All the science went straight over my head and the characters did not endear themselves to me. However, it was interesting reading their adventures in space. Everything else, I did not like.
I was only reading this book to fill out the banned books slot on my reading challenge. However, I read two parts and stopped. Not even the thought that there is only one month left before the year ends and I need to read a banned book could motivate me to continue reading this book. So I will choose another banned book.
It’s not that the story is boring. It’s not even the passivity of the main character. I like passivity. I am passive. It’s just… this book kinda reminds me of The Catcher in the Rye which I would never read again even on pain of death. If I was doing this book for literature, the only way I would finish it is because when I was in high school, we read books chapter by chapter in class. That’s how I finished Macbeth. I would never have even picked up that book in the unabridged version.
I get that it’s about high school life but I can’t relate at all. First of all, the book is set before I was born. Second, it’s in America and I can never relate to American high school stories. Lastly, the main character in this book just bothers me. It’s something that I can’t articulate but I don’t want to be inside his head anymore.
If I hadn’t read Seveneves, I might have been more impressed. As it was, it was a rather underwhelming read. The political conspiracy in the background didn’t pique my interest either. Rather, it turned me off.
I am a mojyo according to this book.
Definition of MOJYO
The term mojyo can refer to a girl who:
1. Has no experience with dating men
2. Has never been asked out by another
3. Remains chaste
That’s on the first page of this manga which quite obviously piqued my interest. As the story progressed though, the differences between Tomoko Kuroki were clear. I am not painfully shy and socially awkward. I’m just introverted. However, that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy the story and I did! I also watched the anime for this so I expected to enjoy the manga and it didn’t dissappoint.
I picked this book to read because I saw that someone else on my Goodreads timeline was going to read it. I’d only tried one other Neal Stephenson book- Seveneves- and I didn’t really like it all that much. I gave this one a try because I saw that it was co-written with someone else. I had a thought that there might be more character development as well as a more coherent plot. Instead, I got beautifully written scenes of history and long science lectures populated by thin, cardboard cutout characters. From beginning to end, the main male lead was a mystery. We learn nothing about him and then the authors have the audacity to put him in a romantic relationship. We don’t know his age, where he comes from, if he has family…. he remained a stranger from beginning to end. However, that was not my main gripe with the book. Apparently, the plot was to rediscover magic. But they soon shunted that aside and focussed on time-travel. Had I known it was going to be a time-travel adventure, I wouldn’t have bothered. I was disappointed that a whole magic rediscovery plot was discarded in favour of science so I gave this book only two stars.
(I won’t have minded if they decided to study magic through the lens of science but obviously magic was not the focus in this book, only time-travel. I am not a time-travel fan. People never go into the future, only the past which to me makes no sense. If you’re travelling time, you should visit all times, in my opinion.)
I like that the book is based in my home country- Trinidad and Tobago. I like the fantasy elements. However, this book is definitely a children’s book. The plot is simple and straightforward. Also, foreigners will be able to understand even with the use of dialect for one or two of the characters.
Totally gripping story. I enjoyed the first book more than the second one though. I did not like the POV character for the second book which brought down my enjoyment of the story particularly because she kept inserting her thoughts. Another thing I didn’t like was not learning the name or sex of the POV character for both books until a few chapters in. If I hadn’t read a synopsis of these books before I wouldn’t even have known that both protagonists were female. However, that was a minor point and didn’t detract from my understanding of the story.