The setting of Sweet takes place on a luxury cruise; The Extravagance. Being on a luxury cruise that is debuting a miracle weight loss sweetener creates some problems. Some of the passengers are selling Solu to people that are not aboard the cruise, so the captain decides that there will be no more stops to land until the cruise is over. This makes everyone isolated on a boat full of murderous and addicted people.
The only characters that develop throughout the book are the minor characters that have taken Solu. These minor characters become more violent and more desperate for their next fix of Solu. They turn into animals and monsters, but this is the only character development throughout the book. The main characters, Tom and Laurel, stay the same through the entire book. The only way that they change at all is that they like each other and start dating even thought they have only known each other for a few days.
The only good points of the writing style is that it did a great job at keeping the reader’s attention and gave very good emotional detail and could help you feel what the characters were feeling.
The writing style for the most part was immature. There were a lot of parenthesis in the middle of sentences when it wasn’t necessary. This can be found in, at least, every other chapter throughout the book. This made me very annoyed as I read and it held my attention more than it should have Though the details about the characters feelings and emotions were clear, the setting was very confusing and didn’t have as much detail as it should have. The main annoyance I had was with the characters and scenes that were focused on. The main characters never developed and the scenes that were focused on weren’t very necessary to the plot and the scenes that weren’t given very much detail or notice were the ones that were very necessary to the plot and how the book progresses.
Sweet by Emmy Laybourne is a horror book that focuses on two main characters; Tom and Laurel. These teenagers have completely different lives that collide when they go on a luxury cruise, called the Extravagance. This cruise is debuting a sweetener that helps people lose weight and it works, but a little too well. At first, everything is great and people are losing healthy amounts of weight and they are feeling amazing, but now the people that have been taking the sweetener, Solu, are addicted and losing ridiculous amounts of weight. Soon there is a bloodbath and those that didn’t take Solu are fighting to stay alive and save their loved ones from an addiction that is making them act like monsters. During this cruise Tom is filming it and commenting on it so that he can boost his image after the tv show that made him famous was canceled. Laurel is only there because her friend’s dad paid a lot of money to get them both tickets to go on the cruise. Laurel and Tom meet and end up liking each other. They are among the few that refused to take Solu and are fighting to save their friends and their own lives.
The ending was made to lead onto a sequel and didn’t tie up all the loose ends. The ending leaves the reader with a what happens next kind of feel and doesn’t leave the reader satisfied with what they just read. I got that America should control their diet and exercise better and that shortcuts to being slim are dangerous and shouldn’t be trusted or done, but that you should also love the size and shape you are.