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It's not an unpopular opinion. Yes, there's a lot of praise for the book, but there are people that have voiced their dissatisfaction with the book. I'm one of them!
Agreed with the comparison to E.L. James, haha! I was trying to pinpoint how the writing sounded/felt...
I have the same feelings... I didn't read The Martian, so I was going into this without any bias. I didn't even finish the book; I couldn't stand reading anymore. Reading this book felt like a chore.
"Jazz, who is a 26 year old adult female, not a 12 year old boy. "
I could NOT remember how old Jazz was while I was reading. Her personality was so immature I kept thinking she was much younger (maybe closer to 16).
I really tried to keep an open mind and think that it's possible for a 26 year old woman to act and talk the way Weir wrote her, but I think the book would have been better received if the character was male.
I definitely agree with being bothered that it was /okay/ to just take the contracted kills because they were 'criminals' when the whole point of the town is that they've lost these memories. The people started new lives and had different personalities. The premise was interesting and I started to read the book more once the "sheriff" (because he wasn't really?) revealed he was the killer, but I was SO close to DNFing at 30% omg.
Completely agree. TBH, I was close to DNFing at 30%. Once Cooper said he killed the first guy I was hooked.
However, like you said, some thing came together too nicely or cleanly. Fran just happens to remember important information at the right time (seems almost Breaking Dawn esque where the kid shows up at the last minute and the ending is just FLAT).
I just don't like happy endings, lol. I wanted more drama.
I honestly couldn't bring myself to believe she was so smart, powerful, and special. What were the LIC's requirements? What information could they gain from her? The only thing that made her special was this random, unbelievable "Dexter's Lab"-style garage she had, lol.