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An installment, not a book, in a too-long story
on July 9, 2012
The first Project Eden book was gripping and a great read - and unlike the later ones actually had a beginning, middle, and end and a clear, motivating and manageable focus. The second had too many characters and felt distant from all of them. It felt more like a bridge between the first and the third books, more like an installment than a book. I plowed through the doom & gloom side stories mainly to see how things would end, assuming that Pale Horse would wrap up the series, but now it seems the author is just dragging it out into as many books as possible, maybe to get readers to keep paying? I don't think I'll keep reading. I certainly won't keep paying $3.99 for any more 'installments' full of side characters doomed to death that affect the plot only minimally or not at all.. The threat that almost everyone's going to die except a select few is clear. That's why those few are the main characters. Packing the book full of people we won't hear from again dilutes the suspense and drags down the main threads of the story. If you're going to write a series, write a series, but don't break what is really a single, too-long book into chunks that obviously can't stand on their own and then try to pass it off as a series.