9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A cardboard main character and directionless plot,
By A Customer
This review is from: On (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
If you like tightly-plotted sci-fi with believable characters and a gripping storyline then avoid this book like the plague-'cos there's none of that here!
The main character manages to skulk his way through 90% of the story by coasting on automatic. He does nothing of any consequence-events happen to him and in most cases he fails to react, let alone act. Even faced with a chance to push his cannibilistic captor over a cliff he considers acting but 'Something stopped him' Flabby writing at best.
To cap it all in the last part of the book Tighe finally starts taking a little responsibility for his life and is punished with an ending whose message seemed to me to say 'How dare he try to have a life of his own'
The book finishes off with a few pages where the author explains how everything he created is technically possible. Pardon me but I always thought a work of art needs no excuses. However I found this book to be far from a work of art...