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The ending - spoilers

Post by gali » 01 May 2016, 22:06

What are your thoughts about the ending? I am not sure I got it and would like to hear your thoughts about it.
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Post by Vermont Reviews » 02 May 2016, 07:43

The ending was talking about the aliens and whether they had a God. Hence the title.
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Post by rachel_jacks » 02 May 2016, 13:05

I interpreted it a little differently. Throughout the book, it seemed like God didn't matter; there were forces bigger than God. In the end, it was like God was actually the key to it all. Things finally changed when he made this realization. At least that's how I interpreted it.
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Post by gali » 02 May 2016, 14:08

rachel_jacks wrote:I interpreted it a little differently. Throughout the book, it seemed like God didn't matter; there were forces bigger than God. In the end, it was like God was actually the key to it all. Things finally changed when he made this realization. At least that's how I interpreted it.
I tend to agree. I found the ending a bit confusing though.
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Post by tortoise keeper » 04 May 2016, 16:10

I think God and love were what mattered in the end but I agree it was confusing.
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Post by rachel_jacks » 04 May 2016, 17:05

I agree that the overall message was not entirely clear. I am not sure if it was intentionally left open for interpretation or if it was just not as clear as the author had intended it to be.
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Post by Vermont Reviews » 05 May 2016, 15:12

rachel_jacks wrote:I agree that the overall message was not entirely clear. I am not sure if it was intentionally left open for interpretation or if it was just not as clear as the author had intended it to be.
Every author has the ability to make the reader wonder.
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Post by lmoses » 10 May 2016, 00:44

Vermont Reviews wrote:
rachel_jacks wrote:I agree that the overall message was not entirely clear. I am not sure if it was intentionally left open for interpretation or if it was just not as clear as the author had intended it to be.
Every author has the ability to make the reader wonder.
I agree that every author has the ability to create interpretation in their works. Just like with most art, every a painting can look different to every person who sees it because their background is what shaped their views. For me, I found the book to be very unclear at the end, but this is not my typical book to read.
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Post by Sarah G » 14 May 2016, 09:13

I did find that the end of the book seemed very abrupt. I was nice that each story had a proper ending, however I didn't really feel that the book had a natural close. I found myself wanting after it finished.
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Post by Taylor Razzani » 15 May 2016, 10:21

I'm glad that I'm not the only one that didn't get the ending. I didn't get the point the author was trying to make throughout the whole book really, so the ending didn't really shed any light on that either.
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Post by stoppoppingtheP » 16 May 2016, 13:18

I'm still confused.

I think, perhaps the author was trying to say that this 'thing' was a soul, and it sort of got reincarnated into different bodies throughout time, until it 'discovered something that it was supposed to.

maybe...

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Post by gali » 16 May 2016, 13:26

stoppoppingtheP wrote:I'm still confused.

I think, perhaps the author was trying to say that this 'thing' was a soul, and it sort of got reincarnated into different bodies throughout time, until it 'discovered something that it was supposed to.

maybe...
That was the general idea.
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Post by rachel_jacks » 16 May 2016, 13:40

I agree...that was sort of the direction I went with everything. I wish the ending was a little more clear.
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Post by ellie_calvin » 17 May 2016, 13:05

stoppoppingtheP wrote:I'm still confused.

I think, perhaps the author was trying to say that this 'thing' was a soul, and it sort of got reincarnated into different bodies throughout time, until it 'discovered something that it was supposed to.

maybe...
I thought the same but took it a little bit further. This "thing" is an alien and is what gives humans consciousness. It relocates into different bodies to learn different things but also to exterminate species that do not add to the overall good of this alien race (the pay to play idea they kept referencing). As Ceci, Black Death, and Francisco it learns to feed off human emotions, and since they are all negative emotions it thinks those are what it wants and needs to survive. As Reich it learns to love and in Oktay it learns the value of love. It returns to Reich to "kill God" and save it's first love.

The ending was very unclear and this is how I have interpreted it after a lot of thought. I just cannot get this book out of my head! I lent this book to a friend so I apologize if I got the wrong name for some of the characters.
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Post by rachel_jacks » 17 May 2016, 13:11

Great interpretation! I love how much thought you gave it and that you went back to try to summarize what was taking place. My interpretation of the end was that it's intention was always to "kill God", but the lesson it learned in the end was that "God" is actually what it was missing the whole time.
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