Asylum… I finished it
A few days ago I talked about me reading Asylum and how much of a big deal it was for me and all that. Well, I finished reading it two days ago, and I have some thoughts to share.
*Spoilers, my ponies!*
I’ve already read some reviews online, and yes, pretty much everyone thinks it sucks. And it does! I always feel like there are no bad stories, only poorly written plots. This, of course, was the case. I’m not going to attempt to review it, I am terrible at it, but I just need to vent some ideas, I can’t say I didn’t like it, cause I did, and it was a great way to tackle a lot of my fears, but character and plot wise, it was kind of a disappointment.
First of all, yes, suspension of disbelief. Did I really believe everything that happened could actually happen, even within the universe? No. Seriously, they are 16-17 years old, Don’t they have parents concerned about them? Aren’t they afraid there’s a murderer somewhere in the school? As I said in my review, this would have been a thousand times some enjoyable if they were in college, living in a building that happened to be a former asylum, that at least would have given them a believable agenda.
What happened to Jordan on his psychotic break? If everyone, or at least the characters that start acting crazy are being “possessed” or at least connected to someone in the past. Who is possessing him? And why?
Why is it suddenly irrelevant that Yi was attacked? Why didn’t we ever hear from him? Or his parents? Or Joe’s parents for that matter? Why does a teenager, in a sort of summer camp, dies, and everyone just accepts it?
What’s the deal with Miss Reyes? Did she locked them in the basement? And even if she didn’t, why is the police so contempt by having just caught the murderer when it’s pretty clear there’s at least another person involved?
And speaking of… What’s the deal with the police? How are they implicated? It is mentioned constantly that they are nowhere to be found at key points of the story: when Dan finds Yi, when he goes to the vending machine, when they receive the last note asking them to go to the basement, when he’s trying to find a police officer to go find Felix together, when Jordan is looking for help at the end. And the worst part is that it’s never mentioned how guilty they look, they only ever hint at Miss Reyes.
I know this is not a standalone book, (which btw kind of annoys me a little bit, cause I’m a little tired of everything coming in sagas, and having to read book after book just to have real conclusions, and I really wanted to enjoy something that could be concluded within a book) but I can’t help but feeling they were lacking a lot to actually conclude the story developed in this one. What’s going to happen to Felix? What’s his connection to everything? What’s Daniel’s past? Who were his parents? They constantly mention him going to therapists, but, what’s really happening to him?
I don’t know… So many loose ends, and it’s not really about me, not enjoying the mystery leading up to the next book; I have no problem with cliffhangers, or saga-long mysteries (for God’s sake, I read – and enjoyed – Harry Potter), but when the loose ends seem more like a sign of a poorly written story, rather than mystery to build upon on the next book, they just strike me as lazy.
Anyway guys… I’m not going to say it was a bad book, as I said at the beginning, it was mainly disappointing, but I’m going to keep on reading the sequels to see if any of this becomes clearer with time… Though I actually doubt it.
What’s next on my reading list? I don’t really know… I left Allegiant 20 pages into it, and I am in no hurry of going back to it, but I’ve been hearing a lot about Rainbow Rowell, so I might give Eleanor & Park a chance…
…Or maybe I’ll finally start with The Cold Song, I’ve been avoiding that book like the plague, cause I have a big image of Linn Ullman in my head, given that Before you sleep is one of my favorite books ever, and I’m afraid it might not live up to my hype…