Um…I like the concept of Ashlyn’s part, but only the concept. Her story is actually mostly lame and boring. The connection with the guy is tenuous and not particularly interesting. His story is more interesting, but partially from the short length of the piece overall I never get that invested in him. Plus there’s nothing original about his character or his plotline. The whole thing feels like it could’ve been a good short story, but stretched out to make a dubious novel.
Time Traveler’s Wife-esque plot. This was one of those Koontz books in which it would have been better if he didn’t give balanced points of view; I don’t think any of the scenes from the villain’s POV were necessary. Some of Stefan’s were unneeded. Second half is a pretty standard chase thriller, with some boring paradox talk, meta self-indulgence and stock characters. Second quarter has a bit of a dip into that territory, but is relatively readable and there isn’t a forced rushed pace. First quarter is the most real and interesting, with character development and genuinely felt emotion. Laura’s also the most likable and relatable in the first quarter.
I like the idea at the end, but it doesn’t really jive with the rest of the book. The first half is pretty interesting and the characters are well-drawn and relatable then instead of being stock types.
The ending disappoints given the buildup of these people’s secrets; they’re not that omg and it’s wrapped up a bit too neatly. The central relationship is realistic, warm, and palpably full of chemistry.
Interesting religion bits. Some funny bits in the earlier parts. Some chapters just talking about animals were meh. Not much in the way of outside characters. The whole pi thing is unnecessary but gives a nice title. Meh, magical realism schtick. The core of the book isn't as good as the exposition, so that's not good.
I was vaguely interested because it was in SF and the love interest goes to Berkeley, so I got the references. But this is generically written & plotted YA fiction. The only interesting character is her semi-nemesis who starts off Regina George-ish but is more complex in the glimpses we get of her than stupid Lola and her aimless narration. Meh.