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This review is from: Further: Beyond the Threshold (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)There's a lot I didn't like about this book - the attention-deficit inducing short chapters, the glib nature of every conversation and the million re-hashed ideas that have been discussed to death in SF circles for years. Unfortunately there was very little I did like about it.
The writing is perfunctory at best, lending a mediocre cast to even the most outrageous ideas (which, let me stress, aren't all that outrageous - this is a novel set 12000 years in the future but peopled with characters who wouldn't feel out of place in a seventies television drama) and meanders for two thirds of the book before the plot kicks in. I can consciously feel him attempting to describe the miraculous scenes in his head, using language that can be easily understood by a nine year old. It's not painful to read, but I kept drifting off on the internal monotone.
Everything about the setting feels forced. The miraculous world of the future is peppered with the exotic - the exotic from the point of view of a US thirtysomething. So not so exotic.
It's rare that a book has annoyed me more. It ticks every box - ludicrous plot, stupid characters, endless pedagogy. In capsule, infinitely "politically-correct" future "human" secularists vs wicked jihadists, with nothing approaching action for the bulk of the book - and even the treatment of religion irritated me and I'm a humanist.
As the first in a planned series of books, I'd suggest staying away, otherwise you may be tempted to try it, and then inevitably the second in the series to see if it improves. There is so much better out there.
2.5 out of 5, because I wasn't physically harmed while reading the book and didn't see any spelling mistakes.