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Monday, January 6, 2014

Innocence by Dean Koontz

Innocence
by Dean Koontz
Random House
ISBN: 9780345539656
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Description: He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen.

She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found.

But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance—and nothing less than destiny—has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.


The Good Stuff
  • Love the cover so much, it totally hooked me in
  • Such a unusual departure for Mr Koontz - poetic at times. The language made the world come alive and made you feel like you were in the book. Kudos for trying something different Mr Koontz
  • At times made me think of The Stand, Childhoods End (really want to say why, but that would give way too much away), Beauty and the Beast (tv version)  and Blade Runner - btw that is a good thing
  • Fell in love with Addison and Gwyneth, I loved the compassion and true acceptance (hate that word, but after 2 glasses of wine, cannot find a better word) of each other
  • Plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked - drove me crazy wondering what Addison looked like, was thinking something else (Think Childhoods End) and was wonderfully surprised by the explanation of why people were driven to violence by him
  • Made you think and most of all hope. Made me want to be a better person
  • I just wanted to scoop Addison up in my arms and hug him
  • Lots of library mentions -- yes I know I am a nerd, but I am all about the library love - would totally love to be locked up in an old library on a stormy winters night -- even better if Nathan Fillion was there with me

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Major plot point happened way too near the end of the book and it made me think WTF (sorry don't want to spoil anything, so cannot say anymore than that) why bring this in now  - way too jarring (even with the small little hints about what is happening)
  • Frustrated at times with the jumping from the past to the present
  • A tad preachy and biblical
  • Really didn't love the ending - it felt a tad rushed after the slow pacing of the novel
  • Children are murdered - at least not in graphic detail, but just an FYI - also one of the characters likes REALLY young girls which just grosses me out, sorry I know that makes you hate him more, but ewwww (sensitive I know)

Favorite Quotes/Passages

“Each book is a mind alive, a life revealed, a world awaiting exploration, but living people are all those things, as well—and more, because their stories haven’t yet been completely told.”

"Even police patrols were at a minimum, perhaps because,  as statistics confirm, crime drops sharply during nasty weather because criminals prefer warm and cozy rooms as much as do law-abiding folks." 

"Everyone talks about justice, but there can be no justice where there is no truth, and there are times when truth is seldom  recognized and often despised."
 
3.5 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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