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A rather bland installment to an amazing series
on August 24, 2011
I by no means want to discourage people from investing in these books as the series as a whole is mesmerizing, but would just like to comment on a few things I believe make this a rather bland installment to the series, and to warn those expecting amazing things. I also realize as a young adult (25) these are aimed at youth, but even I believe the first 12 were well written and captivating, so I don't think I'm being too harsh.
1. Redundancy. Throughout much of the first book and occasionally throughout all 6, I find characters 'reminiscing' about earlier events that happened to the point that it becomes obvious recap. Although it doesn't seem like too big a deal , it's really unfortunate that I found myself skipping many paragraphs, and occasionally a page because it was almost an exact recap of events that were large plot points generally remembered (even for young readers, and in my instance after reading a separate novel between). I'm not reading the current book to get an earlier book's content, that's what the prologue is for.
2. Characters. This is more personal opinion, but I think it holds true. I was a little disappointed that all three main characters were very straightforward, and cliche. My only guess is the Hunter's were wanting to write in variety, but in comparison to the earlier books where characters developed and grew as events came and went (satisfying the audience), these three stayed mostly self-centered and narrow-minded in their ideals to the very last page of this installment (maybe give Lionblaze to a little degree). I realize the characters throughout the books are trying to find their meaning in life regarding the prophecy, and getting angst therefrom (appealing to the teen audience)...but there were points throughout all of the books that I couldn't even imagine teens empathizing with the emotional blowing-up of events that were going on. It seems a bit telling when I come out of a series sick and tired of all the current main characters, and yearning for the perspective of old characters that are only in the background.
3. Plot. Without spoiling anything, my opinion is the same as above for the plot, it doesn't move too far. I can't write too much (as I do recommend people read these to complete the spectrum), but what I do have to say is that despite a lot of things happening chapter to chapter, not a lot gets resolved/tied up/ delved deeper into until the last few chapters of the final book. I find this unfortunate, as a lot comes off as filler and not really important. The clan simply revolves around the main characters and their narrow-mindedness.
All in all, I'm sorry if this seems harsh, I just -as stated above- want to warn those expecting a similar style as the first 12 books, that this installment isn't quite up to par.It almost turned me off from wanting to continue the series, however I have heard that the writing and plot development has picked back up for 'Omen of the Stars.'