This was so close to a five star book to me! Had I given it a rating at the 75% mark, it definitely would have been. And the last quarter wasn't BAD,This was so close to a five star book to me! Had I given it a rating at the 75% mark, it definitely would have been. And the last quarter wasn't BAD, it was just slow. There were some long narrative parts where nothing much seemed to happen, and I thought it was ending 3 times before it really did (that's one disadvantage of the audio version - had I been reading a paper or kindle version, I'd have known there was still a lot left to go). But the real ending was worth it.
Once again, here is a book I can't believe I waited so long to read. It's very dark, but beautifully written.
I liked Hopper and usually liked Scott. Didn't care for Nora, and honestly I do think the book wouldn't have lost much without her, at times she felt like a token female. This is one of those books where I can't write anything at all about the plot, or it will completely ruin the book for you.
The audible version was good. The narrator did a great job with the characters. Although I'm a little sad I missed out on some of the mixed media things. He read the case notes and newspaper articles and etc, but would have had a different feel seeing them in the book....more
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