3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Could have been so much better,
This review is from: Chasm City (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
This is the first Reynolds book I've read and I enjoyed it. It moves at a good pace, it has some inventive and interesting ideas and parts of it are clever and thought-provoking. The trouble is, those strengths are balanced by some signficant weaknesses.
First off, the big plot twist is obvious from halfway in. I won't spoil it but there's too much coincidence involved that allows the twist to develop and remain hidden instead of coming out straight away, but even then the Hausmann sections make it obvious. Then there's the motivations: revenge just doesn't ring true, nor does the whole redemption piece. For example, at what point did Cahuelle become such a good guy and why? Lastly there's the Canopy vs. Mulch and human hunt stuff. That just feels tired and overworked. Surely somebody can do better than cliches?
Finally, if you do buy this book do not read the epilogue. It is pure dross!
And just as an aside to many of the other reviewers, the point about Haussmann wanting to get to Journey's End first is not illogical - the guy was crazy, remember! He was paranoid and unstable, so we should expct some of his decisions to be a little odd. What makes no sense is that the other crews would try and catch up. They should have just sighed and let him get on with it, knowing that they would vastly outnumber him when they got there.