I have been waiting for years to read this book, and having at last read it I can honestly say, it was well worth the wait.
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The premise of it is absolutely inspired. Very original and very well executed.
Not only does the message resonate with me, and likely all other young-adult readers, but almost all of the smaller factors and themes do, too.
It reminded me a lot of Stephen Chbosky’s Perks of Being A Wallflower, in quite a few ways. Mostly through the characters, but also through the very essence of the book. In spite of this, the book itself was very unique.
Patrick Ness proves with this book that he is an innovative and beautiful writer, capable of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.
He not only tackles many important issues relevant to modern society but also works through the smaller, day-to-day struggles of adolescence that almost everyone can relate to. And he does it so poetically.
Patrick’s writing is nothing short of astounding. It had me in stitches from laughter, it had me puzzled and curious, at times, it made me feel great empathy for the characters. Also, with the range of characters in the book, there is someone for almost everyone to relate to and or bond with.
His writing keeps to the story in a direct and economical way. His writing wasn’t overly flamboyant but was definitely not boring. It had a nice flow to it, and the story moved along at a good pace.
One thing I believed to be a flaw whilst reading the book was the predictability of it. However, what I thought I had solved, is actually pointed out toward the end of the book to have been known by everyone in the book bar the central protagonist. It was simply a classic case of the main character not noticing because he was too close to the puzzle to see the picture that was forming.
The writing is relatively simple, but not basic. I.e. it is easy to read but includes a lot of good literature. This works especially well, given the book’s target demographic.
Something else I enjoyed about this book is that, while it included romance, it did not overpower the story. It was also more romance being looked at, rather than romance happening.
As I have said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it. Specifically to young-adult readers, as is intended, but also to anyone who wants a secondhand view on the struggles of adolescence or wants something to relate to or something to help them.
Very hard to fault.