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JAMES, DO YOU REALLY NEED THE MONEY??,
This review is from: Toys (Paperback)
James Patterson's TOYS takes place in 2061 when the world is divided into the Elites and the "skunks" (humans). The elites in Patterson's book have become so completely fascinated with their electronic toys and their own personal physical augmentation that little else in life is of importance (except their complete hatred of skunks (humans of the underclass) and their need to exterminate as many of them as possible. Like his MAXIMUM RIDE series, this book too is about a group of people who are mistreated and misused for the benefit of another group of people. (Perhaps this is a commentary on the problems facing us today since we seem to have our own "beginner's version" of elites currently occupying positions of power).
In Patterson's dystopian world Hays Baker and his wife Lizbeth are enhanced elites who possess herculean strength, extraordinary intelligence, Greek god-like physical beauty, a prodigious sex life, and two children as exceptional as their parents. Hays and Lizbeth are the perfect couple living in a perfect utopian world . . . . perfect, that is, until one fateful day when an attack at a TOYZ store turns their perfect world upside down.
As I listened to this book on CD read by Matthew Bomer (he of White Collar fame), I was struck by how much it resembled the books of H.G. Wells and George Orwell that I read in my impressionable youth. All I can say is Patterson can't compete with these guys, in fact more recent authors like Margaret Atwood and Margaret Peterson Haddix also put him (as well as his co-author Neil McMahon) to shame.
While Matthew Bomer's delivery of the material was more than adequate the book itself was just an okay way to pass a few hours on the road and while I was not truly enthralled by it, it was certainly a more viable option than 7 hours of RAP music assailing ones ears.