I won't say this book was a waste of my time. It wasn't. But I can't heartily recommend it as my kind of book. You see, Oliver has produced my kind of book in the past (namely: Delirium). So I naturally put my hand up for a review copy of her latest release (out this month, in bookstores). Unfortunately, I am not fan of this book's flavour...but good on you, ma'am, for being an author without a brand!
So, Panic. It's a book about fear; a book about semi-fledged-adults inventing ways to create thrill and excitement in lives they feel are lacking those things...
- It reminded me of the many Christopher Pike books I went through a phrase of reading as a teenager. You know, around the same time I had Scream movie marathon sleep-overs? We all did it. Right?....? Weird phase. Glad it's over.
- The novel feels pretty realistic. I believe the characters capable of the things they do, and their choices seem justifiable, even if I wouldn't follow their paths.
- There was nothing that jumped out as really poignant to me. There were a lot of cliches (which semi-fledged adults traffic in, fair enough), but the story and basic premise didn't feel new.
- It was predictable...and without satisfaction, when it was.
- The super-flawed characters are interesting, but none of them are role models -- not consistently, at least -- they may have "moments", but overall, there is no hero or heroine in this book I would want to be like or be friends with. There's no one I would want my (someday) teenage daughter to be like. I also (dare I say it) think the power of suggestion is a dangerous thing, with books like this.
- There is a lot of swearing.
As for me, I've hit the buzzer, it's time I got off this train. After Requiem (the last station where my hand hovered over the button), the writing was on the wall; it was graffiti in my Oliver train. It said, "Sci Fi ends here" I ignored it...foolishly.
I would've posted even earlier, guys (I know, you can let out all that breath you bated waiting on my verdict), but I've been too distracted by my /stage whisper:PROOF COPY of Dreams of Gods and Monsters. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Watch this space, you can win a copy of Book 3 right heaaaaa.