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I found this book really disappointing. It had a promising high-concept premise and has been praised by some reviewers but it is so badly written in terms of character and plot that I found it hard to follow. The characters all seem the same and they just bumble around having the most trivial of adventures. The writer has obviously done a lot of research but seems unable to use it as believable background so it ends up sticking out in awkward ways. Its like going on a guided tour of a WWII museum with an over-rehearsed librarian.
There's also a strange moral dilemma at the heart of the book. The story seems to want to celebrate the lives of "ordinary" men and women who were so important in the war but at the same time there is the idea that only certain events are important as "history" and these cannot be changed by time travelers. So most of what these people do ends up being seen as irrelevant and the telling of their stories, so obviously based on research, end up seeming patronizing. Who, or what, is deciding what constitutes proper "history" that must be protected from being changed by time travelers is an interesting question that is completely ignored by this book.
I sense the book has its heart in the right place but it has neither a captivating story nor a logical premise to make it worthwhile reading. I hope the second book tackles some of these problems and maybe does something interesting with the story but I won't be reading it to find out.
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Initial post: 13 Dec 2011 20:42:56 GMT
J. Irish says:
I think you make some interesting points. Just wanted to add (in case you might change your mind about reading All Clear): the 'proper history' issue is sort of a mystery in Blackout, which the characters do wonder about and remain in confusion. But the author's thoughts on the subject are revealed in the second book.
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