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Re: The Plot

Postby ummplz » Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:51 pm

so i read like two posts here cause i didnt want to ruin the book for me.
but i take it the beginning is slow and its not just me? does anyone possibly know around where the story starts to pick up and get better?
if you do it'd be great if you could tell me? :]
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Re: The Plot

Postby tinuviel2006 » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:30 am

The story begins very slowly, which is great because it's an intro to the whole plot. In the beginning it was a little hard for me to understand what's Seeker's purpose, and why did the Souls invade all of those planets in the first place. But that's just the first couple of chapters. Later on you get to know everything and it's really interesting and intriguing!
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Re: The Plot

Postby ummplz » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:57 am

okaaaaay :) thank you alotalotalot x]
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Re: The Plot

Postby akire » Wed May 06, 2009 1:22 am

At first I thought the entire premise was totally creepy. I mean, the idea of something LIVING on your BRAIN. I almost stopped after the insertion -- in fact, I almost didn't read the entire book b/c of it.

But, in typical SM fashion, the characters drew me in with their voices, strength and overall dynamism.

SPOILERY STUFF

I loved the fact that there was a resistance at all; and I loved the fact that the souls were just so nice it was nearly impossible to hate them, yet they were the enemy!

I have to say, I was a little excited for a bit of an uncomfortable ending with Wanderer sacrificing herself... but wasn't ultra surprised SM's characters didn't end up that way. She's not very Shakespearean, that one.
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Re: The Plot

Postby bluemaria » Wed May 06, 2009 6:00 pm

akire wrote:
I have to say, I was a little excited for a bit of an uncomfortable ending with Wanderer sacrificing herself... but wasn't ultra surprised SM's characters didn't end up that way. She's not very Shakespearean, that one.



I agree. Even in Breaking Dawn I was preparing for everyone to die (thought Bella's dreams were foreshadowing). That said though SM's books are a great escape. A happy ending is always nice. If I want great tragedy I can (like you implied) read Hamlet of Macbeth :)
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Re: The Plot

Postby TNO » Thu May 21, 2009 7:30 pm

Well, it's an interesting idea. I'll give her that. The plot started a bit slow and there weren't any unexpected twists- I called everything, including the happily ever after.
What I don't get is why she is planning sequels (if in fact she is...?). I mean, she gave her characters their happy ending. The story's over. So what's up with writing a continuation of a story that's already over?
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Re: The Plot

Postby SwanCullen » Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:32 pm

I finally read the book this past weekend. It started off slow I think. I was confused till almost the end of the book. Then everything clicked for me. I liked how they couldn't get Jodi to come back, so they put Sunny back in her. I thought it was funny how Wanda's new Host body was so shy and not strong. I also liked that she ended up with Ian.
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