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Doomsday Duet (New Olympus Saga, Book Two) (Volume 2) Paperback – June 16, 2014
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Doomsday Duet actually makes the situation worse not better, which I would have thought hard to do.
And its not one problem, but a whole bunch of problems.
First, the who concept of aliens fighting over the long-term viability of Earth and the idea that people might be corrupted into helping those wanting to destroy the Earth is realistic in some ways, but it forces the question of why everything else was so peaceful for so long. Several of the worst villains were in positions where they could have done a ton of damage years before Doomsday Duet starts, and this is shown partly by the multiple and unnecessary flashback chapters.
Worst in my opinion was the lack of any really captivating characters. I can't say I hated any character, but I also didn't like or even care for the characters. They just weren't interesting to me. Which turned reading this book into a hard slog. I finished, but others might not.
In short, if you loved the first book and can tolerate the writing style, go for it, you'll certainly love this one. Otherwise, its just not worth the time. There are much better books out there.
Book 2: Geez, we seem to have to talk an awful lot about feelings in this book. Do we really need to know about how she likes this guy and maybe loves this other guy? And maybe she doesn't need to stay with the first guy... And if we do need to know this do we have to KEEP talking about it? Oh and what's up with the fixation on the massively unhealthy relationship with a couple supporting characters? But hey, it's still pretty good.
Book 3: So wow. We're going to talk some more about feelings and doubts and dysfunctional relationships and... Christ, Dude. You really had a good idea here and you're wasting it. I skipped a good bit of this book.
Book 4: I just gave up about 25% of the way in. Jumped to the end to see who lived and died. Cause I like dsome of the characters. I just didn't need to have to watch them figure out their various hangups.
The whole story idea was excellent. The concept was fun and interesting. But then like so many contemporary authors he had to jump to how horrifically flawed everyone is.
My one small quibble is I got a tad confused on the bad guys/cosmic scenario- but not enough to drop the rating....
A good comparison is the Wild Card Anthology (but a tad better thought out).
I am very much looking to reading the 3rd book.
Spelling mistakes if anything have increased since book 1, again very distracting from the story when you have to stop and guess what the word/words should be. These grumbles aside, if you want a pleasant no effort read this is a good series to try out.
The story still picks almost right off the last book. So you don't miss much. We learn more of what's going on. No spoilers.
Things are looking to be coming to a head in the next book. So I CANNOT wait! Carella still can write. And his editors did a top notch job of making sure there's no weird typos or continuity issues. Yay!
So like I've said before: You write. I will keep buying!