- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (November 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312586507
- ASIN: B005Q63CY4
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,337,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Just when it seems that there are no new plots left to write about, David Oppegaard has come up with a doozy. His “The Suicide Collectors” takes us to a startling theme we haven’t encountered before, with every page a thrilling new surprise."
-Stan Lee, writer, editor, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics
“David Oppegaard’s THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS is a wonderfully creepy debut novel filled with unnerving twists and turns! Unsettling, bleak and dangerous.”
--Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PATIENT ZERO
"Eloquent prose and haunting characters lift Oppegaard's astonishing debut..."
-Publisher's Weekly, starred review
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A number of comments have been made about the ending of this book. Though I don't want to give anything away, I will say that the story ends rather ambiguously. In this respect it reminds me of the John Sayles film, "Limbo." That film ends with the shot of a small plane returning to an Alaskan island where two adults and a child have become stranded. But does the plane bring rescue? Or are the drug dealer bad guys on board and waiting for the opportunity to wipe out the witnesses? The movie doesn't answer that question. Instead, it becomes a sort of litmus test for how we view the world: People are basically good and will rescue us in time of trouble or people are basically bad and can't be trusted.
I greatly enjoyed this book (if one can truly enjoy a book in which so many suicides are so prominently featured). The ambiguous ending seemed effective to me because it lingers longer in one's mind than a neatly wrapped, dumbed down Hollywood ending.
The writing was good, it made me want to keep reading. The descriptions were enough to paint a picture, but they weren't overdone and tiring. Initially I liked that the author let his readers figure things out on their own and didn't give everything away. By the end of the story, I had plenty of questions that I wish he would have attempted to answer. I appreciated that it wasn't completely predictable, but was left a little underwhelmed by the lack of clear resolutions and answers.
This book was depressing, but sometimes you need a good, depressing book that makes you think about humanity. I wanted to know what was going to become of people in general in the future. Were they still going to spiral downward, or was there hope? We know what happens with the Source in the end, but what does that even mean? A hint might have been nice.