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The Frequency Effect: Prepare to be woken Paperback – 7 Dec 2016
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The book is promoted as the “world’s first immersive, cinematic novel”. It took me a while to work out what that meant but I finally realised that throughout the story there were opportunities to connect with photographs, music and video to enhance the reading experience. Whilst I applaud the idea and the effort, it failed miserably for me. I read to escape. I read to allow my imagination to take over. Anyone’s imagination is more creative and more powerful than any film and I would never want to allow myself to be dictated to in terms of how I view a book I am reading. I also would not want anything to interrupt the flow.
So, to the manuscript itself. The writing itself is clear and intelligent. It was perhaps a shame that a few spelling mistakes jarred me out of my focus and concentration. Clearly the manuscript had not been properly proof-read. Unfortunately, the writing was also flat. There was little tension and no change of pace. The whole plot was without emotion.
The central figure is Ben who discovers The Frequency Effect and realises the power wielded by Tatio, a Chinese media company. Other characters flit in and then out so apart from Ben there is no foundation which means there are no foils or side-kicks. Maybe this was the reason that the storyline lacked power.
The denouement was non-existent and the story ended with a whimper. It left me totally unsatisfied yet pleased I had climbed the mountain. The journey was over. Thanks goodness. Full marks for originality but C- for execution.
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