Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Published: May 26, 2015 by: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating: 3/5 stars
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Extraordinary Means was the love story of two teens: Lane and Sadie, who are fighting a terminal strain of tuberculosis. When Lane is sent to Lantham House, a hospital/boarding school that isolates people with this disease, he meets Sadie, who teaches him to live life on the edge and invites him into her rebellious group of friends. But as time goes on, the group gets sicker and the couple begins to wonder if they’ll ever get a second chance at life again.
I tried so hard to not compare this to tfios, but I just couldn’t help it :( . A book about teens fighting the same illness can either go really well or miss the mark. I have to say that this book sadly didn’t meet the expectations I had for it.
I thought that the concept of this book was original and inspiring. Even though it was set in the modern world, I could feel a little dystopia in it because of the deadly illness that is threatening to sweep the nation. I felt for all of the teens in the facility, being sick was such a normal occurrence for them and it was upsetting to see them deteriorate. This book’s main idea wasn’t like anything that I have read before.
I just felt like this book needed more emotion. It wasn’t very captivating, it was actually pretty boring. 90% of the book follows the teens in their daily lives at Lantham, and the rest of it was the deterioration of Sadie, and you guessed it, her death. I saw it coming, and this book was probably one of the most predictable books I’ve ever read. The ending wasn’t emotional at all; I wanted more feeling into it. It kind of felt like everyone got over everything that happened so quickly.
I didn’t feel the connection with Lane and Sadie at all. It took so long for their relationship to develop, and I didn’t really feel like there was anything special about them. There wasn’t a lot of chemistry, and I just feel like all of the characters fell flat.
Overall, I thought that this book’s concept was very unique, but it lacked emotion and chemistry. I wanted more of a bond between the characters.
Have you read Extraordinary Means? What did you think?
Emily @ Paperback Princess