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Good story with potential to be an excellent story
on 17 June 2013
I read this straight after Robopocalypse which I thought was brilliant.
My first impressions were fantastic. The book showed the same intelligence and depth of knowledge as Robopocalypse. It was also a very different story line as well as style of narrative. DHW is certainly not formulaic in his writing.
Secondly, the concept was mind stretching (intended pun). I was hooked straight away and couldn't wait to see where the story led. The genre of a new form of human / or human potential and societies reaction to it - similar to films like x-men and TV series like Heroes (the first 2 seasons anyway) - is an enticing and thought provoking concept. One which gets you thinking beyond the story.
Whilst I enjoyed the story and liked the style of writing, I was disappointed that the story took the direction it did. I thought there was too much concentration on the battle between the two main protagonists. I would have liked more on the genre and what it could do to other characters / society. This is where I thought the book would go at the start and I felt it turned into a well trodden genre instead.
I suppose there's potential to take the story further in an sequel, so perhaps this is just the first part of the journey?
If the Robopocalypse movie does well, I can see this being a sure follow up, as it would translate well to film.
Overall, I'd recommend the read with the caveats above.