Personally, the only reason I'm still sticking with Sherrilyn Kenyon (SK) is because she has me addicted to the characters and their respective historPersonally, the only reason I'm still sticking with Sherrilyn Kenyon (SK) is because she has me addicted to the characters and their respective history. Jaden, Jared, Thorn and Nick to name a few. I wanna know their stories. Once I start something, I find it extremely hard to stop.
Now about the book, it feels extremely rushed. The plot is thin at best. It explains some things and then dumps in a few new characters (Grim) and implies a few things about Casey and co. but it doesn't add anything substantial to the story. I felt disappointed somehow that instead of furthering the story, Invincible is rehashing some concepts of the first book while vaguely reiterating that there's more to story than we realize (duh). Bubba's history was kinda...nice to know. It explains why he's so screwed up and why he acts the way he does. That was one of the few high points in the book.
Overall, it doesn't really deserve a 4 but since I'm a fan....meh. SK needs to STOP doing so many series at ONCE and focus on her main books; DH and Nick. Stop it with the League (no one really cares, it's just DH in space) or the Belador thing (just epic fail). The main reason why she's so successful and has a huge fanbase is because of DH and that's what she should be focusing on. Doing too many books at once is diluting the quality of her overall writing and a lot of fans feel that she's starting to lose the plot of her original and most successful books....more
Just finished reading it...yesterday. The antagonist was totally unexpected (seeing as how this was a book focusing on elite teenagers hackers, I'd thJust finished reading it...yesterday. The antagonist was totally unexpected (seeing as how this was a book focusing on elite teenagers hackers, I'd thought they would have a more...conventional enemy to fit the common plot line), and unfortunately wasn't all that well thought out. IT would have been more fun to read if the "main" enemy was human and of comparable skill to the main characters (which it was initially) rather than a godlike entity that pwns everyone it touches.
The way the story ends is also kinda lame. The story starts out with a massive bang, kid hacks into top corporation's network to get freebies (a pair of top of the line laptops and neuro-headgear that allows you to interface with the computer directly with your brain) and ends up crashing the entire interwebs by over-estimating the abilities of corporate admins (well he is one of the best hackers out there, the rest of the IT community are mere noobs compared to him). The first few pages got me hooked and READY TO BUY THE DAMN book but the stupid local bookstores don't stock it (I read it at Harris in another city, far far away and MPH doesn't have the book).
He gets caught eventually after falling into a social-engineering hack by undercover operatives at a hacker's convention. That's where the story starts to go downhill in terms of enjoyability. He gets recruited by the government into a secret cyber-def unit, gets an epic lifestyle all paid by the US of A; pretty perfect right? There's even a hot girl thrown in somewhere who is pretty cold towards him but eventually becomes "close".
But the enemy in the story is too god-mode for me and I'm not talking about the cyber-terrorists who get knocked out by the main antagonist like everyone else. The way Sam ends up beating it is just too....meh. Beat God by becoming God. Lulz, that's just so lame it hurt to reach the end of the book.
Overall, it starts out awesome but it feels too...rushed. The way it turned out is disappointing. Just because the author tried a different ending doesn't mean it's anywhere near as good as it could have been if he had followed a more conventional plot....more