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This review is from: Oh, Play That Thing (Paperback)
The first book of the series, A Star Called Henry, was a brilliant book. The pace was fast, the story was gripping and, most importantly, it all fitted together. From cover to cover, the story flowed perfectly, taking you on a fascinating journey, on which you learn much about history as you develop along with the character.
Unfortunately, this book didn't rise to that level. Having read the first of the series, you expect a continuation of that interesting journey. And although you get a journey of sorts, it is not the one of discovery of the world and Henry himself you hope for. The story is quite disjointed, the various episodes don't really hang together that well. Some of the various stages Henry goes through are even a bit superfluous.
You, much like Henry himself, don't really know where the story is going to, often taking bizarre turnings. I found this a bit disappointing, as in the first book the sense of direction was clear. On a few occassion I came across points which would've made nice endings, but due to some incredulous plot twist, the book would continue.
Lastly, Henry remains a bit of a flat character, developing little. He makes the same mistakes again and again. You're wanting him to move on, as similar story lines continue to repeat themselves. This doesn't make for a very interesting read. In the end I wanted to know how it would finish, but I found myself skipping over large sections, desperate for an ending.