So, you’ve read through the majority of the book. You’re an older man, and would have been a bit younger than the protagonist at the beginning of the story. Since the story takes place during a large chunk of your “youth,” how did you feel about it? And how did you feel about how the character was portrayed? Did she match up with your expectations of other women from that era?
The story integrated with the time period well. In that I mean there were no glaring errors that stuck out. If I read it again I could look a little harder but nothing stood out. The character was believable for the period. There may have been more “Yeah, I’m a woman on my own/I can do anything/I am woman hear me roar” in real life but that woman would have been a little more political than the main character.
As we know, this story takes place over the course of 14 years. What are your thoughts on how the protagonist changes over that period of time?
The changes seem appropriate, incremental, and believable. There were no ‘oh this is b.s.” moments.
At one point in time in the story, there’s a rather severe shift in gears and the tone changes in a major way. What did you think of this part?
This was an interesting turn of events and I could tell that it would initiate eventual personal healing. I was glad for the character.
Who was your favorite character throughout the narrative?
The main character, of course.
And what character did you like the least?
That preacher! This was a very interesting turn of events.
What was something about the story that you really enjoyed, and wished there was more of?
The cop helping out at the church meeting. If he could have been used a bit more as an ally would have been interesting. Those killer bad guys.
What was something about the story that you disliked, and wish there was less of?
Nothing comes to mind.
For you, what was the most defining moment of the story?
Being questioned by the FBI.
What would you think of more stories, but not necessarily related to THIS story, taking place in this particular world?
Of course. It’s a pretty normal environment.
In your opinion, what do you think is the appropriate reading age for this story, and why?
14+, no sex, plenty of action, young woman coming of age story…
And on the subject of gender, do you feel that this is a story that is appropriate for both men and women to read, and enjoy? Or do you feel it is more geared towards a specific gender? And why?
It was very readable for me, even as a male. Some female characters I can’t seem to identify with but this one kept me interested.
Overall, how was the experience of reading this book different from other books you have read in the same genre?
No f’n vampires/wolf men/zombies (almost)!
And finally, are there any other thoughts you had about the story? Anything goes!
In the big battle near the end of the narrative, the bad guys seem zombie-like, just walking into the gun fire, etc. The bad guy at the beginning seemed more intelligent and driven to succeed than just marching forward. I would have hated to run into more than four or five in that final setting if they had brains.