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This book has a great plot, an interesting concept, one I could definitely crawl into, and I think the author is quite talented in the genre.
The lack of any closure or even an ending to a specific section of the tale totally draws a reader away in the end, though. Leaving off at a critical peak point in the book, perhaps as an intention to use the cliffhanger to pull readers into a second book to continue, isn't a good way for a new writer to consider starting, in my opinion. Heck, most seasoned writers wouldn't dare as few readers appreciate the deception of it being a full book. It's not, it's 1/3 of a full story and that sucks.
I know already the next book in the series will end the same way, so as much as it may be a good read I'm not inclined to invest in the second book.
I'd have given the book a 4 if not for that ending and let me just say I don't often give a 5 star so that's saying something about the book's quality and the disservice I feel the author has done to what would have a high rating from this reviewer.
This book does have some interesting ideas, such as the hero learning of the end of the world in a dream and tricking his friends into joining him at the one place he hopes they'll be safe. But the execution is poor. For instance, once he gets the group of friends to "safety" we never hear about them again. Also of the thousands of people brought to the dome only he and one or two others seem even remotely concerned about the aliens' motives.
There's also a love story. I use the term loosely as neither one of the characters seem to know what love is. But when they get near each other they feel hot, and that must be close enough.
In sum humans act stupid because they apparently are. Aliens act stupid for reasons that remain murky.
This book is told by the perspective of Sam and his teenager daughter Emma. Sounds weird, doesn't it? Well, it's not! They complete each other's POVs and nowhere in the book you'll get lost or feel like skipping pages. I have to tell you I read this book in about 4 hours, I could stop reading! The DOME, I dare to say, is one of the best sci-fi books around this year.
Now of course I have to critique the romance side of this novel. This book has a deep romance line that is very important to the development of the characters and the plot, therefore it has to describe love. I wouldn't take the love scenes out of this book (not because I love romances) because it connects the story in so many levels! I won't write any spoilers, but I believe we'll be watching the results of those actions SOON. I have to agree though that they could've been better worked on. Think about it!
There's nothing that caught my attention to the negative side, apart from a few errors that can be fixed with a better editing. The DOME is a rich and compelling story with very strong elements from movies, and an amazing plot. I could picture it all in my head like a tv series or a movie while reading it. Amazing, I was hung up! It's sci-fi, romance and fantasy all in one - I can barely wait to read the next two books! My dear reader, you can't miss this one!
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