- File Size: 1295 KB
- Print Length: 396 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463601964
- Publisher: Quicksylver Publications; 1 edition (October 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OKZI800
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,882,764 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most of them want the Spatial Shard. Some of the ones who want the Shard HAD the Shard and lost it.
But the Shard embeds itself in a teen-aged surfer girl.
The story reads like a superhero anime. If you like that genre, then you should definitely give this book and this series a try. There are a lot of great elements in this book, and a lot of great, socially-conscious references.
All of that’s well and good, but the story was difficult for me to read and difficult to keep track of who was who and what was what.
The novel is written in a 3rd person omniscient style, bouncing from character to character paragraph-by-paragraph and sometimes sentence-by-sentence. Sometimes these bounces can take you from a character to a character miles away or even in another dimension.
Lots of the characters have complex backstories, which is great, but these backstories are presented as infodumps that slow the story down and don’t feel organic to the telling of the story. The dialogue had a tendency to be glib and when it wasn’t glib, it sometimes got almost preachy.
There were too many characters and too many things for me to keep track of. For the final act, I created a spreadsheet to try to help me keep track of all the characters codenames and gadget names.
Between the bouncing from character to character and all the characters available, I never had a chance to identify and associate with any particular character. Imogene aka Genie aka Primo should have been the main character, but she was lost in the shuffle. When a character died, I didn’t care.
There were also some editing issues. Most of the prose was fine, but there were problems with words being repeated. The one that bothered me the most was “quickly” which was overused and in repeated multiple times per page in some cases.
With all that said, I love this world and this universe. It’s got great potential for lots of great superhero stories, but some things need to be tightened up and cleaned up.
I love that the heroes of this story are children who can face up to what we would call 'adult' and epic challenges. I was also impressed by the author's ability to speak in the feminine and young adult voices of his characters. Few can do that so naturally. I look forward to the unfolding series. Last but not least, I am tempted to recommend that the author try his hand at LitRPG. I think he will see more ROI in that increasingly popular and insane subgenre.
If you love The Power Rangers OR if you enjoyed Travis Bagwell's Awaken Online, Vasily Mahanenko's Way of the Shaman, or C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, there's a good chance you'll dig G. Russell Gaynor's The Spatial Shard. Other titles by authors from Gaynor's #30days30authors group include Greg Alldredge's Lights In The Night, Valerie Lioudis's Aftershock, Morgan Smith's A Spell In The Country, and Cindy Tomamichel's Druid's Portal.
There are a range of interesting characters, including strong female protagonists (and antagonists, refreshingly) with depth and male characters that break stereotype. The set of characters who are supposed to be ordinary people caught up in something more really do feel like just that, even if they have a little training.
The young characters are well-written enough to make me feel as though I really am reading about teenagers, without laying on youth lingo too thickly. The family units in the book were wonderful, too.
My only complaint was that I sometimes felt a little left behind when new characters came in out of nowhere. There were some parts which felt a little drawn out or unnecessary or confusing. There were too many characters for me to keep up with at times. However, I enjoyed reading the extra scenes so they didn’t subtract too much from the book.
With plenty of twists and turns, this is definitely an action-packed read. I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys science fiction.
The story is very well written, the story sucks you in and makes you feel you are part of the story. There is a depth and richness to the characters that most authors cannot achieve. The action is fast paced and keeps the story moving smoothly. I highly recommend it, once you start you will not want to put it down until you finish it.