The first book was by far the best of the three. It established the universe where the books take place, the characters, and the detailed and highly oThe first book was by far the best of the three. It established the universe where the books take place, the characters, and the detailed and highly original magic system that Sanderson created. The plot kept good pace and had plenty of surprises and complexity to keep every chapter fresh and exciting.
The second book continues the story but at much slower pace and the universe and magic system were developed very little compared to the first book and the third book. The majority of the book is political maneuvering and a continued focus on the socioeconomic issues of the empire with the only major plot twist occurring near the very end of the book.
The third book had a quicker pace than the second but slower than the first. Development of the universe and magic system was much better, and those developments brought plot twists along with them that kept it from going stale like the second book. The focus of the book was less on socioeconomic concerns and more about saving the world and discovering the secrets of the world leading up to a solid ending to the series that fit well with what the previous two books established. ...more
Interesting structure with plot advancing in Kvothe's youth as he relates his story and in the present althouOne of the best books I have read lately.
Interesting structure with plot advancing in Kvothe's youth as he relates his story and in the present although the focus is on his past.
The story does not suffer from the usual problem of the protagonist always coming out on top which means that the conflicts that Kvothe encounters will always have the reader guessing as to the outcome (except in the times when Kvothe reveals what will happen directly).
Interesting magic system which is founded on logic and science and is limited not only by the users innate ability but his mental and physical prowess.
The first book is a lot about Kvothe growing up and searching for the Name of the Wind while also trying to learn more about an enemy that changed everything he knew. I am eagerly awaiting the paperback copy of the sequel to come out so I can find out what happens next.
All in all, not a happy tale but real one that has you loving Kvothe one moment and hating him the next as he makes real choices and isn't overcome with a false perfectness that a lot protagonists seem to have....more
If I could describe this book in one word it would be 'different'.
When I look at a zombie book, I am expecting a post apocalyptic setting with an uttIf I could describe this book in one word it would be 'different'.
When I look at a zombie book, I am expecting a post apocalyptic setting with an utter lack of joy and hope. What the book presents instead is a world where the zombie crisis came and people adapted. The government has remained intact, people still have jobs, and students still attend school, albeit with the added twist of the constant threat of a zombie outbreak.
The plot also differs in that the focus is not on zombie massacres but on the power of the individual to impact society (specifically through the use of blogs which more and more people today seem to get their news from) and on political conspiracy.
All in all, a good book. It was an easy read but I personally found that to be a bad thing as I am partial to complex and unpredictable plot lines. I was building myself up for some big twist but it never came.
It is worth nothing that I enjoyed the double meaning of the title 'Feed' and the title of trilogy 'Newsflesh' instead newsflash. Sometimes, it is the little things that count....more