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Central Station Paperback – May 10, 2016
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First off, it is very well written. There are various story threads, following various characters, as they end up in the same place - a future Tel Aviv. It mixes recognizable details with future details - firmly letting you know this is the future but it is a future you can envision. It was a bit confusing at first but it settled down and became clearer after a bit. The future it describes is interesting and believable.
However, the book felt very much like it was setting up this world. If I found out this was going to be the first in a series, it would totally make sense. Everything built to an ending and we did get a kind of ending. We see why these people moved together to be there and we see that many of them were manipulated in a way to get there to do what needed to get done to have that scene.
But the end didn't provide closure. I understand now where they were headed and for what. But it isn't "Ok, that is resolved." It doesn't feel that way at all. At the end I felt "ok... so what does that mean? What is going to happen now?"
I am giving it the 4 stars I want to give if we are going to get another book with some more information. But take it with a grain of salt. If this is the end all and be all... it feels unfinished.
Based on the other reviews, maybe it is only me. But I need some closure. Or some direction as to where these people are going from here.
The problem with this novel is the weak plot which, despite huge potential, essentially has no real path. The book reads like a series of short stories (more like prose poems) linked together by the setting. It is the kind of book critics might decide to love but is nearly unreadable. Or maybe the whole thing flew over my head.
If there's one criticism, and I suppose you could call it a big one, it's merely that the actual central plot feels slight and somewhat unimportant. We never spend enough time with any one character, or really get close enough to them, to become entirely attached to them even though we like them. And the central thread of the story, while interesting in the unfolding, doesn't feel like it offers anything huge in the way of surprise or depth or etc. So that's Central Station, a well written, well thought out, well put together piece who's skill only finds lack in that what it's putting up is passing entertainment instead of something grander.