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Rambling, self indulgent, unpleasant undertones...
on 15 September 2016
On the plus-side I got the first three volumes free via Kindle/Amazon, presumably in the hope that I'd invest in the remainder of the series? On the other hand, I'm angry with myself that I wasted several hours of my leisure time reading it - at least I will be spared books 4 to 10 or whatever. As an avid reader across a wide range of genres, I admire anyone actually getting down to writing a novel, or story for publication. I try to give everything I read the benefit of doubt, see how it goes, and in these days of electronic publication I've learned to forgive the odd typo, poor punctuation etc. In this case, I have to say that the author is a competent writer, and clearly derived a great deal of pleasure setting down what is intended as an epic piece. But......oh dear! The dystopian, post cataclysm near-future is a path well-trod, and there are many well-crafted, exciting, intriguing books exploring it. This, however, is sadly not one of them. Suddenly, shortly after the nuclear apocalypse, it seems a large proportion of the remaining population are psychic, telepathic, have been so all their lives and everyone else seems to know and accept it. Not content with that, a key character is a witch, again not surprising anyone, capable of bringing down fire, lightning, pain and death... When all else fails, just solve the problem with magic, great plot device!
It gets worse. The 'good' survivors appear to be almost exclusively white, gun-loving devotees of a militaristic lifestyle. The pervading culture is one of mysogenism (surprising for a female author), racism and homophobia. The 'forces of evil' are mainly Mexicans, invading their northern neighbours intent on murdering, enslaving and raping their way across the US landscape. Add to this the fact that pages and pages are devoted to mind-numbing ever-circling conversations between completely unrealistic lead characters, part spoken, part 'telepathic'.....Enough! I could point to sources of similar ideas - The Stand by Stephen King comes to mind, overblown indulgence in my view but infinitely better written than this.
I see a lot of readers have awarded five stars, which all goes to show, I suppose, that we all have different expectations - they can't all be family and friends of the author! As I said at the start, the book was free, and worth every penny...