I really enjoyed this book. The biggest problem I had was that whoever edited this book clearly didn't take any basic English grammar courses, or elseI really enjoyed this book. The biggest problem I had was that whoever edited this book clearly didn't take any basic English grammar courses, or else they fell asleep on the job.
Now, then, reading through some of the comments on GR, I noticed a few recurring criticisms that I would like to address. These were matters that I did not mind, and am unsure why so many other people found issue with them.
1. Why is this a Young Adult novel?
- I don't think it actually is supposed to be a YA novel - or at least not a book for teenagers. Maybe college-level students and older. Just because the main character is in high school doesn't mean the book is geared toward high schoolers. The other reason I don't think it's YA is because I really, really dislike reading YA books, but I liked this one.
2. There was WAY too much symbolism.
- Seriously? First, zombies almost always are used as a symbol to represent crowd mentality. The zombie films of the 1980s were made in response to America's increasing consumerism. Second, why is symbolism so bad? If Mr. Angelella were an established author, like Stephen King or Toni Morrison, would you be complaining about the symbolism? I didn't think so.
3. Why did the author have to use so much vulgarity?
- Have you ever been around teenage boys when they're in a large group? Thinking back on my high school days, I remember them as being exactly like that: rude, vulgar, mulish, and also somewhat smelly. While I don't know what being a teenage boy is actually like, I imagine it must be pretty close to what the author wrote.
4. What happened at the end? I totally don't get it!
- This is what our English teachers called an open ending, where you get to interpret the end for yourself, fill in the blanks as you will, etc. There is no right or wrong way to do this, and everyone's ideas are different....more
I'm giving it 4* because it was interesting and I couldn't put it down. However, this book has some serious plot holes that bugged me - like how couldI'm giving it 4* because it was interesting and I couldn't put it down. However, this book has some serious plot holes that bugged me - like how could the police be seriously so incompetent? Another thing that bothered me was that almost every character in the book was born in a year ending in '0': 1940; 1950; 1960... Who does that with their characters? Grrrrrrrrr......more
As Shakespeare wrote, via Polonius in Hamlet: "Though this be madness, yet there be method to it."
This book shows, perhaps more than any other that I'As Shakespeare wrote, via Polonius in Hamlet: "Though this be madness, yet there be method to it."
This book shows, perhaps more than any other that I've read, that insanity is not necessarily defined by the absence of order in a mind. In fact, were it not for 'crazy' character insisting he was from another planet, one might find him fairly ordinary, if eccentric...and his precise thinking and detailed narratives sway many people into believing, or nearly believing, that he is indeed an alien. And here's the real kicker - is the mysterious patient who calls himself 'prot' (no capitals) really from another world?...more