Monday, December 3, 2012

JK Rowling vs Justin Cronin

 Everyone knows who JK Rowling is, and I couldn't wait to read her new book "The Casual Vacancy." 

Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils ... Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Harry Potter is an all time favorite series of mine, so I expected Rowling's new book to be amazing as well.
Let's just say I've never been more happy to finish a book.
I didn't like this book at all.
The entire book was depressing.
Even the ending was upsetting.
I wouldn't tell you not to read the book, but at least don't spend money to read the book. Borrow it from a library or a friend, and don't waste your money.


Here's the synposis from Goodreads:

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

This book was ahhmazing! This is definitely a must read!
 There is going to be a trilogy I think, and the second book has already been released.
Add this to your reading list immediately. You won't be disappointed!

A winner has been declared--Cronin!!
Sorry, Rowling. You should stick to fantasy.

Helene in Between 


Sarah Kil said...

Hi Rachel!~ I'm a new follower from the link up! nice to meet you.
okay so .. I actually read a preview of JK Rowling's new book on my nook and I wasn't even all that intrigued. I actually joined a bloggers book club called Literary Junkies and that's our 2nd book on the list. I think they're just trying to give her a shot after Harry Potter. Haha~ oh what a dilemma.
Anyway, thanks for the review!

hope you'll come check out my blog at

Ashlyn said...

I was thinking of reading Rowling's book but I won't bother now :)

Helene said...

awesome review rachel!!
and thanks so much for linking up!

Lora said...

I was the same with the JK Rowling...I would love to read something like Harry Potter...and then I got this book. It still sits on my kindle, unread. I just could NOT get into it!

Megan Githens said...

Hi there! Found you from the link up! Great review! looking forward to following you!