Rated of 5
I agree with the critics that this book is powerful and that the voice is unique, compelling, and consistent. The plot is mesmerizing and like other readers, I could not put it down. My one objection is to the absence of standard punctuation. I realize that the author wanted to present the story as people actually think and/or speak, however, given the loss of so many values and standards in our society, (such as, instead of being a nation that builds/creates quality products, we have become a nation of consumers) I fear that this style of writing will undermine one of the few things still intact, our language. Punctuation was created to enhance communication. To abandon it even in part could become a trend which publishers may come to view as "hot" and therefore salable, thus untimately weakening our abilities to communicate. Mankind did not begin with fully developed languages, but rather with sticks and stones. Think how long it took to develop our beautiful and functional English language. Can we afford to destroy it with trendy writing styles just to make a buck?