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By Amy on 03-13-17
Too twee for me.
Too twee for me. While there is some good writing in here Anders spends so much of the time trying to be cute and whimsical that it distracts from the story she's trying to tell. The whole thing has the feel of an lengthy io9 article which she wrote for. Not my bag, but if you like cute this may be for you.
41 of 42 people found this review helpful
By John on 02-18-16
Story Sputters Along
Really interesting start. Awkwardness of teenage years. Interesting as the two protagonists come back into each other's lives. Wished the author had stayed in the relationship dynamic and woven in more of how art and science or magic and technology are always linked together. Story goes off the rails with the Milton character and the doom machine. Goes to predictable battle scene. This hijacked the book and I listened more by duty to finish and not excitement to have story unfold.
This author has something special just needs to develop more. I would recommend reading interesting line about surrounding yourself with people who support you becoming the best person you envision yourself becoming. Must be a catchier way to capture this thought that would be more of a light bulb moment.
47 of 51 people found this review helpful
By Sandy King on 12-09-16
Not for everyone
The concept was good. I was somewhat uncomfotrable with the whole cult concept. Older man luring young girls with the promise of feeling free, only to be used and manipulated. Good read, just not a book for me.
32 of 35 people found this review helpful
By Jill on 03-01-16
The story is a great Idea, but never really goes anywhere. With only an hour of listening left, I was concerned about how it would be wrapped up. POORLY. It's rushed to an end in the last 15 minutes. Again, POORLY. Decent book that could have been great. Did enjoy the narrator though.
35 of 39 people found this review helpful
By G. Parish on 03-14-16
Dictionary of Stereotypes
This book, particularly in the early chapters, reads like a dictionary of stereotypes. It traffics in them with the same studied glee as stripper choosing a costume to give some thematic element to her dancing around a pole. While the author starts to hide these better as the book continues, they remain almost unmistakable. The story is as equally uncomplicated in all the worst possible ways. From the early chapters, at least in broad strokes, the entire book is utterly predictable and no sudden surprise will creep up on you here. Pair this with continuous angst, constant self-doubt, and ending that couldn't be more clichéd and truncated if it tried and you have a book that can only be described as disappointing at best.
47 of 53 people found this review helpful