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Tedious and unbelievable
on September 3, 2015
Apologies to the many fans of this book, as I appear to be in the minority. But boy did I find this book tedious and not nearly as good as it is hyped up to be. I understand it is a "YA" book, which is not my preferred genre. But many adult readers seem to like the book and I find it hard to understand why. First of all, the book is very fantastical and not at all believable. Aside from the pure fantasy aspects of the book, which I would not begrudge the author since they form the basis of the plot, there are parts of the story that are not part of the fantasy that are impossible to believe. What father would allow his son, suffering from an acute stress disorder, to wander off in a strange place by himself, all day with hardly any questions about his whereabouts?
A second issue I have with the book is the language. I suppose the author is trying to make it appealing to young readers, but it came off to me as contrived.
A third problem is the book is boring. The first few chapters did grab my interest, but as the book moved on, I found the plot became dull and I wanted to skip whole chapters, and felt like I missed little if I did.
The photographs included in the book add some interest, but not enough for me to love the book. I feel like the author might have done better to focus on only a few of the photos and make a genuinely interesting story around them, but instead tried to force 50 disparate photos into a story that was already flawed.
I would not recommend this book to most people. Fantasy fans may enjoy it more than I did, but I'm sure there are better books in that genre than this one.