I feel bad for rating this book so low because normally I really enjoy Robert Charles Wilson's books. The story is set in Belltower Washington. I likeI feel bad for rating this book so low because normally I really enjoy Robert Charles Wilson's books. The story is set in Belltower Washington. I like books set in the Pacific NW and the author did a good job of describing a typical small town. The general plot revolves around time travel and romance. Tom Winter discovers a time machine underneath his house that leads to New York in the 1960s. Tom is trying to find himself after his divorce and so has no problem going back to live in the past. However the previous house-owner ( and also caretaker of the house's time machine) informs him that there is a person from the future bent on finding him and destroying the tunnel? I had a hard time understanding the motivations of the villan and why I should care about him.
That's about as much of the plot as I can describe without giving it all away. I kept waiting for more to be revealed or something interesting to happen. The best parts in the book were Tom finding the tunnel and then the ending action sequence. Maybe someone who is into books about self-discovery and romance would like this book more than me. I personally wanted more science-fiction and time paradoxes from Tom going back in time. ...more
Unfortunately, I couldn't make myself finish the book about half-way through. The main problem was the writing. To me, it seemed quite different fromUnfortunately, I couldn't make myself finish the book about half-way through. The main problem was the writing. To me, it seemed quite different from the first book. The character still all have their own unique voice, yet everything the bad guy is so, so cheesy. It seemed like every time he said something it was followed by... Which does not convey that someone is bad, it just is a way to get out of finishing your sentence. I will be clear, I know I'm not the best writer, and I do tend to use ellipses. But I do know that over-using them is sloppy. The motivations of the main bad guy were also quite shallow. Prentiss wants to make zombies so he can sell them and make money. Some back-story( maybe there was back-story later, I don't know) would be useful, especially since we are given backstories for Hailey, Prairie, and even some for Chub. Anyway this series had potential, I wish I had liked this second book more, but it just suffered from a poorly-written villian. ...more
I loved this book!! It was original, very good writing for a YA book, minimal romance, and lots of mysteries. The book is primarily set in the town ofI loved this book!! It was original, very good writing for a YA book, minimal romance, and lots of mysteries. The book is primarily set in the town of Gyspum, a small town that borders "Trash-town". A town full of crime and poverty. Hailey lives on the border of Gyspum and Trash-town. Yet, her status is even lower than the "Morries" the kids who live in Trash-town, and she doesn't know why.
Her whole life is devoted to her dog and adopted brother, Chub. I like that Hailey is wholesome and likable, but still makes some mistakes throughout the book. She is a normal girl...except when she totally isn't. There is A LOT that happened that I can't write about because I think it would be too spoiler-y. Lets just say she does find out most of her background in the end, but the book ends on a cliff-hanger.
Banished contains several different kinds of Supernatural creatures, but in an original way. I hope we find out about more Supernatural creatures/people later in the series. I think the one problem with this book is that the plot advanced slowly in the middle. It did pick up in the last half. This first book is primarily for setting up the world and solving the mysteries of Hailey's background. I think the next book should have more of a mixture of action and mystery. ...more
This is the best book I've read all year. Funny, heart-felt, and gripping. I sympathized with the main character and laughed and winced with all the dThis is the best book I've read all year. Funny, heart-felt, and gripping. I sympathized with the main character and laughed and winced with all the descriptions of the supporting characters and the things that happened to them in the kitchen. Really good read if you like both a mix of drama and comedy. ...more