Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon

15798830Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon
Publisher
 Soho Teen
Length
Unknown amount of pages
Genera:
 Horror
Subjects
Science Fiction, Hospital
How I obtained the book
Netgalley e copy

Rating: 

17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer…
17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland…
17-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt…All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital—only to discover that they’re not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they’re to have any hope of surviving.Soon they discover that they’ve been trapped in a future that isn’t of their making: a deadly, desolate world at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. Each teen harbors a secret, but only one holds the key that could get them home. As the truth comes to light through the eyes of Sophie, Declan, and Anat, the reader is taken on a dark and unforgettable journey into the hearts of teens who must decide what to do with a second chance at life.

STRANGELETS is one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read. The whole book is so out there. It’s hard to really compare it to anything. The one thing I can think of is SILENT HILL (the video game with these pyramid heads things) and even that isn’t really close to STRANGELETS.

Since this book is easily spoiled, I cannot really say much about the story or the characters. Unless, of course, you are willing to read through mild to major spoilers for the book and no one likes that.

The lowest part of STRANGELETS is most definitely the beginning and by beginning I mean the first 25% of the book. The first 25% is confusing to the point where the reader might start to loose interest rapidly. The flipping of POVs was annoying and the book introduced to many characters at once.

These problems are solved after 25% but the problem is many readers won’t want to read a fourth of a book just to reach the good parts. It’s almost as crazy as watching a season of something you hate just because someone tells you the next season is awesome.

not that I’ve done that…

because I haven’t….

really…

Thankfully, most of the problems were solved and the book read much faster and was more enjoyable than before. The original problem of flipping POVs, while still present throughout the book, faded and became overlook-able.

A big downside to the story is the romance between two of the main characters. It was so… pointless. I don’t even see the reason for it in the story. It was not only emotionless and lame, it was extremely insta. The whole book takes place in around five days and in that time the two characters manage to fall in love.

Yeah…

Characters
My biggest problem with the characters was their ages. Sophie, Declan, and Anat are all seventeen though they don’t read like a seventeen year old. They felt more fourteen/fifteen than seventeen really. The ways they talked and thought were more of a young teen than a seventeen year old.

Sophie was the Mary Sue of the bunch. She was “absolutely perfect in every way” (go get yourself a gold star if you know where this is from). I was really bored with her attitude and overall personality. She could have used a shot of uniqueness to her. I was very indifferent to her.

Declan was pretty much the male version Sophie, except he had more of a personality. He wasn’t bad either as none of the characters are really bad ones, just a lot of touching up and fixing up.

Anat was the best of the seven or so characters. She could also have used some character development but I did like her character. She was pretty badass. That was really her main character trait but I still liked it in the way that you can like a badass – but otherwise personality-less – character in an action movie.

Yosh. Haha Yosh. She’s a pretty bland character. She does get spiced up but I felt like the big twist about her character was a bit forced and random. It felt like one of those twists about a character that is only there because a) the author needed a twist and b) the author didn’t know which character to use her/his amazing twist on.

The other minor characters weren’t very developed either. They had names without a personality – or even a tiny hint of a personality. They were mainly used to progress the plot and that was that.

Plot and Writing
Plot
The plot has to be one of the best parts of the book. If there is one think I cannot ever say about STRANGELETS is that it isn’t unique because it’s definitely not lacking in imagination.

STRANGELETS’s main story is very strange yet I say that in a most loving way. As a lover of all things crazy, it’s practically a must that I like this – which I do. I don’t know if everyone will love this crazy, messed up story but I certainly do.

I can’t really say anything much about the story because practically anything I say will ruin it and no, I’m not overreacting. I really might ruin it for you. STRANGELETS is very much a book that needs a vague review.

All I can really do in the plot section is repeat unique (and other synonyms for it) over and over again which gets boring really fast so I’ll just skip ahead to the next mini section.

Writing
The word that first comes into my mind when I think about the writing for this book is vivid. The descriptions were pretty nice. I loved all the descriptions of these (minor spoiler ahead) monsters.

Another awesome thing about the writing is the tension. STRANGELETS is one of those books where you feel this almost ominous feeling about what will happen. While the book missed the scary part for me, it was very tense. The atmosphere was perfectly done to add this little feeling in your gut throughout the book.

Likes and Dislikes
Likes
– writing
– plot
– setting

Dislikes
– characters

Conclusion
STRANGELETS is a must read. It’s not perfect but it’s pretty good. I don’t think everyone will love this book but it’s hard to hate it.

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