I actually had a hard time staying into this story. Usually, I devour books cover to cover. This book I setI received this book as an ARC for review.
I actually had a hard time staying into this story. Usually, I devour books cover to cover. This book I set down numerous times and read other books between sessions with it.
I enjoyed the premise, and the female main character was an interesting person, but the overt crudeness and exceptional gore turned me off. I've read horror, grisly mysteries, and plenty of urban fantasy...this didn't seem to fit into any of those genres neatly. Not that that's a bad thing, it just made the story a little harder to get a handle on.
Three and a half stars from me, it just wasn't my cup of tea....more
I received this book as an advance reading copy in yesterday's mail and got almost nothing done around the house since.
This is definitely a sequel, aI received this book as an advance reading copy in yesterday's mail and got almost nothing done around the house since.
This is definitely a sequel, and reading Impulse first is a necessity for full enjoyment. That being said, I enjoyed every minute of it. Gould somehow manages to write a story that cranks along at a breathtaking speed, but the pages still turn slow enough that you don't feel left behind or disappointed because the book ended too quickly. Well-fleshed out characters from the first story (or should I say third?) return in all their glory, and new cast members, while few, are nicely three-dimensional.
The science used is a huge part of the story. As a non-scientist who still enjoys watching The Science Channel on TV, very little was under- or over-explained. Only a few times did I feel a need to look something up, and never did I feel like I was stuck in a lecture. Realistically, if you can suspend your disbelief to go with the whole concept of "jumping", the rest is a piece of cake.
Five stars, and going on my favorite sci-if shelf....more
While I understand that the main character, Violet, is twelve years old, the whole story came across as immature.
Perhaps twelve year olds were differWhile I understand that the main character, Violet, is twelve years old, the whole story came across as immature.
Perhaps twelve year olds were different in the early 1900's, but Violet acted overly mature in some scenes, then hopelessly childish in others. And the whole 'liar' thing fell flat. She starts the book telling us what a fantastic liar she is, then hardly lies throughout the book. When she does lie, it's even obvious to her how weak and easily broken the lie is. And her friend kept forgiving her lies like they were nothing. It kept making me think "What's the point?", and I couldn't find one.
It struck me as very odd that there were no repercussions for Violet bloodying the nose of the hateful favored Willis. Surely his father or someone in camp would have noticed! I also felt Violet's father must be a bit funny in the head, because he behaved very inconsistently through the course of the story.
There was one major plot error, the 'theft' that the late-plot conflict hinged upon. The keys were found BEFORE the accused was asked to deliver the purse to its owner (Chapter 23). (Which, with the obvious hate-mongering going on, was a foolish thing for our oh-so-wise mentor character to do.) Later in the story (Chapter 25), the keys were said to be found AFTER the accused had the purse in their possession.
Not a bad story overall, just a few too many inconsistencies for me to stay wrapped in the story...more
I enjoyed reading this book, but for one thing: A drastic change in pace! The first three quarters of the book move along nicely, and then the last fiI enjoyed reading this book, but for one thing: A drastic change in pace! The first three quarters of the book move along nicely, and then the last fifty pages hit hyperdrive! Suddenly we're rushing along to the end, which leaves you hanging. The cliffhanger ending doesn't bother me (even though they always make me want to Gibbs-smack the author), but the overly rushed pace toward the end makes me think the author was writing along, then realized how big the book was getting and tried to hurry up the end of the story. The characters were developing nicely, then WHAM! Quick, toss in the alternate love interest! Oh crap, running out of room; hurry them into bed for the obligatory sex scene! [return][return]In a nustshell, a great story left wanting by a rushed ending. Still looking forward to the sequel anyway!...more
I read this book for a book discussion club. [return][return]I had a hard time believing that they managed to get The Society to work for more than aI read this book for a book discussion club. [return][return]I had a hard time believing that they managed to get The Society to work for more than a few years. Are there really that many sheep in the world? The author makes a point of showing how even the earliest officials (grandma and grandpa) were rebelling against the rules. It makes me wonder if The Society was drugging the water or food of everyone to keep them submissive.[return][return]And the whole idea that teenagers would not fall madly in love with each other before their matching ceremony really made me shake my head. I remember how even the smallest relationship was the most important thing in the world and was my true love forever in those hormonally charged days. Again, they must have been drugging them all.[return][return]If it weren't for the fact that there's going to be a sequel, I could see them using this as an assigned reading in school. It had lots of deep themes and that same feeling that I got from some of the stuff I read for lit classes, right down to the unfulfilling ending. [return][return]Well written, but just not plausible....more
Wonderful! [return]I was a bit leery at first due to the heft of the book, but the pages just flew by. A warning to all of you who love this series buWonderful! [return]I was a bit leery at first due to the heft of the book, but the pages just flew by. A warning to all of you who love this series but hate being left hanging... This one ends with a gawd-awful cliffhanger! I sincerely hope that Ms. Britain doesn't take another four years to get us the next installment!...more