Perhaps the apocalypse is upon them and they are struggling through the deepest depths of their horrifying mistakes, but honestlyWhine, whine, whine.
Perhaps the apocalypse is upon them and they are struggling through the deepest depths of their horrifying mistakes, but honestly...do they really need to complain this much?
I suppose I should back up a bit. I enjoyed the first book. A lot. I liked the characters--even though they're basically all the same--and I thought non-zombie zombies were an interesting twist. I enjoyed the philosophical threads tying the story together, and I enjoyed the day-to-day struggle for survival as everyone tried to help (or thwart) each other.
But there was something about Rage Within that felt more...screechy than Dark Inside. Perhaps it's because the novelty of the initial idea has worn off, and I want more story progression, less philosophical pondering and more character distinctions/development, less "they all have horrible problems, feel bad for them."
For example, every time the PoV switched from Mason to Michael I had to pause, stare at the ceiling and remember just what Michael had actually been doing. I still don't remember whose backstory was whose and between Michael and Mason I don't remember much beyond one is almost crazy and the other one...isn't. I think.
As for Aries and Clementine, they're nice enough...well, Clementine is. Aries started to drive me so batty I prolonged finishing the book just to vent about her in text message format to a longsuffering friend (I never claimed maturity). Aries seemed so stuck trying to pick between Mason and Daniel that the apocalypse just seemed to be an excuse to make her look like a "strong woman!" instead of just another indecisive teenage girl angsting over her all-important feelings.
Really, dear. Get over it. There are more important things going on than your not-boyfriends' airs of mystery. Something that, well, to be fair she realizes...and does try to focus on.
Perhaps Rage Within would have been less annoying to me if, say, the moon was full or the humidity in the air was different. It's possible I could have loved it as much as Dark Inside given the proper alignment of the stars or some other abstract point in time. But the fact of the matter is: I didn't really enjoy it. The characters are painfully cookie cutter (note I say cookie cutter, not flat), and everyone is so busy trying to sacrifice themselves for someone else that the only reason the book doesn't die (pardon the bad joke) under how seriously it takes itself is Raj's intermittent comedic cracks. He needed to be in it more. He had personality. Something everyone else lacked in bucketfuls.
Rage Within left me feeling disappointed and a bit frustrated. Like I'd bent curled up with something I'd hoped would be a psychological thriller, and instead ended up with cheap horror trying to rest on characters that aren't as interesting as it seems to think.
I'll still read the next book. It's a 50/50 so far, love one, really don't like the other. Maybe book three will land on a happy medium, yes? I suppose we'll just see. ...more
Although I didn't necessarily dislike Thinner, I did find it to be rather boring. The characters were bland and the plot didn't have any real originalAlthough I didn't necessarily dislike Thinner, I did find it to be rather boring. The characters were bland and the plot didn't have any real originality that stood out to me. The story was told at a steady pace, with (I guess) enough of a peak to be a climax, tied off with a predictable ending. Otherwise, while I don't have anything particular to complain about in terms of flaws, I just found it...not interesting enough to even be really opinionated on....more
If I could give this 2 1/2 stars I would, but since I would have liked it if there hadn't been so much profanity, I decided to give it three instead oIf I could give this 2 1/2 stars I would, but since I would have liked it if there hadn't been so much profanity, I decided to give it three instead of two. I understand that there is a lot of profanity in the world, but I just don't like it in my entertainment.
Anyways, onto the actual review. I enjoyed the story, and I LOVED how it was written. It was refreshing to finally read a famous author and to be able to tell why he was so popular, the storytelling and writing style is amazingly...transparent in that I saw through the words into the story. Also, it wasn't nearly as gruesome as I was expecting, gruesome yes, but not nearly as.
I loved Annie through the whole thing, the only time the "Annie is really...awesome" failed was when I felt sorry for her in the end. Never did I feel sorry for Paul, really he could have suffered the lawn mower for all I cared. Actually I wished he would've. He really, really bugged me...probably because he was just so sleazy.
Good story, annoyingly profane, however, and I don't think I'll be reading King anymore in the future unless someone can recommend to me a book that does NOT have buckets of profanity. ...more
Hated this book. Such a boring ending, goodness...you would think that two of the most famous Christian "suspense" authors would be able to make sometHated this book. Such a boring ending, goodness...you would think that two of the most famous Christian "suspense" authors would be able to make something more original than this. ...more
Oo! One of the first books I ever read! It is a wonderful book, I recommend it to any and all. However there are some parts that truly do not need toOo! One of the first books I ever read! It is a wonderful book, I recommend it to any and all. However there are some parts that truly do not need to be occupying this piece of literature, but besides that this book is wonderful. ...more