.................................... why was this so bad? The first book was fantastic. The second book was a mess, but hey the end justifies the means.................................... why was this so bad? The first book was fantastic. The second book was a mess, but hey the end justifies the means amiright? Well not in this case, where the end was so shockingly bad.
How is this the same guy who wrote The Maze Runner? This is an obvious case of someone with a great idea and great execution but absolutely no direction when it came to continuing and finishing the story. Suspense and curiosity is the bread and butter of this series, so to have no questions answered at all leaves readers feeling cheated. A beloved hero was obliterated into a sloppy excuse of a character with absolutely no traceable character development. Horrendous, cringe-worthy romantic subplot. Plot hole galore. Also, I'm all for seemingly "unnecessary" deaths as long as they are done well and/or serve a greater purpose in the narrative. Fred Weasley? Goodbye, sir. Primrose Everdeen? Nice knowin' ya. Teresa? ...... what?
Bad. So bad.
The only thing preventing me from giving 1 star is the fact that I still appreciate Dashner's writing and initial premise. He also had good supporting characters like Minho, Newt, and Jorge. Newt was well-written from start to finish.
The series, however, was not.
The most frustrating part of it all is that it could have been so good....more
A complaint I've often seen about After You is that as a sequel it is wholly "unnecessary." That's right. It wasn't necessary. Moyes herself said sheA complaint I've often seen about After You is that as a sequel it is wholly "unnecessary." That's right. It wasn't necessary. Moyes herself said she might not have considered writing it had Louisa not lived so vividly with the fans, but she did; thus a well-done, honest portrayal of grief was born. Does it compare to its predecessor? No. Was it supposed to? What it did was outline the ups and downs of a woman's struggle to move on, the absence of funny, quirky Lou making for a somber atmosphere. And I enjoyed watching this journey. I appreciated Lou's lack of guidance as she struggled to live up to Will's expectations for her. I enjoyed watching her grow into this caretaker, even maternal, role once again. Against popular opinion--maybe because I myself am an angst-ridden teenage girl--I really loved and felt for Lily. It was so important to me to see Camilla Traynor completely broken down and then to have found someone to garden with and care for. It was so important to see Lou making friends and patching up things with her family and finding purpose and even though I agree that the chemistry was lackluster, falling in love again. A necessary sequel? No. A worthy one? I think so. ...more
This may not be one-star bad, but as a someone who has invested too much into this series already, I am too livid to give it any more. I haven't been tThis may not be one-star bad, but as a someone who has invested too much into this series already, I am too livid to give it any more. I haven't been this disappointed in a book in a long time.
*cools down and comes back and ups it to two stars* But only because Oliver's writing still manages to be damn good amidst this utter mess of a plot. The worst thing is being fully aware that this had the potential to be so much better....more
It feels like Mead got kind of tired along the way. Understandable - 12 books set in the same universe and all. This final installment felt particularIt feels like Mead got kind of tired along the way. Understandable - 12 books set in the same universe and all. This final installment felt particularly sloppy and rushed, however. (Like the whole deconstruction of the re-education system that happened in like 2.3 seconds?) There have been beautiful shining moments, but the series as a whole failed to meet my expectations after VA. Nonetheless, it's been a fun ride, and I'll always have a special place for this series in my heart. God, I used to fangirl over these books so hard. And Sydney and Adrian will always be some of my favorite characters....more