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7th Sigma by Steven Gould
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Aug 24, 11

bookshelves: read-2011, e-books
Read from August 23 to 24, 2011

3 Stars

3 is probably a little generous, but this is a short and fast read with some enjoyable moments.

This book started out interesting enough, with a post apocalyptic feel, and a bit of horror to boot.

"There was less blood when it came out of his chest, but the blind black snout of the June-bug-sized creature came right through the remnants of the shirt as if it weren't there. It crawled up and out, wet and red. It stood up high on it's legs and spread it's wings. It buzzed them and the blood splattered off in a pink mist..."

Good stuff, scary, gory, and written well.

Unfortuately, this book really is not about the bugs. They are simply there, part of life 50 years after they changed the world. Our hero Kimble, is a likable 13 year old boy that has gone through alot in his short life. He is raised by a kick ass Sensei named Ruth. This book turns out to be yet another coming of age YA novel, that uses a post apocalyptic setting to make it feel more unique. Pretty much all the obligatory ups and downs of every other coming of age story are here.

Kimble is special, that much is made very clear. From his accomplished training with Ruth, to his bravery of deeds, that all culminate as he works as a spy. Much of the spy stuff is a bit tough to believe, but it will still have you turning the pages.

Gould only briefly touches on the cooler aspects of this story, the bugs and the not-animals. It is a shame that the book didn't take a more sci-fi approach as their are some cool concepts here ready to be explored.

Turns out one of my favorite side chatacters was that of old Mrs Perdicaris...an old, angry, and down right mean.... mule. She provided some comic relief to our story.

I enjoyed Goulds writing and will definitely read more of his works. This book is simply just ok. Much more suited for the YA crowd.
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