Thursday, July 31, 2008

Obedience by Will Lavender

I read a lot of hype about Obedience by Will Lavender on a lot of blogs and had to place this book on hold from the library. It finally came in and I got around to it, and boy, it was nothing like I have ever read before. I don't know what to think about it, as it really threw me through a loop. I guess I will give it a B+.

From Amazon:
When the students in Winchester University’s Logic and Reasoning 204 arrive for their first day of class, they are greeted not with a syllabus or texts, but with a startling assignment from Professor Williams: Find a hypothetical missing girl named Polly. If after being given a series of clues and details the class has not found her before the end of the term in six weeks, she will be murdered.At first the students are as intrigued by the premise of their puzzle as they are wary of the strange and slightly creepy Professor Williams. But as they delve deeper into the mystery, they begin to wonder: Is the Polly story simply a logic exercise, designed to teach them rational thinking skills, or could it be something more sinister and dangerous?The mystery soon takes over the lives of three students as they find disturbing connections between Polly and themselves. Characters that were supposedly fictitious begin to emerge in reality. Soon, the boundary between the classroom assignment and the real world becomes blurred—and the students wonder if it is their own lives they are being asked to save.

This book was so incredibly different from anything that I have ever read before. There were so many twists and turns and I didn't know what to think. I am still somewhat confused at certain aspects of it but it was really well-written. I did find some parts of the book unbelieveable, but just seemed to go with the book. I don't think I can really write a very good review of it right now because so many things are going through my mind about it right now.

Up next is Easy Innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann, another book I have heard a lot about on the blogosphere. It is also my second to last book I have from the library, so soon I will have to start tackling my Mt. TBR. I haven't bought any books lately, so that is good. School is also keeping me very busy, but I will always find time to read!

I did a good amount of reading this month, especially considering I was working two jobs. I finished 13 books this month, bringing this year's total so far to 69 books. The lowest rating I gave a book this month was a B-, so I also read a lot of good books. All together, a great month of reading. Happy Reading!


Heidi said...

I am usually pretty good about figuring out where a book is going. I never saw the ending of this one coming.

Kristie said...

I had parts of it figured out, but not the main part of it. What did you rate the book?

Heidi said...

I rated it 4/5.

J. Kaye Oldner said...

I have it on my shelf and can't wait to get to it. So many books to review are coming in lately and I can't get to it. I have heard it's a good one. Anita Shreve's new book is also a good one. I'm reading the ARC now. I felt like you did. There is no other book out there like this...not sure what to think. Great writing, but the material is something else.