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I found the story to be annoying, dragging and boring!
The concept of a couple of unrelated teenagers who were about to die traveling thru a black hole to meet in another place/world was... interesting, at first. I became tired of the constant introductions: "who are you? Why are we here? Why are you doing this to me? Where are we?"
I also grew bored of the sense of danger that never amount to anything: "what was that noise? Did you hear that? Wait! I saw a shadow! Oh my god! Oh my god! What was that thing?"
That kind of suspense didn't work for me. It reminded me of The Darkling by R.B. Chesterton were things wanted to happen but never did. Strangelet was moving too slow trying to generate suspense, and then the end became abruptly.
- The different POV were all about the same.
- The dialogue kept repeating itself.
- The diary/journal part was... what was that really? Why was that even there?
- Monsters/creatures were trying to eat them and that was that. They were there because... well, an empty world wouldn't had been fun, I guess.
- The explanation time traveling was okay; quantum physics can never go wrong! But the ending... the ending people!
*****Spoil alert: stop reading if you don't want to know how this book ends *******
After all they go through in this other world, a simple push of a button on a freaking machine sends them back to the present. Really, that's IT?
Sophie: She wakes up back in the hospital , but she is no longer dying. Her cancer was cured (god only knows how or why).Read more ›
It's very rare for me to read let alone enjoy a book that has three point of views going at once, but I thought Gagnon did an incredible job with this. Each character had an outstanding voice that was powerful and thorough throughout the book. Sophie, who was on the verge of dying from lymphoma, but was a quiet yet resilient character. She was kind, caring, and thoughtful. She seemed like the weakest out of all of them, but it was clear that Sophie was strong, rational, and able to make quick and last minute decisions where it mattered most. Declan was my favorite out of all three because he was just clever and a very funny character. He was very capable, resourceful, and could think on his feet. He was nice, smart, and knew how to survive. He definitely gave the book a light touch. Last, but not least we have Anat. She was the ultimate fighting survivor who never gave up. She was a little harsh, tough, and not really approachable, but the girl had guts. She was probably the bravest of them all and was able to stand on her own no matter what. All three of these characters were so different, coming from different countries but they managed to band together and make a ragtag, sometimes dysfunctionally cooperating team.
Gagnon did a great job of describing the world with the destroyed buildings, piled up cars, the immense amount of trees and wildlife and even the gross creatures that lurked around. All of this was described in great detail.Read more ›
It was a breath of fresh air meets dance for joy reading something that wasn't humming the tune ->>>
"single white female with mystery power seeking equally mysterious man for long walks, moonlit dinners and dire consequences".
Nothing against that particular breed BUT I'm the type who wants a premise to grab me as much or more (usually much more) than the characters and their relationships. Imagine my delight to read something that offers up a freaky mystery without depending on magic to drive the story?
Basically, I thought this was good, scary scifi which makes it a nice break from the dystopian and paranormal stories dominating the market. I asked myself "WTF" more than once, got creeped out and couldn't wait to see what the explanation was. I didn't end up disappointed, so if you're burnt out on supernatural creatures but want some spooky still I think this could raise a few eyebrows along with hairs on your neck.
Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley
Summary (from Goodreads):
17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer...
17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland...
17-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt...
All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital--only to discover that they're not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they're to have any hope of surviving.�
Soon they discover that they've been trapped in a future that isn't of their making: a deadly, desolate world at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. Each teen harbors a secret, but only one holds the key that could get them home. As the truth comes to light through the eyes of Sophie, Declan, and Anat, the reader is taken on a dark and unforgettable journey into the hearts of teens who must decide what to do with a second chance at life.
What I Liked:
Well, this book was quite the change from what I've been reading recently! When I signed up to be part of the tour, I took one look at the synopsis, and knew that it would be different from what I was used to. I don't read a lot of mystery or suspense thriller books.Read more ›
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A group of teens are thrown together, struggling to find out why and how they have arrived at a strange, dangerous world, both like and unlike their home. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Victoria Collins
A wonderfully realized adventure for teens and above. Hunger Games/Maze Runner fans will have a great time with Mz. Gagnon's excellent story.Published 11 months ago by Richard J. Brewer
Strangelets is an engrossing novella. It grabbed my attention from the start. While there was one character I really didn't care for (not the antagonist), I found it a difficult... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Doc C
Three seventeen-year-olds find themselves united in a strange place when a mysterious void opens up and sucks them out of their world into a new one. Read morePublished 14 months ago by SunshineRose
A young adult novel about an International group of teens that find themselves alone/together in an empty hospital, with each having their last memory of being near death (one of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by ZC
This is Very good book. I liked it because it was clean and held my interest. I will recommend this book to my Christian friends. I will read more of her books.Published 21 months ago by stewsmom
This is the complete review as it appears <a href="http://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2014/10/strangelets-by-michelle-gagnon. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is not what I expected. very disappointed with the ending. I feel like not all questions were answered.Published on March 20, 2014 by Kaitlyn
This was...almost painful to read. I hate giving books bad reviews, but this one just needed some help. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Micah Karol
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