I should've trusted my instinct and put this book down after 50 pages, when the plot was already revealed. Instead, stupidly, I thought the novel woulI should've trusted my instinct and put this book down after 50 pages, when the plot was already revealed. Instead, stupidly, I thought the novel would redeem itself if I kept going. I was very wrong. All of the characters were very one dimensional and the plot was given up, as I said, in under 50 pages. I felt as though some of the story threads didn't have anything to do with the actual plot.
We have literally no background information as to why these people (who are very technologically advanced) are living as though it was the 1800's. Im very tired of the vague reference to WWIII with no implications of what went so wrong with society that they would play-act as though it was centuries before...umm hello, just because it was a "simpler" life back then doesnt mean there weren't problems. It seems as though they are only using this ruse to keep some sort of totalitarian rule over the people they deem safe to live in this "perfect" world.
Incarceron, on the other hand, is alive... But we see very little actual interaction of the prison with the people, and have no explanation why it loathes the beings it creates. I have to agree with some reviewers that it is almost Matrix-like. But the actual prison itself is so vague, I have a hard time having any impact from it at all.
This book had a wonderful premise, I just feel it wasn't fleshed out in a way that did justice To such an idea. I definitely won't be reading the sequel, which stinks because Both of these have been sitting on my shelf waiting for me to devour them...sadly, they will be returned to the library and I won't be looking back......more
I really enjoyed this book. There were so many new spins on fantasy and the ghost story genre, that this was a truly unique read. I felt it incorporatI really enjoyed this book. There were so many new spins on fantasy and the ghost story genre, that this was a truly unique read. I felt it incorporated many adult themes at just the right level. It was thought-provoking and incredible the way the author handled the purpose of ghosts. I'm sure everyone has dreamed of a deceased loved one at one time or another, and Stringer's rationale for this was nothing short of comforting and fantastical.
This was a ghost story that will not give you nightmares, but will make you look at life, in general, in a different way. The ideas that were truly scary were not the ones in plain sight, but the "what-ifs" that we're constantly in the background. I loved it!
The characters were well-developed which only drew me in further, especially to the character of Elsie, who seemed like a minor character, but was really indispensable.
I loved the concept of the red doors, and the way history/mythology was brought in and intertwined with the core of the story. As I was reading, I felt as though I was in a world that was a mixture of Wizard of Oz and a fantasy version of Monster's Inc. I think the imagery was fantastic and helped create a book that totally hooks readers after the first few pages.
I think this is a novel that many middle school students will love. It will definitely be put in my classroom library. I can't wait to see what else Stringer will bring to the fantasy genre, and I hope this isn't the last we hear of Belladonna and Steve!...more
I loved this book! The plot and prose gripped me from the beginning! Even though I had an idea of what would come, it didn't detract from the story thI loved this book! The plot and prose gripped me from the beginning! Even though I had an idea of what would come, it didn't detract from the story the least bit. Sage was a well-developed character, as were the supporting characters, there wasn't a one character that wasn't thought-out and unique--this is what I loved the most. The romance was kept to a minimum, but I really felt the spark, and hope that we will see glimpses (not a whole novel) expanding on this in the future. I think truly, I just fell in love with Sage from the get-go. He was a spitfire who was willing to stand up for Imogen, yet admit (albeit to the reader) when he was terrified or afraid of a situation. All his snarky/cocky attitude was a large part of him, yet there is a soft-side, a specific yearning to do the right thing.
Like other reviewers have commented upon, this novel is filled with patriotism and the idea of loyalty. It truly makes you think of who you should trust, and if that trust us well-placed. I think this idea, and the questions it ultimately brings forth will stay in reader's minds long after they have finished the novel. And, this would be a wonderful topic for a readers discussion question, group discussion tying the novel to present day/our government now.
I am thrilled that there will be a sequel! This is one book that I will be purchasing for my collection. It didn't drag like some of the stories I have read recently, yet there was enough build-up to have me staying up late to finish it. Well done! I'll be recommending it to all of my other children's lot friends! Can't wait to see more of Prince Jaron. ...more
I loved this book! I can only imagine the catharsis and depth of emotion that this novel will bring to a YA reader, when it has left me with such hearI loved this book! I can only imagine the catharsis and depth of emotion that this novel will bring to a YA reader, when it has left me with such heartwarming joy, as an adult. From the very beginning I was captivated by the descriptions and in-depth characterization of the three children.
The children's stories were so skillfully intertwined. Every time we were introduced to a new scene, I kept hypothesizing where the other characters would make their appearances and how. It was beautiful the pieces that each brought to their friendship and the way that they truly needed one another to complete their own story.
Everything was so real...as if I was watching a movie. I could hear Guiseppes music, and I was there with Hannah and Frederick at the opera. I only wish we had a recording of Guiseppe's song to go along with what I heard and felt while reading.
The Clockwork Three was a complete novel...it left no story unattended and no gaps in characterization or plot development. Kirby created a world that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming and his characters held qualities of the same. The bits of magic and fantasy brought his story to it's pinnacle and let us ride the high to the end! Magnificent.
What an exceptional first novel from Matthew Kirby! I look forward to seeing what he will produce in the future!! I truly hope this novel gets picked up as a motion picture. There won't be a dry eye in that theater....more
Okay, I loved Caleb, and there was a lot of action...I just didn't feel as if this story had enough plot. We are thrown in quickly, given very littleOkay, I loved Caleb, and there was a lot of action...I just didn't feel as if this story had enough plot. We are thrown in quickly, given very little detail, and then we ricochet from place to place, action to action feverishly with no real back story or even reasoning behind the novel itself. Carey has wonderful prose, and that is what kept me going. I was just hoping for some more meat and potatoes. Very very fast read...I had it finished in about 2 1/2 hours. Even though it was slightly disappointing, I will continue to see what happens in the sequel....more
3 1/2 stars. Entertaining and kept a lovely pace. There were a lot of characters introduced throughout the book, but for me that didn't take anything3 1/2 stars. Entertaining and kept a lovely pace. There were a lot of characters introduced throughout the book, but for me that didn't take anything away. I loved how Sage brought us full circle with all of those characters with the after section that gave us an update on all of the non-major characters lives.
I figured out who Septimus was early on, but that didn't stop me from getting misty-eyed when the reveal happened. I also didn't feel that Septimus not being the star of this book took anything away from the story being told. I felt quite endeared to Jenna and the other Heap family members, especially Aunt Zelda.
This was a lovely stand-alone novel, but I am interested to see what happens to the children in their next adventure, and I'd love to see more of the dragon. ...more