- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; Reprint edition (December 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062217178
- ISBN-13: 978-0062217172
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 140 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Up until his diagnosis, Lane lived a fairly predictable life—but when he finds himself at a tuberculosis sanatorium called Latham House, he discovers an insular world with paradoxical rules, med sensors, and an eccentric yet utterly compelling confidant named Sadie—and life as Lane knows it will never be the same.
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We are also dealing with these characters in a sanatorium where some of the kids are very, very sick. The moments that were supposed to be emotional for me ended up just falling flat due to my inability to connect with the characters. It was well-written and well-paced, but missing something for me that makes a book great.
Aside from me not connecting to the characters, I had a few issues with the main plot of the story that hindered my overall enjoyment of what would be a decent story. First, sanatoriums don’t exist anymore. If the author brought them back for this fictionalized drug-resistant tuberculosis, okay, but I imagine they would have a little more security! Which brings me to my second point, WHY were these kids with active TB able to run around in public?! I know they were sneaking away..but that would be a huge public health concern and I really didn’t like that the characters did not think of the consequences of their actions. Maybe that was the point. I don’t know. But it bothered me.
This book was just not for me. I definitely understand why some people enjoyed it and if you are looking for a TFIOS-like book, you may want to consider it. It doesn’t have the same witty dialogue as all John Green books do, but I can see why people would compare them. What are your thoughts on Extraordinary Means? Have you read any other books by Robyn Schneider?
Lane and Sadie meet under unfortunate times, as they both have an incurable disease (fictional disease I might add) but it’s so believable. These characters and their friends become a part of your life and you find yourself rooting for them. Books that are written in alternate points of views are definitely my thing, as you all may know. I am absolutely crazy over them! Both Sadie and Lane were described so well, like real teenagers of today’s modern times. The pop culture references were like a breath of fresh reality air, sucking me into this fictional world. I would recommend this book for anyone and everyone who enjoys a dose of true love, and friendship. ♥EG