I read this because of the new movie coming out. I love Tim Burton and really wanted see this movie but I just HAVE to read the book first since it’s been on my to-read list.
I really liked the story and the action. I was very surprised by the sci-fi elements considering my impression of the story included none of that.
I really want to rate this high but I can’t bring myself to give it a full 5 stars… It was a good read and fun, and I enjoyed it… but I am not jumping with excitement to get right in to book 2. And that hesitation is something I really pay attention to.
The structure of the story was also very unexpected. By the book summary, I expected a totally different plot. Actually I don’t know what I expected.. but I was surprised by the main character’s motivation for visiting the island… his Grandfather.. etc.
Irritations- (view spoiler)[
•Jake was grossed out about his grandpa dating the same girl he was crushing on… and they made a point to state that, and then just forgot about it.
•What was the point of the super sadistic kid who can literally play god, and does so by creating tiny men who he then tortures in horrifying ways -from the tiny lifeform’s perspectives. How is no one else petrified by what this kid is capable of??
•Really irritated with Jake’s dad’s complacency about his son’s mental health…
•But equally irritated with Jake’s readiness to abandon his entire life, his family, etc, for this strange romp in the 40s for -what could be- the rest of his life.
•Jake’s peculiarity was a let-down, I will admit. I sort of saw it coming, but I was hopeful for something grander, though I could not say what. (hide spoiler)]
Any way, I will be glad to see the movie and I don’t think I will be bothered if Burton changes anything. I don’t think I will feel protective of the book as I do with, say, Game of Thrones.