For the most part, the author avoided coming off sounding preachy, and her voice is refreshing in that it doesn't just resort to guilt tactics to get...moreFor the most part, the author avoided coming off sounding preachy, and her voice is refreshing in that it doesn't just resort to guilt tactics to get the doomsday point across. The problem, of course, is that no one I know cares about environmentalism. She ends on a note of united community against the big corporate contribution to waste, and all I have to say is, what community? Do I go out and build one? Get people to read the book when most people barely even bother to read fiction? Big sad face inserted here.
It did get me to reevaluate my own lifestyle though, which I suppose is a start. I'm one of the techies she generalizes in the book, so it's high time I think long and hard about going along with mass marketing and planned obsolescence. I really appreciated being able to read about the dynamics between industrialized nations and the developing nations that don't have a choice, and she's right: environmental issues ARE social issues, and vice versa. It's a relationship I wouldn't have thought to examine. And her philosophy is a good one to adopt regardless, because we DO waste a lot. Nonstop.
So for that philosophy alone, it was worth the read. And now I want to go out and start composting.(less)
**spoiler alert** Quite a fun read, but just several things that bugged me:
1) If expiration dates don't apply in the Netherworld, then why does Libby...more**spoiler alert** Quite a fun read, but just several things that bugged me:
1) If expiration dates don't apply in the Netherworld, then why does Libby the awesome reaper show up to collect when it was Addy's time to go? You would think that her death date wouldn't apply. And it's not exactly a suicide if she drops dead from Libby's power, even if she's agreed to it.
2) If the only purpose for collecting the Demon's Breath was to release it back into the Netherworld (because it's dangerous left in the real world, I assume) then what was the purpose of having Libby the awesome reaper show up at all? They're already in the Netherworld.
3) HUGE problem with Kaylee's motives for helping: she says she can't help but care, because these are girls like the ones her aunt indirectly killed who will be suffering for eternity. Then, at the end, she briefly mentions that there are other tween celebrities out there who also have contracts with hellions, but well, if you made your bed then you must lie in it. Hwat? Does her logic only apply to the two girls that Tod asked her to help with? Then she's not really helping because of any (vaguely) noble reason, is she? She's helping on a whim, at best. What bothered me most was that she went on to wax poetic about how much it pains her and that's why she MUST DO THIS THING that will put not just herself, but also her boyfriend, in mortal danger--then she turns around and goes, those other girls? Oh well. Their own fault for signing that silly contract. It makes me just want to shake her. How do you present a character, have all these other characters go "Oh! this one's clever." and then have her be so lacking in brains?(less)