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Labyrinth by Alex Beecroft
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it was ok
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This story had a really strong start, equally balancing the plot of a build up to a potential war with the gender identity of one of the main characters, Kikeru. Despite the fact that Kikeru is pictured on the cover and is identified as the main character in the synopsis, it's more of an ensemble cast, with their love interest, Rusa, sharing point of view chapters, their mother Maja and also Rusa's daughter.

After that, however, things became a bit different. It's clear that the author wanted to tell a story bedded down in history, but they didn't give enough time to the description of the ancient world, which meant that the reader was left with whatever knowledge they remember of ancient civilisations to fill out the rest.

This lack of specific or detailed description was a problem throughout. I found it difficult to care what happened between these two voice characters, and even more difficult to see the two of them are more than people who are unlikely friends brought together in a time of stress to avert the possibility of war, their romance an afterthought to the story this author seemed to want to tell.

From the time we had the first couple of chapters from Rusa's point of view, the descriptions and feelings shared by Rusa and Kikeru are repetitive and similar enough that it became difficult to tell which character's head we are in.

Obviously, it was important to the author to look at both war and gender in this story, but the problems of the plot meant that I spent more time focusing on those than the story itself.
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Reading Progress

November 20, 2016 – Started Reading
November 20, 2016 – Shelved
November 21, 2016 – Finished Reading
September 26, 2017 – Shelved as: netgalley

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