I used to be a big fan of Dean Koontz, but then I just started to lose interest. I still think that many of his mid-career novels are really good. Dra...moreI used to be a big fan of Dean Koontz, but then I just started to lose interest. I still think that many of his mid-career novels are really good. Dragon Tears, Phantoms and the first Dean Koontz's Frankenstein book were all things I really enjoyed and still think of positively. But it seems like the past several years have lead to a new style of writing where all that is good will always triumph and all that is evil will never win. There are some really interesting ideas in this book, and I wish that they'd been explored a little more. I had heard that this was a different novel than the type he's been writing lately, and I did read it all the way through, which I haven't done with some of his other books like "The Good Husband" or "False Memory".
I went in knowing very little. I don't think I even really read the description on the inside cover, other than the fact that the main character was feared and beaten if he was seen by "normal" people and that was really about it. I think that there was more that could have been explored about the Fogs and the Clears and the apparent monsters that exist in this book. There is a scene near the end that makes very little sense in a "We don't have to worry about that anymore" type way. If the threat is defeated the way that it is, and the heroes don't need to worry about people because of what happens, what about what Addison sees in the alley? Why do they not need to worry about that? It's a thing that is both of the things they've had to worry about, and even though it may have been defeated on one account, it doesn't make sense that it would be completely defeated, since the other threat shouldn't be affected.
What I liked most about the old Dean Koontz books was that there was a threat and there were monsters, but the heroes were able to defeat them through their own abilities along with some help from Above, whatever Above means to you. There were also a number of very well written chase scene usually and those were very well paced and fun. Now however it seems that there is almost no reason for the characters to do anything. Addison, the MAIN CHARACTER of this book doesn't do much to move the story along. His is the innocence mentioned in the title and it's important that he is an innocent, but he doesn't actually do anything to move the story along. He gets rides and he goes places and at one point he holds a gun, but he never uses the gun and he doesn't really do anything to change the events that were already in motion. This seems kind of strange. It really feels like the main character should do something other than tell people what is happening and why the world is the way it is, but that's all that I can think of that Addison did.
This book is very well written, but it feels to me like there is a lot more in the world that could have been explored than actually happens. Are there more like Addison out there in the world? You know of a couple of them, Father and his Father before him, but what about how the book ends? Are there more places like that at the end?
Overall I'm not really sorry that I read it, but I think that the ending feels a lot like a couple of the other books that he's written in the past couple of years, specifically The Taking. The endings are similar enough that I felt kind of... I don't know, cheated is too strong a word, but it felt like I'd already read the ending before and that was a little disappointing. It's not the worst book I've read, and I actually read it all the way through even after the big reveal. I just wish that there was more suspense. That seems to be what is lacking in the books recently and the last one that I actually really liked was Life Expectancy, and that was more due to the weird humor of the book than the Thriller/Suspense portion of the book.
I'll still give Dean Koontz a try when I see his books at the library, but I no longer anticipate them the same way I used to, and that is a little disappointing to realize.(less)