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- Print Length: 226 pages
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- Publication Date: December 18, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008BEDPHM
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Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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The main protagonist is endearing and you root for her through out the story, even though the author leaves a little twist of a mystery unsolved, that gives you that creep up your spine.
And her friend, reasonable doubt, but you won't care.
I liked the premise, and much of the writing was tight, well done, and well developed. The characters were, for the most part, interesting and compelling.
The jumps between POV and angle felt clumsy and confusing, as if they were different stories entirely. There were places where the writing felt hurried or unfinished, not as tight as the rest of the story.
The concept of Breuer as real versus a figment of Mae's (possible) mental illness was interesting, though not thoroughly developed. While I get the idea of leaving him a mystery, it almost felt as if the author didn't know who or what Breuer really is either.
Some characters acted in ways that seemed remarkably out of character - the (real) mother who went from being sweet and solicitous to suspicious, scheming and controlling seemingly overnight and with minimal provocation is the prime example.
Breuer's own actions are inconsistent - one moment he's doing positive things for Mae, the next he's encouraging activities that are clearly not in her best interests. Without further info on him, it's hard to willingly suspend disbelief on that aspect of his character.
Tag is perhaps the most poorly developed and inconsistent character, ranging from cool kid on the block to awkward geek, then swinging over to sensitive sweet guy and clueless college kid. He's just... all over the place.
All of that aside, however, I enjoyed the read. I just think the writing (plot, story arc, character development) needed to be a bit more polished, and the editing could definitely have been better.
This story was imaginative, like nothing I have ever read before and I have been reading since I was 12 and I am now 36. The female character somehow manages to be a victim and an aggressor at the same time. There is also a fascinating helpful guardian angel that author let's the reader decide how to view.
It's a great read - get it!
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Now I just need a hard cover *cough*