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Dark Horse Paperback – June 22, 2015
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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1) There are some serious show vs tell issues in this book, and it's pretty bad. The author does often times "show" emotions via clenched jaws, trembling bodies, icy looks, and so on, but she also has a confusing tendency to then turn around and explain the emotion as well, and I just can't figure it out. She shows, and THEN she tells.
2) There were also some gaping plot holes in the book as well, the biggest of which was the part where Rose was routinely tortured, sliced open, and experimented on, and she apparently suffered not even the faintest whiff of emotional trauma which I find to be utterly ridiculous and unbelievable. Beyond some initial anxiety about being in a med bay, Rose remained completely—and to to my mind unrealistically—unaffected by the ordeal. I think the author chose to handle it that way because doing otherwise would have been much more difficult. Plain and simple, I think it was laziness. She didn't want to write the emotional trauma, so she left it out.
3) All of the emotions in this book are skin deep. I mean, absolutely skin deep. At no point during the reading, either the first or the second, did I ever feel emotionally connected to a single character, not even to the main ones. Aside from the plot holes the story itself was rather decent, but I spent the entire book as a disinterested bystander.
4) The writing is sometimes very abrupt and occasionally doesn't flow together very well. For instance, instead of writing "Rose smiled, then nodded at the screen" or something like that, the author would have written "Rose smiled. Nodded at the screen." She has sentences like that all over the place, where the second sentence is half of a thought that is connected to the first thought, but was put in as its own separate thought instead. If that makes ANY sense at all. Anyway, I didn't like it much.
So while the overall writing in this book is generally solid, the few exceptions to that, and the gaping plot holes, greatly reduced my enjoyment. Parts of it I'd give 3.5 stars, and then the other parts I gave two. With that being said, I would absolutely recommend the book to anyone who is in the mood for a super light read. This isn't a book that annoys you so much you return it for a refund, and I may even read it again some years in the future.
I love sci fi romance, and for some reason this book popped up as a recommendation.
I expected this book to be first a romance with a sci fi background.
To be absolutely fair, this is very good writing, it's an interesting story that has it's moments of adventure and suspense, and there is credible world building--but--I started getting lost and disintersted as the pages turned. I simply wasn't caught up enough in the drama and intrigue. There were too many characters with weird names to remember for me; too many little subplots and political conspiracies going on in this alien universe...when in the end, I wanted to see the main characters finally and at least share their first kiss....I wanted to see the romance bloom and engage me and make me care about the main characters. The "romance" if you want to call it that, or rather, the attraction betweeen Rose and Dav was very well written...I guess that's why I was disappointed because the author could have really written a beautiful romance...but she didn't...and I guess half way, even three fourths into the book, I finally got the memo that this book was almost strictly sci fi with a small side plot of "romance" thrown in. I almost wanted to shut the book and discontinue reading, because I just couldn't care enough after pages and pages of Rose constantly communicating with her artificial intelligence friend--seen from those on the outside as if she were some crazy lady talking to herself, when really she's hooked up with some kind of computer through an ear piece or whatever (see? I don't care enough to even understand this). Her best buddy, the artificial intelligence thing or guy seems all powerful and is one of the reasons by her association with him for all the mistrust thrown Rose's way; "it" can just about rule everything from shutting off lights when it wants to, taking over computer systems, to killing anyone by taking control of battle stations or air supply.
I was getting bored by all the tedious details of how alien computers and space crafts and communications worked--not so riveting; , frustrated that a potentially very sexy romance could have been explored and fleshed out; irritated by Rose's kinda superior attitude...This average Earth girl who is abducted by aliens and basically treated like a bug in lab experiments escapes and is free and can then face off with high ranking government and military officials in a whole alien universe she hadn't even known existed...I just wasn't feeling it. And without the romance--the fact that she insists she will never want to return to Earth just doesn't make sense to me. What is holding her in this new reality on an alien planet surrrounded by no one she really knows or cares about? After three months of hell in a nightmare in outer space, tortured by hostile aliens, anybody would want to go straight back home...Even Dorothy wanted to go back to Kansas...not Rose. Because she "really likes" Dav...sorry, there was not enough building of their relationship for me to buy that one. To never see your family and friends again--ever?? For someone you "like"...oh, I get that "like" was supposed to mean "love"--but HOW can she love someone when in most of the book these two aren't having scenes together and aren't building their romance. There's one love scene...I think written in two to three paragraphs...This is what you give up Earth for? These two don't even know each other...Wait, she does confess to herself that she likes his pointy ears...
So you see, for me the book has flaws, big enough for me not to be drawn in and care enough what the heck happens to anyone. I was half expecting Sazo, the artificial life form to suddenly jump out of an alien cake and tah-dah! turn into a man and become Rose's true love--they were constantly together throughout the story after all....
Everyone has different tastes and most seem to love this book...Maybe I went into it with different expectations thinking it would be a romance. It's not. It's sci fi, but even the sci fi parts weren't riveting enough to keep me hooked.