Top critical review
A lot of promise, but doesn't quite deliver
on 17 August 2012
I would give this book 3-3.5/5. It's certainly well-written, the story flows well with hardly any plot hole at all, characters are likeable, the world of Terah is very well described, but also very logical, and it's easy to immerse yourself in the book. Despite its size, over 16.000 units on Kindle, you are halfway through before you realize.
The main downside is a general lack of interpersonal drama. Characters do small talk really well, but never really disagree, argue, fall out or show any sign of a temper. They are not boring Mary Sues, far from it, but they just always seem logical to the point of repressed, considering the magnitude of the situation. More or less the same could be said for most of the story itself - things always go according to plan, with not much out of the ordinary ever happening. Again, if you expect breathtaking moments, surprises, emotions and drama, you won't find much here. The book tends to get a bit formulaic, falling into somewhat predictable patterns, amplified by a tendency of the author to sacrifice immediacy by describing everything at lenght. In fact, the book could do with some editing, as there are plenty of scenes or exchanges that don't really add anything to the story or to the characters, and after a while make you wish things would get more to the point.
So, all in all, a good, well-written story, but not quite something taking your breath away.