"What a concept!" - was my original impression, and what's better, I bought a limited edition, signed copy.
THEN, I actually read the book. The plot line was completely different to what I was expecting. Instead of being the story of a teenaged boy playing out his last week alive, it turned into a futuristic, radical, anti-government plan to rule the world using drugs. At a number of key plot stages, I lost interest, but continued reading in the hope that it would improve. The ending seemed tacked on in the hopes to have a Hollywood-style happy ending; aiming for a film deal, perhaps?
The characters lacked depth and were, quite frankly, very irritating. I found myself hoping they'd take a hit of poison just to finish the story early so I didn't have to read about them anymore. Having read some of Burgess' other works, I was disappointed in the characters of this novel. Even the antagonists bored me a little.
I was also assuming that this novel was rushed with its release; bad editing plagues the pages, irking the reader. It made me think a teenager had actually edited the novel, not professionals who are paid to perform this fairly simple duty. It often seemed like words had been removed to change the sentence structures, without actually changing the sentence structures. Simple spelling errors grated my inner grammar nerd, who screamed at the offending pages.
In summary, wait for a revised edition of the novel where these issues are fixed and you may find a novel worth reading. Alternatively, wait for the movie version, which will hopefully improve the character and plot issues.show more
by Glenn George