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The Girl in the Moon Paperback – September 17, 2019
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“Terry Goodkind writes suspense with a slight fantastic edge, and the result is a fresh, compelling thriller. The Girl in the Moon contains concepts I wish had occurred to me. This is pure entertainment, a true page-turner, and great fun.”—Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author
Praise for Nest and Terry Goodkind
“Fast paced, riveting, and scary. It will leave the reader breathless.”—Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author
“Richly detailed . . . complex characters.”—Library Journal
“A tour de force of mesmerizing storytelling.”—RT Book Reviews
“A gripping ride.”—Publishers Weekly
“Outstanding . . . highly recommended.”—San Diego Union-Tribune
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This novel is way, way worse than the bad SoT books.
First, the characters are, to a one, cliches.
Part of it is because the book is a political statement, in that Goodkind apparently had a checklist of every idiotic stereotype conservatives have about liberals, and he was determined to work every one of them into the story.
But mostly it’s just because he’s carrying on what he did in SoT: the good men are noble, honest, handsome, big and strong; the good women are incredibly hot, have a magical power, and get raped and tortured a lot. Bad men fall into three categories: dumb, incompetent thugs; evil, competent thugs; and amoral, intelligent masterminds who are doomed to failure because they -unlike the reader -can’t see how dumb their plan is.
The second reason why it’s bad is the writing.
I’m not a writer. Goodkind is a fabulously successful writer. So maybe my judgement carries no weight. That said, to me the writing was dull and embarrassingly on the nose. There’s not more that needs to be said about it.
Finally, just as an aside, what is it with conservative writers making their male heroes Jack R-something? Jack Ryan. Jack Reacher. And here, Jack Raines.
Anyhoo... Bad book, don’t buy.
First impressions are Angela is a beaten down child that grew up in a rapey drug infested den. Every man (just about) who comes in contact with her immediately wants to violently rape her. Most succeed. I am not sure if I'm naive or what, but this seems incredibly unlikely. She is very smart but seems to think her ability is from being born to a drug addicted mother, again extremely unlikely but I guess the ability is fantasy, so whatever.
Her Grandparents start training her to kill (seriously?) but never really tell her anything as to why, or explain her abilities before they are murdered. You'd think they'd have left a note in a safe or something just in case. After nearly being killed she decided to seek out a martial arts/self defense teacher. After virtually no classes (the reader assumes she goes more often I guess) she becomes a hand-to-hand master.
As others have stated, despite being raped at every turn (I enjoy reading descriptive violence but this was over the top. It makes me feel that the author might have a fetish of some sort here because it was absolutely disgusting) she continues to use her sex appeal through-out the book to capture/punish men. I am not sure how likely this is, but part of it is because Angela is a sociopath. Never once does she run into a woman murderer, I wonder how she would handle that?
She not only kills murderers, but she kills a district attorney (again luring him in with sex) and I don't believe he was a murderer. She gets extreme pleasure from killing which even if it's for the greater good is just disturbing. It makes me feel as though a switch could be flipped and she could become a great evil, but maybe that is to come?
Enter Jack (previously seen in the book Nest.) He doesn't seem like the same character as he once was. He is almost annoying at times with his thought process. Despite knowing Angela for all of five minutes he puts his life in the line for her to "save her." Also demanding she is granted all this special ops access/permits to do what she does best. It's completely ridiculous. I loved Jack in the previous book, but he's NOT the same character here at all. He comes off as weak and just a supporting person to get Angela to where she needs to be.
To think a girl barely into her 20s who started training in her teens could take down a team of men who have worked from childhood to carry out acts of terrorism (on her own no less) is absurd.
The book continues on for a few chapters after the main plot, tying a few loose ends but I found myself just not caring. Angela has NO redeeming qualities. I don't care if she lives or dies. She is a sociopath (admits to feeling absolutely no emotion except when killing.) She isn't likable, despite being kick ass. She doesn't love anything or anyone. She is just going through the motions in a sad life. She has no aspirations or wants other than to kill men.
The action sequences were very well written and exciting. Everything was described very well. But I really had to force myself through this one and I was letting Alexa read it to me while I worked.
I sincerely hope Kate returns in a next book. I could have seen Kate take on this sort of role (from Nest) but she is absent. That is a character the readers want to know more of. This person... just needs to go away.
Compelling, strong female protagonist. This is the best thing about the book. It's nice to see an author write a really tough, smart female lead who doesn't try to please anyone or adhere to societal norms. He deflates this a little by also making her gorgeous (does he think readers are so shallow that they won't read it or like her if she's just average looking?), but it's still a good character.
Interesting plot ideas
Good action, taking out more killers
Strong, interesting exposition
Derivative, not a lot of new ideas since Nest
Brutal and gratuitous descriptions of violence
Predictable storyline once things get going
Trademark, long winded description
Top international reviews
This story has some great moments, but there is an insane amount of explanation and repetition, I wondered if I was going mad a few times - didn't he just say this?! And again... And again... It was a little insulting and very distracting.
Angela is great, but some of the things that happen to her are so very unbearable I still find myself wincing about it even now. I found it hard to believe or connect in her because of the pace and the way she shrugged it off. I also struggled with the black and white nature of the other characters and ideas, save for Angela it was a bit: 'this one GOOD, this one BAD.'
It has loads of potential, this easily could have been another legendary story. As it stands it was still interesting to read and I'm glad I took the time to buy it and read it.
The book starts out slow but after a few chapters BAM and you can't put it down.
Obviously this is fantasy /crime and so some things ars never going to happen but the idea he has for the terrorist plot is terrifying. If you like blood, gore and general nasty behaviour then you will love this book.
Only one gripe , typical Goodkind, he does repeat himself a lot, which i know is done for emphasis, but unless you have the recall ability of a gnat then it does become quite annoying.
Another thing I liked about the story, although there may well be more books about Angela in the pipeline, unlike many other authors, Terry doesn't leave you hanging on for months after leaving you in suspense.
However, I do wish he'd finish one story line before starting another, because as well as waiting for the next instalment of Angela's story, I'm also waiting on the next Nicci Chronicles book..
Personally, I liked the novel a lot, as it was refreshing to see Goodkind write something "new". I loved Angela (female main) as she is an "unlikely heroine". She is not a normal girl, she is dark, badass and pretty fascinating.
The book got its share of pretty bad reviews. I assume it is due to people expecting to read another SoT-like story. As for the "dark stuff" people complain about: The book description makes it clear that this is not an easy read. So one should not order it expecting a "fairytale".