The real rating: 3.5 I love the book, really satisfies my craving of odd stories. It's just that, I don't really understand it. I want a clear insight:...moreThe real rating: 3.5 I love the book, really satisfies my craving of odd stories. It's just that, I don't really understand it. I want a clear insight: (view spoiler)[was Billy as evil as Davey? What happened to them in the end? What did the golem bring to Alan at the end? (hide spoiler)]
A lot of bizarre things in this book: the characters, the storyline sequence, the plot.
How do you feel about the background of the protagonist: he's a man, a son of a washing machine and a mountain, with 4 peculiar brothers: a zombie, a psychic, an island, and a three-brothers-combo in a Matryoshka-style body. Plus a creature arised from his chopped thumb. And each one of them had a different name each time, with only the first capital letter as the marker of who the author was talking about.
The way the author tells you the story: it went back and forth in a very confusing and unexpected way, mixing all storylines to his heart's content.
The plot: as crazy as the characters, it's about brother-hunting. A lot of blood and revolting events. With an ending I don't really know what to make of. The plot was superimposed on another story of an effort to blanket a city with free wi-fi (although this has nothing to do with the main story).
Try it, if you're bored with the mainstream stories.
Scanning the book, I am so infatuated, to the point that I have given this book as a birthday gift to various persons.
When I actually read it, it is...moreScanning the book, I am so infatuated, to the point that I have given this book as a birthday gift to various persons.
When I actually read it, it is not as interesting as I thought: I found myself skipping over many paragraphs at a time. Don't get me wrong. This is an interesting book. I read this book to confirm things, some opinions I had of the Dutch people. Some facts in the books are dead-on, but some others are exaggerated or not applicable anymore. I am also guilty in trying to read this book in one sitting. No wonder it's tiring sometimes to read long paragraphs on Dutch peculiarities.
In conclusion, this book gives you a peek of the Netherlands: the land, the people, the culture. Just don't believe it too much when the authors start describing things too dramatically.(less)
Anyway, I rated the first "Omnibus" with 4, so you can imagine that I am not really satisfied with the second book.
This book described the beginning of the silo world, although until at the end of the book, I still not really grasped what's going on, why, how the nano treatment fitted in the story, were there any other worlds like the silos, what happened to all those silos that went dark for centuries, why did Donald survive the outside world, etc etc. Well, maybe the author wants to leave it open for discussion, or all these things will be explained in the third book.
In summary, the book followed the life of people in Silo 1 (Donald's story), Silo 18 (Mission's story), and Silo 17 (Jimmy's story, or, Solo's story; yes, this part was about the background of how Jimmy became Solo, and at the end of the book, Jules arrived).
Donald's story is quite long-winding, though. And I don't think the Mission's story is needed. Maybe the author intended to show how a resistance upheaval was started, and how those people involved in the resistance were dealt with, but these issues have been described in Book 1.
However, I am looking forward for Book 3, curious to see the end of the story.
Although I rate this book with 3 stars, don't get discouraged. It's quite a good book, and worth to read if you already finished all the 3 books in th...moreAlthough I rate this book with 3 stars, don't get discouraged. It's quite a good book, and worth to read if you already finished all the 3 books in the original trilogy (Maze Runner series). And please please please read the original trilogy first, otherwise there will be no surprises anymore.
And this book has a more sadistic story than the trilogy, although the plot is not as interesting. It's a long-winding story of the few people who experienced the original sun flare and the cause that triggers all the crazy events in the Maze Runner trilogy. Again, the story is centered on kids, makes it more horrible. (less)
I think this one is even better than the first one, Old Man's War. More action, more questioning of morality. I have to say, human beings are evil. Th...moreI think this one is even better than the first one, Old Man's War. More action, more questioning of morality. I have to say, human beings are evil. The ending is too good to be true, but this is the ending that I want, anyway. Looking forward for the next book in the series. I begin to like Scalzi's.
I am really hoping that someday I will have time to make a more long-winding review (as I usually do) of this book, or, at least of the series. This series is too excellent to be missed by all the book readers.(less)
Wow.... I looove this book. Totally not expecting to like it, initially. I mean, the first and the second chapters, The Psychohistorians, and the Ency...moreWow.... I looove this book. Totally not expecting to like it, initially. I mean, the first and the second chapters, The Psychohistorians, and the Encyclopedists, they started in a veeery sloooow motion way, and I didn't understand a word! I found myself kept re-reading the paragraphs, and decided that probably this popular series is not for me. If it's not a book to be discussed in a sci-fi group here in Goodreads, I might have put this book back to the dusty shelves.
So, I continued reading, reminding myself that this book is probably similar to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, with its long-winding-sedative-but-served-as-important-background-of-the-whole-story first part.
The third chapter, The Majors, has put everything into perspective. More action (or "inaction", if you want to be precise)! Now, I understand what the two first chapters are babbling about. The story kept getting better till the end.
I am looking forward to read the next book in the series! (less)
Ini ternyata bukan fiksi, tapi nonfiksi berisi monolog John Grant dan Kasturi (tepatnya monolog pengarangnya, kadang penuh kemarahan). Melihat simbol...moreIni ternyata bukan fiksi, tapi nonfiksi berisi monolog John Grant dan Kasturi (tepatnya monolog pengarangnya, kadang penuh kemarahan). Melihat simbol di segala hal. Saya lelah. (less)
Yes, maybe it's just another dystopian novel, number one of a trilogy? pentalogy? But it's fast-paced after some slow moments at the beginning. Especi...moreYes, maybe it's just another dystopian novel, number one of a trilogy? pentalogy? But it's fast-paced after some slow moments at the beginning. Especially when you get to the part where Juliette became the sheriff. The author is good in describing things: detailed. The ending is too simple for all the difficulties and suffering the protagonist has been through, though. But the story is engaging enough to continue reading the trilogy. The next one, according to the teaser at the back, is about silo 1, maybe even about the beginning of the madness of this whole-world-tuned-into-silos thing. (less)