Having said that, I am so glad that I did!I finished last night, and what can I say? For the most part, I loved every word, although I do think it drags a bit here and there. That final scene with Hilly and David served as the icing on the cake for me. It’s such a tender moment, and very sweet, too.
Also, a lot of readers don’t particularly care for Book II, but it’s my personal favorite. The town’s history is fascinating, and I loved the “now-let’s-eavesdrop-on-our-fellow-neighbors” feel of it, which is very reminiscent of Under the Dome. In all earnestness, I don’t feel that the middle section is disjointed, wonky, or otherwise disconnected to the rest of the novel. On the contrary, every aspect seems to be in direct (or indirect) relation to everything else.
Additionally, I love intricate stories with a plethora of characters, and this is no exception… especially Ruth McCausland and Hilly Brown. They are easily my two favorite characters. I really got into young Hilly as an individual, mostly because he and I share some similar attributes. And he is HILARIOUS. I literally laughed aloud at some of the things he got himself into!
Finally, there’s Gard’s ascension, and most importantly, the dire circumstances behind it. I LOVE how it’s fueled by virtually
everything and everyone around him. It’s a very powerful scene, IMO.
There are so many other aspects of the novel that I could go on and on about, but I won’t, for fear of spoiling the story to those that haven’t read it yet.