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The plot was a little thin, but the storyline made up for it. The entire novel had a "Fargo"-like feel to it that really made it interesting. I can't even say exactly why the book reminded me of that movie, but I definitely thought of it throughout.
The characters in the opening scene are not revisited until the last third of the book. I did find this rather irritating as, throughout the novel, I kept wondering who those people were and what they had to do with the events. Also, I found them to be very intriguing characters and would have liked to hear more from them.
There were some portions that had some repetition, such as the portions relating the headlines and new stories. For the most part, though, the storyline kept a good forward momentum.
The book was actually fairly realistic, with one exception. I don't want to give spoilers, so I will just make a blanket statement. I find it impossible to believe that anyone would mistake a dead body for a mannequin, even if the body was frozen. Some of the antics that led up to the scene that caused me to make that statement were a little far-fetched, but perhaps somewhat believable. However, I did have the feeling that those portions were unnecessary and simply added in for comic relief.
I absolutely loved the ending.
Character Development: 4 1/2 Stars
Cinder was a rather mediocre character. Although she was the main focus of most of the book and we learned most of her background, she was still not a very deep character. I had trouble empathizing with her at all.
The rest of the characters were just that: "characters." They were funny, improbable, and a joy to read.
Writing Style: 4 Stars
As I mentioned above, I wasn't fond of the "prologue" style used to open the book. My other issue with the writing style was that there were too many instances where the author resorted to telling stories about people, instead of showing their personalities through dialogue and actions. Cinder's development especially suffered from this.
Otherwise, the sentence structure was great with a nice even flow to the reading. The descriptions and dialogue were good, too.
The writing was superb, well edited (a major bonus in independently produced books), and the characters are likeable and well developed. The story is a bit fantastic with a whole "weekend at Bernie's" motiff but it makes for a great, fun read. I read the whole book in 3.5 hours because I couldn't put it down, and now it has earned a spot in my "Favorites" section of my Kindle. Well worth the 99 cent price tag.
verb: To increase or expand suddenly, rapidly, or without control: explode, mushroom.
v.intr.: To grow rapidly in significance, importance, or size: "problems that snowballed by the hour."
In this highly entertaining novel by April Hamilton, the reader is drawn into a story that begins quietly, without fanfare. Once it gets rolling, however, there's no stopping it. The clever chapter titles ("The Winter Games," "Flakes") are consistent with the tone of the novel, which manages to present the most bizarre goings-on in a matter-of-fact manner.
Hamilton's descriptions of how various TV shows would cover the story are hilarious and her observations about human nature are spot on. This is a fun read that also gives pause for thought in the most unexpected places.
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I am giving this book five out of five stars not in comparison to all the other novels I have recently read, most of which have better covers,...Read more