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The Marigold by Andrew F. Sullivan

birdghost's review against another edition

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4.5

Incredibly relatable, as someone from Toronto. Does an amazing job literalizing the rot creeping up on the city.

lollypopzoo's review against another edition

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dark mysterious medium-paced

4.5

leximm1209's review against another edition

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challenging dark mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

This book is slow like doesn't reveal a lot until the last few chapters slow. Overall the writing is good and it was a good read. I love the dystopian city vibe.

runlaurarun's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

This started slow for me, which is not unusual for a book with a lot of characters, but I ended up plowing through the second half and really enjoyed myself. 

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zemthings's review against another edition

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3.0

Interesting premise, but the delivery was mostly a miss for me.

franklyfrank's review against another edition

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dark mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

jbrooks124's review against another edition

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dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

In the dystopian future in Toronto, sinkholes open at random and a creeping sentient fungus, The Wet, is slowly taking people. The gig economy has taken over and the surveillance state has made it nearly impossible for most to scrape by. Building projects stall as pits lay gaping in the earth. Multiple storylines weave together as some try to understand what The Wet and these sinkholes mean for everyone.

I'm unsure how to describe this book other than by asking "what in the actual f***". Everything about this was so grim, with a monster that is somehow both human and not, that takes people who "want" to be taken" (except when they don't). Every character is completely beaten down in one way or another, even the kids. So so bleak.

nicekweenreads's review

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dark mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.75

arash's review against another edition

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dark mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.25

mikenyby's review against another edition

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dark mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.0

Great concept ruined by poor execution. The idea of the excesses of capitalism resulting in a nightmarish rot eating away at the city from the inside out is very appealing, but unclear writing, muddy development, and a whole slate of unresolved plot elements ruin the impact. At the end I was left wondering if the author forgot to tie up the loose ends or if these dangling elements were created simply to get the characters to the next point in the story and then abandoned. Ultimately it feels like the author tried to pack too much detail into a relatively short book, leaving the reader wondering why half of the stuff in the book even happened.