PJV Quickie: I went into THE WELL’S END by Seth Fishman with a lot of anticipation. I had consistently read reviews and lists with THE WELL’S END listed as a must read in the genres of Young Adult, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi. Sounded like my kind of book. I was disappointed though as the book was interesting but didn’t live up to my expectations, coming in with a boring 3 star, it was okay but nothing to rave about.
Review: THE WELL’S END begins as your typical boarding school drama, you got your main character, who is not as pretty as her friend, moaning about school life and cliques and her social status in a school full of rich kids. The initial opening was interesting, talk of her being in a well a news reporter trying to dig for information – but it just leads to a dorm, a party, alcohol, talk of sex and cute boy.
The interesting and redeeming part of the novel was when the action began, teachers started getting sick, students aging weirdly and the Army comes busting in and kills some students and takes over the school. There are some very unnecessary scenes of escape, I still haven’t figured out why she swam in the lake…it was like the author had to make her jump in the freezing lake, just so he could write that scene. It made no sense. And the poor girl had frostbite the entire time, but seemed to be okay with it at some parts and bothered by it at others.
Then you get to the end, where EVERYTHING is explained in a giant ball of telling and then it is the end. Move on to the next book. Which I won’t be doing. I barely made it through this one. The book had one redeeming quality, it was action packed. But, it wasn’t enough for me to recommend this book as a good read.
Narration: Narrated by Katie Schorr, she did a good job. This was my first audiobook by her and while her narration won’t make me go and download all her other titles, I wouldn’t be unhappy if a title I wanted to read had her as the narrator.
I received this book for free from Audilble.com, Purchased in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Well's End by Seth FishmanSeries: Well's End #1
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on 02-25-14
Genres: YA Fantasy, YA Science Fiction
Source: Audilble.com, Purchased
Magic, adventure, and danger collide in an unsuspecting small town. Sixteen-year-old Mia Kish's small town of Fenton, Colorado, is known for three things: being home to the world's tallest sycamore tree, the national chicken thigh - eating contest, and one of the ritziest boarding schools in the country, Westbrook Academy. But when emergency sirens start blaring and Westbrook is put on lockdown, quarantined and surrounded by soldiers who shoot first and ask questions later, Mia realizes she's only just beginning to discover what makes Fenton special.