Recently, I enjoyed this book on a long drive, and it certainly helped pass the miles, the narrator was decent and did a good job portraying the characters. As a Southerner who grew in the Appalachians near where this book is set, and someone who enjoys dystopian fiction, I was looking forward to this book.
However, I found it to be basically a much shortened union of Charles Frazier's 'Cold Mountain' and Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower'. Which sounds like a winner, as I love both books, but somehow it didn't satisfy. It had the setting and time period of 'Cold Mountain', with the bleak surreal fantasy of 'The Dark Tower', but lacked the breadth of either book.
Another bit of fantasy at the core of the book, is the tired old dream that a woman can change and tame a BAD BOY, if he would just let her love him enough! We all know how this usually goes in reality, we are who we are, and true change comes from within . . .
The book has stuck with me, and caused enough consternation and thought to warrant this review, but would I visit it again? Probably not. Would I recommend it? Maybe to certain friends. But I will remember it! :)
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