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This review is from: Hull Zero Three (Paperback)
A man wakes up aboard a massive spaceship in chaos. He meets strange humanoids and learns to avoid 'Cleaners', semi-robotic creatures that will kill. He discovers how to maneuver in weightless environments. When food is found it prompts an orgy of eating. A little girl gives him a small book containing a diary seeming left by another version of himself. And so on, as things, mostly bad, happen. The reader endures, much like the central character, a forced search for meaning. But there is no massive revelation, only strange encounters which supply hints of this or that. Clearly, something has gone wrong but this is obvious from page 1.
This tale might make have made an interesting short story, but as a novel it drags. While the idea has promise, it would have been useful, say, to have had a counterpoint thread which revealed the history of the mission and the spaceship before the disaster that causes the trials and tribulations that make up the main narrative. What we have is a few hundred pages of encounters and the slog of reading the narrative.
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Initial post: 16 Aug 2012 09:48:19 BDT
Paul K. Jeffrey says:
Maybe its an Edinburgh thing but I'm in 100% agreement with AP.
The primary protagonist (and by association the reader) spends up to 90% of the book floundering for any true meaning and when it does arrive it does so with a whimper and a sense of sheer disappointment.
AP is exactly right in that parallel/retrospective storylines/threads dealing with one of the two other primary premises of the book (no spoilers) would have been welcome and would have made this a different book no doubt but a more satisfying one.
Massively disappointing I'm sad to say.
Posted on 22 Aug 2012 15:02:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Aug 2012 15:03:26 BDT
I couldn't agrree more. A tedious book which I struggled to finish .. almost unpickupable and very disappointing from this author.
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