Unfortunately, this book is a waste of time. I had great expectations, and the plot had so much potential. But the way the story is being told is just horrible. Action scenes are confusing and don't make sense, the author forgets things he set up and ignores them as he goes on, everyone is omnipotent and clairvoyant, no escalation before things get hectic ... half the time you're just wondering if this book is a rough draft that inadvertently got released.
I had to put it down after about a third. I could not continue despite my urge to see how things turn out.
Then again, I'm just an average reader with no literary skills, and other people seem to love it, so maybe it's just me.
A very, very readable book.
The story sucks you in immediately - it's a page turner that threatens to keep you up past your bed time just so you can read "one more chapter".
The characters are wonderfully developed. You get to know them, you like them, and you feel with them. You take a personal interest and want to know how they turn out. I mentioned "one more chapter" :)
And finally, the writing is superb. It's polished to a shine and keeps a steady rhythm. This book is fun to read, and will surprise you in the end.
Definately a must-get!
LOVED it. Excellent style, beautifully written, immersive, loveable characters and just a damn good story.
It seems like it's been done before ... elite versus peasants. But the way Justin created the world these characters live in is amazing.
You'll enjoy it even if you're NOT a sci-fi-lover.
on April 05, 2010
Great, great book. I don't normally like fantasy and sci-fi, but this book blew me away. I'd actually categorize it as "Action/Adventure".
I love the multiple plot lines, the jumping around of the point of view, the snappy chapters ... every time I opened the book to read on it was like calling up good friends and heading out to an adventure.
A. Sparrow has been added to the list of authors I'll buy books from whenever they're released.
This book is being hailed as the best FPW has ever written. It's supposed to explain a lot that goes on in later works and shows a first glimpse at FPW's universe.
I must admit, I started the book with this in mind and was rather dissapointed, when it didn't knock me off my chair after a quarter or so. Nice to read ... but where's the good stuff.
Turns out, you need to read a little further. After I got through about half of it I couldn't put it down anymore.
Beautifully written, powerful, funny and horrifying all at once. A must-read for anyone who's ever read another one of FPW's works.
And I'm so glad FPW is on smashwords now, too!
I love Jack, and I love FPW.
Since I'm waiting for RJ15 to come out, and I've already re-read all his previous works (to get up to speed on all the happenings so that I can finish RJ and finally, FINALLY read Nightworld) I need my RJ fix. So I got this one.
Some of them I already know (having read all the other RJ novels), some of them I don't. It's fun to re-re-read the ones you know, the unknown stories help you form a more complete image of our favorite hero and it all just ties in nicely with Mr. Wilson's universe. It's amazing how interconnected his works are.
So: you need to get this book. If you don't know nothing of the Repairman Jack series, or the Adversary Cycle: you'll learn to love it.
If you know what this is all about: definately get it!