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Breakers (Book 1) Paperback – October 17, 2012
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Ed's short fiction has appeared in a few dozen magazines and anthologies, including AE and Fantastique Unfettered. In addition to the Breakers novels, he's the author of the epic fantasy series The Cycle of Arawn. Born in the Pacific Northwest, he currently lives in the LA area with his fiancee. As with all authors, he has the mandatory two dogs and one cat.
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The narrative of the other main characters, a couple, is an extended read of snark, with one liners exchanged at virtually every situation. You find no depth or contemplation of their situation or prospects of civilization. Shouldn't they be talking about staking out a permanent home and raising a family? They are virtually Adam and Eve, so you think this topic would come up if they thought at all about the future of the world.
I won't give a spoiler, but the final scenes are full of alien incompetence and poor aim. Somehow this civilization managed to cross light years of space, but doesn't have drones, security, or combat tactics. Investigation into the aliens technology, motivation, culture, or anything beyond them being a caricature is missing. They carry around "laser guns", which apparently no character is curious about other than pulling the trigger. Wouldn't they want to know what it is and how it creates such energy?
At the end, with this book you have to be more interested in the characters than the setting, aliens, or broader perspective. The problem is that I just had zero interest in the characters - incompetent with no self-reflection or spark of humanity that would be worth saving. I won't be buying the sequels. I have just started "The Remaining", which is entirely the opposite so far - a competent and caring central character who you can root for.
I liked two of the main characters (Raymond & Mia). They're young, fairly realistic, and cute together.
I HATED Walt.
I mean really- he is entirely obsessed and pathetic. He's a constant moaner. As someone who at one point experienced suicidal depression, I would have thought I could feel for this guy a bit more. Nope. There wasn't a thing I liked about him or that I could relate to. He wasn't even the kind of character I "loved to hate". And for someone as pathetic as this, I have no idea how he manages to survive as long as he does. He goes from hopeless, obsessive boyfriend to Rambo.
Except for too much Walt, I really enjoyed the beginning of the book. The sickness that nearly wipes out the human race is interesting and frightening. The way the people reacted was believable. The story took a bit of an odd detour regarding some drug smuggling, but it was all enjoyable. The incident in the slummy apartment area where Raymond became essentially an accessory/partner to a murder was gripping. I wanted to see more of that. The dirty, scary degeneration of mankind. The author wrote those things well.
Then a freakin UFO turned up. Story #2.
It very much felt like the author had two story ideas and tried to make them fit into the same book. At first, EVERYTHING was about the sickness. Then it just... wasn't. The description of the aliens was almost comical. Human reaction ceased to be realistic. The interesting plight of a believable mankind was reduced to the overly-gutsy trappings of a handful of cardboard characters and that awful Walt. Raymond and Mia kept me reading. I wanted to know what happened to them. People who've read the book will see the irony.
There were great big parts of the book that really needed to be fleshed out further. Things that seemed to be important were skipped over while WALT'S whole pathetic narrative continued in detail. Many questions were never answered. The world was very small, as though anything beyond the handful of characters was simply void.
I did love certain aspects of this book, which added a star to my rating. The author has some great skills, but this book didn't quite sit right with me.
The plot had so much potential, but it was hijacked by overly descriptive rambling. The author has talent and I would like to see what he could do with an editor to keep the story clean and flowing. Also, while I respect that the attempt was made to keep the characters human, not simple heroes or villians, is it too much to ask that they at least be interesting? I tried to like these guys, but couldn't...Mia was the only one I found I could even come close to relating to and even she was missing that vital "something".
As far as the end, I agree with the others that felt it was less than desireable. I slogged through only because I can't stand to not finish a book.
Overall, I would say "try it, you might like it", but for me it was just okay. I'm glad I got this free.