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Gone (Parallel Series, Book 1) (Parallel Trilogy) Kindle Edition
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The writing is not that good and didn't hold my attention. I had to make myself keep going back to it to finish the book. The dialogue is ordinary with a lot of superfluous extra that doesn't move the story forward.
The book ends in a cliff-hanger so you have to buy the next book for any kind of resolution. According to other reviews for book 2, you don't get any resolutions there either. The first book certainly was not good enough to purchase a second, much less a third book. I wasn't invested in the characters enough to care what happened to them, which is a rarity for me personally.
Use your time to read something else. This one just isn't up to par, there are much better books out there that will leave you feeling fulfilled, instead of feeling like you've wasted your leisure time.
Her writing is DREADFUL. The 5 books could have been condensed into 1 book. Easily! She is either a really (really) bad writer or she purposely wanted to stretch things out and fill more books (so she could sell more??) by writing long, drawn-out, pedantic chapters that were empty and meaningless as well as repeating herself OVER and OVER again sometimes covering entire paragraphs of descriptions of scenarios that had taken place chapters ago. Ms. Kersey, it's extremely insulting to assume that your audience is either stupid or suffering from amnesia. We don't need to be reminded IN DETAIL (over and over again!) of something that happened in the past. "We get it!" Also, it's incredibly annoying to read descriptions that are mundane and unnecessary (eg. I stepped into the tunnel. I walked on the dry earth. I lit a match and smelled the sulfur. I adjusted the lantern, I did this and then I did that and then... - you get the idea. It's nauseating). I often found myself unwittingly "editing" her book as I read along, condensing or rewriting sentences that sounded so much more concise. Yikes. I'm not the only person who apparently felt this way - several readers have mentioned the need for some serious editing. By the time I got to the 3rd book, I started skipping over paragraphs to get to the meat of the story. I was annoyed with the repetitious content and anxious to get to the end.
Overall, I found there was a strong resemblance in the story between The Enforcers and how they tortured people to the Observers and how they tortured people in the TV Series "Fringe", so the story didn't seem very original to me once I saw the parallel (no pun intended). I also found the dialogue rather uninspiring and flat. The characters are pretty uni-dimensional and stereotypical. I'm glad I didn't have to pay for the books or the e-version because if I would've had to, I would not have read the rest of the books.
All in all, it's a good concept but it really could've all been condensed into 1 book. Yes, all 5 books into 1. Easily. My rating is -2 stars (yes, minus) for the writing and 3 stars for the story itself (despite the close resemblance to Fringe's Observers).
I was also disappointed that the book was not a logical whole. It appears not to be a part of a trilogy, but one third of a story, with no individual story arc of its own. I had begun to wonder as the book neared its final chapter how the plot could be resolved before the book ended. It could not. It simply ended with a good old-fashioned cliff-hanger and an invitation to buy the next installment. Frankly, short of Harry Potter appearing and resolving everything with a swish of his wand, there is no realistic solution possible that would be satisfying for both the young heroine and for the family she must leave behind eventually in the twisted world of those consumed with controlling the lives of others, particularly through the medium of food and weight.
I do not plan to spend time or money to see how this tale is carried forward.
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