“The ending was a wee bit hokey but the book itself was a fascinating glimpse into post-apocalypse America. I read it back in the 80's before so much of the tech revolution had occured and during a time of great stress about the impending destruction of the world. I may find that it doesn't speak to me in the same way 25+ years later. PS do NOT watch the Kevin Costner movie it hardly resembles the book.”Bill P wrote this review Tuesday, August 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Amazing. This book is about the depths of despair and the heights of the spirit. It is about how people, no matter how battered, will fight to carry light into the darkness. It is about how a few desperate lies can become the most astonishing, dangerous and beautiful truths. And somewhere in the real meat of the story, it also becomes a book about women; their power, their failings and their responsibility. David Brin has done an astounding job of presenting the reader with a very tragic, terrifying and yet believable account of post-apocalyptic America and the very flawed but very human men and women who fight to keep a dream alive. I can't believe I have not heard of this author before! His writing is beautiful, the story is human, humane, poignant and powerful. No matter what your opinion of the movie was, this book cannot be passed up.”deliriousofi wrote this review Saturday, August 13, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Being familiar with the movie, the book was a surprise for me. I liked it once I accepted that the film and the novel are two very separate stories that happen to share some scant similarities. I enjoyed reading, but I really had to slog through it since the plot seemed to be very disorganized and meandered quite a bit. ”Bridgette G wrote this review Sunday, June 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am not really into SF and apocalyptic writing but thought I would give it a go,and found it reasonably interesting.”Piglet wrote this review Friday, June 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“At times, heartbreakingly poetic. Brin creates an interesting character and lets him evolve while staying true to the traits. Yet it felt very dated to me, especially the latter half of the book. I felt that Brin's choices with regard to plot were decisions made on the fly, rather than something planned in advance, and that bothered me. A good read, groundbreaking for its genre, but (can't believe I'm saying this) there were times when I wished it were closer to the movie plotline instead.”novella wrote this review Thursday, July 14, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“EXCELLENT”scrapper wrote this review Saturday, June 4, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting premise. There was one scene that seemed eerily familiar, and I can't say that the plot was surprising. But it was very well done and I enjoyed it.”keran wing wrote this review Wednesday, April 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyed the book, pity about the movie.”Richard T wrote this review Friday, February 4, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Please, don't judge this book by the movie that was based on it. This story is much more in-depth, and bears little resemblence to the Kevin Costner film. I will admit that I am one of the few that liked the movie, but this story is head and shoulders better than it.
While the beginning is very similar, the two stories take different paths towards a similar conclusion. It is a story of hope, of courage, of humanity, and of caution. I can understand why Hollywood wanted to make this into a movie, but what I can't understand is why they had to change so much of it. The movie would have been much better if they would have left the story as is.
Again, don't judge this book by the movie; if you do, you will be much poorer for the decision.”