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3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but interesting in parts, 2 July 2012
This review is from: Plan for Chaos: Classic Science Fiction (Paperback)
The book doesn't start terribly well, especially if you're on the look out for the unconvincing semi-American voice of the lead. Then it gets into its stride and becomes rather an intriguing mystery. I think 2/3rds of the book is rather enjoyable. It is when the mystery is essentially solved that things decline rapidly. I'm a real Wyndham fan and I usually like the way his lead characters are essentially unassuming, normal people but Freda, his fiancé, seems so lacking in emotion that I began to believe she might have some sinister motives. Their relationship never gets very exciting because neither have much in the way of personality: as the plot comes almost to a halt this becomes more painfully obvious. The hero seems impotent: wandering around in a state of mild confusion, not knowing what side to take and the reader has no option but to feel the same. When the factions of clones compete for power it is intrinsically uninteresting since they rather inevitably are largely indistinguishable. If you're interested in Wyndham, read it, otherwise stop after Triffids, Chocky, Kraken and the other good ones.
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