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Energy - The Awakening: The Energy chronicles: Book I (Volume 1) Paperback – April 21, 2012
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- It managed to keep my interest even thought it was just interesting enough to keep me reading it.
- The story flowed well.
- The character development was good enough.
- Even though it did not grab me like other books, it was hard to stop reading at bedtime.
- It had a good ending, not one of those cliffhangers, but you could see where it could pick up (loose ends).
I had two challenges reading it, though.
1. There were no separators, not even a blank line when the topic or place or person changed. A blank line or something like '* * *' would've helped let the reader know things were changing. I caught myself too many times going back to the previous paragraph(s) to figure out the change that suddenly took place.
2. 'Bath' versus 'Bathe'. Wherever 'bathe' should've been used, like 'I'm going to bathe in the river' the author used bath, 'I'm going to bath in the river'. A little thing, but very irksome for me.
I have read the second book and will read the third. the second has the same separator challenge as this one.
Turns out nope, for some unexplained reason, the main character has a similar power. His power just happens to be better in every single way. No real explanation given. He also never needs to learn how to use his power. Small spoiler here-he dies so he gets to learn how to do everything because reasons. Even though he was apparently the only person who has ever lived with that power there exist a teacher.
About 90% of the actions the main character takes I always ended up thinking "Why? Why are you doing that, are you stupid?" It was not naivete. He just straight up never considered things that were currently happening, things that happened 5 min. ago, and things that would happen in the future.
I want to complain further about the story but there are lots of spoilers. It was like a trilogy mushed into one book. and it shows.
Writing style issues:
I never felt anyone was talking to anyone else, they just made statements and someone happened to respond. It felt really disconnected. You never knew what the people were thinking so you never knew why they said what they said.
Because of the above reason together with the poor decisions everyone made consistently I never felt connected with anyone. I honestly felt like everyone deserved to die, most of them did not take intelligent actions or the actions they took were not explained.
The ending was a bit off, mostly because of how the entire story was written. You do not care about the characters the ending does not feel significant.
One spoiler that I will mention is one dragon ball z fans will be familiar with.
Death ends up having no meaning later. No endless power ups though.
As with at least one other reviewer, I wonder at the high ratings this has. It isn't the worst book I've read, but I've read many better books with worse ratings.
I felt like every part of the book was rushed, especially the ending. The characters were predictable and cliche, which isn't always a bad thing, except that character development also felt rushed. The main character is a young man/boy farmer type who discovers he has a unique power that makes him the only one who can save the world from its current evil rulers... Ignoring the cliché characters and plot elements, there were many scenes which should have been so much more emotional, especially (without spoiling anything) when people die.
The scenery was generic and flat. Cities and towns were no different from one another except for size. Forests, mountains, and streams lack description. Long journies are glossed over in a couple of sentences (several times).
There were redeeming qualities. The story was interesting and the concept behind the dark ones maintaining power was well thought out. I liked the direction the first ending was headed in, though i took off a star for the awful final chapter. The ending might have had a chance at being reasonable if more time were taken with character development, especially emotionally.
This probably would have been a much more enjoyable read if it were split into 3 books that put more detail, thought, and emotion into developing the characters and the environment.
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on a whim and have not regretted it at any time. Well written with a very good plot. Outstanding characters and many plot twists.Read more
I never read this author before but now I'm looking for more.
I just melted my way through it.
Just of to buy the sequel now.