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d4 Paperback – January 31, 2015
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Sherrie really hits the spot when it comes to beautiful writing! Characters have depth and background and these attributes come into play in their conversation with each other as well as how they react to certain given situations. They're introduced early on and the connections between them become evident fairly quickly.
The main plot line in "d4" is clearly defined, and the pace is steady. A lot happens through movement of knowledge from one character to another. Consequences of holding that information are key in what happens in "d4"; let's call this an intellectual property-action novel!
You'd think that with several of the characters having knowledge of the future there would be little space for intrigue and mystery. I don't know how she does it but Sherrie masterfully maintains suspense throughout the novel. Ariel knows what's going to happen next - but we don't!
Ariel 'remembers' the future, or to use her word - she has "premories" of the future. I think it's a really nice touch to give Ariel's capability a word, and I'm embarrassed to admit like much like a test rat in some psychological experiment of some ilk, I found that having a word to call it kind of made her experience more understandable to me!
Ariel has ideas about the future which are fuzzy much like memories are. They can consist of sounds, smells and meanings - and she is also able to assign a level of likelihood of occurrence. Her premories arise mostly through physical contact with an object or a person.
Sherrie's added some extra 'features' for premories which make the capability to see into the future a fully comprehensive phenomenon, for example, a range in how far different characters can see into the future, and a contagion of sorts between those with the ability.
On a personal note, I didn't like the term's "psychic" or "clairvoyant" to describe Ariel's ability to see into the future. For me, these terms conjure up images of dodgy spiritualism, caravans, josticks and cheap gaudy bling. What Ariel (and the others) have is much more tangible.
Sherrie also incorporates a philosophical approach to the future in the novel. Underneath the main thrust of the story line lies a gentle question - what do we do with knowledge of the future? This is expressed most clearly towards the end of the novel, but prior to that there are several conversations and inner thoughts where this is brought to the fore.
So clearly - 5 stars for another brilliant novel in the "46.Ascending series" by Sherrie Cronin!
Though the book is fifth installment in series, it can be read as a standalone. The book does have references to other books in the series, but the writer has ensured to give it a context.
It is evident that the writer has done enough research about high frequency stock trading and its impact on the world economy. The fact that the story is set in a very remote place of the world, makes it more interesting.
Like the previous books in the series, the characters in this book also have a special paranormal skill, the skill to predict future based on contact (i.e. touch). The writer beautifully showed variation in range of the particular skill. In sense, the future can be near future or say 1500 years ahead, making that difference apparent needs a lot of imagination.
Initially, I really didn’t like the characterization. I felt the writer could have spiced up the characters a bit more. As the story progressed, that completely changed. That could be attributed to the story’s pace by itself, which was akin to a cosine wave (errr…..a pattern with lots of ups and downs.
The title and the cover deserve a special mention. All the books in the series have a single letter title which would be justified in the book either as a mathematic progression or a scientific term. This book was also no different from its predecessors. *no spoilers, read the book to know what ‘d4’ means*. Amongst the entire books in the series so far, this book had the most attractive and brilliant cover. (Okay I am being partial there. I love the color blue and can’t get enough of it!)
The writing was simple and straightforward as usual. The part where the writer goes on to explain High Frequency trading requires a lot of attention form the readers, especially if they aren’t familiar with the concept of stocks and bonds.
· PLOT : 8/10
· CHARACTERISATION : 7/10
· NARRATION : 8/10
· BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 4/10 (THE LOWER THE BETTER!)
· OVER ALL RATING : 8.5/10
RECOMMENDED TO : Seasoned Fiction readers, Sci-Fi lovers