This review is from: Sequence (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)The blurb of this book didn't really give me much of an idea as to what it was about. I'd really expected it to be a murder/mystery/thriller. I didn't expect it to be quite as intelligent and complex a novel which took so much concentration. This isn't a book that you can dip in and out of, pick up for half an hour before you go to sleep. This is a book that needs serious concentration in order to follow the theories that are put forward in the plot.
I've got to admit, I don't really know how to describe Sequence. There were parts of it that I really enjoyed and parts of it that I really couldn't get into. The beginning of the book is set in the present, half of the book continues in the present day but the other half races off into the future. With both time frames there is some complex theories to get your head around, although in all honesty, I far preferred the current timelime to the future timeline for 2 reasons (1) it was more along the lines of what I expected from the novel and (2) I could actually understand a large part of it!
The complexity of this book is why although I thought the novel was very good I can't give it a higher star rating, I'm not stupid, I have an IQ of 164, I understand quite a lot of things (don't get me wrong, I can still have my bimbo moments) but this required heavy concentration and I was still baffled on a regular basis. I read a book to relax and with the intention of enjoying it and I found that I couldn't do this with this book. There's no denying it's well written and if you can follow it then it has a good storyline but I've never been interested in reading A Brief History of Time and I will happily give 5 stars to chick lit.
What I would say with Sequence is to have a good think about what you want from a book and make sure that you have enough time free to put in some serious hours to get through it quickly. It wasn't my cup of tea but, my husband absolutely loved it, he likes a meaty read and doesn't really do light and fluffy reading. From the first page he was engrossed, he would look up every hour or so, tell me what a great book it was, and then disappear into it again.