Ugh. No. It's another YA dystopia novel with a heavy romance element. But worse. It's a ZOMBIE dystopia and this first book is basically free of any sUgh. No. It's another YA dystopia novel with a heavy romance element. But worse. It's a ZOMBIE dystopia and this first book is basically free of any sort of conclusion. I am soooo fed up with this trend because we have gotten to the point where authors apparently do not even have to try anymore....more
It's the perfect book for my mother, who can't get enough fantastic romance and bloomy language ... but not me. I understand that a difficult relationIt's the perfect book for my mother, who can't get enough fantastic romance and bloomy language ... but not me. I understand that a difficult relationship with love because of a sick, dystopian society is the point of this book, but Lena's love interest is so CLICHÉ, he does not seem very realistic to me, just very very flat. And when it comes to romantic things, this book drips the honey so hard and explodes in such flowery language, I just could not stand it at times. However, apart from that, I liked the idea - I liked how brainwashed Lena is and how it shows and how this messed up society is so easily accepting of the sick thing they have become. My worst problem with the book is, however, the plot. The way Mr. Cliché acts in the end is not explained in a way that makes ~any~ sense. And because I am not interested enough to read the other two books, I read the summaries and thought "That's where the characters go? That's the story?" I'm disappointed. It could have been so good, and so many themes could have been explored. But it isn't....more
Rauklands Sohn hat mir sehr gut gefallen - eine tolle Geschichte, kurzweilig und sehr menschlich. Das Buch ist nicht perfekt - ich habe ein paar ErkläRauklands Sohn hat mir sehr gut gefallen - eine tolle Geschichte, kurzweilig und sehr menschlich. Das Buch ist nicht perfekt - ich habe ein paar Erklärungen vermisst und fand den ein oder anderen Charakterwandel ein wenig zu extrem, bzw. zu plötzlich oder nicht gut ausgebaut. Trotzdem finde ich es klasse, dass die Autorin es schafft, die Persönlichkeiten der einzelnen Helden so mühelos durch viel Dialog und kurze Szenen darzustellen. Gerade gegen Ende erscheint das Buch etwas weniger gut durchdacht oder durch die Geschichte selbst weniger gut unterstützt. Dies ist aber ein kleinerer Makel, denn Jordis Lank versteht sich ansonsten großartig darauf, ihre Geschichte glaubwürdig und sehr dynamisch voran zu treiben. Rauklands Sohn ist kein Fantasy-Roman nach Patentrezept, denn hier stehen nicht Heldentum, Magie, Treue und fantastische Welten im Vordergrund, sondern Persönlichkeit, Freundschaft, Menschlichkeit und Empathie und - naja - "Soft Skills". Ich finde das Absolut erfrischend! ...more
Great story idea and a nice potpourri of characters. The whiny heroine gets a bit on my nerves at times. For me, the focus on romance is a bit too mucGreat story idea and a nice potpourri of characters. The whiny heroine gets a bit on my nerves at times. For me, the focus on romance is a bit too much, I'd have liked to see a stronger focus on the fantasy side of the story. The villain could have been a tad smarter and the story development a little more foreshadowed or more of it discovered by the main character, instead of using a deus ex machina kind of approach. The writing is very entertaining and contains a very nice seasoning of humor....more
The book is a little outdated at this point ("take a portable phone with you!"), which is to be expected. I first and foremost suggest googling updateThe book is a little outdated at this point ("take a portable phone with you!"), which is to be expected. I first and foremost suggest googling updates on the scary, fascinating and saddening cases the author presents. What can be said, though, is that obsessive predators do not "outdate". The mental function (or non-function) of these people will be no different today from what they were in the nineties and all the warnings and demands that the author makes about the handling of these individuals and the dangers they present still ring true - as does the emotional hardship that moves the reader when presented with the families left behind by what the author often calls "monsters". One of my reserves with this book is that the author overwhelmingly uses "she" as the victim and "he" as the predator. While statistically, this is the most likely case, and almost all the cases presented in this book adhere to this pattern, this use of pronouns is also found in general statements, and that is just not necessary. Also, there is a confusing abundance of names being flung about and they are re-appearing by being mentioned in passing, so it gets really hard to follow at times. Same goes for the sentence structure that had me read even some shorter sentences two or three times to figure out which parts between commas, hyphens and ellipses make up the core sentence. I cannot judge how outdated the political and judicial parts of the book are, as I have no experience. But I cannot imagine that the demands the author makes and the mistakes in our judgment and perception of obsessive predators he points out are no longer valid today. The author's experience shows, as does the impact of the horror he has seen in his life. He takes an understandably strong stand against obsessive predators, but occasionally slips into a very narrow view (again: understandable, and maybe even justified). I absolutely love the focus he puts on the victims, because the media - even in the mid 2010s - is still terribly obsessed with the criminals, while Douglas really isn't. Because he allows you to get to know the wonderful personalities of the victims, parts of the introductions (the description of the crime to be discussed), whether written by focusing on the criminal or the victim, read like a criminal novel. But that initial excitement, that often made me feel a little guilty, is easily brought back down to earth by the author in the subsequent discussion - and I find that very good. Altogether this is a very good read and possibly a book that could someday save your life....more
At first I was like "wow" and "sob" and "I kinda love it" ... and I think I do. However, I noticed that one part of my "wow" moment was that it lookedAt first I was like "wow" and "sob" and "I kinda love it" ... and I think I do. However, I noticed that one part of my "wow" moment was that it looked to me like Hazel found a person in Gus that kinda ticks like her in a world where teenagers come I a wide variety - but are rarely like Hazel. Except... that world was in my head. It is not in the book. Isaac is like Hazel. Isaac is like Gus. At least in the relevant parts - the smart sarcasm. And there is no other important character in their peer group, really. So Hazel is not "different" because there is no other teenager to contrast this type of character. And therefore, she loses what makes her interesting. All teenagers in the book could be like that, even though, as my girlfriend aptly pointed out: Teenagers are not LIKE that in the first place. It's very confusing. There are parts I liked - the emotions and realistic disappointments most of all - and parts I hated, like how the author makes up treatments and handles romance. - I honestly don't know what to think anymore. I give up. Strange book....more
This review is basically about how reading the second book made me not want to touch the third... which is not the point of a second book in a triologThis review is basically about how reading the second book made me not want to touch the third... which is not the point of a second book in a triology. This may contain spoilers for the entire triology.
