The first book I read this year, Makers by Cory Doctorow, was hugely disappointing. I love the short story collections that I’ve read by the same author, and his other novels are quite good too, but this was just awful. By the end I was actually annoyed by how bad it was and I just wanted it to be over as soon as possible. The plot just never went anywhere, the characters were one dimensional and not developed at all, and were all irritating (especially the ones that were obviously supposed to be the good guys who were in the right), and the whole book felt more like an excuse for the author to forward his ideas and opinions rather than a novel (presenting new ideas in fiction is good when done well, but this was not done well at all). So overall, disappointing because I hate reading bad books and because I was looking forward to reading this and I’d expected much better from this author.