- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: A. G. Riddle (December 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1940026113
- ISBN-13: 978-1940026114
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,498 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Departure Paperback – December 4, 2014
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“Well-constructed and tightly-wound as a fine Swiss watch--DEPARTURE has non-stop action, an engaging plot and, of course, wheels within wheels.” (Diana Gabaldon, bestselling author of Outlander on DEPARTURE)
“Well written and edited, Departure is an imaginative sci-fi action adventure that will satisfy any sci-fi or action thriller fan; adrenaline with a message. 5-Stars.” (Clabe Polk Mystery and Adventure) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The premise is chilling and somewhat disturbing. I know it's only fiction, BUT... Mr. Riddle made this scenario seem completely plausible in this day and age and that is frightening. Which made this story such a riveting one.
The Kindle sample got into the action very quickly and drew me in, which I always appreciate. The book as a whole did that to a lesser degree. It goes off on long, boring tangents about science and technology that I did not enjoy very much. In fact, because I do much of my Kindle reading at bedtime, the start of one of those tangents was a cue to me that it was time to close the Kindle and go to sleep.
If you are interested in time travel, science fiction themes, multiple timelines and such, you may very much enjoy this book. I did enjoy the book, and I really enjoyed parts of it (especially the immediately post-crash portion). However, coming off of Station Eleven, it was very obvious that, while this book has its moments, the writing came off weak overall in my opinion. When reviewing a book, I find it difficult not to (even subconsciously) compare the book I just finished with the one I'm reading now. Because I focus a lot on writing skill when I'm reading, the way a book is written is weighted perhaps heavier than some other elements.
If you have trouble with suspension of disbelief, this is probably not your book. While the beginning is not all THAT out of the realm of possibility, it gets really unbelievable the more it goes on. I understand this is often part and parcel of a science fiction book, but the level to which it was taken in Departure fairly boggled my mind.
Finally, as I am not a fan of the romance genre, I was a bit put off by the need to wrap everything in a pretty bow with a romance. This is not something I expect from a SF novel, and it felt a little too pat and engineered.
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Parts of the story were predictable.