Wow. I was very pleasantly surprised. I got this as a free ebook so I wasn't expecting much. I was in the mood for something light and decided to giveWow. I was very pleasantly surprised. I got this as a free ebook so I wasn't expecting much. I was in the mood for something light and decided to give it a go but still thought it was gonna be pretty sucky. To my surprise, it really, really wasn't. Granted it was short, and sometimes what Liza said annoyed me a bit, but aside from that, this short ebook gripped me and didn't let go until I finished it whole. The characters were well thought out, their words and actions were plausible and especially the two boys (Tony and Ryan) made sure you kept reading. I'm not much for romance, in fact it's very hard for me to find a book containing romantic scenes that doesn't make me gag. This however was perfect. So perfect that I actually wouldn't mind having a Ryan or even a Tony of my own. :P ...more
First of all I want to thank the author for sending me this book for an honest review. Second, I need to apologize because the review will be so negatFirst of all I want to thank the author for sending me this book for an honest review. Second, I need to apologize because the review will be so negative. This book simply did not impress me and frustrated me quite a lot.
The world the author created seemed interesting in theory, not so much in execution. I could not imagine the setting at all. All I really grasped was that they lived underground, in tunnels. However there were mentions of bigger places and streets and I was confused most of the time. The descriptions barely scraped the surface. I think the world could have been much more thoroughly illustrated. I really didn't understand how the system worked, it was all quite puzzling for me. It seemed mediocre at best. Plus, at the beginning, we didn't really get a clear idea of what was normal in their world and what was not. So when a dragon was mentioned, it seemed like it was a usual thing, as if dragons existed in their world. And then later on, we actually learn that they are just as fictional as in our world ... Odd.
The writing was quite bad as well. The whole book was meant to be a sort of a diary of the main character Janelle (which I realized only after about 70 pages), but in those journal entries, she quoted whole (extremely long) conversations, word for word, she talked about the weirdest details and most annoying of all, it seemed the author wasn't very skilled at lightly switching from one part of the day to the other so she smushed in awkward sentences, like: "So: at dinner," and "Anyway .." Plus there were constant annoying bits, like: "Did I really just write that? Well, its on the page, can't scratch it out now .." . It made the book seem even sloppier and very rushed. Above all, the scenes were not well explored, the author only described certain ones but decided to just skip over some parts that could have been very interesting ...
The plot was actually good. I loved the idea of Dust and the fact that humans had to move underground to survive. Certain aspects were not well thought out but the general idea of dust taking form of nightmares, was good. I'm not sure about the ending because I stopped reading at 350 pages ( about a hundred till the end from there ..) so I can't really say if I liked the resolve and the real mystery behind the dust, but it was okay-ish in general.
The characters I could not stand. At all. They seemed very childish and yet were all in quite sexual relationships. They had absolutely no depth or character development. At one point, Janelle was described as 'different' because she acted more mature then before, but I disagreed completely. She seemed just as childish as in the beginning. The relationships were unexplainable. One second Janelle says she loves Chloe, the next she talks about her in the worst way possible, then she's all 'oh does she love me at all?" and a second later "fuck that bitch, I hate her guts". I hated it and I didn't see why those two were together at all. And then - Janelle just runs off with Una and that guy that I can't remember the name of and lives happily ever after with them. Ridiculous. No chemistry at all. Another thing I want to point out, in their world it was perfectly okay to be gay or bi or trans or whatever you wished to be, and that was really good. BUT, it was thrown into the book carelessly as if the author had something to prove. It was all very very sloppy, which I keep repeating - but the word just fits.
In conclusion I disliked the book immensely. I had to force myself to keep reading and at about 280 pages, I started just skimming through and skipping things because I honestly did not care about it at all. I completely gave up at 350 pages and felt such relief that I can finally move on from this, to something more to my liking. ...more
I've been wanting to read this book ever since I read the short story by the same author, which served as a sort of a prequel. The world SunHi createdI've been wanting to read this book ever since I read the short story by the same author, which served as a sort of a prequel. The world SunHi created, intrigued me from the start, and despite it's darkness and violence, managed to convince me to carry on reading.
I've noticed most people were severely displeased by how violent, rough and unforgiving everyone was, even the good guys. But I think all the characters fit perfectly into the world they exist in. It's a dark world and the characters had to adapt, the choices they had to make to survive turned them into untrusting, harsh individuals. It wouldn't work any other way. Both Tony and Sunni would have been long dead if they were nice and sweet all the time.
I've also seen reviews that complained about this book being overly hopeless and bleak. But hey, the world we live in is sometimes hopeless and bleak as well. It's the harsh truth and I think there should be literature that talks about that as well. Not every story can have a happy ending, not everything always turns out great and not everyone gets a break in life.
I liked the book. The plot was sometimes a bit slow and not action packed enough, for my taste, but the book itself was still good. I'd recommend it, still.