With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.
©2008 Susan Beth Pfeffer; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
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"A pretty good book"
The narrator was acceptable. The story was pretty good, however grew a little tired of the excess Catholicism. Perhaps the author felt this was needed to build the main characters. The actions of the characters left that hollow if this was the case.
"This must be a setup for a future book..?"
Boring and drags horribly in places (pointing directly at the 4-5 day hallucination scene- omg).
Could have told the entire story in a chapter or less.
Excessive religious theme was very annoying.
Combing those last two things I can only guess that it's a character set up for a future book (in which the almost agnostic Miranda meets the very Catholic, Alex?).
Characters are shallow. I didn't feel any emotions for them where I should have. Again hoping that will change later.
Standing alone- it wouldn't.
Narrator did a fine job, imo. You can't blame him for the story, and since it was told from a male perspective, and considering the topic of the series, he was a good fit. Very deep voice. It worked for me.
Like I said, I think the whole thing was written to give a little backstory on the main character Alex. So, read it for the series.. or google it (where I'm certain you'd get as much necessary information, in a lot less time) and save that precious credit. Haha.
Don't expect to be enthralled. You'll find yourself daydreaming, and not missing much.
"sad but good"
I read the book before listening to it. but I got more out of it.
"Not as good as the 1st book"
I like the overall story line of this book series and its concepts. That being said, this book wasn't was exciting as the 1st book, and I'm sorry to say it the narrator was boring.
I would still highly recommend this book series though :)
"Horrible narrati N"
This guy's voice was driving me crazy. Really distracted from the story.
Probably not. All of the dialogue...he SAID, she SAID. Blech
Anyone would be better.
"Powerful and Thought Provoking"
I loved this book and I am working on getting it into my curriculum at my school
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Others in the series (Life as we Knew it)
The House of the Scorpion
These are all books about a potential and dark future (different types of dystopian futures)
He was great
Wow, I can't think of a good one, but it is a great book and I think that the movie would be very powerful
"Interesting companion to Life As We Knew It"
The moon has been hit by an asteroid and is now orbiting closer to earth. This causes on-going tidal waves and volcanic eruptions which wreak havoc on the earth's environment. In Life As We Knew It we see the effect on a family living in a suburban community. In this book, Pfeffer shows us her vision of what would happen in New York City. Interesting, but long. The narrator has a very deep voice that reminds me of an undertaker - appropriate with all the death. There is a hopeful ending.
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