I have decided to not bother with the third book of this triology after listening to the first two as audibooks. While the Maze Runner is praised a lot (though I myself was not so enthused) because it has original characters, character development and a proper plot, "The Scorch Trials" seems to fall short in most of these areas. I got the impression that the author really, really wanted to write a story about teenagers getting put through terrible trials, but was lacking the right framework to make it happen, so he tried really hard to come up with something and failed miserably. Even during the first book I thought "this needs to have a really smart, plot-twisting conclusion to make this a good triology - this could become really good, or really terrible". Then I read the second book. I actually found this book so bad, I opted to read the summary and some reviews of the third book ("The Death Cure") instead of actually getting it because I just didn't want to do this to myself again - not the writing, not the random-terrible-events-happen plot, and not the annoying main character (see below). Turns out, this was a good choice - I already noticed while listening to "The Scorch Trials" that there was not going to be much of an explanation for anything - and the summaries and reviews of "The Death Cure" suggest this is not going to get any better. Leaving some mysteries at the end is okay, but even in the SPOILERS ALERT reviews of "The Death Cure", it becomes pretty clear that in this case, it's not a mystery that is left behind, but a gigantic plot hole (Apparently there is a prequel which, according to reviews, fails to do what it promised: Properly explain the other three books). And if it is true that the main character also becomes even less likeable in the third book - when I can barely stand him in book two already - I really do not want to read it. Thomas either doesn't know what to do and laments over it, or he has some kind of internal feeling that totally makes him do the right thing, no reason involved. He also seems pretty daft about what is actually going on around him, even though he was pictured as the smart guy in "The Maze Runner". The most annoying bit about him is that after going through two long trials with the same people, he stil doesn't know or care about half of the eleven boys that remain near the end of the book (he does not even know their names, so when they die, it's not a big deal). I would probably not mind the lack of plot development and the characters that appear and disappear as technical conveniences so much, but additionally, there is the writing. The author makes this weird attempt to give the people in the books their own vocabulary and that also fails - it's merely an attempt at saying things like sh*t and f**k without actually using those words. There is not much depth there, either, and the tone is pretty simple and straight forward - it bores me. I also cannot deal with the monsters in the first two books - they sound pretty ridiculous (I looked at a movie screen cap and they tried to make them a little better, but the book version is just odd and hard to take seriously). Worse, in the end of the second book, we basically find the heroes fighting with what looks like it came from a computer game (such as Little Big Planet), where you have to hit all of the opponent's brightly labeled weak points to kill it. I mean - really?
Last but not least, I used an audibook version of the series and... well... it really doesn't help that the speaker has such problems pronouncing the name "Minho"... It's difficult to listen to "Thomas took a look at mean h*e..." and still take the book seriously.
So, I tried to explain WHY I hated these books so much, but of course it is also a matter of taste. I am NOT the target audience and maybe that is my problem. So, less than saying the book is crap (oh, sorry, 'clunk'), I should say that I really don't get the fuss about it. I find it badly written, diffuse and uncreative. "Desperate humanity is doing something terrible for the greater good" - that does not even seem new to me. And most of all, this saddens me - because the main idea and scenery of the "The Maze Runner" is ridiculously cool. It could have been so great. But it wasn't....more
Am Anfang des Buches habe ich mir echt Sorgen über die Tatsache gemacht, dass Fortsetzungen von guten Büchern extrem in die Hose gehen können - aber dAm Anfang des Buches habe ich mir echt Sorgen über die Tatsache gemacht, dass Fortsetzungen von guten Büchern extrem in die Hose gehen können - aber das ist hier eindeutig nicht der Fall! Andreas Eschbach schreibt spannend und zeigt deutlich, dass er mit dem Paradoxon der Zeitreise umgehen kann. Obwohl der Anfang zunächst ein wenig lang schien, sind sein Stil und seine Erzählgeschwindigkeit auch in diesem Buch insgesamt sehr gelungen. Zwar findet Wiedersehen mit bekannten Charakteren statt, doch trotzdem ist "Der Jesus Deal" erfrischend anders als "Das Jesus Video". Und das, obwohl das Jesus-Video natürlich die ganze Grundlage für dieses Buch darstellt. Ich hab mich gut unterhalten gefühlt, denn obwohl das Ein oder Andere doch voraus zu sehen war, schafft Andreas Eschbach doch immer wieder, mich gekonnt zu überraschen (und das schaffen nicht Viele). Kurzum, ich habe die Hörbuchfassung in jeder freien Minute gehört, bis ich das Ding durch hatte. Abstellen kam ja gar nicht in Frage.
Noch was! Habe ich da etwa eine kleine Lücke entdeckt, die aus der Geschichte eine Triologie machen könnte? :)...more