Customer Review

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flash Forward, 1 Mar 2013
By 
This review is from: Final Days (Paperback)
This novel has a straightforward style and the story moves along quite briskly. There's a lot of action, and although not brilliantly described, this novel was better than many I've read lately. Also, the big mystery had me interested, wanting to see what would happen.

However there is very little insight given into the characters and it took me quite a while to be able to distinguish one from another. They all have the same basic template: mostly divorced, had an affair, nothing inspiring or particularly likeable about them - and that was about it. The result was that as the story moved along from one person to the next, I really didn't care much what any of them were doing or what happened to them.

(SPOILERS AHEAD!) The wormhole idea as a form of time travel was an interesting one, although I'm a bit dubious about the physics of it all. The paradoxical loop involving Mitchell was just a bit stupid. I know these often feature in Sci-fi, but Gibson didn't need to include it here.

The plot wasn't very original: alien civilisation left wormholes behind; people see a future catastrophe and try to stop it. It reminded me a lot of Flashforward: people see themselves at a point in the future, and either try to stop it from happening or accept their place in it; and their actions all lead unavoidably to that event happening. But it's a fascinating idea so I don't mind it getting reimagined.

However, there were many parts of the story that weren't very credible: Saul manages to escape from improbable situations too often - often depending on the bad guys' ineptitude. When they are transporting the alien artifacts, the most precious things humanity has ever discovered, there's basically a truck, a jeep and a couple of security personnel. Of course in reality there would be a small army and every kind of surveillance, especially since they know something will happen which will end the world. Likewise, when they break Mitchell from the lab it's ridiculously easy. He's an alien, and something alien is about to destroy the world, so there would be an army ensuring he didn't escape. And I also found it a bit unbelievable that Saul didn't ask more questions of Mitchell, but instead just sat in a rocket with him and flew to the moon - when he knew the guy was possibly alien. There were too many plot points that depended on stupidity in order to take place.

So, overall, I found this novel to lack originality, have problems with its story, and have poor characterisation. But, the mystery did keep me interested, and I read it to the end, which is more than I can say for many novels I've bought recently.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

3.4 out of 5 stars (24 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (5)
4 star:
 (7)
3 star:
 (5)
2 star:
 (6)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
7.99 5.59
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 31,022