When I read Samit Basu’s Turbulence, all I could think of was that the novel was actually a comic book, but in a novel format. I feel exactly the sameWhen I read Samit Basu’s Turbulence, all I could think of was that the novel was actually a comic book, but in a novel format. I feel exactly the same way about the sequel, Resistance. After receiving a copy of Resistance from Titan Books, I delved into the story. I’ll admit that at first I was a little lost. There are so many characters to keep track with and I couldn’t remember which characters had which superpowers. I’m bringing this up first because I feel that Basu might have needed a bit more writing at the beginning about reminding us of just who is who. It’s either that, or I’m getting old and losing my memory.
Instead, though, the first chapter lunges us into a scene that can only be described as something you might see from Transformers. Seriously, it has everything we geeks love: giant mecha that combine to form even more giant mecha and Godzilla-type creatures invading… you guessed it… Tokyo. I could forgive the lack of explanation at the beginning because that first scene was mind-blowingly awesome. It’s described in a way that makes you envision it and also makes you hope that someone someday turns these books into a feature film.
After that, the action doesn’t stop, and at times, it almost feels like too much. In the first novel, the characters had a little breathing time here and there. They don’t get that in this book. I will admit that although I’m complaining about it, I didn’t really mind, because these scenes were so high voltage that I kept turning the pages of the book well past my bedtime.
I also liked the fact that you’re really not sure who exactly are the good and bad guys in this book. Those roles were defined in the previous title (sort of), but now, it’s hard to tell who really wants to help out humanity? The ending is equally as gray, and although you think you know who the good guys, are, you have to ask, are they?
Basu does a good job of answering the question: What would it be like if normal humans were suddenly given superpowers? I feel both books deal with this issue in a way that isn’t just humorous, but also realistic. And that’s what makes both books a good read. ...more
I’ll admit that when I first read Ecko Rising, the first in a series of science fiction/fantasy books by Danie Ware, I was a little confused. Was it sI’ll admit that when I first read Ecko Rising, the first in a series of science fiction/fantasy books by Danie Ware, I was a little confused. Was it science fiction? Was it fantasy? It turns out that the story Ware is weaving is both. Taking place in a future dystopian version of our world, as well as a world straight out of something similar to that in A Song of Ice and Fire, Ecko Rising and its sequel, Ecko Burning, are a perfect mash-up of the two genres.
My review of Ecko Rising is a positive one. I really liked that book. However, I feel like the second book in the series, Ecko Burning, even more. Both books tell us about a strange little man named Ecko, a once-human who seems to have been modified to the gills with computer technology, so much so, that he doesn’t remember his normal human life. He comes from a dystopian London, but somehow winds up getting trapped in a fantasy world full of beasts like minotaurs. In Ecko Burning, though, Ecko has completely shut down again, attempting to convince himself that this fantasy world is just something someone named Eliza has constructed like a video game for him. So he rebels and refuses to play. He can be a selfish little twit at times and that comes across a lot in the new book.
You would think that would be a turn-off: a major character who isn’t really always likable, not even a little bit. However, that’s balanced out by the other characters, who are featured a lot more predominantly in the new book. I particularly like Triqueta, a warrior woman who had the unfortunate circumstance of gaining a few years and got older in the course of a few minutes in the last book. I love her spirit and her willingness (although her new older body isn’t so willing) to charge straight into the lion’s den. She has to, because her world is about to be destroyed by a terrible god-like being and a blight that is only growing.
The other characters are also held up more to the light. I won’t run through a list, though, because if you’ve read the first book, there’s still a few characters who may or may not have survived. But we grow attached to these characters more in this book. This obviously means that you might as well prepare yourself for some George R.R. Martin moments, though, although Ware doesn’t necessarily kill off characters. Oh no, Ware understands that there are far worse things than death.
I found Ecko Burning impossible to put down. Like the previous book, it’s very nearly non-stop action. And once I got to the end, I wanted more, especially since it ended on a mysterious note. I definitely recommend both books for those readers who want something a little different....more