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This review is from: Three Feet of Sky: Book One (Kindle Edition)
Since I got my Kindle I've suddenly discovered the world of self-published books. Of the ones I've read this is the best so far.
There are some truly honkingly badly written, badly plotted, derivative, self-published works out there that are tempting to buy because they're only 90p - so Three Feet of Sky stood out from the rest as being: very readable, really quite funny, very imaginative and for the most part a bit of a page-turner. I was hovering between 3 and 4 stars for this.
I disagree with the criticism given by a couple of other reviewers that the writing style is poor quality. Ayres writes with wit and confidence. He's no Chris Brookmyre but I wasn't at any point irritated by out-of-place or laboured vocabulary or overly elaborate writing style. I didn't particularly notice a writing style - which is a good sign as far as I'm concerned. The narrative flows simply and nicely and I didn't cringe (like I do when I read Dan Brown).
Where it fell below par for me was the "psychoviro" part of the story. There was too much of this and not enough exploring of the new world in which Adam finds himself. The violence didn't bother me, it was the lack of variety in the road the story took. I thought the idea of this 'afterlife' was very imaginative, but I thought that had the author chosen more varied means for the main character to escape the confines of this new life and explore the environment I think the book would have been a lot stronger. I also wanted more characters to empathise with. There weren't really any likeable characters in the book. I was also interested in finding out more about the company whose idea it was to create this afterlife and this was barely touched on - maybe in the next book.
I didn't love this book, it had a lot of flaws, but I did quite like it, and really think this author shows a lot of promise. I'll definitely check out the next instalment.