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The Dividing: The Adamic Trilogy Book 1 Kindle Edition
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Through the Adamic language, God created the earth and everything on it. On the last day of creation, God created man and granted him dominion over all the earth.
"Dominion isn't everything, Matt. Sure, we can walk on water and set the air ablaze. We can do incredible things. Sometimes, that makes us feel like Gods... but we're not. We're just people. We can't always decide who lives and who dies."--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication Date : May 29, 2020
- File Size : 7029 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 502 pages
- Publisher : Devil Down Books L.L.C. (May 29, 2020)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08591YMMZ
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #635 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There were a few points that I definitely didn't care for though as an avid reader. The book took on a theme against 2 other factions (feeders and the rebels). This in itself isnt a bad thing but there was almost no interaction between feeders and the main characters. It was more of an underlying theme that never came to light in this book. On top of that, despite the rebels being a more prominent theme of enemy, there was no training on how to handle them. Also how people used their abilities was very uniform. There was no unique abilities to this story. (In one instance someone was shot at and it deflected off his barrier into friendly forces. I dont know why nobody has tried making a bowl style barrier so it doesnt deflect at friendly forces. Or when attacked, layer multiple smaller barriers if they know a single barrier wont hold.) Besides those, there is no way to judge how strong a person is besides the "purity" of their bloodline which makes is hard to judge how strong the mc and his friends are compared to the world.
Then there was several cases where it was as if the citizens had no interaction with anyone from modern times even though they send out caravans monthly prior to the start of the book.. IE: not knowing policies of the outside world.
The entire book also sits in this school like environment with very little interaction outside of that environment. ( no visiting jobs, no shadowing mentors just learning and discovering backstory on some characters. )
All together though this was a great foundation for a series. As a stand alone book I dont think it holds up because there is no resolution. It's just build up the entire time. But it definitely has potential for the next book.
Great story. Good storytelling. Moderate world-building, with several gaping holes and some bewildering inconsistencies. A good first effort. But...
Pleasantly surprised it's not YA, just good fantasy and avoids stereotypical failings. Good twist on the concepts, fantastic as a first novel! I look forward to the author's development. But...
Why? Why on earth couldn't he put it through one of any number of completely free grammar checks?! Spell-check, sure, no typos, great! But grammar-check? Nah, who cares if it's so frustratingly full of checkos* you want to pull your hair? Oddly, it gets much better in the second half, like he did check, starting at the back, but not all of it... editing burnout?
I expect the next one will be significantly better. He's no doubt learned a lot in this process. And I want to see where he takes the story and the unique world structure. And hopefully he farms out the proofreading.
*correctly spelled wrong word
This nuance isn’t unusual - it’s almost necessary to write a great novel, at least by today’s standards. But here it’s very well done. Some of the juxtaposition and contradiction is blatant, the extreme poverty and misery of the lowest class who provide all the food and manual labor. But even though the author bludgeons the reader with this, he also takes pains to establish real reasons (beyond the uncaring elite) why this is so. There is no flip the switch solution. A lot of the book is similarly nuanced, so that even though the book is a worldwide struggle of good versus evil, one can never really be sure for whom one should root.
Stylistically the book is written as a fish out of water story. Matt, an orphan raised outside the sanctuary with no knowledge of his heritage, sees the medieval Adamic culture through the lens of modern American culture. However, the author also puts Roselynn, heir to the Adamic crown, in a similar situation, from which she draws much the same conclusions. There are also important characters who straddle both sides, to an extent, who the reader understands could ultimately throw their weight to either side. The author manages to make all these characters very believable, three dimensional and relatable, even sympathetic.
Pacing is where I had some problems. The first third of the book is extremely slow. This is because the author is setting the stage for thousands of pages of highly nuanced conflicts on multiple levels. Get through the slow minutia and the book picks up considerably. Not only is the action starting big time, the tension ratchets up and builds steadily even as the lines of battle waver.
Overall the book is superbly written. Many things are shown to be not quite what they might seem, but there’s enough constancy to not be gimmicky. There are no Mary Sue characters, but all the principal characters have enough power to be factors and enough conflict to keep the reader unsure of their story arcs. All in all, highly recommended and I’m off to buy the next.