từ Audrain County
Tôi đã cho 3 1/2 sao này, bạn biết đấy, nếu chúng ta có thể cho xếp hạng 1/2 sao. Đó là một niềm vui đọc. Tôi chỉ nghĩ rằng tôi đã có những kỳ vọng rất cao từ những đánh giá tôi đã đọc trước khi thực sự đọc cuốn sách. Nhưng đó là niềm vui và một lối thoát mùa hè tốt.
Once I started this book, I could not put it down! Yes, John Cleaver is a psychopath but still humane. He can RECOGNIZE the difference between right and wrong even though he doesn't FEEL the difference. Cleaver is a unique character and the author, Dan Wells, describes him in such detail that you feel that you really know him, and can even empathize with him.
In the beginning it isn’t clear what has happened although from the conditions the narrator, Mia, finds herself in, we could guess it’s the aftermath of a hurricane. When the book takes place is also vague, I believe purposely. Although it has to be in the future, we can easily surmise it isn’t by much. The world Callea describes is credible given the underlying assumption of the string of natural disasters and the repercussions that would stem from them. Mia is likeable and sympathetic. The other major characters are believable with a realistic mix of good qualities and human foibles. How Mia and everyone she meets have adapted to the new world is the crux of the book. Some become better people despite the hardships they endure while it brings out the worst in others. The development of the characters - how they change over time, is where New Coastal Times shines. Through much of the book it isn’t clear where the story is going - what is Mia’s ultimate goal? Compare this to a typical mystery, thriller, or romance where that goal is obvious early in the book. With New Coastal Times you’re guessing as Mia aims at a series of intermediate goals. Initially it is to survive and reunite with her husband. As each goal is met Mia aims for something a little bit better. In retrospect, the logical story arc takes Mia to a point at which she settles in a life as comfortable as she can find given the circumstances of the vastly changed world. In the beginning, what that is or will be is a mystery to Mia, just as it will be to the reader. We have to discover what that is along with her. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
This book is one big love letter to every Child of the 80s. I was lost in a sea of nostalgia. The last chapter will forever hold a special place in my heart.