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- Print Length: 442 pages
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- Publisher: Breakneck Media (January 10, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HUZE16W
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Firstly the writing is good technically and stylistically. Pains have been taken to make the different authors styles gel, and while there are some typos they don't noticeably detract from the reading experience. The writing is generally easy to follow, pertinent, and varied enough to keep your attention.
The characters are so-so. There are a lot of them and not all of them feel fleshed out sufficiently or given enough page time. Even those that the story focuses on, though, do not feel particularly depth-ful. Some of this is due to the TV-show feel of the story and the penchant for slow character development that shows often take. That said, the dialogue is good, the characters are consistent, but develop believably as the as much as the story allows for as it progresses.
My biggest gripe is the story itself. For the page count, not a whole lot seems to happen, and the world that the characters explore could have played a much more prominent role. Much of the story focuses on the characters running around town trying to figure out what was going on or on characters who die off or otherwise don't much advance the overall plot. The cast can become a little unwieldy at times despite this and keeping everyone straight was difficult at points.
Perhaps the revelation at the beginning that the story was going to be modeled like a TV show, with the first 5 episodes comprising episode 1, skewed my viewpoint. As it was though, it just did not feel the story moved forward commensurate to the page count. While not a cardinal sin for a reader, I personally felt like the story that was told could have been told in a shorter amount of pages.
Recommended, but not one I'll rush to read the sequels for.
A small town called refuge is shifting from one place to another. Each one different, each one with their own hidden dangers. Griffin, Frost, Winslow- each character is different with their own expertise. All the characters are well written.
The different realms they go thru, all the hideous monsters they come across, makes for an action packed storyline thru out the book.
Really enjoyed this book. Nice to find a read that kept my mind so occupied!😊
"13 levels of hell"......
An impossible-to-put-down full-tilt horror series. A great story that unfolds at an even, fast pace. A lot of bad stuff happens in this. A minor amount of unnecessary "filler", but it's not bad.
Well written, for the most part.
But I wish the authors had asked some people to read what they had written before publication so they could have caught the glaring inconsistencies and fallacies in the books.
SEMI-SPOILERS (but not really direct give-aways):
There are some things that bothered me.
At the end of Book 2 I think it was, they discover what might be the cause of what is going on...... but then it's like that never happened!! Any normal person, let alone intelligent people, would have immmediately focused on the bizarre thing they discovered (and it is prety much obvious that it's related to the events taking place since it makes a path to the bell tower) and would try to figure it out!! But it's like they never saw anything, until much later. It's totally ignored by them for an unusual amount of time..... until Book Four.
Also, in Book 3 when sound triggers attacks (I won't say by what) and the military guys warn certain people of that fact, it goes TOTALLY against what any normal person would act like a short time later when they torture one of them for information!! Obviously, anyone being tortured is going to make A LOT of noise!! These military guys would NOT have done that in the face of what the danger is. ESPECIALLY in the face of what the danger is.
But all-in-all it's a good story. Just plan on overlooking some stupidity and inconsistencies.
Would love for this group of authors to write another series! Just a little more thought put into what transpires.
About the books themselves. I never would've realized that there were 5 different coauthors writing these 1st 5 books, it flowed as though it was just separated into parts. I loved the concept of the book.....a town suddenly spiraling from 1 world to the next, not knowing what the new world would bring with it. It was a fun read & I'm looking forward to Season 2!
The only thing that was tricky for me were all the characters. Each book flowed well, but with each book, if I remember correctly, there was at least 1 new character introduced. The main characters stayed the same always, but with the ever expanding cast of characters, I felt that there wasn't enough life blown into each character. This had an impact because, even in the last of the 5 books I had to pause to think about who, exactly, certain central key players were. After 5 books I just feel like I shouldn't have to question who someone is. Add in different nicknames & at times I had to stop & remember who was who. I think that's pretty much the only flaw, albeit kind of a big 1, that I had with these books. That's the reason for 4 stars instead of 5.
Regardless, if you like mystery, sci-fi, thrilling action packed adventures-BUY THIS SERIES!! I know I'll certainly be buying the books that come out for this series myself in the future!!