I love the Seeker of Truth universe, I really do. I loved all the books in the original series, and didn't mind so much the slow pace of the last 3 boI love the Seeker of Truth universe, I really do. I loved all the books in the original series, and didn't mind so much the slow pace of the last 3 books with their constant reiteration of the main moral points.
I appreciate them even more now since the publishing of "Law of Nines" and "The Omen Machine", both of them very thin, unfulfilled sketches in this universe. Or multiverse I guess would be more accurate to say. It's as if some people complained that Terry expanded too much, repeated the same old exposition too often and generally provided too many words to read so that Terry decided to cut it way down and provide just the so-called meat and bones of the story.
Seems to me he cut too much down and all we're left with is the dregs.
I can almost understand why, more's the pity. Our hero Richard doesn't have anywhere to go, he has travelled his journey and is done. So has Kahlen. I don't see how they could grow any more. The reset with Kahlen's character in "Chainfire" or whatever (the first of the last 3 books) was exciting and gave us a new agony to feel for the characters, but here they have overcome all the obstacles to be together, have saved the world and have no issues with each other. What we'd need is a really big, epic baddie / plot that would separate them from each other, from their people, put them in jeopardy ... but what we get is ... not.
I think if Terry has written this as a short story it would have been better, but coming out in book form with hard cover prices is too much. Too little content, too little emotional connection to any of the characters for too many pages and too much money.
Read it if you love the universe and are a "compleatist", but borrow from a friend or library or buy from a used book store....more
I marked this as "read" because this site doesn't have a "started it, but it was so bad I couldn't finish it" option.
The story appears to be post apocI marked this as "read" because this site doesn't have a "started it, but it was so bad I couldn't finish it" option.
The story appears to be post apocolyptic / zombie book and the main character a supposedly a super-warrior-teen-chick named Alice who, coincidentally, resembles the fictional character Alice of "Alice in Wonderland". According to the blurb, her world is turned upside down when she sees, and then follows, a zombie (or "biter") wearing a pair of dirty rabbit ears. In so doing she discovers an underground world where the so-called mindless biters are actually somewhat organized and ruled by the biter queen ... and that they have a legend that a young blond girl names Alees will come to save them from the human depredation.
Somewhat intriguing premise, but sadly lacking in delivery. There is no internal consistency or logic ... I could not suspend disbelief, found the main characters one dimensional and stupid and completely unbelievable. For example:
Point 1: the writer tells us over and over that this 15 year old girl Alice, born the year the virus came along and turned the first person into a biter, that she is the best hunter/tracker/fighter they've ever seen. Really? A 15yo girl is a better fighter than her own father, from whom she learned this stuff? Better than the career military men and women who fought in the wars in the Middle East for years before this came along?
Point 2: if she's so good then how come she trips, stumbles, gets caught almost immediately, screams out loud whenever she is frustrated, scared or angry and generally behaves like a brain damaged noob with no training?
Point 3: much is made of the fact that biters are slow and stupid and do not use weapons only brute force, yet she is unable to out run or out fight them and her aim sucks.
Point 4: this zombie making virus, spread via bites, has only been around 14 years and yet somehow the only book left from before is "Alice is Wonderland"? Well, not the whole book, portions of it... and that biter queen, one who actually helped create this virus and is therefor somewhat educated and intelligent, found this last book and saw in it a prophesy of the future? That people of this world, despite most of them having been around before the virus started, have forgotten virtually everything about the previous world and its society?
Point 5: the writing style is crude and amateurish and inconsistent. Honestly I can name 10 fanfic writers off the top of my head who write 10 times better. Maybe if one of them had handled this book I could have finished it.
In the end I gave up ... so bad I couldn't finish it and because I got it via Kindle I can't even trade it in for credit at a used book store. *sigh*...more