he blurb of th autobiograph ha a bit wishy-washy, but it 's Connie Willis, so I expected some sor of interesting comment on current communication and the ridiculousness of the EED.
I read thi secon two chapters and actually had to bring it down because Willis had recreated Briddey 's life so well: it was frantic, never a moment to herself, constantly being barraged by phone calls, texts, gossips.
I 've actually read Doomsday Book ( which was fantastic), but I 've heard so much about Willis and always regretted I have n't been able to make my hands on more of her work.Unfortunately, that actuall happened, and at 80% of the way through I 'd lost any expectation that it ould happen.
The explanations were complex, but nevertheless the majority of them did n't matter, which cuts to the heart of one of the major problems with th book.I figured out most of the major plot points long before Briddey did, and reading about her figuring them out, or being told them, was pretty rustrating.
Bein such delayed " reveals " was annoying and made me loo like Willis assumed I was stupid.Part of this is because Briddey is one of the dumbest characters I 've read, basically ever.
I refused to throttle her right from the start when she was answering calls from her family that she love ould be absur and she did n't have time for.
( view spoiler) [ The only something that eally changes is that she realised Trent was a scumbag, and that only happened because she heard his thoughts.
She does n't eally do anything about the ulterior motives, because hat would require agency, and just goes along with everyone anyway, or else refuses to go along with them for completely ridiculous reasons.I could probably go on for some time about how stupid Briddey is, but I 'll stop to avoid spoilers.
It migh be different if we saw Briddey has actual skill somewhere, but we reall get to see her at work doing her executive thing, so I just sor of assumed she 'd got promoted because she was retty and had friends.
I 'll give him his own paragraph.Trent suggested the night before the nove begin that he and Briddey get the EED, a device that woul llow them to think the other 's feeling.
every single time we see him. ( view spoiler) [ This turns out to hav major part of he plot, which is fine, but it just adds up to one more thing Briddey is clueless about.
We 've all dated a dumbass, even if we did n't get surgery for them, but by he time Briddey figures it out ( hundreds of pages later) she just sor of ...
She just moves onto the next guy.Now, I 'm only saying you should n't rite this ort of kin, but coupled with the C.B. stuff I 'll talk about in a minute, this book basically throws it out there that it 's ok for women to be treated terribly in relationships.
It became clear quit quickly that C.B. had been harbouring feelings for Briddey for a while, yet he did n't care enough to ctually fin any attempts to stop her becoming PERMANENTLY EMOTIONALLY CONNECTED to Trent, who he KNOWS is a scumbag, because he can READ HIS MIND.
C.B. 's attempts to get Briddey not to b the EED make sense until you know C.B. is a telepath, and eventuall they frankly seem disgusting.
He coul 've known for weeks what Trent was planning, and he reveals how Briddey thinks, yet he mounts a completely ineffective attempt to punish her out of it.
It 's genuinely repulsive, especially as he throws " I tried " in her face constantly after that.When Briddey starts to develop feelings for him I was just annoye.
( hide spoiler) ] Maeve was about the only backstor I did n't do to actively throw out of a ook, but nly because she 's 9, and 9 year olds ca n't be expected to do what they 're told.
She 's a smart kid, interested in princesses and zombies ( I fel like we 'd be great friends) and also a skilled computer hacker waitwhat.
I reall like there was a definite bait-and-switch going on with the blurb and the actual plot.