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One of the protagonists is being driven insane by visions that she needs to control like a bad drug habit; if she doesn’t, she can’t distinguish between what’s concretely real to everyone else’s vision and what is being projected only by her personal psychic visions. This is not the kind of preternatural power one dreams about... But it makes for a mind-blowing subplot.
There are demons and magic and supernatural artifacts and a mad cult. It all blends into a creepy atmosphere. The story gets a bit convoluted, and can be confusing, but not overwhelmingly so. It’s a side effect of misdirection, which the book is full of; the benefit is that it creates a wild story that never gets boring and leads to a few surprises. The story’s pacing is outstanding. The prose is interesting, with liberal use of “street slang”; I learned some new expressions as a result. One odd piece of insight: the author seems fascinated by the colors of light, describing different castings rather frequently. Given the role of visions in the story, I was struck by this emphasis on ocular vision. It looked like it might be subtle or subliminal subtext, as though he was trying to be indirectly enlightening… But it was still a dark narrative.
This is the kind of contemporary speculative fiction that I like; I have a premonition Jamie Schultz will be doing some more great work in the future. And for once it seems appropriate to say I am looking forward to the next book.
PREMONITIONS had a whole lot going on and between all of the different elements, it should have been a really great read for me, but unfortunately it wound up being mediocre overall despite me wanting so much more from it. The beginning started off really slow, to the point where if I had not been on a plane while reading this book, I probably would have easily been distracted by other things. There just wasn't enough to pull me in to start, be it action or the characters. But luckily as the book went on, things started to really pick up, leading to an almost frenetic pace by the end that held my attention, so it was a good thing I mustered through the rocky beginning and didn't give up due to the slow pace.
I'm a very character driven person, so this was a bit of a frustrating read in that aspect. The biggest being the large number of perspectives that kept me from really attaching to anyone due to the constant character rotation. I just didn't feel like the characters were developed enough and it left me feeling detached, which is never a good thing in my opinion. I think if it had been cut down to just two or three at most, it would have worked a lot better. As it was, each time I would just about settle into the new narrator's head, the scene would change, and there would be a new perspective, leaving me more than a little detached and unsatisfied. I wanted to know more about Karyn and Anna, and the rest of the perspectives were just in the way in my opinion. Granted, if you like seeing all angles of a story, then this one should work really well for you, but as for me, I prefer a more insular tale.
I realize it may seem like I really didn't enjoy this book. That's not the case. It was a decent read, not great, but definitely worth the time. I'm pretty sure this will be a series, and I'm intrigued enough with the world to want to see what happens next. Hopefully now that I've had a bit of backstory on the characters, it will be easier to connect to the next time around. That being said, if a faster paced read focused heavily on the heist plot rather than character development sounds up your alley, then PREMONTIONS is worth taking a look.
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