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Toys Hardcover – March 14, 2011
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"The Man Who Can't Miss."―Lev Grossman, Time
"When it comes to constructing a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right."―New York Daily News
"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast."―Publishers Weekly
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This book takes place in the future, where the Elites pretty much rule the world. If you're a human, then you're considered worse than trash. You're the scum of the Earth.
Hays and Lizbeth are Elites, and everything is perfect for them. Perfect marriage, perfect jobs, perfect friends, perfect kids, ect. Then one day Hays receives a shock that turns his world upside down. He went from National Hero, to the most wanted man on the planet.
This book has so many flaws to it. First off, it's so predictable. I had the entire book figured out within the first 30 pages. There was nothing to keep me glued to the page, no plot twists or anything exciting. As I said, I had the entire book figured out. I had to struggle to finish it.
The characters are really annoying. Hays and Lizbeth are very flat and one dimensional. They had sickly sweet names for each other, "My Love" "My Darling" ect. I mean who talks that way? God! Oh, and everything was perfect. "Perfect legs" "Perfect Smiles" One character even said to Lizbeth, "What happened to your beautiful hair?" Arrrgghhh!! We get they're perfect, and life if perfect for them. Do we have to read about it 5 times on every page. This was just rich people telling each other how perfect their life is. UG!
The names of the cities were soooo annoying. "New Chicago" "New Vegas" "New Lake City". God, how annoying.
Patterson really dropped the ball on this one. I borrowed it from the library, and I want my gas money back that I used to go there to get it. He needs to get back to the basic and write his own books and not "co-write" them with these authors.
In my opinion, don't even waste your time reading this. Honestly, it's not worth it.
Come on Mr. Patterson, if you love to write, then write. Write those awesome books that you wrote in the beginning!
PS You would have gotten no stars but they won't let me do that.
In TOYS, the year is 2061 and humans are a subspecies on a planet ruled by creatures that are 99% human and modified to be super human and they are called elites. They are super smart, athletic, sexy and moral. They are perfect. Hays Baker is married to the sexy Lisbeth, has two precious kids, and is at the top of the world after meeting the president. Something goes wrong, and Hays is suddenly on the run for his life, separated from his family.
Patterson's (I know he didn't write it, but his name's on the cover) view of the future held my interest for a few pages, but I quickly lost interest. The writing is horrible, with constant references to current pop culture even though its supposed to be fifty years in the future. Society's view of humans, as voiced by Hays, is comical in its absurdity. So are the ability of these Elites, they can run 50 mph and survive falls from ten story buildings.
Bottom line, Patterson is an idiot. He keeps churning out crap. I've accepted some of his books that, in spite of being churned out every other week, are still moderately entertaining standard thrillers. But, now he's branching out into new genres, perhaps looking for enough dumb people to buy a book so he can create a series.
I read 100 pages, enough to realize I don't need to do this to myself. I don't need to keep reading. By the way, I got this at the library. I didn't pay for it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I made it thru about 12 pages , the closed the book and put it in my charity contribution pile It suckedPublished 1 month ago by Richard C Witowski
James Patterson surprised with this book. It was lousy, I could not even finish the book.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good read , enjoyed it. Paterson is a good writer, with a great Imagination. These minimum numbers for reviews are stupid.Published 5 months ago by harleydave
I started reading it and or it down bc it seemed odd and I couldn't get into it. Went back a few months later needing something to read and actually really liked it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jennifer T Everett
Engaging, mysterious, a real page- turner. Well written, in other words; James Patterson at his best!Published 8 months ago by William D. Bertalan
Since it deals with futureistic things, it didn't really suit my taste, but it was well written.Published 8 months ago by Angela Kosko