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- Print Length: 244 pages
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- Publisher: Harper Young Adult; 1 edition (July 12, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 12, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005CK4X5Q
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,511 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First I would classify this book as beginning much like a dystopian novel then ending for science fiction. I read all genres for the most part, so this didn't bother me.
I have mixed feelings about this book. The first half behaved with the right mix of dystopian with a bit of romance for good measure. Then the second half of the book fell apart for me.
Let me explain. The author introduces us to a girl who behaves very much like a girl leaning toward being a girly girl. She loves and thinks of boys, clothes and shoes. Then the second half of the book, she starts to act and think more like a boy which may be natural because the author is male, but it threw me for a loop. The romance went from some to none for a good part. I understand Lucy must grow into the leader she is destined to become, but she is like a shadow of the character we thought her to be in a blink of an eye. I understand there is an event that precipitates that change, but I had a hard time accepting. I found myself skimming parts of the story to get back to where we had been led all along. We do get back there kind of. But there are also holes in the story with characters that go missing in the story with no explanation as to their whereabouts until they show up again. By the end of the story I found myself getting back to the good place I'd been in the first half. But sometimes it's a little too late.
Although I read and love many book without romance, I hate to be teased. Don't start romance and decide later that's not the objective of the book. The story just lost its luster for me by the second half. Maybe I agree with some of the others that the story would have been better without romance.Read more ›
It was well written, the characters were diverse and human. All were genuine in their feelings of jealously, love, retribution... it really showed the range of human behavior, including first love and fanaticism. Seemingly benign characters turn out far different than their initial impressions.
One of the few complaints I had about this book, was the feeling of "missing time". I would read a paragraph, and by the end of it need to re-read it because surely that much could not have happened in one single paragraph. But it had... it felt like many things were just barely scratched across the surface, but I wanted more details of all the events. I wished for more detail in several key events.
Overall, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone interested in Ghost/Apocalypse (End of the World)/Science Fiction.
If you haven't read the book, please don't read the last paragraph... Id hate to spoil anything for you!
Aliens? Wow, I did not see that coming. And then the different kinds, fantastic! It was really well thought out, included complex alien language for names and to add flavor. The alien terms were not distracting or jarring, but rather flowed with the story.
I started of by being very very curious, how was a story going to be built upon starting with death? I soon found out...
I got to a part where Lucy found out about another species (I don't want to say much because of spoilers) and this part almost made me put down the book, it just wasn't for me but the curiosity on how the book would develop won over... thankfully...
I did enjoy this book, different as it was, a good 3.5 stars! I liked the love story, I enjoyed the fun bits, I did have a huge amount of curiosity that kept me turning the pages... but sometimes I could just of easily put the book away.
However, I am pleased that I finished the book, a little strange in places for me but it would definately suit Sci Fi fans as opposed to the paranormal genre (just my opinion).
The author has written this book well, the plot was amazing when looked at from an overall perspective and the imagination that has gone into the story is out of this world!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this read. I like sci-fi and this was right up my alley.
Kept my interest from beginning to end. Would recommend.
For everyone who wonders what happens to us after we die, John Corwin offers an extraordinary story. Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by WhatTeacherSaid: Vicki
I can't believe I paid to read something so stupid!
Everybody dies and is living in an afterlife. Read more
I didn't like it. The first person POV didn't appeal to me nor did the plot. Maybe the idea of having a dead main character works for you... It wasn't my 'cup of tea'.Published on February 9, 2013 by chuckmatthews
But also a little confusing. Lucy is all over the place with her thoughts, one minute she is in love with Chris, and the next she is OBSESSED with Nick. Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by Lisa Redmon
This book totally rocks your world and beliefs in such a short space of time. You must go to the store and buy this book now. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by Amazon Customer
The first half of The Next Thing I Knew was pretty good, even with the teenage angst of a YA novel and the usual romance/breakup themes. Read morePublished on August 11, 2012 by Rhubarb
The Next Thing I Knew by John Corwin really puts life into perspective. Lucy, the main character, dies, and then is a part of the plan to save life as the human race knows it. Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by Rebecca Clouser
What a wild ride this book was. Imagine: one second you're doing everyday stuff and the next you're dead...surprisingly, it's not as horrible or macabre as it seems. Read morePublished on February 23, 2012 by *Dana*
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