Picture this. You’re reading a book, it’s SO slow that it’s putting you to sleep and it’s just not grabbing you. But everyone says it’s good, that the ending will be worth it, and you’re highly doubtful. But when you finally reach the end of the book, you’re like “hey that actually wasn’t that bad”. Does the ending change your feelings on the entire book?
I went through this exact same process, with many of the recent books I’ve read, such as Red Queen, Dreamfire and Unknown. I’d be completely frustrated and ready to rate the book 1 or 2 stars, and then I would struggle if the ending completely wow’d me. The author is saving the best for last, I get it, but does that make up for the slow struggle that you had throughout the book? Would you have preferred a book that had a few exciting parts along the way to keep you going, and then come to a satisfying conclusion? Or do you prefer something that s l o w l y builds up to an epic rip-roaring conclusion?
For me, it really depends on my mood at the time. If I have a lot going on in life and I’m fairly distracted, then those slow moving books just aren’t going to cut it. I’m quite fidgety at the best of times, so if a book is going to take 5 pages to describe some guy’s face, then I’m probably going to fill that time with something more productive. If I read 300 pages of a slow plot, and then 20 pages of a great ending, it’s not going to be favourable for the book.
Books I struggle through reading, but have epic conclusions, will probably not rate more than 3 stars, depending on how well the conclusion was. But if it was slow and draggy and the conclusion wasn’t done well, then it would sit below 3 stars.
Does the ending save a book for you? What would you rate these?