This started out a little slow, and took forever to introduce all of the major characters. But most of the characters felt real to me once I got to kn...moreThis started out a little slow, and took forever to introduce all of the major characters. But most of the characters felt real to me once I got to know them, and I think I'm going to miss them now that I've finished the book! I enjoyed this world, even though I've never really done any gaming like this. The aspect that really fascinated me was the happy work environment with all the loyal employees who loved their job and felt like an important part of a team creating something really great together. What a fun place to work! I enjoyed reading about it.(less)
This made me want to go back and read all the others in the series again. I enjoyed it a lot! I felt like there were connections from the other books...moreThis made me want to go back and read all the others in the series again. I enjoyed it a lot! I felt like there were connections from the other books that I missed and would have enjoyed if it hadn't been so long since I'd read the others. Lois Lowry pulled me right in with her great characters. I really cared about them and wanted to know what happened.(less)
I didn't expect to enjoy this nearly as much as I did! I found the characters to be very likeable, and I really wanted things to turn out well for the...moreI didn't expect to enjoy this nearly as much as I did! I found the characters to be very likeable, and I really wanted things to turn out well for them. I can't think of too many books I've read recently that had three main characters who pretty evenly shared the storyline. I could feel a clockwork structure working throughout the story and I really liked it. That clockwork structure did make for a few too many coincidences and connections between the characters, but I was only bothered a little by it towards the very end of the story.
For the most part I felt that this was well-written, although there were a few odd similes and comparisons that took me out of the narrative a time or two. I also thought things got a bit improbable when (view spoiler)[the golem piece made the automaton come to life. The story had been mostly realistic with some touches of science fiction up to that point. Then all of a sudden we have a mechanical man magically coming to life who runs away, carries on entire conversations, and learns new things on his own. It just didn't fit in with the rest of the story. But I did like how things ultimately turned out. (hide spoiler)]
All in all, though, this was a very enjoyable read. I think those who have read The Invention of Hugo Cabret and want to read another story with an automaton might really enjoy this. 4.5 stars.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I'm having a mixed reaction to this one and thus having problems writing any sort of review. I mostly enjoyed this while I was reading it and felt dra...moreI'm having a mixed reaction to this one and thus having problems writing any sort of review. I mostly enjoyed this while I was reading it and felt drawn into the problems of the characters - except I kept worrying about the ending. I also wasn't a huge fan of some of the events in the second half of the book - except their visit to the library! Maybe I've read too many YA dystopian books in the past year or so, but this one felt a lot like many of those only without much that really makes it stand out. Will I remember significant details of this storyline later on? Will I NEED to read the sequel when it comes out? I guess we'll see, but I don't think so. 3.5 stars.(less)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH was one of my childhood favorites. I don't even know how many times I read it growing up. So I was very interested to...moreMrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH was one of my childhood favorites. I don't even know how many times I read it growing up. So I was very interested to see that Robert C. O'Brien had written a post-apocalyptic type of story for young adults.
This is written in first-person as the diary of 15-year-old Ann Burden. There was a nuclear war and as far as she can determine, everyone else has died. She survived in the isolated valley where she grew up because it is surrounded by mountains and essentially has its own weather - the winds from outside do not blow through it. Her family went to see if they could find any survivors and never came back. But then a man comes hiking into her valley wearing an odd green suit. She hides from him until he becomes sick from swimming in a lake that was still contaminated from the fallout.
Even though there are only two characters in this story, and we only get the viewpoint of Ann Burden, this is very suspenseful! I thought O'Brien did a great job of writing as if this was Ann's diary. He never gave us information that Ann wouldn't have. It felt very real. The beginning reminded me a lot of Island of the Blue Dolphins with a young girl alone forced to rely on her own resourcefulness to survive.
When the man, John Loomis, arrives, the story changes and becomes more intense. I didn't really like the man much, but once he entered the story, I couldn't put the book down. I knew far more about the storyline than I wanted because the book blurb pretty much gave it all away. But still I wanted to know how it all ended! If you enjoy post-apocalyptic survival stories, add this one to your list.
Note: This would be a great "Z" title for an A-Z challenge!(less)
Why do I get such enjoyment out of these books that postulate a horrible end to our world and create a post-apocalyptic world that isn't very happy at...moreWhy do I get such enjoyment out of these books that postulate a horrible end to our world and create a post-apocalyptic world that isn't very happy at all? I'm not sure what it says about me, but enjoy them I do.
It took me a bit at the beginning to get drawn into this story. I immediately cared about the characters, but I wasn't so sure about the world they live in. At some point without really realizing it, though, I got caught up in the story and didn't want to stop and sleep until I had reached the end. And when I did get to the end, in the wee hours of the morning, I wanted the story to continue. Now I have to wait until May 2012 for the next book in the series! 4.5 stars.(less)