Top critical review
Great Start, Disappointing Finish
on 3 August 2014
I have to say, Justin Cronin is a very good writer. The first part of this book was excellent and Mr. Cronin showed exactly what he was capable of. Good story, great pacing and excellent character development. Later we are made leave the story we were enjoying as it abruptly jumps forward nearly 100 years later. A bold move to say the least but Mr. Cronin deserves a hearty round of applause considering it worked, and worked well.
Then, something went wrong. Not sure what it was. After spending a bit of time in the future world and getting a feel for it, it all just fizzled a little. The setting was fine, the 2nd round of characters were not so hot. They ranged from boring, to one dimensional. the pace also struggled. There was way too much emphasis on describing every little detail of characters thought processes. Too many pointless scenes. It was as though the writer either got bored with his own story or the scenes he had in his head were difficult to transfer to words, or maybe he was just trying to stretch it out a bit. I don't know what it was but Justin Cronin is a damn good storyteller when all is said and done. I'm sure he will figure out where it went wrong and amend it for future efforts. While I lost interest with this one by the end, I would not rule out trying more of his books again at a later date.