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Doesn't meet Patterson's high standard
on August 8, 2008
I was mildly disappointed with this book. It seemed to go by too quick with very little detail; almost reading as a brainstorm than an actual novel. The ideas and originality were there, but it definitly lacked depth. I kept thinking of The Host, by Stephanie Meyer, as I read this; and how much better it was for having a similar concept. I just felt like the aliens themselves could have been given more detail, he could have taken the time to really describe them and go into details, but it seemed as though everything was summed up and rushed through. The only time the book slowed to a decent pace was near the end, at which point the description and story really reached where it should have been all along.
I will say, after reading this I passed it on to my 9 year old, and he LOVED it. He's a big Ben10 fan and really related this book to that show, reading it almost as quickly as I did. So for kids, I do recommend this, though it doesn't even begin to compete with the bestselling kids books out there. For adults, I would not recommend.