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The first thing I was struck by was how authentic the "voice" of Lilith felt. It really read as I imagined a 17-year-old girl might write, rather than what an adult pretending to be a 17-year-old might. The story so far introduces the situation well and has its own share of intrigue and adventure, but I am looking forward to seeing what's next.
I am happy to see Plympton (and Amazon) resurrecting the notion of the serial for e-books. I regularly read serials in science fiction magazines, but the form has generally disappeared from mainstream publishing. I liked the concept so much that I became a backer of Plympton's project on Kickstarter and will definitely check out more in this series.
September 23, 2012
I've now read Episode 2 and realized that this is not a "paranormal" story but rather straight-on science fiction. Dr. Hammer, whom Lilith calls her "personal mad scientist", created a mechanism that allows jumping (literally) between two worlds. Are there more than two? At this point in the story, that is not known.Read more ›
Anderson must have been reading those comics in his time as a comic book store clerk. The pacing. The visual sense I get reading this story. That cliffhanger, leaving you hanging! Waiting for the next "issue'! That's a Brian-K.-Vaughan-level cliffhanger!
If you like to read, if you like stories about alternate realities, if you like characters who are genuinely enjoyable to read, gamble your 2 dollars. The only thing you'll be upset by is that you got done reading it so quickly and now have to wait for the next chapter.
The story opens well; Lilith is standing atop a building, and contemplating suicide. What got here here? Why does she feel that there are no other options? The author drew me in pretty quickly, making me feel the depression that Lilith must have felt to be standing there. I was hooked, or so I thought.
The real issue for me is that once hooked, it felt like the author had no idea how to reel me in. The sister is dead. The sister is alive. the sister is dead again. I felt like I was a fish swimming in circles, getting no closer to the boat, but not really able to get away, either. Also, while I identified with Lilith, I really couldn't find any other characters that I could see as real, that I could care about, hate, or feel anything else about except for apathy.
Ultimately, about half way through I got bored, and like so many movies or other books, I wanted to know what happens, but not really enough to slog through the morass in front of me to get there. I admit I read the ending, hoping to find something there compelling enough to make me want to go back and finish the rest of the book. Instead, I found an ending I found as unsatisfying as the rest of the story, and I finally threw in the towel.
On the positive side, the author can definitely write, but I am not sure if he can tell a story well enough to make me want to read it. However, for getting me interested enough to read half the book, and interested enough to want to know how it ended, I have to give it three stars. Unfortunately, three stars isn't enough to make me want to anything else the author may produce.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was ok. It didn't make me want to read anymore of this storyline.Published 14 months ago by Emily Harvey
Fun and exciting book with such creative story line on time and parallel universe travel. Also thought the way he created sections instead of being typically chronological in... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Yellowrose
A creative use of alternate universes that keep one guessing to the end. It is a light and easy read.Published on April 21, 2014 by D mcr
Lilith Lane was an interesting character. I loved that she loved her sister so much..and the parallel lives story was fun. This was a good quick read.Published on August 3, 2013 by Brandy Peace
I love books about parallel universes. And, I love books which contain some humor. This book had both. Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by Pie2Go
I continued to read this book thinking that it would get better it did not one of the worst books I have ever read most 10 year olds could do better.Published on July 2, 2013 by CHARLEE DE TROLIO
Definite teen novel. Quick read and intriguing. Far fetched at times but you felt the emotions at other times. Too many families had major issues.Published on April 11, 2013 by Christine
There are lots of surprises with this book and the characters are very interesting, I really enjoyed the adventure of it.Published on March 7, 2013 by alice j jackson
I read this to keep up with my tween niece, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Great characters, interesting plot and perfect for a former Nancy Drew aficionado.Published on March 5, 2013 by Kindle Customer
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