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Switched On by Franklin Horton
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really liked it

I’ve been following the Borrowed World for a while now, and it has become one of my favorite book series. What I liked best is that it had this realistic “I could see it happening like that” feel.

The problem is that the story risked getting too repetitive, perhaps even stale. This being the 6th book, the author needed a new twist. Which is what he did. He opened up the story to be larger, for lack of a better word. While we do sample more local deviant behavior, the threat of a new political power comes into play. The group vying to take over is less than compassionate, and Jim’s group gets the brunt of their methods.

While I like the direction the author is taking this series, I felt that he lost the story in places. Without getting into too many spoilers, I’d say around three quarters of the way my mind started wandering with too much details put into the scenes. And then when the story got exciting again, way too many details got cut out. I was eagerly following Jim’s loss of propriety and weather-related survival, only for him to pop back up a few scenes later waiting in a vehicle. Like, how did he get there and what happened in-between? I didn’t like the jump nor missing explanations. It felt disjointed and rushed.

As a writer myself, I understand that sometimes the story gets away from you. Sometimes you forget important details and don’t properly close ideas that were opened. But for some reason, this one bugged me. To me, it felt like the author rushed the finally and lost touch with the reader. Also, the previous believability factor took a bad turn here and there, which disconnected me from the story a bit. It lost some of that realistic fiction and adapted a bit of video game reality (which started at places in book 5). That said, I’m only dropping my ranking down from 5 to 4 stars and am really hoping book 7 properly handles the larger plot direction without losing the realism. I’ve come too far to lose hope on this series.
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Reading Progress

December 28, 2018 – Shelved
December 28, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
December 19, 2019 – Started Reading
January 9, 2020 –
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January 15, 2020 – Finished Reading

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