectual, your good guy is the most Mary Sue of every 'All American hero stereotype' ever, and your female lead is an angry leather wearing dominatrix/virginal kitten in the arms of the 'Hero' and the plot STILL has yet to make more than a cursory appearance then you have failed. Hang your head in shame. Throw out your word processor and take up plumbing or fast food service. Oh? What was that? It was supposed to funny? Satirical? Allow me to stare in blank incomprehension at explanations for what in this book passes for humour. There is a reason a majority of the good reviews come from men who read this 20 years ago, usually when they were 12 year old boys and many of them admit to enjoying it as a boy but wouldn't read it now and didn't bother to finish it when they still thought it was good. I want the hours of my life wasted on this book back. You owe me Hubbard and you owe me at a pay scale a couple of factors above minimum wage. (less)
Everyone should take the time to read this book. It's a true measure of our astoundingly scary present and a hopeful vision of how we could and should...moreEveryone should take the time to read this book. It's a true measure of our astoundingly scary present and a hopeful vision of how we could and should live. Read it. Re-read it. Lend it out. Give copies as gifts to friends and loved ones. (less)
For me this book hit exactly the right pacing and tone. The action was fast but with the perfect amount of breather between peaks and the world we see...moreFor me this book hit exactly the right pacing and tone. The action was fast but with the perfect amount of breather between peaks and the world we see through the eyes of the MC is consistently bleak, brutal and interesting. The main character is a product of her extremely dysfunctional society and it is heartbreaking to see how she and others cut themselves off from each other and their struggles when faced with trying to bridge the gaps created by self protection.
I can't wait to read the rest of the books and I hope that that we get an expanded understanding of the world we glimpse in book one. (less)
I liked this book from the get go but I was surprised by how much I loved it by the end. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out the mysteries in a bo...moreI liked this book from the get go but I was surprised by how much I loved it by the end. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out the mysteries in a book but this one managed to surprise me. I enjoyed the characters and anticipate the sequals so I can keep following them, especially the women who manage to be strong, clever and proactive survivalists within the confines of their worlds. What really stands out about this book was the world building. The author has created a full, well rounded universe that is dark and real to encompass her story and it is a doozy. If you like dystopias or science fiction that's gritty and harsh give this series a try. (less)