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My Only One Paperback – February 14, 2013
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
About the Author
Gregory M. Thompson is a Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror writer with publishing credits in Macabre Realms, Digizine, Aphelion Webzine, Concisely, Digital Dragon Magazine, Dark Gothic Resurrected, Midwest Literary Review, Roar and Thunder, The Fringe Magazine and more. He also has an award-nominated science fiction piece in the collection, Steampunk Anthology, published by Sonar4 Publications and has a horror/western story called "Cora" in the anthology, Welcome to Hell: an Anthology of Western Weirdness, edited by Eric S. Brown. Nightcry and The Golden Door are two of his novels, released in March and June 2011 respectively.
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However, I had one burning question by the end of the book – why?
It was never addressed why people couldn’t own several books, which is important because it would allow readers to connect to the characters that want to change the world.
Another major issue was the lack of editing and simple proofreading mistakes throughout the book. While I normally look past a proofreading mistake as long as it doesn’t dramatically change the concept or create too much confusion, the biggest problem was continuity in the story.
One early example is when Morton, the main character, tells his daughter he is going for a walk when he is really going to sneak to the secret library. His daughter, Eliana, wants to go on the walk with him but when Morton refuses she says: “We haven’t done anything together like this since...” Eliana lowered her head. “Since mom passed away.”
I don’t think I am giving anything away by saying this – the issue is that her mother died just two days after she was born, according to a couple of different passages. While Eliana’s age is not revealed, she’s presented as a teenager. So, according to that statement, they have never in at least 15 years gone on a walk. In addition, someone who didn’t know their mother wouldn’t likely make a statement like that.
This story reads like a rough first draft with too many mistakes and continuity errors to truly enjoy it. There are also places where the book could have been flushed out, especially when it came to the government’s reasoning to have such strict rules for literature.
One of the positives of the book was a pleasant recap of literature history as Morton goes through the different floors of the library featuring completes works of Shakespeare, mentioning books by Patterson, King, Reese, Shelley and others.
I wish Thompson would take another crack at My Only One because there is an interesting concept there, but this book is simply not ready.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **