Rating * (1 star) I got 38% through this book and decided to DNF it. This is my first DNF is a while, and I think reading this book has given me a while new appreciation on just not finishing books that do not need to be finished.
I knew that I was getting into a questionable read when I picked up this book. The reviews were very mixed, but I was interested in a book with a female martial artist. To be honest I was surprised that the word creation was as good as it was. I would be willing to pick up a different series by Antoine at some point in the future.
The reason that I stopped reading the book was of the plot. It started out fine. Then a scene that was never introduced before was mentioned. Then there was a flashback to the never mentioned scene. This is a scene that ended up driving most of the plot and it was just now being mentioned and it was introduced like an afterthought.
Then there is the question of a relationship. The characters go back and forth about if this relationship can be true or not. They all decide that it could not be. Then when you find out there is no reason given how it could be that way and all these reasons were given why it couldn't. Then a major event happens and the character has zero emotion. To top it off she goes and makes the stupidest, not in character decision ever. Even the character questions her decision. There is zero reason that this decision should have been made - even for plot development.
This is when I stopped reading. I decided that if the time could not be taken to go back and flush all this out then why I am I spending my time to read it.
This is book is amazing. Shusterman is an extremely gifted author who creates vivid new worlds. His characters are so believable that they become real. You relate with them and struggle with them. Their fear becomes your fear. His world is not our own, but how easily it could be. The rationalization makes sense and in our current climate you could see how easily something so horrific could start taking place.
If anything this book was too real.
I am the parent of three teenagers all of which have special needs. While they are all amazing they also have struggles. There is a long history of doing away with children like my own. They were put in camps during the Holocaust, shoved in unsafe asylums, and any number of atrocity. In Shusterman's world my children would not stand a chance. I think this is why it hit a little too close to home to me. I just cannot see myself being able to continue reading this series.
Yet it is a story that needs to be told. People need to think about the value they put on other people's lives and the justifications they use to devalue them.
I kept seeing this book around the book world. Everyone had given it such amazing reviews. It was also everywhere over the book stores. I finally picked the book up and gave it a try. I had almost no idea what it was about. I mean the cover was a bit of a giveaway that it is about reapers.
I love Neal Shusterman’s writting. He is extremely talented. Everything is so vivid when you read. The characters are so vivid. There is an active backstory to every character, yet you never feel bogged down when you read. The topic is a bit grousome yet is presented in a way that is not over the top. The book really makes you think.
When the book ended I was ready to pick up book two. Since I could not I went out and started another series of his. I love when I read a book that is well worth all the hype that I had heard.
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