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Melt Down: A Breakers Novel Paperback – October 16, 2012
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There are three things I especially appreciate about Robertson: His writing is clear, concise and straightforward without being simple; his characters are very complicated, but Robertson keeps them sympathetic and engaging; and he ends almost every chapter with a great little cliffhanger or reveal that keeps you turning the pages. Trust me, that isn't easy.
As I said in my review of Breakers, Robertson's work can stand alongside other dystopian classics like The Stand and Footfall. If you're a fan of the genre, you don't want to miss this series.
I put Edward W. Robertson in my short list of favorite independent authors.
Robertson's first book was ambitious and rough around the edges, but this second volume shows a marked improvement in overall writing style. (Thankfully, we are down to only a couple of instances of "keened/keening" in this installment.)
Now that the Breakers universe is set up, Robertson is going exploring. In Melt Down, the plot centers around two pairs of siblings - an older sister/adolescent brother and an older brother/adolescent brother. In the second case, the "adolescent" brother is 25, but shows far more immaturity than the 13-year-old boy in the parallel storyline.
While giving us just enough new information about the aliens in Breakers to generate a whole new set of questions (they wiped out humanity because they saw it as a foreign body to mother Earth?)...Robertson succeeds in writing a double story of how blood and family triumph over everything. The brother/sister and brother/brother combos go through absolute Hell, mentally, emotionally and physically. Yet the bonds of family make all the difference in the story.
Fans of the first book get a bonus in that Walt shows up on the second - in a re-telling of an interesting chapter of Breakers I and in an epilogue that opens up great anticipation for the third volume, Knifepoint.
Only minor disappointments for me: I wish Alden's character wasn't written as thinly as he's described physically - maybe we'll get a chance to see this character in a future book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me interested and entertained from the start. My only problem was the audio I added to be able to continue with the story while I was driving. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was as good as Breakers but did not have the exact same story. This kept the book intresting.Published 4 months ago by dan golema
This is a great series. Believable characters, nice story, and a few twists to keep you interested. I started at the beginning story, and just finished the last one. RecommendedPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Coming from Book 1 "Melt Down" was a major disappointment. Especially bad was the story of Tristan and her brother. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Borregoresner
Same storyline, from different characters' perspectives (and a character or two from book one). Looked forward to picking this story up every day.Published 8 months ago by Dana E. Mazzone-eulert
Aliens were plausible in the first book. No so in the second book. Murderous heroine not sympathetic.Published 8 months ago by Conrad Rauh
The story line is good, but there are far too many errors where the spelling is correct but it's the wrong word. The book could have been combined with the first book too.Published 8 months ago by CherylR