4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great characters and witty, sparkling dialogue, but horrid plot,
This review is from: After America (Hardcover)
I'm afraid I have to agree with Brian Schaeflein; I hugely enjoyed the Axis of Time series as well as the first book of this series, Without Warning. But this novel has the characters accomplishing nothing; every single one of them (except maybe Milosz) ends the book either having wasted his or her time or being even worse off. Miguel is the moral heart of the book, but his experiences are so dreadful and unsuccessful that it's a real downer. Very few of the different plotlines intersect or seem to relate to each other at all. When they do intersect, it seems more contrived than integral to the larger plot (or rather, it would not be integral if there were a discernible larger plot).
On the plus side, there is some great dialogue; I laughed out loud at some of the way the characters talked to each other, so that made reading the book fun.
The book really lacked realism in its depiction of Mormons. While largely sympathetic and respectful, Mormons do not use archaic speech patterns, baptize by sprinkling, do baptism for the dead as indiscriminately or for the reasons and by the method depicted in the book, or wear white shirts and ties unless on missions (which these Mormons are not, and most Mormons only do this for a few years), and certainly not if they were herding cattle. I think Birmingham also has them drink some coffee or tea, which Mormons do not usually drink. I wasn't offended by his depictions, since it was quite respectful and not offensive, but it just jarred with what I know of Mormons, as I am one myself.
Anyway, I hate to say it, but aside from the witty dialogue and enjoyable characters, I would not waste your time reading this book, and it is certainly not worth the cover price.