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I felt that at the beginning of the story Adam was quite shady, and had a lot of bad business going on though some of them were explained. Still, at the beginning I felt that the story is of an anti-hero in the making and that is Adam himself. I feel that Adam as a anti-hero hero would really have some interesting character-developments.
But of course, the story went the way most young Adult stories go leaving me a tiny bit disappointed.
Any thoughts about how wrong I am or do you in the tiniest corner of your heart believe Adam being the villain would have been worth it?
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Howlan wrote: 01 Feb 2020, 01:46 I felt that at the beginning of the story Adam was quite shady, and had a lot of bad business going on though some of them were explained. Still, at the beginning I felt that the story is of an anti-hero in the making and that is Adam himself. I feel that Adam as a anti-hero hero would really have some interesting character-developments.
But of course, the story went the way most young Adult stories go leaving me a tiny bit disappointed.
Any thoughts about how wrong I am or do you in the tiniest corner of your heart believe Adam being the villain would have been worth it?
I definitely got an anti-hero sense from Adam as well. The beginning of the book was also much more mature than the rest of the book. I feel it was quite misleading!
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I agree. I ended up not being able to get through the beginning because Adam was too much for me. He was too negative and angry and I couldn't decide what it was he was angry about.
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I think there is the possibility of Adam being an anti hero in the next installment. He is still just a seventeen year old kid, so he could still go either way. If anything happens to Carly or JoAnna, he could go dark. Without Carly as a guiding light, he could easily leave many Terrys in his wake. Adam as an anti hero would make a great story.
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I really liked his character development for the most part. I did feel like it could have been made more realistic (by making it more slow-going instead of as fast as it was), but I generally do like sort-of redemption arcs. The one thing I was not super fond of was Carly's acceptance of his past behavior without even really talking to him about it. That seemed strange to me because it felt like she was purposefully just "helping" him and that was the basis for their romantic relationship. It's not a trope I'm fond of.
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Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign -
I thought Adam was a complex character and in the sample which is all I have read, he was trying to understand what was happening inside himself. I would like to see a less troubled Adam and learn what his special powers were all about.
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Although I'm still in the early chapters of the book, I somehow like Adam's character and I'm enjoying the book.
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Yes ,at the beggining,Adam seemed an underhero but maybe the author is preparing him for the next pageturner.
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Personally, I'm glad Adam didn't end up the villain, but I agree that in the beginning, he did seem shady. He was also obnoxious at first! If he had been the villain I think I would have been disappointed!
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Howlan wrote: 01 Feb 2020, 01:46 I felt that at the beginning of the story Adam was quite shady, and had a lot of bad business going on though some of them were explained. Still, at the beginning I felt that the story is of an anti-hero in the making and that is Adam himself. I feel that Adam as a anti-hero hero would really have some interesting character-developments.
But of course, the story went the way most young Adult stories go leaving me a tiny bit disappointed.
Any thoughts about how wrong I am or do you in the tiniest corner of your heart believe Adam being the villain would have been worth it?
I haven't read the book so I can't really tell if villifying Adam would have made the book better. It certainly would not have been expected. But since I don't like it when a story is predictable, maybe Adam as an anti-hero wouldn't have been such a bad idea. I don't think the target audience of this book would like that very much though.
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Adam's thoughts and actions, in the beginning, made me not like him, and I even almost stopped reading the book. So, I was glad that he was able to curb his evil side with the help of Carly and realize who he was and why he had certain feelings.
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Stephanie Elizabeth wrote: 01 Feb 2020, 07:57 :techie-studyingbrown: j
Howlan wrote: 01 Feb 2020, 01:46 I felt that at the beginning of the story Adam was quite shady, and had a lot of bad business going on though some of them were explained. Still, at the beginning I felt that the story is of an anti-hero in the making and that is Adam himself. I feel that Adam as a anti-hero hero would really have some interesting character-developments.
But of course, the story went the way most young Adult stories go leaving me a tiny bit disappointed.
Any thoughts about how wrong I am or do you in the tiniest corner of your heart believe Adam being the villain would have been worth it?
I definitely got an anti-hero sense from Adam as well. The beginning of the book was also much more mature than the rest of the book. I feel it was quite misleading!
It did feel a bit misleading, also that it lagged in a few areas. I liked parts of it and then towards the end I almost stopped reading when I thought Carly actually...well I don't know if we're allowed to discuss spoilers ha, but when she was believed to be "gone". I had to stop and go "Wait, what?" Hahah
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This post sort of relates to the other mental health conversation in this forum. Adam is a super complex character and would have made total sense as the villain. I personally would have liked that twist better. I agree that it could still go that route in another book!
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I was not fond of the main character, Adam. In fact, I was so turned off by his psychotic personality I almost put the book down. I understand the author's desire to portray him as a psychopath but it was too overly psychotic and didn't need to be that severe. It was a major turn off for me, especially it being young-adult fiction.
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lwahls2 wrote: 02 Feb 2020, 08:44 This post sort of relates to the other mental health conversation in this forum. Adam is a super complex character and would have made total sense as the villain. I personally would have liked that twist better. I agree that it could still go that route in another book!
Though if Adam went that route with his character it would have been a little disappointing and a bit cliche. But I agree that it would have been an intriguing experience.
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