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Wearmouth and Barnes do a great job of building the mystery of how these two seemingly unrelated stories are connected. I don’t want to spoil anything, but not everything is what it seems. And they deliver something I was not expecting! And that is a great thing.
The story that follows is chock full of old school sci-fi thrills, but with a modern sense of character-driven narrative. And just as The Walking Dead isn’t just about zombies, this book isn’t just about the aliens, it’s about mankind trying to survive, both the aliens and one another.
One of the best things about Critical Dawn is the juxtaposition of Charlie and the antagonist, Gregor. We get to see both characters’ motivations, which allows for a deeper understanding of what’s happening and a greater fear of what’s to come.
If you’re looking for a non-stop thrill ride that delivers from start to finish, stop looking — you’ve found it.
The only question I have is when is the next book going to be done?
“Critical Dawn” begins with archeologists Charlie Jackson and Pippa Quinn discovering advanced technology in undisturbed 19th century graves. Further investigation unleashes a hive of powerful extraterrestrials that have been lying dormant around the world for centuries. What follows threatens to end the human race. Accompanied by a band of survivors, Charlie Jackson must fight the alien menace and stop the fast-approaching end-game they’ve set in motion.
I thought I had this book figured out from the get go. I thought it was going to be your typical run-of-the-mill alien invasion story. Boy was I wrong. From page one, Darren Wearmouth and Colin F. Barnes throw you on a whirlwind of absolute terror. “Critical Dawn” doesn’t just make you afraid of aliens—it makes you afraid of what mankind is capable of in times of crisis. There were moments I had to stop reading just so I could take in how awful some of the survivors had it—I mean cringe-worthy stuff.
I loved the in-depth characterization in “Critical Dawn”. There were some characters I loathed in the beginning, only to find myself soften to them towards the end. I believe a great writer is someone with the ability to convince you that a character should be disliked, only to reveal that character’s humanity and lead you not only to an understanding of that character, but to a growing respect for their actions and self—Wearmouth and Barnes succeed in doing this. With so many different points of view, they also did a phenomenal job of making each character genuine individuals with voices that were easily recognizable. While so many points of view tend to be confusing, they managed to organize them in a manner that was both purposeful and easy to follow.
There were one or two instances when I felt the dialogue didn’t stay true to the characters voice. Some of it read a little clunky and made me pause—though these instances are very few and far between. Also, I felt like the ending was a bit rushed. I understand that the final obstacle came up suddenly, but I think the characters were a little washed out at the end for the sake of the action.
“Critical Dawn” is a high-speed adventure that had me rooting for Charlie and the other survivors with fervor. The end left me excited to read future installments of this thrilling series—a solid 4 ½ star read.
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***Warning: Spoiler Alert***
The first is glossing over of what happened to Pippa. Did Gregor kill her? If not, why does Charlie think he does? The second issue, and this one really went against the grain, the blue beads. Are they dead or not after the electrical shock? On one hand Charlie and Pippa find one at a dig, get shocked by it, and eventually Charlie wears it around his neck. Clearly the Croatoans can't track him with it later. Age wouldn't affect it (it was buried for 100s of years) so it seemed the shock mean they stopped working. BUT after rescuing the naive humans from the harvester, they remove the blue beads and more shocks. This time Charlie brings them to an old village and booby traps them to kill a few Croatoans - who follow the beads there. So why are they NOT able to follow Charlie by his bead?
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