all right, well, it's been at least a week since i denounced this book as tripe, and i still feel the same way. it has a great first sentence, and the early part of the book, describing Amy's mother life, and her early life was engaging, as was the characterization of Sister Lacey, and the FBI agent Wolgast, but overall i found the book to be bloated, overblown, clichéd, and disappointing with lots of loose ends that made me realize that even though the book was over-long it was the first of a series (a trilogy as i now understand it from having read around). there are a lot of plot points that frustrate the hell out of me: a minor character is constantly preoccupied with a connection and threat he feels from another character, and yet, when he meets his death, it does not come from that quarter, and makes you wonder what point was served by all those words. another character i presumed dead returns towards the end, only to serve a somewhat ineffectual purpose, and ultimately the reason they survived, and the secret they guarded is literally thrown into the fire. several times i read "and now his fate was bound with hers" or some variation thereof, and the action scenes weren't frightening, and usually anticlimactic. i feel like this book is not only derivative of the stand (which most people seem to be comparing it to) but also of the classic, i am legend by richard matheson, and the superior world war z, by max brooks. i read an article which mentioned that the author, cronin, nearly put a pseudonym on the book because he was worried he would damage his literary fiction stature (he's apparently published two mainstream novels i've never heard of) by writing a genre fiction novel, and that just makes me mad. rather than worry about the stigma of genre fiction on his reputation, he should have worried about how publishing a crappy book that needs a major and extensive edit would be a blot on his name. however, since he's making millions off the film rights, i'm sure he doesn't care at all, at this point.
i will not be reading the sequels.