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Where's the other half of the book?
on 12 March 2015
The first thing to note is that the author doesn't write as if English is his first language. The language the characters use is very stilted and I doubt anyone in real life would talk like that. Also, some sentences read awkwardly, such as "The crewmen took off running toward to the rear of the ship" and there's one instance where a common expression is somewhat butchered - "Stay close to your friends and closer to your enemies".
That aside, the story is quite engrossing and therein lies the problem - nothing, absolutely nothing, is explained in this book.
Trying to avoid spoilers here but basically, the things they discover are described in detail but we finish the book none the wiser regarding literally everything they found. The books they find, the orb, the creatures, the civilization, the people who tried to shoe-in on the discovery (and where they went, they just suddenly disappeared), the main protagonist's condition (you learn relatively early that he is dying, but no info on this at the end and he's living life like he's fine).
I cannot stress enough that this LITERALLY reads like half a book. You can use your own imagination, for instance I'm sure the orb did something to certain people, etc. but I have around 40/50 unanswered questions and the entire storyline is not explained. I can appreciate leaving some bits for a sequel to explain, but not to this degree.
Metaphorically, it would be like a book on an alien invasion and describing the aliens in great detail, but just suddenly ending the book with "the aliens destroyed the world".
Would not read again, I technically have no idea what this book is about.