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Acceleration Paperback – September 11, 2012
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Some who are critical of this novel must not have read all of it because all of the preliminary facts and details suck the reader into the world of the main character, Duncan. By the time you realize you are totally immersed in the cold, dark, murky existence of Duncan and his nightmares, you are hooked.
McNamee does a tremendous job with the setup, which makes the climax a thrilling peak to the intriguing story of a lost soul who finds himself depressed by his recent past, and looking for a way to make up for mistakes he feels so much responsibility for.
The main character, Duncan, gets himself in WAY over his head and nearly drowns himself in a world of terror and PURE FEAR and adrenaline that moves this novel to a perfect conclusion.
Whatever the author did, he did it right because I forgot where I was and actually became immersed in the world that exists in the novel. I FELT the fear and the adrenaline rush that leads to the book's climax and resolution.
The way the story unfolded didn't really feel interesting. Too simple: find journal, read true crime books for help, use those tips to try and track him down, etc -- it had elements of a by-the-numbers story that didn't feel like it was leading up to anything.
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I found certain portions odd. For example: all of their detective work based on the receipt seemed silly. One, Roach could have found that receipt to use as a scrap rather than it being his. Two, the employee discount part felt way too easy. Three, the entire thing was basically unnecessary when Roach showed up to claim the journal. They spent a good chunk of the book on the receipt and following two security guards home, but that felt like filler.
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Duncan as a character didn't speak to me either. I never felt his voice. Vinny and Wayne... Duncan's parents... I didn't get a strong impression from anyone. It's harder to get into a novel when you don't care about the characters. I didn't care that he had that swimming phobia or why. In fact, those other parts? They made it worse. By 'other parts', I mean the parts involving his ex-girlfriend Kim or his nightmares... those elements felt like McNamee was trying to give the story other sub-stories to feel deeper... other things to focus on so that it wasn't one dimensional and fixated on the main story, but they felt tacked on.Read more ›
The one flaw, which is the same flaw as Speak, is the tidy ending. However, changing the end would be a mistake. This ending allows for McNamee's theme to come through and allows us to cheer for the hero.
A great read. I had to read the thieving of the toilet scene out loud to my wife--very funny. The best book I've read this summer.
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My sister told me about this book. Although it is written for young adults, we are 60+. I enjoyed it. True to life teenage boys lulling through a hot summer. Read morePublished 9 months ago by denise
This book was on the list as a summer read for my 10th grade son. We read it together and both LOVED it!Published 11 months ago by csdteacher
This was an unexpected and enjoyable read. When some young people have an interest in something (even potential serial killers) they really can use those problem solving skills🏊Published 19 months ago by hempgirl2
a nov3l that keeps you interested yet not over the top on believability.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fun read. Love the characters from the neighborhood. Reminds me of the kids in my area. Will recommend. Funny and Wayne are funny as can be.Published 22 months ago by Morton Grover