Well, this book was a disappointment. I was really excited because it was dystopian short stories. What’s better than a dystopian world? LOTS of dystoWell, this book was a disappointment. I was really excited because it was dystopian short stories. What’s better than a dystopian world? LOTS of dystopian worlds! But most of the stories I read in this book I did NOT like. Some of them I didn’t like because I’m fairly conservative and I didn’t agree with the relationships portrayed, but there were a lot of stories I just flat-out did not like because of the way they were written. Many were dark, or weird. Some were disjointed and didn’t really make much sense as short stories. I know it’s hard to capture a dystopian world when you only have so many pages, but then shoving a relationship/romance in too...well, that definitely makes things tricky. There were a couple of stories I enjoyed (using that term very loosely), but overall it wasn’t something I liked. I was disappointed because there were some authors I had been exciting to read – but I wasn’t impressed with their selections.
I liked the lyrical quality of this book. It felt different from a lot of stories I had been reading lately. Maybe it’s because I’ve been on a fantasyI liked the lyrical quality of this book. It felt different from a lot of stories I had been reading lately. Maybe it’s because I’ve been on a fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian kick and this was historical fiction, but it really did feel like a breath of fresh air. When I was younger, I was obsessed with historical fiction and read pretty much anything I could get my hands on. I’m not sure why that died over time and I’ve progressed more towards fantasy, but I still love a good historical fiction novel – I just don’t actively seek them out like I used to.
I didn’t realize this book was a sequel, but I don’t think reading them out of order will hinder your enjoyment of the story. And while it was sweet, I wasn’t overly a fan of The Springsweet There were parts of it that kind of annoyed me – like how obvious it was a love story. I mean, I’m pretty sure I should have seen that coming into the novel and the book synopsis certainly hinted at that as well. There was no guesswork on the romance. Which had its perks, but was also a little bit of a letdown – it was obvious to me how things would end romantically, but it was interesting to see HOW the author put them together. I enjoyed the novel.
This novel sounded intriguing, but I could not get into it. Vivian had a hefty slew of characters to juggle – 8 girls in various stages of life and alThis novel sounded intriguing, but I could not get into it. Vivian had a hefty slew of characters to juggle – 8 girls in various stages of life and all supposedly unique. Yikes. That’s a lot to handle and I can’t say it was handled well. I had trouble distinguishing between the 8 girls and usually had to flip back to remember who I was reading about. The narrative shifted depending on who was in the spotlight, but I found it confusing.
Another aspect I didn’t like was the general attitude and actions of the girls. I didn't see how realistically these things could happen and I was annoyed with most of the plot and circumstances regarding their social life. Sure some of their morals were off-kilter from mine, but I didn’t feel their actions or portrayals were realistic for THEIR characters in the story. I kept scoffing at their predicaments and mostly I just found the characters spoiled and obnoxious. And that’s not a good feeling to have. I don’t know if there was anygirl I actually liked. I thought the plot was ridiculous. I wanted the girls to grow up and move on – which seemed hard considering they were in such an unrealistic environment.
I didn’t like how the school reacted either and I wasn’t impressed with the other characters throughout the story. And when it finally got to the end and you saw how everything was tied together, I was just left with a sour taste in my mouth. I didn’t see the point for all that drama. I was disappointed because I had picked this up from ALA and the publisher had given a good pitch for it. But I was not impressed with the story or characters. Bummer. One thing I did like: the cover. It’s attention-grabbing and sophisticated. I’m sad the inside contents weren’t as likable.