Please use this topic to discuss the December book of the month, The Seneca Scourge by Carrie Rubin
. We can all use this topic to discuss the book as a whole, and we can create as many other more specific topics about this book in the December 2012 book of the month subforum
. Please wait until you have finished the book to read this topic because this topic will contain spoilers
What do you think of The Seneca Scourge
? Any favorite characters or favorite quotes?
I found this book to be refreshingly exciting and original. Even at over 600 pages on my Nook, I actually read it in 3 days. I think it is quite the page turner. I am really impressed with the way the story keeps going and keeps staying exciting.
I feel like it can be hard to make great genre bending stories, but I think Carrie Rubin did it with this book. I loved the first third or so of this book but I would never have predicted the rest of it -- which I also love -- coming from that first part. Somehow the transition from apocalyptic medical book to sci-fi seemed smooth and kept the excitement and suspense going. Perhaps the fact that our protagonist is so constantly sleep-deprived and overwhelmed and physically exhausted from work creates a surreal feeling from the get-go that makes the earth-shattering and then later sci-fi events in the story come off naturally and thus in a way that much more potently. What do you think?
I also like the way the relationship between Sydney and Casper played out. He was portrayed through a great deal of the story as the villain. It's not uncommon for the love interest to first be introduced as a threatening dangerous bad-boy (vampire in Twilight?) but I believe usually the fact that that person is to be the love interest is made clear quite shortly. I really love the way Casper slowly yet dramatically transitions from enemy to love interest and much like with the overall genre-bending transitions I think that it is done superbly.
I also like the ending. I think it is hard to please me with an ending because the more I like a story and the more invested I am in the characters and questions, the more I hate for it to end. Good endings are just hard to do. I like the way this ending wraps up the story and gives it some finality especially from the perspective of the couple, but then gives us that intriguing man-walking-into-the-sunset type of ending that gives the feeling of a new story for these people just beginning which is a great way to leave off.
Coincidentally, I had a mild cold when I read this book which made it strike close to home in a big way.
Anyway, again what do you all think? Feel free to post reply to this topic or to start your own new topic about the book in the book's special subforum