This took me ridicuously long to read. It didnt tell me enough to keep me interested, but at the same time it told me too much and made the ending ant...moreThis took me ridicuously long to read. It didnt tell me enough to keep me interested, but at the same time it told me too much and made the ending anticlimactic. The format just didnt work well for me.
Also, the main character was probably the least significant, he was just the only one who could have told the story. I would have prefer an omniscient narrator rather than what was used, which I dont know how to label. The narrator knew everything there was to know about the main character, Jimmy/Snowman, but no one else. This meant that we didnt get to know any of the thoughts or intentions of the people who drove the story. I would guess that this was the intention, to give us an outside view. I dont know if I was supposed to figure out Crake's intentions, or why Oryx was so unusual, from what Jimmy/Snowman witnessed, or if it was supposed to remain a mystery. I guess I just dont like ambiguous endings.
Nevertheless, the story was very well thought out, and I enjoyed it as a whole. I just would have prefered if it was told from start to finish, without an gaps.(less)
I have always had trouble understanding a books message, that is why I never finished my BaA in English. I adore stories, reading and writing them, bu...moreI have always had trouble understanding a books message, that is why I never finished my BaA in English. I adore stories, reading and writing them, but only as entertainment. So I warn you ahead of time, I can only tell you how I saw things. But I doubt the majority of the world is wrong, this is most likely an excellent book.
The society and culture of the new world was not well explained. Their practices were so outrageous, but there was no explanation for how it came to be that way and what motives they could have had. Also, the story seemed choppy. I could not find the middle of the story, or determine any climbing action or a climax. Someone recently asked me what the book was about and I realized that I really didnt know. There seemed to be no set story. I could tell them what happened, but I could not tell them what it was about. I also could not figure out who the protagonist was. The focus seemed to always change from one person to another and another. That is also why there seemed to be no set story, because the book seemed very unfocused. (less)
The ending was very anti-climactic, and I have a headache at the thought that I have to read 2 more books to find out what happens. I knew it was a tr...moreThe ending was very anti-climactic, and I have a headache at the thought that I have to read 2 more books to find out what happens. I knew it was a trilogy but I still expected this book to be more self contained. And the first-person present-tense narrative was extremely distracting. Maybe I'm just not used to it. But I was hooked before the end, the suspense was kept up well and the characters were extremely appealing. I will finish the series for the characters alone. I expect them to be very different from this one, since this was set pretty much entirely in the arena. I have no idea how they will compare, so we shall see. This may deserve a 3.5/5, for the characters if nothing else.(less)
This book was really interesting, with a unique feel that I cannot pinpoint as any particular genre. It is definitely a post-apocalyptic dystopian, bu...moreThis book was really interesting, with a unique feel that I cannot pinpoint as any particular genre. It is definitely a post-apocalyptic dystopian, but leaning more towards post-apocalyptic. It was made clear that it is set in North American after the world was destroyed by severe weather patterns. And I do believe that it was the whole world that was destroyed, not just North America. But it still had a strong fantasy feel to it. There was nothing fantastical about the story, nothing paranormal, magical, or even science fiction besides their weather technology, but it felt very much like a fantasy due to the landscape, the way the people lived, with herbal healers and traveling by horseback. After the the end of civilization the world returned to almost a medieval way of life, which somewhat reminded me of the country of Ixia from Poison Study.
I found the story really interesting. It follows 16 year old Eli. He was raised in one of the few walled cities in North American, where people live in privilege with good weather provided by their weather technology, while the rest of the world is kept in drought. His father is a powerful man, second in command of the city, who is known as the Eastern Regent. After Eli blames his father for his mother's mysterious death, Eli runs away and tries to find the fabled rebels known as Triskelia. Eli's brother, Seth, angry at him for abandoning the family, goes after Eli, intending to bring him back home. Both brothers, journeying through the droughtlands, find themselves ending their journey together, both drastically changed.
Most of the book is from Eli's POV, but there are many chapters from Seth's POV as well. There is a lot of adventure and survival, betrayal and self discovery, secrets and revelations. Although, after reading so much romance lately, I find it harder to connect with characters when not seeing them through the eyes of someone who loves them, and I didnt feel quite as drawn to the characters as I would have liked. That is likely my own handicap, not the book's.(less)
I am not sure where to start. Its hard not to be biased. I guess the easiest place to start would be to say that I didnt enjoy this as much as The Iro...moreI am not sure where to start. Its hard not to be biased. I guess the easiest place to start would be to say that I didnt enjoy this as much as The Iron Fey. I thought the first half of the book was far too slow, and it took awhile before something happened. And I am not entirely won over by Zeke. I liked him more in the end, once he finally got some courage and stood up for Allie. At first he was extremely kind, but he never really stood up for himself or anyone else. He was kind when he could be, otherwise he just did what Jed said. And I really couldnt believe how he let Jed treat him. But I started to like him in the end. He did a few very impressive things and started to become the man he woould have been without Jed's influence, so I am looking forward to seeing more of him, which I am sure we will. As well as Kanin.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story, even if I had some issues with the pacing. I like where I see this going and I cant wait for more action. Allie kicks ass with her katana. :P A zombie chopping vampire with a katana.
One of the most impressive things about this book imo, was the vampire lore. Being a vampire was not glamourized, and a perfect combination of vampire characteristics were kept that helped it feel real. Characteristics that could be explained with science fiction, rather than the supernatural. It was messy and gritty. Allie's struggle was both more desperate and more believable than other vampire books I've read. I see a lot of potential for this series. There were no issues that cant be easily overcome in the next book (pacing, Zeke manning up). I look forward to reading more, and growing to love the series as a whole.(less)