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Readable, not great
on 3 December 2014
I can't say I thoroughly enjoyed this, but I found it readable enough to finish. I shan't be purchasing any more in the series.
There's something about the writing style that I found very displeasing. It's not so much a grammar or editing issue, as I found the book to be mostly fine in that regard. It's more a case of flowery over description that even seeps into the dialogue and makes the whole thing unpleasant to slog through. The characters sound wooden, 'scripted' even, which gives the whole thing a very contrived feeling. It doesn't feel as though anything happens naturally. When the three characters are in Bunker 114 and Makara and Samuel are talking... I gave up several times and had to return to it later, as the way they speak is distracting, unreal, unbelievable. They talk like a pair of thesauruses.. Not only do I find it hard to believe that they have, in the wasteland and harsh social conditions described, managed to have an education that allows them to speak like this, but I also find it hard to believe that anyone would speak in this manner.
Though the dialogue and writing style are mostly what displeased me about this, I also wasn't massively keen on the storyline. It too felt contrived, unnatural, forced. It has a rushed feel to it, but at the same time an over descriptiveness that leans towards the wrong side of boring.
Overall it's fairly cliche and predictable (Spoiler alert) for example, when Makara and Alex set out to find her brother and his team, and then find a pile of random body parts, you pretty much know that the brother will still be alive, somewhere, and will inevitably come to their rescue and the three of them will head off to save the world.
I wouldn't recommend this, personally, but I expect there are a lot of people who would enjoy it and wouldn't be bothered by the things I feel let it down.