On the surface The Raging Ones is a story about knowing the date of one’s death and the effects that has on a society. Yet, in truth, this novel is more like a classical science fiction space opera. While I was not expecting this, it was much appreciated. It is hard to talk to much about the plot without giving too much away, so I will stop.
This novel is well written. I had a hard time putting it down and when I read I was swept away. The world was well defined with it being build up throughout the story, when appropriate. The characters were all real and unique. Although, their connection to each other was difficult to read at times I thought the writers did an excellent job describing and not over relating.
The plot was grasping right up to the end of the novel. I both hated and loved how it ended. I did not truly come to terms with it until I knew that it would not be a stand alone novel. It truly felt like a new take on classic science fiction that was just short of being one of the great novels. I look forward to reading more of Krista and Becca Ritchie.
Turtles All the Way Down is an own voice book by John Green about a girl struggling with her fathers death, and with Obsessiveness Compulsive Disorder.
In the past I have loved the way that Green is able to build these dynamic characters. His books are one of the few that have caused me to shed tears. Yet, all the emotion is missing from this book. I wonder if it was just too close to home that he distanced himself off when he wrote it.
I also wonder at the way he described OCD. I do not have OCD. I do have a form of autism that consists of compulsive behavior, and I have a child that has extreme anxiety and obsessive and compulsive behavior. Yet, nothing that Green described really resonated with me. It also did not connect me to the main character. If anything I felt distance was continually being built.
To top it off the plot was not really anything spectacular. I felt like it was an over done story that did not add anything new. The actual writing was fine, but not breathtaking. Without the strong characters that Green is amazing at, I felt this book was lacking.
It has been a while since I have over-identified with character's in a book. At first I found myself relating to the broken nature of Grace Town. Despite her obvious depression Henry was pursuing her. In a way it felt like there was hope for us all.
Except then I found myself identifying with Henry who was chasing after a girl who was really just stringing him along for her own needs. She wasn't into him as much as she was into the healing that he provided her. The whole book she blamed him for wanting a different version of Grace, yet she was the one using him to feel a different version of herself. After they separate Grace begins to heal. This is all to the credit of Henry. Yet, Henry is now broken relying on his friends to help him to heal past the relationship that was Grace Town.
It was a beautifully written book with characters that obviously grabbed me. I do completely disagree with the book's message on love. In principle I get that it was trying to help others to see that love is what we make of it. We have to work at love like we have to work at anything else. My issue is that no one actually worked at love in this book. They all divorced. They all left. Even his parents who were pretty solid dissolved their relationship once Henry learned that there is no such thing as true love. Yet there is such thing. The point is that true love is hard work. The chemical portion of love is just passion. That is not true love. True love is the work and dedication and the choice to stay with someone despite the hard times. Even biologically this book just talked about surface love. It told teenagers everywhere that when the passion ends you have the right to leave and find something else. I do not agree with the message of love that this book portrayed. It is not a value
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