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If I Stay struck me as a ridiculously girly book, but was highly recommended by several people I know. While I was right and it was ridiculously girlyIf I Stay struck me as a ridiculously girly book, but was highly recommended by several people I know. While I was right and it was ridiculously girly, it wasn't as bad as I though it would be. It was well written and kept me interested throughout, though I felt guilty about wanting to read on because it was so 'mushy'. If I Stay is mainly what I would classify as a 'girl's daydream book', depicting a perfect girl, with a perfect family, and an absolutely perfect boyfriend. That's the main problem I had. She just was too unrealistic, her problems so rare that she is quite obviously a story book character, seemingly our of Forman's daydream. Not to say that it's bad, just, not my pick of books. Whenever the main character, Mia, has a problem, such as her having a fight with her boyfriend or feeling uncomfortable at her boyfriend's band's show, it is quickly resolved, no harm done, with out a single mark on her life. When she had a fight with Adam (her boyfriend), it's her perfect mom to the rescue. Everything is alright. Mia's character is not very relatable, and in the off chance that there is a relatable part of her life, it only lasts a second. Regardless, I still intend on reading the sequel, Where She Went....more
This edition to the Gone series wasn't as good has Hunger or Lies, in my opinion. The conflict was, like the title implies, lies. The new town counci This edition to the Gone series wasn't as good has Hunger or Lies, in my opinion. The conflict was, like the title implies, lies. The new town council was lying their butts off and most of the citizens of Perdido Beach were totally unaware. Mainly they lie about Orsay's 'visions' which tell the kids that if they 'step out' they'll be transported outside of the FAYZ and back with their parents. They have no proof that she's wrong, but they tell everyone that Orsay is completely wrong anyways. (which she is, the Gaiaphage is controlling her, making her see things that she don't actually exist. He controls others, like Little Pete, as we learn. He's been playing his game without any batteries, which puzzles everyone, which turns out to have disastrous consequenses, This 'game' is really what happens in real life. People in the FAYZ have an avatar in Little Pete's game, and he controls them, under the will of the Gaiaphage) Sam's character veers away from his normal actions as 'hero' and abandons the town. He flips out from the pressure of technically not having any responsibility. He is no longer solely responsible for the fate of Perdido beach and stresses out because he thinks people still depend on him (which they do) and will blame him for anything that goes wrong (which they will). At the same time he's absolutely terrified of Drake, who seems to have come back from the dead. Nothing is quite solved in this novel, but discussed and knowledge is added, yet nothing is solved. Things just go downhill. Sam's character is just generally irritating, getting him into fights with Astrid nearly every time they are with each other (and not usually for good reasons). To be honest, it's annoying. ...more
Plauge, in my opinion, is the best book of the Gone series so far. The characters actually develop and you see the motivations of character's actions.Plauge, in my opinion, is the best book of the Gone series so far. The characters actually develop and you see the motivations of character's actions. The best improvement in the series that Plauge contributed, though, is insight into what Little Pete is thinking. In all the other books you know what everyone else thinks about him, but not what he actually thinks himself. You see that he isn't really a totally mindless (not in a harsh or cruel way) child because he is autistic, but just that is body doesn't respond the way he wants it to. As a result, he really can't learn anything, so he has a baby-like mentality, perhaps a bit more mature. A big part of Plauge is Sam and Caine finally confronting each other, no violence involved. Neither is quite satisfied because for Caine, he wants to have utter and complete control, and Sam has to hear the ugly truth of who he is, and how others make him out to be. The book is 'resolved' not by a big battle, but by each stating what will happen if the citizens of Perdido beach live under Caine or Sam. With a new citizen found by the lake that Sam found (where citizens would live if they choose to go with Sam, if they choose to go with Caine, they would remain in Perdido beach), Toto, they see if each statement/commitment they make to the citizens is true, since Toto was the power to tell lies from the truth. By the end of the book, the citizens are split 60/40, 60% going to Caine, the rest to Sam, and Astrid no where to be seen. She took off because she dropped Little Pete into these giant human sized mutant human eating cockroaches in an effort to end the FAYZ (since he started it) and get rid of the bugs and the plague of bugs that eat you from the inside out (which worked - getting rid of the mutant cockroach bugs + the plague of human eating bugs, not the FAYZ) and she feels absolutely AWFUL. She is entirely ashamed of herself since Little Pete disappears and she thinks she killed him (the reader knows she didn't, he 'poofed' himself out of the FAYZ and is watching over them, not in a body, but as a ghost type thing. It's very confusing, a supposed 'cliff hanger'. I think that the author just wants you to buy the next book) which is a first for Astrid, because usually she's very high and mighty, but she really 'examines herself and her actions' and questions God and religion in general in the FAYZ which is really interesting (and racy). Most say that there is no God in the FAYZ, and the few that know of Little Pete's tremendous powers believe that he is some sort of FAYZ god, but Astrid believed that God was still with them in the FAYZ for the longest time, but never really though about why. She really thinks about why and how religion could possibly exist, and appears to come to the conclusion that it can't.(Very depressing, even if the reader wasn't religious his/herself, because religion is a major part of Astrid, influencing many of her decisions, like the constitution she wrote, or her decision not to have sex with Sam, and she just dropped it.)...more