- File Size: 2753 KB
- Print Length: 1300 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 13, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B0UYWJ4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Beginnings: The Trilogy (Beginnings Series) Kindle Edition
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The absolute worst part of the series is that the text is so very poorly edited and proofed. This is inexcusable in my opinion.
Many of the editing errors are so obvious that it is hard to believe that they could have been overlooked. Many are due to really poor English and grammar. Almost as if the author's or proof reader's native language wasn't English or the books were a very poor translation from a different language. Other errors are just stupid mistakes such as "he" instead of "her", etc. All of the books I've read in the series so far, suffer this inexcusably poor proofing and editing.
Finally, some of the weird descriptive action terms such as "fluttered his lips", "he 'emotionally' said her name", "he/she 'flew' from the room", etc. distracted me greatly from the overall action involved at the time. Too, the author seems to have a fanatical love for certain specific terms. Some of these are "jolted", "snickered", "flew", and several others. These terms are used excessively and repeatedly and get very tiresome. The use of a good thesaurus would would have worked wonders on the series text.
Generally, the overall story line is interesting and kept me "turning the pages" so to speak. Thus, I give the series 3 stars as okay. I didn't really dislike the overall story so I didn't give it a 2 star rating.
The end of the world as we know it begins with terrorism in the form of a virus being unleashed on the world that kills the majority of the population. Some of the more interesting characters are killed off before they are fleshed out and the main characters, Dean, Frank, and Ellen, really aren't that interesting or believable. Dean a brilliant scientist probably has aspegers and hopefully as the books continue will go back to being interesting instead of a mirror of those around him. Frank, is flawed as the best characters are but is written so that the reader never really roots for him or care. That leaves Ellen. I can wrap her up in one plot point. She loses her two children to the illness and within days decides she must get pregnant again. And sleeps with 2 men to make that happen. Seriously!? If it wasn't for the quirky supporting characters like the leader and patriarch Joe, the silly and abused Henry, and the hilarious farmers I doubt I would keep reading. By the end of the book I was thinking that in a survival community they would vote Ellen off the island for creating chaos by bouncing between 2 men. Her type would be very dangerous to keeping them a tight knit community and worse then the survivors they consider not worth saving. I am going to read the rest of the trilogy and hope the focus shifts.
The story could be good, the premise is good, there are some twists in the story, but the characters are such horrible people, I just don't care to know what happens to them.
It's not poorly written. I'll eventually get to reading the sequels, but I'm in not rush. As I said it's a fair read.