The writing is very succinct and the quick pace does pull you through the story. It's a decent, fast read, but things seriously unravel toward the endThe writing is very succinct and the quick pace does pull you through the story. It's a decent, fast read, but things seriously unravel toward the end. The MC goes from being useless to somewhat interesting to completely insufferable. The writer throws in an occasional line about her thinking about how she is changing, but nothing in her actions ever show these things. Her transformation turns her into what she hates, which could certainly make for an interesting character arc, but it happens entirely without irony or real reflection.
There are also too many implausible elements of the story. You have to buy that there has been a total and complete nuclear annihilation of all things on land, even in the most remote areas of the world and all the little islands and archipelagos scattered about our oceans, of which there are close to 200,000 that we know of. The writer also suggests futuristic technologies in passing without elaborating in any way how they might work. Oh, they're 3D printing clothes? So are all the clothes made out of acetate or something? Isn't that a feature that probably would have been noticed by the main character? Also, 3D printers don't work on magic. Where is the material even coming from?
This book certainly has its moments, but there is very little character development. Characters rarely interact in meaningful ways. The MC is the only character who has any sort of growth, and her growth is more like the growth of a cancer. The bond villain ending eye-rollingly ridiculous.
Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, it's just not really good either. It's an easy read that requires no thought and that's fine. ...more
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I thought the book did a great job of showing what a future would look like where technology advanI received a free copy from the Amazon Vine program.
I thought the book did a great job of showing what a future would look like where technology advanced faster than social consciousness and equality. Yes, some of that is disturbing and even frustrating, but that is the world this book is set in. It's not some altruistic future world where we have learned from our mistakes. It's a world where we keep making the same mistakes and those mistakes are amplified by our ability to surpass our own evolution.
There is a murder mystery in here, but it's more decoration than structure. The real story is about the human interactions. It's about the manipulation of fate and free will and the consequences there of.
The world-building is excellent. And, while some of it is a bit silly and intentionally tongue-in-cheek, the story really does take on big subjects and makes you think about what our world would be like if we get too much power to control our universe before we have gotten rid of the worst of our human tendencies. ...more