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- Print Length: 596 pages
- Publication Date: March 26, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N5NPTUS
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No seriously, a fantastic second addition to the AO series. Bagwell demonstrates, yet again, the ability to dive into complex topics, emotions, and provide for stimulating debates on the concepts of good vs evil, ends justifying the means, and sacrifice for the greater need, to name just a few, all in a very non-traditional manner.
AO: Precipice is a great read, and would highly recommend it. I would argue it is for a more mature audience simply because of the level of gore and the darker nature of the book, but I would highlight that my opinion does not hold the context of many reads along the same darker vein as this series. Again, highlighting Travis Bagwell's talent to appeal to a broader audience than one might traditional consider for such a read.
Bagwell and his work are great examples of not only adding fairly unique works to the genre that provide for stimulating debate, but also works that appeal to a greater readership and broader audience. To provide a landmark work to the genre is worth celebrating, but to do so while at the same time growing the readership base and providing a great depth to his work, is quite a remarkable feat.
Writing Style: A+
Character Development: A+
Editing: A- (noticed one or two things here, but still a notch above)
One of the greatest strengths of this story is how the MC plays a "villain" and /what/ he does could be considered "bad," but "why" he does them makes him a very compelling antihero.
There is one scene in particular involving an entire village that I thought was a high point of the whole book. Despite the popcorn adventure story overlay of this series, at its heart, it's really a dissection of morality, and expertly done at that.
If you read the first book, which, I highly recommend, not solely because it's a great book, but because I'm a bit of a purist and I utterly hate starting a series in the 'middle' as it were, you saw the foreshadow that is the culmination of the end to this book. That said, I have to admit. I loved the fact that Claire got off her high horse and pulled that stick out of her behind long enough to place a bet even if it was a bet that Jason was going to go down.
As with any books, there are parts we love, and parts we hate. In this case? The biggest hate I have, is for the ending. If you utterly detest cliff hangers, be prepared to want to string Bagwell up by his laurels for this one.
Complaints that I have, have nothing to do with the book or the story itself. But person pet peeves that bear on what is all too common the truth, and is shown in the the book. I take issues with the girl getting ticked at Jason and comparing him to Alex, after she goes all self righteous on him for doing what he needs to do from a game perspective. When SHE was the one that opened the door to mistrust by blatantly lying about the incident that got him put in the situation at school that he had been put into in the first book.
Second complaint.. Has to do with the Alex's father. The man basically raised his son to be a sociopath, to put himself above all others. To believe he was better than everything and not to show any emotion. And then, places all his hopes and dreams on an AI to 'help' his now broken child become human again? While doing the exact same things that led to his son becoming closed off and distant in the first place? IE: Alex shows up at his father's work to talk with him. And does the father do anything about it? Does he make an effort to call his son and find out why when his assistant tells him about it? Does he have his assistant inform him that his son is there period? No. He basically thinks. "Oh. That's new. I hope he is changing." And carries on completely ignoring the kid. I'm not saying Alex is a victim here. The kid is a monster in every respect, after curb stomping the other kids at the party, but the Daddy playing victim just irks the ever loving heck out of me.
And last but not least..... There needs to be a freaking way for Jason to be able to rez Rex, cause.. Damn man.. Just.. Damn.