Releasing next week!
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COME WITH ME – Helen Schulman (Releasing November 27th, 2018)
Sadly, not all books are going to be 5 star reviews for us, but that’s the beauty of reading such a diverse range of genres!
Chandra’s Thoughts: 2/5 stars
This book was entirely not what I expected it to be. Based on the synopsis I expected more in the way of multiverses and the experiences Amy would have as a guinea pig to Donny in his experiment. This has been a subject that has always fascinated me. How many different lives could you be living – what if you had made different decisions… what would your life be like now? While this book did touch on that, I felt it was not the focus at all during my read, which was disappointing.
There are a lot of characters to keep track of in this book and they’re all interspersed with each other in one form or another. I kept getting confused as to who belonged to whom and who was whose mother, etc. At times the story line changed from one character to another with no exact change over to let you know we were now looking through someone else’s eyes.
Unfortunately I never connected to any of the characters. I especially wasn’t interested in Dan’s story line and wanted to drop kick him into next week. I’m not sure exactly what it was about him that just really got under my skin but he just did. Then that ending for him. UGH.
It’s interesting that this is classified under sci-fi when it was such a minimal part of the book. I would put this more under domestic drama and it certainly doesn’t fly in the dark comedy or deeply romantic love story that the synopsis leads you to believe in the last paragraph. Maybe it was due to all this misleading that led me to not particularly care for this book. Maybe it was the disconnection I felt to every character. Or maybe it just wasn’t a good fit for this reader. No matter which way, unfortunately this book just didn’t jive with me.
My Thoughts: 2/5 stars
When reading the synopsis of COME WITH ME by Helen Schulman, I was expecting something completely different from what I read. It’s really a shame when this happens to books – being mismarketed or having a synopsis that misrepresents the story can sometimes ruin the reading experience.
I was hoping to read more about the experiments and experiences that Amy was going to be subjected to as the guinea pig in Donny’s work. I was anticipating more with multiverses, which is a topic that fascinates me. There were a lot of different characters to keep track of and there were moments in the book where they kind of meshed together for me. Perspectives would change and it wasn’t clear – that or I just missed the transition.
Overall, I think this was more so a reader mismatch mixed with a misleading synopsis going into it. I would probably say this is more of a drama than science fiction.