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Posted September 23, 2010
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Pales in comparison to Myers' other brilliant novel "Exit Here"
As soon as I finished "Exit Here" and heard Myers had another, I was at the bookstore the very next day to pick it up. But I was disheartened to find that it falls short (very short) in comparison. Even if I hadn't had high hopes, it falls short as an amazing book altogether.
The main character is Kaden, a teenager following out his dead brother's last request to go see his favorite do a public reading. To do so, he's going down to "The Mission" and staying with his cousin, who introduces him to a life of sex, drugs, and eventually, trouble.
I won't get too much into the nitty gritty, but this book takes forever to get moving and when it does, it's a sudden, short burst of "shock" and then the novel comes to a screeching halt, as if Myers just lost interest and didn't want to wrap up the loose ends that were left hanging.
Kaden's character is impossible to feel bad for. From the beginning, he's painted as a good kid and as the novel goes, it just becomes easier to hate him, and there's no way to feel pity for him. Everything bad that happens is his own fault, though the way his character is written, he seems to scream to be pitied by the reader.
Myer's writing is the same as it was in "Exit Here" (his first novel), which is great except that it doesn't work quite as well. There would be a difference between how a 14 year old acts and talks versus a 19 year old, but in Myers writing, there doesn't seem to be. That was my only complaint with the writing, really. Otherwise, his style is just as nice to read as always.
Overall, "The Mission" is a book that should be read after "Exit Here," if you're determined to read it at all. It's so dull compared to Myers' previous novel, and it's just not a very good book on its own. I was sorely disappointed. Hoping for better from you next time, Myers.
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