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Interesting premise, but frenetic plot
on September 30, 2012
This should have been a great novel. The premise was very interesting - the fusing of things when the detonations hit was extremely clever. The dome vs. outside had the potential to be great, interesting, etc., but it wasn't. By the time I reached the end of the book, I was flying through the pages just to be able to say that I had finished it. I think what I had the most trouble with were the numerous points of view. When you are dealing with that many different characters I would imagine that it would be difficult to fully develop the characters and that was very apparent in this story. The characters by themselves were interesting, El Capitan with his fused brother for example, but the plot was so scattered that by the time I got to his POV I didn't care. The same with Lyda in the dome - it was interesting by itself, but when set against and with the rest of the book I was confused and quite frankly annoyed with her part. She and Partridge seem to have this connection that was completely undeveloped and way too convenient for the sake of the story. My daughter got halfway through this book and gave it back to me saying she couldn't finish it. She NEVER does that - she finishes all her books. I asked her what the problem was and she couldn't really express it and I guess I feel the same. I really wanted to like this story . . .