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The Samantha Project Kindle Edition
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So last night when I finished this I immediately wanted to give it four stars, but this morning when I tried to write this review, I kept remembering the beginning of the book and I couldn't rationalize four stars. The last half of this book was amazing, action-packed, and honestly deserved five stars, but the first half was slow, repetitive, and contained information that was not needed to further the plot. If you can get through the first half of the book, then it is definitely worth reading because of its unique plot. Also I loved the chemistry between Erik and Sam later on in the story.
I'm definitely going to get a copy of the next book in the series because we were left with quite a cliff hanger. I also can't wait to find out what happens between Colin, Sam, and Erik. I dearly hope the author doesn't make this into one of those impossible love triangles. I would recommend this book, but warn future readers that the end is worth the wait in the beginning.
The first bit of this book is about beautiful, smart, perfect Sam, Sam's perfect parents, Sam's perfect boyfriend, Sam's perfect best friend, Sam's perfect life (except, of course, for the prerequisite nasty cheerleader). Then her parents are killed in a car accident, so the rest of the first half is about Sam's grieving process: minute details about weeks of grieving, of which most of her time is spent sleeping. Boring as hell! I Almost gave up at 23%, then again at 30% and yet again at 50%. But I'm not a quitter and I had agreed to review as per the conditions above. So I persevered.
Luckily after that it picked up a bit - and that's the only reason that this isn't a one-star review. The writing is technically fine, but completely lacking in subtlety. The characters are trite and lifeless. There is absolutely no action until after halfway through the book. Some of it is just plain implausible, main plot theme aside. The worst part? After all the frustration of reading The Samantha Project, it turns out to be a trilogy :-( I am happy to give up my time to give honest feedback to new authors, but I think some writers will give out a free book just so you'll buy the rest to find out how the story ends. Sorry, I'm not even close to interested.
I had such high hopes for this book, it just sounded interesting for the description and the cover looks intriguing. The problem is that the first half of the book is sooooooooo boring. It goes on about Samantha's oh so perfect everything in her life, in which for me is not how at her age life would normally be, so that was too far fetched. It did not seem to me to make the book interesting to hear how perfect everything for her is, I feel it discredits the writing and the rest of the book.
Then her parents die and the rest of the boring first half is about her basically being sad about that and I just felt it kept dragging on and normally if I was not reading this book for an honest review, I would have stopped reading it a lot earlier.
The second half is so much better as she goes to the cabin and gets kidnapped. At this point the book gets really good. If the first half was better thought out and had some excitement to it as the second half did, I would have given it 4 stars, maybe five. I just can not tolerate or have the patience to sit there through half of this book being bored, but I agreed to read the entire book, so I did.
There maybe people out there who do not mind a book that is slow then picks up after a while. I just feel that even through the first half, the main character, Samantha, was the character that I did not like in the book. I like all the others much better, I think because they were developed more in the writing. The character Samantha was not developed that much into who she really was, except for perfect everything. If a book does not develop the main character in the book, and then does develop everyone else, it just does not seem that thought out by the author very well.
First, the good: The book was well editted, containing no real errors that I can recall. The story had obviously been tightened up when I read it, and the first half was paced almost as well as the second.
The not so good: There was a whole lot of explanation on the whys/hows of the science in the science fiction, and it didn't really seem plausible. The idea of someone being able to gather a DNA sample sufficient to test from a t-shirt they touched? Being able to take a sample and rip it apart for analysis in an hour or two? Hm. That really was difficult for me to accept. The main character was very much in her own head, and kept necessary information to herself for no obvious reason. I would have liked for Sam's "voice" to sound more obviously her own. Since she's supposed to be a genius, I rather expected her voice to sound more intelligent. As it was, she sounded like all the other teen characters. I also don't really get how people can claim there are a ton of twists and turns in the plot. This was a straightforward sci-fi/YA romance/running from the Man story. I did think that the bad guy was ridiculously over powered. As that is likely to feature more prominently in the remaining books, I will not be picking them up. I might consider another story by the same author, but perhaps one without as much science in it.