A review by chickiebean_loves_books
Matrix, by Lauren Groff

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

2.0

Five things about Matrix by Lauren Groff 2/5⭐️s

1. This just fell really flat for me. I don’t recall having read any Lauren Groff before and now have no plans to read more. 
2. This was the kind of book that gave me the vibe that the author was super stoked by their own creation - to the point that I was never able to forget it was a book and there’s an author. I can’t think of a better way to communicate that vibe than saying the book was conscious of itself. I don’t like books like that. It’s just a personal preference but I prefer quiet brilliance that surprises me to books that seems to proclaim they are brilliant from the start and demand I agree because it’s told me so. I know…I know…this is just a mr thing but it got in my way with this book and that is a problem fir this book. 
3. I kept waiting for Marie de France’s writing life to take center stage. This is what she’s known for. This would have been fascinating to explore. But no. It all comes to her in a dream. Sigh. 
4. Yeah…I didn’t enjoy the writing. I didn’t enjoy the story trajectory. I didn’t connect with the characters. 
5. Simply put - this was not the book for me, I’m confused about the hype it’s getting, and I’m glad I read a library copy instead of purchasing this one only to pass it on to my local Little Free Library.