I read Matrix last month and, I have to admit, I did not looooooove it. As I said in my review on Goodreads: The writing is exceptional, and if I were rating that alone, this would be a 4 star book. The story, however, never really grabbed me and I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I’m looking forward to discussing this with my book group and hoping that will enlighten me on what I missed.
The key to that review? The part where I say I’m looking forward to discussing this with my book group because that, my friends, is YOU. And I know when we discuss it that I’m going to discover things about the book that I missed. I know I’m going to see the story through someone else’s experience and that experience will enlighten me. And even if none of that happens, even if I don’t change my opinion about the book, I will be the better for having participated. Plus, the liveliest book discussions are the ones where everyone doesn’t agree!
Don’t get me wrong, though, on this selection. I completely support it and I think it’s a great book for us to read and discuss. If you don’t want to take my word for it, consider that it was a finalist for the National Book Award. And peruse some of the great reviews out there like this one from NPR and this (lengthier and more broad) one from The Atlantic.
I hope I’ve sold you on reading this one with us. Mark your calendars for January 11th for our zoom discussion!