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The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no?

And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn't that make life a story?

- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Hunting Lila - Sarah Alderson Honestly? I would've liked this book so much more if all the characters you cared about hadn't turned out to be "the good guys". The build-up to the mystery was fantastic, though you could guess that what JackAlex's Unit were up to would have something to do with Lila's telepathic power. This book was kind of like a book set in the Heroes (TV show) world. And that show was awesome (at least the first season, and most of the second before it got too unrealistic). While I didn't LOVE any of the major characters, I did love their relationships (brother-sister-love, bro-love) and Lila's huge crush on Alex was cute. I guessed that Alex would turn out to like Lila back, because this IS ya, but their relationship was mostly meh for me. What I wanted to get down to was the Unit-Demos-secret superpower mystery and the awesome adventures we'd have with this story. Did I tense up when Demos et al. appeared and forced JackAlex to break their people out of the Unit's containment if they wanted Lila back? Yes. I was like OH, SHIT'S GONNA GO DOWN. I was all ready for the manipulation of an evil mastermind, and the internal and external battles that would ensue. But then he turned out to be GOOD?? I was like UGH NOOO! I wouldn't have minded this much, if we (as readers) had developed a bond with the Unit that would've created the emotional conflict for us. We had this second-hand through the loyalty of JackAlex to their teams, but this wasn't a lot, and both of them changed their opinions pretty quickly. So unfortunately, this book became too GOOD SIDE/BAD SIDE for me (though it did reverse) for me to like it that much, to my greatest disappointment.