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Feed Them Silence by Lee Mandelo

laurarmz's review against another edition

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2.0

I feel like I was misguided(?) on what the book was about. They sold “crazy scientist & wolves” to me and I got “sad failing marriage” instead — which was interesting but not what I was looking for tbh.

The premise is super cool, and the wolf pov descriptions are pretty amazing, but it felt like we only grazed the surface of most of the issues in the book, and considering the slow(er) pace of the story, I did miss some of the depth. It felt sort of incomplete to me (I was left with too many questions but no Rea feeling about most of them).

I saw a lot out people raving about the writing but I didn’t feel particularly connected… I tend to like characters that are taking a deeper dive at the fall-into-madness arc, though. Not sure how I feel about this, but on an exploration level it’s interesting enough.

oliviagrace22's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

3.75

cheffsamseyy's review against another edition

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dark emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

ajdlp's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional reflective sad fast-paced

3.75

silentshade's review against another edition

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

2.25

I do understand that the main character is supposed to be unlikable and it's about the questionable ethics of the experiment. But the book didn't go far enough.

For an unlikeabke character, the MC was boring and annoying. I didn't feel any hatred towards Sean for disregarding the ethics of the research or her lack of interest in her own marriage. The dissolution of Sean and Riya's relationship felt hollow and stilted. Despite the tag for it, there was no horror aspect to this book, even though there were places it could have gone in that direction and would have been better off for it.

A mild read that lacked the bite it was aiming for.

plnjane's review against another edition

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4.0

really compelling short read

vengefuldime's review against another edition

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This had me groaning out loud at the main character’s decisions. It’s short, I enjoyed my time reading it, and I think it does a good job of creating a frustrating atmosphere. I can’t say it was really for me since it was more literary, but hey- it worked.

alexmg_'s review against another edition

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

2.0

I was just incredibly bored within the first 10 pages. I never connected or felt the need to know how this story ended. I ended up listening to the audiobook to get through the second half. Super sad considering how much I enjoyed Summer Sons.

moonpiereads56's review against another edition

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4.0

Didn’t know what to expect, and I felt like the ending was missing but it was thought provoking and made feel things. That in itself is hard to do in a novella. It’s reflective of feelings of disconnection and uselessness we all felt at the beginning of the pandemic, which I guess is how this book came to be. Even tho it has nothing to do with Covid…. Anyway it’s a good one session read and makes you think.