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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

It Left MeEmpty

Empty by Suzanne Weyn

Dystopian/Futuristic Fiction

I  really like other works by this author, but this was just awful.  Not her usual gripping work at all. 

The 'empty' in the title refers to the nation's coffers of gas storage-they're empty.  Gas is exorbitant and only the wealthy can afford it.  Society is starting to unravel.  The book centers around a group of teenagers trying to make various hook-ups while running out of gas.  So tragic.

It is a completely forgettable book, meaning I read it a couple of weeks ago and I could truly not remember one detail until I re-read the summary.  The author seems to very much dislike all of her characters and who can blame her?  They are vapid, petty and stupid. Actually, they are more like caricatures of vapid, petty and stupid teenagers.

I especially hated the preachy tone of the book. An author's opinion doesn't have to hit the reader over the head like a 2' by 4'.  Try subtlety.  I also really, really hated the 'news' articles that interrupted the flow of the book.  The articles are very slanted and poorly written.  They insulted my intelligence as a reader.  Teaching about a subject is far different than lecturing.  The story, also, was lame and ridiculous and the characters unlikeable.  Very thin writing so, in all, a good title.  The book is empty. Sigh.  I expected more from Weyn.

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