I consume books and am consumed by books. It sounds dramatic but its not. I have an absolute need to devour every word usually in bouts of specific genre cravings and in between naps.
The book was worded so that it felt as if you were standing there a silent witness to the whole journey. A witness that had no influence but a feeling of helplessness wishing and wanting to provide something, anything for them. It was beautifully written, the words were perfected so that your senses interpreted them: sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste (I swear I tasted those peaches).
Impressions & Recommendation:
I think this book hit me harder than most, but I don't think "hard" was the exact type of hit. It was more like a deep, cold and slow slice. The ones that are numb and tingly and then get this throbbing ache. I saw reflections of my father and younger brother that made me wish my flight home was sooner than 4 days away.
I chose to read this for a several reasons: 1) it makes everyone's reading list and is award winning; 2) My 2008 AP Composition teacher (Mr. Streeby) loved this author and made us read his other books; and 3) I tend to enjoy dystopian novels. (Favorite: The Postman).
I'll be honest: I like happily ever afters. Here you get an open-ended after with no happiness in general- maybe some relief, but really a whole lot of unhappiness. I probably won't reread it, but I will remember the imagery in my day to day life.
Yet, I am still glad I read it and recommend it to others. Its an easy read, but heavy. Just maybe not during the joy of the holiday season (whichever holiday you may choose).
Total Score- 8.0
I have not and have no intentions of watching the movie because of the way I felt after the book. First, I am not sure they can render the feeling I had as a reader into a viewer and do it justice. Yet in a kind of opposite way, my second reason is that I don't want to watch it because I don't want to feel anywhere close to that again. I am trying to balance my wish for it to remain true to the book and my unhappiness in how the book made me feel.