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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and cliched, 10 Jun 2013
This review is from: The Silver Dream (Interworld, Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
I wasn't terribly happy with the original Interworld story. I liked the idea, but wasn't satisfied with how the book worked. I had decided back then to not buy any more books from the series, and only received this one by some freak accident when purchasing The Ocean at the End of the Lane. But when I realised, months later, that it was downloading, I thought about giving it another try. And I had quite a while to lament it afterwards.

This wasn't just more of the same: it was actually worse. Again, there are interesting ideas, but the execution leaves much to be desired, and the whole twists are nowhere near as clever as they think they are. I had to make an actual effort to reach the end, and although Joey's "voice" was stripped of its most annoying tones, it was still rather grating. Why on earth do so many YA writers think their heroes/heroines have to be wisecracking one-dimensional bundles of energy?

But I persevered and reached the ending. It was messy. Not REALLY much happened during the book until the final chapters, and although there was plenty of action, this felt forced and almost unnecessary... it felt almost written to stretch the length of the book. The new characters might as well be flagged up with gigantic arrows spelling out their purpose, they are THAT obvious. Again we are left with a pseudo-resolution but with an underlying cliffhanger, and not really much of a real explanation of what is happening or why, as if the writers couldn't make up their minds or didn't quite know yet, so they're stretching the books to have a chance to figure it out.

I gave the series a second chance because I have loved nearly everything else that Mr Gaiman has written. I have to say, today, that any Interworld future novel will be absent from my library, because I refuse to subject myself to another one.
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