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Superbly drawn thriller
on 19 August 2014
The first book was very good, an intriguing premise with clever insight into how people might cope after an apocalyptic plague. However "Breakers" slightly let down by a rushed final 'reel'. With Melt Down, Edward Robertson is much more at home in the world he has created and does a smashing job of involving us with his characters.
The format is the same as in book one: two sets of characters depicted in alternating chapters, each chapter ending on a minor cliffhanger. It's a tried and trusted formula and it works, even more so in this book because the characters and situations are expertly drawn.
Robertson has great skill with descriptive text. For instance, he talks about one character 'patting the air' with his hands in order to shush people down to listen to him. Absolutely spot on and the book is full of little descriptive gems like that.
This series would make a superb series of films and, indeed, looks to have been written with that in mind. I would be surprised if the film rights haven't already been sold because whichever production company picks this up is going to have a prime piece of box office share, so long as they stick to the text.
"Melt Down" built up steadily and was a thrilling page-turner as the story built to its climax. That's all I ask from a book and it delivered in spades.
Well done, Mr Robertson!