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I felt it was very good on fault lines developing in a group of friends ...
30 November 2015
The story has takes an interesting concept, that made me think about the contradictory parts of my own personality, and builds a convincing world out of it. I felt it was very good on fault lines developing in a group of friends after an incident that tests their loyalties, and switches from the very personal and intimate, to the wider picture, showing us how people can be manipulated and shaped by events that are often outside of their control, and forces that they do not understand, then showing us the human cost.
I thought with the Officer Kripke character there were echoes of 1984, in the way that his mind was, at the start of the book, so controlled and dedicated to an institutional/government power with no questions. Unfortunately for him he begins to have questions; this development was the most interesting in the book.
For me though, there was far too much telling and not enough showing, as the author fills us in on the background to her world. I would have found the book more readable if this could have come up as part of the story, I felt it was thrown at the reader in far too large chunks that I read impatiently, wanting the writer to get on with the story.
I thought the best part of the story was the last part, when the author concludes with a look at the situation of Officer Kripke. The author made me feel tension and real anxiety by showing me his situation with no telling. For me, right at the end of the book, the story finally came alive.