It took me almost two entire months to read this doorstopper of a novel, and not because I was ever bored. It's just that long.
Three things I liked:
1.It took me almost two entire months to read this doorstopper of a novel, and not because I was ever bored. It's just that long.
Three things I liked:
1.) After all these years, vampire fiction that didn't make me want to set my hair on fire! These vampires are not traditional on any level. Also they are not love interests. They don't sparkle, but they do glow.
2.) I wonder if Cronin is a Gemini? Because he has two fairly distinct writing styles. He writes a good action plot, and then at times he shifts into an almost literary story-telling mode. Both these styles worked well together in this book.
3.) Epic post apocalyptic fiction. Not since the days of The Stand and Swan Song have I had my fill of this genre.
bonus.) I liked the way the language had subtly changed in the years since the apocalypse. Well, except for...(keep reading)
Three things I didn't like:
1.) The character's used the word "flyers" as an oath. If I weren't so mature (and if I weren't reading on my Nook) I might have been tempted to send the book flying, because this got old fast.
2.) An over-abundance of usable gasoline a hundred years after the refineries have quit refining. Once the characters had to filter rust out of the gas to make it work. Whereas in real life, my husband left gasoline sit in the snow blower for just one year and the machine is thoroughly borked and requires an expert mechanical intervention.
3.) Knowing the story is going to be a trilogy lowered the stakes for me. At least the key players are probably going to live until that third book hits the shelves. The ending is perhaps not as satisfying as it might have been in a stand-alone novel.
Cronin sites Stephen King and Cormack McCarthy as influences, and the King part of the equation shows, but not in a bad way. I'm going to take a break before I start reading this book's sequel, The Twelve. But the fact that I plan to read the sequel at all sums up how I feel about this book. It was worth the time it took to read, and I never once thought, oh, I'm too tired to read tonight. I always managed at least a page or two. ...more
If I were to write a proper review of this book, I would find more to dislike than to like, yet it drew me in night after night. What more can a readeIf I were to write a proper review of this book, I would find more to dislike than to like, yet it drew me in night after night. What more can a reader ask of a story?
=====Three things I liked:
The author's sometimes glorious use of metaphor and simile.
=====Three Four things I didn't like:
The author's often awkward (and sometimes repeated) use of metaphor and simile.
The setting, which is sometimes too contemporary.
The main character's frequent navel-gazing (but then, this seems to be standard for YAs featuring female protagonists).
The heavy-handed cliffhanger ending.
I would only recommend this book to people who have already read (and enjoyed) the first book in the series. I believe it would have be even more baffling--or downright incomprehensible--if I hadn't first read Wither....more
I was surprised by how much I liked this story. It was a quick read in first person present tense--naturally. It didn't put me off the way many YA novI was surprised by how much I liked this story. It was a quick read in first person present tense--naturally. It didn't put me off the way many YA novels do, by spending far too much time on dialogue and exposition. There's enough action, and it's well done. At no time did I pray for the death of the female protagonist. This is a rare and wondrous accomplishment, although I may have wanted to shake her once or twice.
This book is an odd blend of Witch World and The Long Walk, but it works....more
I loved this book when I began reading; the combination of lyrical prose and zombie dystopia appealed to me on every level. Unfortunately before I wasI loved this book when I began reading; the combination of lyrical prose and zombie dystopia appealed to me on every level. Unfortunately before I was a hundred pages in the style changed, the language became more common. There was a period in the middle of the story where there were so many characters, all with suburban names (Amy, Lisa, Billy...really? An evil overlord named Billy?) Some character names began with the same first letter, adding to my confusion. I made notes to tell them apart. The style then took yet another turn, and it seemed as though the author was channeling Dean Koontz during his Christopher Snow period, which might have been a good thing except the tale became somewhat surreal and even more difficult to follow. Also the odd combinations of simile and metaphor became distracting.
I give this book two Ds--one for Disjointed and one for Disappointing....more