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As usual the author's synopsis is the best-condensed concept of the action: ` a collection of short stories that follow the adventures of two main characters through a non-linear timeline. Meet Marx. Meet Kez. Marx is a small, angry man with a time machine and a chip on his shoulder. Kez is a homicidal little girl with a price on her head and a penchant for kicking people where it hurts the most. When Marx crash-lands on Second World, he has no idea that he has plunged headfirst into the middle of an assassination plot- or a one day war that's about to make his day a very bad one. From their first meeting at gun point, to their sometimes turbulent and always sarcastic relationship, Kez and Marx leave a trail of destruction and death behind them. Kez holds the secret to unfettered travel in time and space, and it's not just the Time Corp who want her. Join Kez and Marx's adventures in time and space as they try to stay one step ahead of doom, certain death, and the Time Corp.'
But not only are the stories fun and excitingly pace, they also show the flare for humor and a style that puts Wendee in the forefront of YA Sci-Fi authors. To wit, `An alarm went off overhead. Marx jumped, beaning himself on the open instrument panel, and spent the next minute yelling the worst words he knew in Third World dialect. Since his grip of Third World wasn't the most exhaustive, these consisted mainly of words like `cabbage',' freight train', and `eggs!'; but Third World Dialect had a bite to it that made even commonplace words sound rude, and the exercise was satisfying. "Turn that flamin' alarm off!" he ordered the computer, rubbing his head; but the computer, as he'd known it would, merely replied with the formal `unable to comply with your request at this time'. `The War on Second World lasted exactly one day. One day, and then the planet went boom!' You get the idea....
Style, creative patterns of thought, and a hefty does of pizzazz make Wendee Gingell a new voice to read and to watch. Grady Harp, May 15
The nutshell view of this book is difficult to constrain simply. A pair of time-travelers (a'la Doctor Who) skip about between a series of diverse worlds and engage in various rather disconnected adventures mostly involving criminal activities of a non-threatening sort.
To the positive, the author's work has a tongue-in-cheek Douglas Adams feel about it though it must be admitted Gingell's main theme of stealing a spacecraft (which can communicate verbally and has an annoying personality) and taking off in it does have somewhat of a derivative and familiar feel to it. The writing is solid in style and flows along quite nicely from a textual standpoint. The pace is fast, the action is reasonably gripping and the sense of world and character is intriguing and original.
To the negative, the work as a whole seems somewhat fragmented. I arrived at the end and wasn't entirely sure how (or if) the beginning, middle and end related to each other. Certainly the characters are consistent throughout but there was no solid sense of A then B then C. In part this is a result of the non-linear construction and is a typical result of time-travel as a plot element but generally one expects things to finally come together in a more cohesive corpus when the end is finally reached.
In summary, this is a solid first effort in this series and has much potential but I think that in order to really take off the over-arching plot needs more solidity and consistency to give the reader a firmer sense of completion and narrative arc once the last page is reached.
PS: I hope my review was helpful. If it was not, then please let me know what I left out that you’d want to know. I always aim to improve.
Can not wait to see what happens next to Kez and Marx.
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