Tuesday, 18 February 2014
TOYS by James Patterson Review-An Unpopular Novel Which Took Me By Surprise
If you chronically read/explore the world of books at your local bookstore/library/eBook shop, then you should be familiar with millionaire author James Patterson, whose Alex Cross and Michael Bennett novels earned him first place on the New York Times Bestseller List for an approximate 200 week span throughout his entire career. And his Sci-Fi/Mystery novel TOYS clearly shows how he became an all star in terms of literature.
Hays Baker-an agent who is also the main character in the book- lived most of his life under the assumption that he was an Elite (a breed of humans which are 99 percent Homo Sapiens and 1 percent robotic.) But, when Baker later discovers that he's a human, his life takes a turn for the worst, as all of the Elites want to kill him for spreading such a lie. He is then faced with the challenge of protecting humans from mass extinction by Elite president Hughes Jacklin , all while being faced with an entire force of Elite humans who are set to destroy him and his sister, Lucy (who accompanies him on this quest and informs him about what is going on.)
What I Liked:
Unlike other hardcore mystery novels, TOYS makes you feel like a child because of it's futuristic backdrop. The subliminal message-which is that humans are almost as bad as Elites because they drove multiple species into a hole of extinction-also added a nice touch to it, and made me think about being more cautious in the future.
What Could Have Been Better:
Despite the fact that Patterson's novel made it hard to stop reading, I disliked the title of the book as it diluted the storyline and made it seem as if human toys were responsible for the deaths of other species. Other than that miniscule discrepancy, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book and hope to re-read it in the future.
Summing It Up
James Patterson outdid himself, which made it hard to put my Kobo Glo down and do something else. It was almost as if he opened up an All You Can Read Buffet and stuck a ladle in my hand, making me want to savour all of the fine choices which were available. I would, however, change the title as it poorly fits the plot of the book.