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Cycles (Volume 1) Paperback – January 13, 2012
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Lois received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked as a news correspondent in Washington, D.C. She later completed a master’s degree in communications and moved into the corporate world, forming her own freelance business. Recently she turned her interest to writing fiction after realizing the bedtime stories she tells her four kids never put them to sleep. Her other works of fiction include: Catching Katil Treasure Hunters: A collection of short stories
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(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 4 -- Plot has unique elements and no major holes, but a few shaky bits. The whole concept is unique and interesting, and the snippets from Helen mixed in helped build suspense. Dr. Nelson's deception was a bit confusing, as it came out of nowhere; he maintained enough of a trustworthy front that he got Sam to stick around, but then abruptly turned into a ruthless mad scientist. Setting is clear and believable, though those kids seem to cover a lot of ground, on buses, with what money? Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. Going to camp from Thursday to Saturday is really that big of a deal?
Characters: 3 -- Main characters are relatable, realistic, interesting, and/or dynamic. Minor characters and villains are almost exclusively stereotyped or simplified. Relationships between characters are not especially well developed, but what is there is generally good. I did enjoy the dynamics of Sam and Renee turning from long-time friends into maybe something more, with Jessica as a catalyst. Gamma Didi is an interesting character, though I feel we didn't really get to know her.
Mechanics and Writing: 3.5 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors, but nothing that seriously hinders understanding. Generally solid use of alternating 3rd person POV, with a few errors (briefly head-hopping a few times). Average writing, with strong parts and parts that struggle.
Redeeming Value: 4 -- Partially focused uplifting themes. Renee and Sam's friendship is pretty important, and they weather some differences and come out stronger. They each learn, through some trial and error, who they can trust and who to be wary of. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, but some shaky ground, eg. Sam and Renee breaking into Dr. Dawson's house.
Personal Enjoyment: 3 -- I liked it. It was enjoyable and entertaining. I wouldn’t mind re-reading it someday, but it’s not a priority.
I enjoyed this story. I wasn't sure what I would think, and it started slow, but it picked up and gained quite a bit of speed. Of ended in a HFN ending, but there are questions you want answered. Renee is odd. She is both a typically teen, and an old soul and in the book, you discover why. I look forward to seeing what else happens to Renee.