- File Size: 1222 KB
- Print Length: 243 pages
- Publication Date: March 31, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C51UEB2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,857,127 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
DMQZ Kindle Edition
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The story is acceptable pulp fiction. The scene descriptions are workman-like, the characters one-dimensional, the dialog OK, the writing is only occasionally clunky. The story moves along nicely, though, and there's constant action.
While I was motivated to read it to the end, I found it tough going at about the 3/4 mark. The author tries to create a future world with an interesting culture and new technology, and attempts to extrapolate changes to society. I generally enjoy this type of science fiction, where the sci-fi is mainly used to set up a "What if" scenario with the focus on people and their behavior in such a world. There are some nice touches here, but unfortunately in this book there is heavy reliance on too-convenient magical technology to resolve plot issues.
[POSSIBLE WEAK SPOILER ALERT BUT NO PLOT POINTS REVEALED]
Oh, look, flying cars. Oh, and auto-generation of new limbs, right in your living room.
The protagonist is a cop, a plot trope that allows him to effortlessly enter restricted areas, scan for personal data, basically go places and do things that would otherwise require actual thought and explanation.
By the end of the book it felt like there was just way too much just-so inventions and character qualities thrown in simply to answer story questions without any difficult explanations.
What eventually started to grate was the realization that if all these tools and devices actually existed then the characters' world would be very very different than what is presented, and they are in the book simply to avoid difficult story development.
The book is entertaining enough if you don't stop to think about it.
A great story following a policeman stood down for his responses to a terrorist bank robbery, and searching for a way to clear his name. The search is not so straight forward. I presume the sudden ending (a little jarring) is leaving room for a sequel.
Hale is content with his role in society: a specialized operative of the Military Civilian Police, a militarized police force whose most important duty remains keeping the dormouse virus out of Manhattan. But when a strangely-alluring masked woman, a terrorist, gets the better of him during a bank heist, Hale's career begins to fall apart--and with it, his satisfaction with the world around him. He launches his own investigation to discover the truth. Who was the woman? What were here motives? What connection does she have to the world outside the quarantine--and the virus-resistant people who eke out an existence there?
These questions, and others, tore at me as I read DMQZ. And what a read. This book has single-handedly restored my faith in indie authors. Quinn Fleming has built a surprisingly convincing setting around this world-ending pandemic. In Manhattan and the surrounding quarantined boroughs, people subsist off of algae-based food flavored to mimic pre-apocalyptic food. Their commute is entirely by foot, though the authorities have preserved the fast-lane, slow-lane system to prevent congestion. Of course when they arrive at their destinations, they invariably have to contend with long stair climbs thanks to the absence of working elevators. The first three floors of every building are walled off in case of a virus outbreak. And the east-facing side of the island is fully militarized to prevent dormouse-carrying 'resisters' from crossing the quarantine.
The lead characters aren't endearing, but certainly interesting enough to be attractive. Hale is an honest military type, an orphan with a boatload of bad memories, and though many of his recollections come off dry, they summed up to a convincing personality. His love interest, Leda, is a very strong female--utterly self-sufficient, economical, intelligent, and of course, beautiful. Despite her cool, detached demeanor, I found her unattainability alluring. Really, these two leads reminded me of Winston and Julia from 1984, at least superficially. As for the other characters: here's where one of my sole gripes is. I didn't really care either way for them.
But that's no problem, because I wasn't reading this book for them. I wanted the plot and setting. The conspiracy-laced plotline and Hale and Leda's burgeoning romance kept me intrigued. You can see places where Quinn is setting up for a sequel. There are purposeful gaps in the characters' stories. There are areas of backstory that Quinn could have explored, but didn't. And the ending itself--it's not a cliff hanger, but awfully close. And I want more.
To me, this was the kind of novel that I had to read fast, just because I wanted to know what happened next. It's a page-turner, that's for sure. If you like sci-fi, mystery, dystopian or just a good old-fashioned conspiracy, you'll enjoy DMQZ.
The only major problem I had was that once I found out there was a sequel, I *really* want it :-). However, although the book does end at a climax, I didn't find it to really be a cliff hanger. The main issues in the book were resolved, but there were definitely more things to be explored.
As mentioned in the other reviews, there were a few typos (but only a half dozen or so that were distracting enough for me to provide feedback on). There were a few scenes where the phrasing or off or I was just missing something...for example, Jake was wearing a bio suit that "shredded" but was worried about it tearing in the next scene.
Overall, however, it was a great book. I never tired of reading it. I'm greatly looking forward to the sequel.