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Post by gali » 01 May 2016, 22:13

Which section of the book was your favorite? The Psychiatrist and his patient, Oktay, Cuci, the damaged consciousness, Black Death? Did you feel the sections were disjointed a bit?
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Post by Vermont Reviews » 02 May 2016, 07:42

Black Death of course.

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Post by Laura19804 » 03 May 2016, 01:40

So far, I've just finished the Cuci section, my favourite part was reading Oktay's doctor and Elif's accounts, to compare them with what Oktay had seen and to fully understand his situation and the affect it had on people around him, even those he didn't know (the programmer) was a really compelling read and I have lingered in that section rereading parts of Oktay's story and comparing with the others.

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Post by tortoise keeper » 04 May 2016, 15:35

I enjoyed Oktay's story the most. It was especially fun when seen through Elif's eyes. It added a nice twist in the middle of the book.

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Post by rachel_jacks » 04 May 2016, 17:10

I enjoyed reading the twist on his reality. I thought for sure once we read the story through Elif's eyes the story was going to end soon. As a psych major, anything involving the psychological intrigues me.
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Post by Vermont Reviews » 05 May 2016, 04:57

rachel_jacks wrote:I enjoyed reading the twist on his reality. I thought for sure once we read the story through Elif's eyes the story was going to end soon. As a psych major, anything involving the psychological intrigues me.

I agree

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 13 May 2016, 07:37

I love Oktay's story the most. Honestly, I wasn't expecting that. I was so convinced that there was a reality show and I was even rooting for the cleric to win because I found him nice. So, when I read Elif's account, I was like.. 'Ohh..'

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Post by gali » 13 May 2016, 08:33

kimmyschemy06 wrote:I love Oktay's story the most. Honestly, I wasn't expecting that. I was so convinced that there was a reality show and I was even rooting for the cleric to win because I found him nice. So, when I read Elif's account, I was like.. 'Ohh..'
I was convinced as well. I was very surprised to learn it was all in his head.
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Post by rachel_jacks » 13 May 2016, 11:34

This was the part I loved the most, and to be perfectly honest I would have been happy if the story ended there. As a psych alum, I am drawn to the abnormal. I loved reading about Oktay's reality and then learning about Elif's reality. For me, that was when all the pieces started to fit together. I was completely blown away with the direction everything took after that!
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Post by Sarah G » 14 May 2016, 08:46

The scientist in me wants to say the Black Death however the story of Oktaywas most intriguing for me. The story from his point of view seemed off in the book; especially the contest. However, after hearing the story from Elif's point of view it then made sense overall. I loved the twist it added and you really felt the loss for Elif.
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Post by stoppoppingtheP » 16 May 2016, 13:27

Oktays story was definitely the best in the book, especially the plot twist.

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Post by Vermont Reviews » 21 May 2016, 05:54

Sarah G wrote:The scientist in me wants to say the Black Death however the story of Oktaywas most intriguing for me. The story from his point of view seemed off in the book; especially the contest. However, after hearing the story from Elif's point of view it then made sense overall. I loved the twist it added and you really felt the loss for Elif.

I agree says Vermont Reviews

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Post by gaporter » 31 May 2016, 16:15

Sarah G wrote:The scientist in me wants to say the Black Death however the story of Oktaywas most intriguing for me. The story from his point of view seemed off in the book; especially the contest. However, after hearing the story from Elif's point of view it then made sense overall. I loved the twist it added and you really felt the loss for Elif.
I agree with this. It was difficult for me to get through reading the contest portion because it seemed so off and... unreal. Seeing Elif's point of view pulled it together again. Though I think my favorite section was towards the end when the theories were laid out rather than in the actual story telling portions.

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Post by Amheiser » 01 Jun 2016, 15:56

I liked the beginning of the story, but then had a very hard time reading Oktay's version of his life because it just didn't seem to fit in the story at that time. Then, when I got to Elif's version of Oktay's problems I really got involved in the story and it explained why things didn't seem to make sense in the prior section. The next section was the long, drawn out section on wars which I think could have been shortened to get the point across, and there was a lot of blood and guts which I didn't necessarily care for, but the people who like to read about that stuff maybe would like. I did like that it pointed out how the genetic history of the world was changed by those wars because that just hadn't ever occurred to me before, but it makes a lot of sense. I liked the ending of the story also.

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Post by literarycat » 06 Jun 2016, 09:40

I feel like everyone else in that I found Okay ' s story the most interesting. I couldn't pull myself away from it the way I could the others.
The world breaks everyone, and afterwards, some are strong at the broken points ~ Ernest Hemingway.

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