Thursday, July 10, 2014

Customer Review: The Arrivals

The Arrivals
by Melissa Marr [Marr or YA Marr]

I have very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, the concept of the story was so different, and it was like nothing I have ever read before. On the other hand, the characters were written as though even Marr took them at face value. Each person who shows up in the Wasteland is a murderer. This fact is apparent at the beginning. In my opinion, this book would have been astronomically better if it contained a personal story for each character and how they ended up doing what they did. It is said a lot that this book is about redemption, but how can they be redeemed or how can we want them to be redeemed if we don't know anything at all about these characters? I felt that despite the fact that the setting and the premise of the story was so out there and original, it was ruined by the lack of time spent in character development. -- review submitted by Gillian T. - a customer of the Gere Branch Library

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