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Wanted to like it
on April 24, 2017
I loved the premise but the characters’ actions just stretched credibility too far. When the creature starts talking, they don’t pull up a chair to listen. No, they go play raquetball. have a date. They spend chapters talking to each other, debating religious theory.
The way Bub ‘tricks’ them into letting him out- so beyond transparent.
They spent the whole beginning throwing up because he was so freaky and disgusting.
But yet, they’re more than happy to trust everything he says.
Then when the typical horror starts happening, again, I didn’t understand their choices at all.
*** spoilers ***
So he’s very dangerous. He can reanimate dead things and turn them into more of himself.
What do you do? I’ll tell you: you pickaxe your way out and run like hell.
Then as he comes out of the hole too – that you dug for him – you say pretty much “oops”
Maybe one character I can see doing it? That’s the more expected thing.
But ALL of the survivors? Their only concern was for their own lives. Not one person thought, we cannot let this thing get out and eat grandma/my sister/my mother. Not a moment of guilt even or a second of ‘well, maybe we should take our lumps to save the world?’
It was presented by every character as the only logical choice: they can’t nuke this place because I’m in here.
I couldn’t empathize with anyone in the book.
I loved the premise and the beginning, but it let me down so hard.