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Fair to middling,
This review is from: All Our Yesterdays (Paperback)
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I see a lot of reviewers really like this book. It is being compared to The Time Traveller's Wife and The Hunger Games. I loved those two books, but find that this did not engage me as much as either of those. I feel like maybe I am a bit old for this stuff now. A lot of the sci fi cliches were present and correct, and if I had been a bit younger I might not have spotted them. I saw where the story was going, then it went there. Not too many plot surprises.
What did work well was the depiction of the main female character's journey from self conscious teen who couldn't open her mouth and say what she really wanted (which led to her not being able to get what she wanted), to a more confident person with the grit and determination to say and do what was necessary. Also the novel did not shy away from showing how power corrupts- despite the heroes' efforts- over and over again.
I did enjoy reading this book most of the time, and despite a slightly underwhelming ending, it made sense that it did have to end that way. I would have liked it to have been even more fiendish and dark and hopeless, but I don't think it is much of a spoiler to say that the happy ending more or less came about as prescribed.
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Initial post: 24 Sep 2013 11:45:58 BDT
Oh, I was going to say that I was glad to read a stand alone story for once, that didn't feel the need to pad the story out into sequels. Then I read in another review that there WILL be a sequel after all. I think that's a shame.
Posted on 12 Oct 2013 01:21:51 BDT
New Zealander says:
Thanks for that.
"I feel like maybe I am a bit old for this stuff now." It would be really helpful to others if you disclosed the age at which you read this title. There are many adults who buy books for kids and teens, and they always have a specific recipient in mind.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2013 13:57:10 BDT
Oh, I'm 32! I would recommend this for about age 14.
Posted on 16 Nov 2013 01:36:20 GMT
I think that saying it has a happy ending - especially given the synopsis - is actually a huge spoiler. Put me off ordering :(
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013 13:24:13 GMT
Ah, but I bet it's not the happy ending that you think it is.
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