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Lacked depth and a bit of a clone, but...
on 27 August 2016
Alright, it was OK for a light read. The main problem was that it didn't connect well with the underlying premise / world within which it was set. Essentially, the skills and scenarios that underlie the core story line just "magically happen" with no sense of explanation of how it happens or what they do... "they close their eyes, the code flies around them and they manipulate it"... Umm yeah, bit like "he closed his eyes, said 'I DO believe in fairies' and he found himself magically transported to fairy land".
The end was fast and (for me at least) relatively predictable, so the 'twist' was unfortunately more of a 'tweak' by the time it happened, then the book was suddenly done. OK, it's part of a series, so sudden cliffhanger endings make it easier to continue, but it felt like it was wrapped up artificially quickly to meet that very purpose.
It sounds like I'm critical, I am. It's a critique, a review. I still rated as 3 stars though. The reason being that I did not expect a William Gibson novel, I expected a story in line with the Maze Runner series, and that's what I got. Was good holiday reading, endless twists and turns, and the constant questioning of "is this real?"
In all it was a good, fun read, and I will continue the series. I just felt it was let down as it picked a "world" for a backdrop and just staged the story in front of it. The same story could as easily have been told against other backdrops with similar results as it didn't really link deeply with the world. Bit of a maze runner clone, but enjoyable holiday reading all the same. Some nice ideas touched on and interested to see where he takes the story.