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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2012
While the premise was interesting, overall I found the plot derivative (1984 and Equilibrium) and predictable. By the end of chapter one, I knew exactly what was going to happen, and wasn't surprised at all by the ending. While Ms. Oliver's writing style has potential, her use of similes is distracting to the point where it was an effort to keep reading. They are either strange (a bay surrounded by shore, like a belt cinching a waist) or cliché (...like a stone), and are found on nearly every page - sometimes as many as five per page. The one interesting side plot (Grace) is not developed.
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What you're in for: Lies. Romance. Forbidden love. Near emotionless society. "Invalids". The "Crypts". Deception. Rebels. Brutality. Friendship. Love in a loveless society.

My Thoughts:
A good and captivating read with a crazy ending that makes you unable to not read the sequel! I enjoyed this book. It definitely had similarities to other dystopian novels. The way the adults who have undergone the procedure (to "cure" them from the disease of love) act reminded me of the way the people act after surgery in the book Uglies. A mindless, uncaring, everything-is-right-in-the-world, complete-and-utter-trust-in-the-government kind of attitude. Though, this story did break apart from other dystopian stories and had a uniqueness of its own.

One thing that surprised me most about this book was the quality of Lauren Oliver's writing. I have read her other two stand-alones (Before I Fall and Panic) and never understood what all the rave was about this author. She's okay and everything, but what's with everyone thinking she's so amazing? I just didn't get it. Now, however, I'm beginning to understand. I thought the writing was MUCH better in this book than her two stand-alones! This is the genre she should be writing and she should stick with it. I was surprised just how much better the quality of her writing was in this book. It seems she's meant to write this genre.

I would recommend reading this book. I liked it and I could not wait to read the sequel. Hopefully the rest of the series is just as good, if not better!
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on February 14, 2015
This is probably one of the worst books I have ever read. The whole plot is based off of something that would never happen and the entire premise makes no sense. They say it's a cure for love, but that would interfere in even more ways than the book shows and I feel there needs to be some explanation as to how this potion works and is possible. Creating a cure for love would mess up everything. How can people show compassion towards one another? This makes things like raising children, having friends and being a decent human being seem difficult. Also if you don't love anything I feel as though there would be really high crime rates and a society would not function. While reading this book I found none of the characters interesting and the romance felt forced and super cheesy. No new concepts where present in this book which helped with that cheesy feeling. At least the book is bad in a way that you are able to laugh at it, unlike Twilight where it wasn't even funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2013
This book is okay and it's a creative idea but I find it kind of slow to follow and I have a hunch about what's going to happen and it just seems like it's taking forever to happen causing me to lose interest slightly but not enough to want to stop reading it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon May 2, 2011
I'm not really sure as to what the hype was all about with this book. Even after finishing the book I'm still not quite sure what they hype is. I liked this book but I didn't. I can think of several reasons why I didn't like it, yet there's a balanced number of reasons why this book was good.

I liked this book because of the writing, and the character development. I enjoyed reading how Lena develops and learns how to fall in love. The plot, although slow moving and it's a fairly big book in YA standards, was good and it had all the characteristics of a dystopian society. There was so much lack of emotion (until Lena falls in love) that you can actually 'feel' bland and expressionless (almost like a drone) throughout the book. It's what takes up most of the theme through the book until love comes in. I liked the contrast though. You have the dark bland background, and then Lena comes in, blossoming like a flower with her new emotions. It's a really effective and interesting way of writing and I really did like that aspect of the book.

I really liked the storyline featuring Lena's mother and her mysterious death. It's left a dark mark on Lena's life so much it's no wonder she was looking forward to the 'cure'. The mystery surrounding her mother was really interesting and when you find out what really happened you feel the shock and awe through Lena.

The romance between Lena and Alex dominates through the book, and it was all right. I'm not much of a romance fan, they do have some type of chemistry however I still can't quite see them together though, they're not perfect by all means but it's not like they're wholly mismatched either. I liked the friendship Hana and Lena had together. I wonder why Hana chose her outcome that way, and I wished she would have come along for the ride it could have made a whole different plot. There was just something about her that made her so likable. She was so friendly, kind, she seemed like such an easy person to get along with. It's hard not to like her.

The main reason why this book didn't really grab me (aside from the bland pace of the plot) was Lena. I did not like her. There were so many moments where she made me grind my teeth, the moments - during her exam for example, where I literally had to stop and make a facepalm. Oh Lena, why can't you just smarten up when you need to be? why do you have to be so utterly daft at times? There were moments where I went to smack her upside the head for her stupid moments. Even after finishing this book I still can't begin to like her.

Aside from that, I can think of no other reason to dislike this book. I'd have to say it's still a good read and the ending nearly had me in tears. Although the idea of love being illegal may not be new, the writing in this book is superb and is worth the read. I most definitely recommend this for YA lovers, and those that love dystopian fiction.
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on April 2, 2014
I was totally satisfied by what I tought this book would be and it is PERFECT! I adore everything about it, really recommend it.
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on January 19, 2014
The book is so beautifully written. I could not put it down and can't wait to start the next one. Also, the story gives a lot to think about. Amazing!
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on March 8, 2014
this is a great book and it was delivered quickly :-) chose it for book club and all the other girls were jus like me - couldn't put it down!
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on August 26, 2014
What kind of ending is THAT? That book was a total waste of my time. Does she find her mom? Does Alex die?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2013
This book puts you in a world where Love is forbidden and considered a disease. Everyone is given a cure when they turn 18, and assigned a career, marriage partner, income class and the amount of children they should have. A society that controls the books you read and the music you listen too. Every City is fenced in and guarded to protect the city from the Invalids. Invalids are people that have escaped the cure, and live in the wilderness. This story follow's Lena and her best friend Hana as they struggle to come to terms with their future as their 18th birthday approaches. Lena who has been looking forward to the cure because she desperately wants to feel normal finds herself falling for Alex an Invalid who is living within the fence. She struggles with her new feelings and her families past. Hana uses this time to rebel and experiment at underground parties. This book was easy to read and enjoyable, it puts you in a world that is similar to our own but also completely different. It was nice to follow Lena as she discovers love, and to see how much love can change a person. All three of the books in this series are worth reading, I highly recommend them all.
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