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A great start that fizzles. * WARNING: some light spoilers*,
This review is from: Leviathan Wakes (Paperback)
The Good: A well thought out and surprisingly believable (up to a point, Ill get to that later) universe. Interesting, if predictable, politics in the universe. As a whole, I loved the setting. Neat ideas for combat as well. Very immersive!
The Bad: They started off great, good mystery, decent pacing. Characters are so-so but work well enough given the fantastic setting. They take a great universe and wonderful setting, and then load it up with cliches and rehashes done a million times over. Alien threat, Evil/Amoral corporation justifying crazy actions with predictable rationalizations.
Bottom line: Despite the hiccups, it kept me going to the end, and I will be picking up the next book in the series. The setting and universe was great and intriguing, but the authors (yes there are two, it's two dudes under a pen name) just didn't seem to know what to do with it once they got the setup out of the way and went with the usual suspects.
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Initial post: Nov 18, 2012 1:37:34 AM PST
I pretty much agree with this review. Nice idea, but not developed very well.
Posted on Mar 10, 2013 9:20:36 AM PDT
The problem with contemporary reviews is prominent here: there is always someone who tries to look cool/smart by saying everything was predictable. You know why it's predictable that a corporation would risk human life for profit? Because that's what they already do. If there's one thing this book is NOT, it's usual. It stands out in the great detail the authors have put into the world and the characters. This book takes the human experience and displays it in the grand and deadly arena of space, so yeah, there are some space things - get over it.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2013 1:40:21 AM PST
+1 One up above me! Generalizing statements about "re-used" plot-lines are not valid arguments. Plot-line doesn't dictate a books creative / inspiriting value by it's self. Thus, looking for creative "rationalizations " does not always a great book make.
In terms of content I thought the pace was extremely deliberate, balance between char. devel and action with purposeful speed. The character development was very well executed, in my opinion. The Lack of foreshadow actually led to a unpredictable way events happened. It's good to hear evidence based specifics too; however, "not developed very well" or "hiccups" feels rather like personal preference without any evidence presented.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2014 8:30:06 PM PST
Ian Adams says:
If you enjoyed the book, great! I did as well. Enough so that I own all 3 of the trilogy. That said, reading, particularly for pleasure, is a highly subjective thing.
I personally thought that the foreshadowing beat me over the head with it, but *shrug* that's merely my view. Also, I did not ever say it was 'not developed well'. On the contrary, I thought it was a very well developed universe, but one that was predictable in the events executed in it due to (to me, note: subjective view) overused tropes. I also could have explained the hiccups, but that would not address your comment as they could (justifiably) be excused/ignored as simply personal preference. Ultimately ANY review that is not focusing just on the technical aspects of the writing and story beats is almost entirely personal preference.
Posted on Aug 15, 2014 10:53:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 15, 2014 10:54:42 AM PDT
Jesse C. Ostrander says:
I completely agree except I personally found the characters exceptionally cliché as well. Especially Miller's obsession with Julie. They talked of him finding out details of her life as if they were mundane and then - suddenly - he is enamored with this girl who seemed like just a missing chick a few pages ago. When/how did that occur?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2015 10:48:17 AM PST
I get that Miller's obsession was odd, but that sort of thing can happen with people, especially if they have little else in the way of relationships to lean on. Basically Miller got lonely and had an imaginary friend. Happens even with adults.
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