Generally I have enjoyed books by James Patterson, but I have to admit that I didn't find this one that great of a reading experience. As time goes on and Mr. Patterson collaborates with more and more other authors, it seems like there is less James Patterson to be found between the covers. This story was more than a little disconcerting -- I found the premise to be disturbing - kind of a flashback to the Stepford Wives' days. I would not recommend that anyone start with this as their first Patterson book - one would be less inclined to go back for another.
I am wondering if James Patterson is letting the other authors, whose names appear below his, write the books. This may be why some of the books are not on the same level.
I liked the premise of this story but I felt the book was incomplete. This is very similar to The Circle but I enjoyed the pace of this story much better. However, I felt that it just ended without any explanation or detail as to HOW the ending was accomplished. I wouldn't recommend it for that reason.
I find myself very conflicted about what to say about James Patterson's (and Richard Dilallo's) THE STORE. I found the book aggravating to read. While the story line was interesting and even perhaps relevant as the digital world expands exponentially, the characters were hard to get into and as the book progressed their dialogue became increasingly filled with stilted and bizarre behaviors and dialogue. Several times I thought about just putting it down and moving on. But, I love Patterson books generally and felt something must be hidden to be so bad. Sure enough, with about 12 pages or so go, it came together and one could see the reason for the strange goings on. My unsolicited advice if one chooses to read this book is to see it through and prepare to find it bizarre along the way.
I am a huge Patterson fan and love his writing style. However, I was totally disappointed in this work of futuristic fiction. Too far out there for me, and I couldn't buy into the plot or characters.
I fall into the disappointed category. Not one of James Patterson's best by a long shot.
Despite some negative comments, I enjoyed reading this book. Its futuristic theme is not out of the realm of possibility and frightening as it was to the Brandies family. When the "Store" became so big, powerful, and intrusive into private lives, Jacob and Megan decide to write a book exposing it. Interesting plot and twist at the ending.
The first chapter of any Patterson book I've read captivates me into continuing to read and enjoy. Not this one. I was bored and I refuse to continue reading something this uncaptivating. Darn. I think Patterson may have just put his name on it rather than participating in writing it. Not sure he even read it. Was thoroughly disappointed...aaaaack!
Did not like this book at all. Not a great fan of "futuristic stories". If you are a big fan of Patterson's mysteries you will be greatly disappointed. Finished because I was curious if it would improve - but sadly it did not!! Not worth the time.
This book reminded me of David Spade's snarky character on Saturday Night Live when he said, "Casino? Casinit the first time when it was called Goodfellas." The Store was much better the first time when it was called The Circle. Or more precisely the Circle was to Google what The Store is to Amazon in a world with even more monitoring than the so called "Patriot" Act allowed. The thing that everyone seems to get wrong in their dystopian scenarios is man's ego colliding with the existential reality that nothing will remain of us because we spent most of our time in front of screens hero-worshipping other giant egos. Therefore most of us willingly share our thoughts, feelings, actions and locations publicly in exchange for the very addictive blue thumb. While I like the direction Patterson is going with topics these days his writing still comes up feeling like the love child of Danielle Steel and Michael Crichton. I'm saying it lacks depth.
A change of scene in a book about a store and how with the internet The Store stores personal information about consumers and how they use the information. The use of this information plays into the daily lives of families and individuals by invading the privacy of everyone.
Fast read and great fun!