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on 15 May 2006
I started this and fell in love with it, to the extent that I recommended it to several friends. I read the first third of it in a day and was eagerly lloking forward to completing it.
The first third of the book is beautifully written, reminding me a lot of Margaret Atwood's style. It drew me in and had me hooked. However, when I continued on I'm afraid I fell out of love with it pretty damn quickly. The main character was the only one I felt I knew, the rest being merely used to progress the plot with no idea of their motivation or thoughts. When the action moved from the Olive Country the book completely fell apart for me. It was so rushed, simplistic, under developed, under explained, hackneyed and trite.
The author was obviously suffering from having to rush to meet a tight deadline and it really showed in the shift in her style and pace of writing. I'd have given this 1 star but gave it 2 as a concession to the fact that the first third of it was a great book, shame about the rest though. It's a shame for the author herself too as I can't imagine she can have been happy at the end result of her 18 years hard work; at least I only spent a few hours reading it!