date started: 3.11.2014
date completed: 3.16.2014
if you love repetition, flat characters, and intentionally too-long withheld information, this book is perfect. given the apparently large faction of fans the series has, there must be something compelling here, but it's lost on me. maybe i've just read too much of this genre and have ridiculously high expectations.
while the end and epilogue evoke interest, i don't think they make up for the 300 pages of shoddy-at-best writing you have to endure to get there. this book reads like an inexperienced writer's first attempt at a novel, which makes it difficult to get through. couple that with one dimensional characters who remain static throughout the narrative--only "changing" when they suddenly remember something--and monsters that, to be frank, evoke more laughter than fear, and you have a text that just doesn't work for me.
everything that was wrong with dave egger's the circle seems repeated here. it could have been a captivating take on the PA/dystopian genre, but it just isn't
probable next read: the graveyard book by neil gaiman (i.e. i need a book that won't let me down!)