on Oct. 15, 2012 :
This book is sectioned into three different parts, beginning with a character named Max who is going to be the test subject for a very unconventional surgery, but before you can find out what is going to happen to Max you are thrown into the next character, John who has multiple personalities. They are many personalities with many different names.
So not only are you bouncing back and forth between Max and John, but you're also being introduced to all of John's personalities. One chapter begins with one chapter, but don't expect to be reading about that one character for very long, almost instantly as you are getting into one characters story, a new one begins at the start of anew chapter. This made it extremely hard to figure out the characters, and follow the story line with each one.
While jumping from chapter to chapter, character to character you are also jumping through different time periods with each character. There is almost no structure to the book, it's just a bunch of chapter containing different information about the main characters but in a very bizarre format that I found too hard to follow.
It almost seemed as if this book was written in dream format, with all information scattered, jumping from scene to scene, it felt like I was reading about a dream.
The scattered layout was clearly the intention of Mr. Willis and I'm sure for some people this is more of a unique book full of puzzle pieces ready to be put together to form the complete picture, but for me there were too many pieces and the finished picture was unclear to me.
I can appreciate this unusual and unique book because not many people can write in such a style, and for this I rate this book 3/5.
(review of free book)
on Sep. 05, 2012 :
This book is very well written and different enough that it's definitely worth a read. The premise is interesting. Personally it reminds me a bit of some Ray Bradbury stories. I expect if you like his books you'll also like this. I really liked the writing style, the imagery and the short chapter format. I did sometimes find it a bit hard to follow but I enjoyed it enough that I'll likely read it a second time to try to fill in the gaps.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 09, 2012 :
It was a compelling read -- had a hard time putting it down to be honest -- kept wanting to see what would happen next. I've set myself up for a few nights of weird dreams I think.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)