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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500505099
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- Publication Date: July 11, 2014
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- Language: English
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Telekinetic (a Hyllis family story #1) Kindle Edition
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1. What type of book is it: adventure, action, drama, etc? This is a small, and simple, coming of age post-apocalyptic superpower story. (What a mouthful.)
2. What is the story about, in general? The story is about the Hyllis family and specifically Tarc. It revolves around his growing `talent', family relations, his self-discovery as a man and the dangers of fighting off a small hostile force. The plot is VERY simple and the origin story equally so.
3. What/Who is the target audience? The target audience is teenagers and young adults. Genre wise: superpower aficionados and post-apocalyptic aficionados.
4. How is the proofreading? I wasn't tripped by any spelling errors.
5. Is there character development or exploration? Yes. Keep in mind that the Hyllis family are all protagonists, with Tarc being the main protagonist. The story explores Tarc's personality, his relationship with his sister, mother and father and the gradual growth of prudence and responsibility that adversity brings.
Secondary characters are generally well detailed and support the general `small town' feel of this simple tale.
The antagonists, though one dimensional and obvious, mesh well with the story.
6. Are the characters likable? I was pleasantly surprised by the characters. The Hyllis family are three dimensional. None of them are automatically perfect. Though they have `talents', all suffer from personality flaws, insecurities, small town fears, along with their dedication, loyalty, family strength and responsibility. They are well rounded with descriptions as well as personal peculiarities.
I didn't pay too much attention to other characters, including the antagonists, because they filled particular rote roles. They weren't impressive, but well written.
7. Do you have to suspend disbelief? I had a number of issues with some of the logical decisions that were taken by the Hyllis family, but, at the same time, they were believable. The Hyllis family acted like PEOPLE from a small town not heroes. It wasn't particularly `wowing', but believable.
The world is not exactly well explained. There is no reason to go back to a `sword, bow and arrow' technological level. Nothing stops people from making gunpowder, bullets and servicing guns. The technology wasn't burned out or fizzled out like in S.M. Stirling books where the fundamental laws of nature changed and prevented guns from working well. It is much more difficult to learn how to make bows and swords (plus how to use them) than to simply continue to make guns. So no, I don't understand the tech degradation.
8. Does the story keep its pacing? The story keeps its pacing, but understand, the story is underwhelming. The scale of this story is so very small, that it left me shrugging. The most I felt from it was "Oh, that's cool." Enjoy it for what it is, simple, small and not very complex. The story was entertaining, but, again, I felt like shrugging half the time.
9. Is the book worth the asking price? In all honesty, I would have liked to pay $3 or less for this small book.
In conclusion: This is a very predictable and very simple origin story that does not try to surprise or reach beyond the scope. The entire book is an introduction for the protagonists: the Hyllis family and Tarc. The protagonists are well written, with believable character merits and flaws. This is well done. The very mundane antagonists are stage setters for testing the Hyllis' `talents'. That's it. That's the story: I have talent, I grow talent, I use talent on small time villains and save the day, roll credits. Does that make it a bad book? Not at all, but it's not a `great' book either. The proofreading is good, but the language is very simple. The reader won't find great artistry in the sentence composition. I feel the price might be a little high, given the simple nature of this read, its world building and its scope. Regardless of its limitations, the story is easy on the mind and manages to entertain.
The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that has regressed to a state lacking in almost all the technology we take for granted, basically pre-Industrial Revolution. The Hyllis family has a secret, that it has the ability to see into things, or move things, or in the case of young Tarc Hyllis, a new awareness that he has both. When a small army of thugs take over his town. his new abilities are put to the ultimate test.
I had wondered in the other series why Dr. Dahners left medical uses for his physics discoveries largely unexplored, except for some mention of medical "ports" in the Ell series. Well, it may be because he is getting all that out of his system in the Hyllis series. It is interesting, and refreshingly easy to follow in contrast with the more esoteric science that is the basis for Ell and Vaz.
Dr. Dahners never fails to entertain, notwithstanding his tendency to paint his guys too broadly. I very much look forward to continuing this outstanding saga.
As other reviewers noted, the psychic ability is well thought out at least from a self-consistence of range and power point of view. However, character incompetence is used in lieu of plotting to move the story along.
The supreme incompetence was at the beginning, in the preview, so I don't consider this a spoiler but you might ... a lab tech finds a kid with telekinetic ability and identifies the responsible gene and inserts it into a mouse to test its safety via a virus vector. Come on. Who would trust a mouse with telekinetic ability? But that is not what was their undoing. Apparently he gave the virus telekinetic ability. You can imagine what happened if you kept up with the Ebola epidemic.
This trait of character stupidity is also used to set up a near-cataclysm for the town in the latter part of the book. Makes for nice action, but on reflection, I realized the whole thing was the result of downright negligence of the lead family.
I rated it as OK. I probably will read the sequel now that I have started. But I tend to get bored with it and speed read to, well, speed up the plot and reduce nausea at the medical procedures.
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