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Extracted by R.R. Haywood
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it was ok
bookshelves: listened-via-audible

Oh man... it started out so good! Extracted starts with three action-packed, century-spanning vignettes about people almost dying and then--at the last possible second--getting extracted from their timelines before drowning/blowing up/etc. It spans the first quarter of this book, and boy-oh-boy, is it riveting. But once the three extracted individuals show up in their new base of operations, things go south FAST.

To be clear, we're talking about three people from different points of the 20th and 21st centuries, who get plucked from the event that kills them SO incredibly close to the point of death that history assumes their bodies were just never recovered. Then you have a super team of badasses that are going to do... what, exactly?

Well, it's never actually explained. Aside from a vague going-to-save-the-world proclamation, no one is really told. They just start training, even though they didn't know exactly what for. The team's willingness to just shrug and say, "Okay," is shocking.

Oh, except for Ben Ryder, who spends the middle half of the book in a state of depression. Severe depression. Redundant, severe depression. Book-lengthening , redundant, severe depression. You know that person who sprints to the edge of the pool, but then stops at the last second because he or she knows it's going to be cold? This person counts to ten, squats to perform a cannonball, and then they lose their nerve and count again. This person walks around the pool, biting their nails, assuring everyone else they're going to jump, they just need a second, goshdarnit! Eventually, someone who's tired of the drama gets out of the pool and forcefully pushes the apprehensive jumper into the water. Stretch this out over 200 pages and you have the middle half of Extracted.

If these people are the angels, then their boss is Charlie. And man... Charlie doesn't have a plan. He brought them to their location and then declares, "you figure it out!"

The depiction of women here is... problematic.

Anyway, wasn't terrible, but I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series. Most of this book felt like a filler episode of AMC's The Walking Dead, and I don't want to run into that again in book 2.
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Reading Progress

January 10, 2018 – Started Reading
January 10, 2018 – Shelved
January 16, 2018 –
88.0% "Holy smokes... so much whiny navel gazing. I mean, overall, still good, but boy oh boy... so much whining."
January 17, 2018 – Finished Reading
February 11, 2019 – Shelved as: listened-via-audible

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