I do not read suspense often, but I'm assuming that suspense books normally focus on story, and not so much on character's development? Because I neve...moreI do not read suspense often, but I'm assuming that suspense books normally focus on story, and not so much on character's development? Because I never felt the characters were developed. They were just props, a way to tell a story.
The first half did focus on characters, mostly the three teens who are chosen to go to the moon. But I never felt attached to them or cared much for them. It was actually rather slow.
Once the five astronauts and three teens got to the moon...much more interesting. Things were happening, people were dying (was that a spoiler? sorry if you hadn't guessed that already), and the suspense was good. But I also felt like it was rushed. Like I said, I don't read suspense so maybe I don't know what I'm writing about, but I think the suspense would have been more suspenseful if it had built over days, instead of hours. They are supposed to be on the moon for 172 of them, not 20. If between horrific events, the characters stewed about it a while... But, whatever. There was suspense and my interest was held. My impression of the book went up quite a bit.
As for the premise...sending random teens up into space? Really? I get the publicity aspect of sending the teens (sort of), but I also thought it was a stupid idea. Especially because the higher ups at NASA had top secret information and they had specific goals for going to the moon and teens would just get in the way. And it was dangerous and would be a bad publicity if (when) things went wrong. It didn't make sense.
The whole, "what else is on the moon?" question...the answer was odd. But cool. And the ending was good. Sort of. (less)
I was impressed with how surprising this novel was. When I began, I expected the story to go in one direction, and then it went in a new direction and...moreI was impressed with how surprising this novel was. When I began, I expected the story to go in one direction, and then it went in a new direction and took a few twists along the way. I liked the originality.
There were really two stories being told, Rosie's and an unnamed girl who had a page here and there between Rosie's narrative. It was interesting how the two girls and their stories met up and how they were resolved.
I thought the writing was interesting, the character's and their stories interesting, and the how twisted it all was.
I will say that Rosie and the mystery girl did get on my nerves at times. Mostly because I wanted them to behave in a different manner then they did. More grown up, more understanding. But their responses were probably more realistic and worked for the story being told.
First off, the cover is UGLY. I judge books by their covers all of the time. If I hadn't gone the extra mile to read the blurb, I would never have pic...moreFirst off, the cover is UGLY. I judge books by their covers all of the time. If I hadn't gone the extra mile to read the blurb, I would never have picked this book up. I'm also not a fan of the title. It's boring. It doesn't even make sense until the last fourth of the book. This is a contemporary supernatural teen, and it does not look like that from the cover. Which is sad since I liked the book.
I expected Mary to die pretty close to the beginning. She's going to be inhabiting 7 souls and I assumed she would relive the whole day through different people, like Before I Fall, sorta. But the whole first half is Mary living her day, she doesn't die until pg 179. And then she only sees snippets of the day through her seven visits to other bodies. So I got a little impatient for her to die since I expected it to happen so much sooner.
Also, I'm totally into plot, just set up the basic scene and I'm good. There was a lot of description of places and people that I just didn't care about, so I thought it lagged a little. More impatience.
Mary isn't a very sympathetic character. She's a selfish jerk. Which is the point of the plot. And even though she isn't a great person, I still felt rather badly for her. Especially when she ends up dead at the end of her birthday.
But, the overall plot is awesome. I really liked the twists and turns. Reading through the day through Mary's eyes the first time I had assumptions and ideas of what was going on, and sometimes I was right and other times I was completely off base. I liked seeing the day through her friend's eyes and the memories that came a long with the habitation. It was a ride. It was a fun ride that I enjoyed a lot.
The ending confused me, but not in a way that distracted from my liking. I actually liked it better than Before I Fall, though this is a great read alike for Before I Fall, too. Same concept, different execution. (haha, get it?)(less)
There is a lot of Irish slang that is confusing. I still don't know what hurlie is. But once I got used it not knowing half of what they were saying t...moreThere is a lot of Irish slang that is confusing. I still don't know what hurlie is. But once I got used it not knowing half of what they were saying to each other, it was fine. Colfer as narrator was pretty funny, and the country is peppered with wonderfully entertaining characters. Especially Benny's Granda, who liked to tell stories, some of which might actually be true. Though most of advice is ripped from Yankee movies.
I found the book sad, though. Because of the first two pages, the prologue. It sets it up that Benny and Babe aren't really friends anymore, and after finishing the book that made me really sad. (less)
Carly was murdered at the beginning of her junior year of high school. Her ex-boyfriend, Neily, is the one who found her body, shot three times in the...moreCarly was murdered at the beginning of her junior year of high school. Her ex-boyfriend, Neily, is the one who found her body, shot three times in the chest. Carly's uncle was convicted of the murder, but Carly's cousin Audrey doesn't believe her father to be the murderer. At the beginning of their senior year, Neily and Audrey unite to find the real murderer.
Told in five chunks, Neily and Audrey take turns telling their side of the unfolding mystery. Their stories flip back and forth between their senior year and past experiences with Carly. I found the whole story very realistic. The information they find and how they find it that leads to the murderer worked for me. What I mean is that it wasn't out of the realm of possibility.
Jarzab's style of writing is addicting. It flowed. There was never a boring or slow part in the plot. I stayed up until 2:30am to find out the end of the story and then all the next day I just kept thinking about the story and the characters. It actually reminded me of the first season of Veronica Mars. Which was cool.
Having said all that I do have an issue with the morality of the characters. Neily, Audrey, and Carly all had sex mulitiple times, Carly with multiple people, when they were only fifteen. Really?(less)