This was my least favorite of the three books in this series. Right from the get-go, it's very strange. When the book begins, it isn't clear what is gThis was my least favorite of the three books in this series. Right from the get-go, it's very strange. When the book begins, it isn't clear what is going on, or who is narrating. Are these new characters, or some we met in the first two books? And then there's a chapter in second person ... really weird. Eventually it comes around that all of the chapters from a certain character's point of view are in second person, but then I wonder, "why does he want ME to be that person?" I can't figure out the point, from a literary perspective.
A lot of questions were answered in this book. What is going on in area X? What were the motivations of the old director and Grace? Why/how did Control's mom get involved? What's up with Whitley? And Lowry. And what happened to the lighthouse keeper?
I was not a fan of the ending. While there was an explanation, there was no conclusion. And no understanding of WHY. On the one hand, I guess that maybe a literary trick... after all, were this happening in reality, it's likely that none of these people would have an understanding of why. Or at least, not until it was too late and they had undergone a change... and at that point they'd be unable to explain it. But it makes for a really unsatisfactory ending for me. I'd like to have something from the point of view of Area X, even though I understand that "in reality" the people would not get such a thing.
I did like all the explanation of the biologists journal and her life there. Some of that was pretty powerful, I thought.
Things I still don't understand/know (probably by design):
(view spoiler)[Were these the real Whitley and Lowry, or doubles? Lowry especially... it was hinted that Whitley could be a double, since at least there WERE two of him and one killed the other. But no one knows who won. I suspect he was a double. But with Lowry, it wasn't suggested that he was a double ... except it seems like everyone who comes back IS a double, yes? So it would make sense if he were...
I also want to understand the words that Saul and the crawler kept repeating. Everyone kept reacting as if these words were really powerful and deep, but I did not understand them. What were they trying to say by causing this to be the only thing on his mind?
Where did Suzanne and Henry from the S&SB really come from? Well, I mean, I guess they were Area X creatures, since there was no record of them being on the board? But that seems weird because as far as I can tell, the only human-like forms Area X had were doubles. Or were they just normal people but sent from Central? I didn't think there was a conclusion about whether the line item actually referred to the S&SB. (hide spoiler)]
Anyway... yeah. I finished a series! Left me feeling a little meh....more
This is a tough one to review. I'm wavering between 3 and 4 stars, but I guess I'll round down, even though I did like it and definitely plan to contiThis is a tough one to review. I'm wavering between 3 and 4 stars, but I guess I'll round down, even though I did like it and definitely plan to continue through the rest of the series. Why round down? Mainly, due to pace. This book is really long, but not a lot happens. Or well, a lot happens but it doesn't feel like it's really important stuff. The whole book is a series of move to one land, get attacked by something, move to the next land, get attacked by something, move to the next land... it's like, I GET IT ALREADY, THIS PLACE IS FREAKING HUGE! But I have to wonder how many of these lands, or the people/puppets they meet will actually come to matter in the end. There are four books in this series. I have to wonder if it could have made due as a trilogy. I guess I'll find out.
Also- characters. So far, Renie and !Xabbu are being treated as the main characters, I think. But their whole thread kind of annoys me. Renie is too... I guess stereotypical heroine. I'm not a fan. And most of the rest of their crew doesn't interest me either, most of them just seem thrown in so there are more people. One is already dead, and he wasn't really useful. I think he just served to make it harder to tell which sim the bad guys were inhabiting. Meh. Orlando's storyline though <3*sigh*. I look forward to his sections, including the ones now with Catur. He and Fredericks are great, and Beezle. And I also like Christabel's sections, though I think the author doesn't do so well with the 5 year old point of view.
Wow, I hadn't realized just how many characters there are! It's like Game of Thrones... except most of these ones matter less to the plot.
Anyway. I'll continue to read the series. The world that Tad Williams has created is pretty interesting, and I want to know what the Brotherhood's plans are, and what the coma kids and the circle have to do with it. I'm hooked!...more
I went to the library to get some books for my son, and this book caught my eye on the "featured" shelf (it worked!). It was a fast read, I got througI went to the library to get some books for my son, and this book caught my eye on the "featured" shelf (it worked!). It was a fast read, I got through it in less than two hours I think, in a single setting. Parts of it were very funny. A lot of it was kind of meh. Some of it might have been funnier, except I'm maybe less well-read than I think I am, because I hadn't read many of the books here. Oh well....more