WOW all those republishing dates!!! I'm going to have to read it again and see how much has changed.
It's been some time since I first read this book and reviewed it on Amazon. One thing I've learned is when you review a book immediately after reading it (when all the little things are still fresh in your mind) and again later (when it's more of an impression you're left with), the reviews can be wildly different.
That said, what I remember most about this book is the impressive display of originality/creativity. Mr. Finegan is one of only a few authors capable of introducing completely unique ideas and situations to his audience no matter how vast the quantity or variety of books they may have read. Even if he had nothing else to offer, his work would be inspiring!
Fortunately (for us), this is not the case. Finegan has much more to share. Something we unhappily grow accustomed to in low-price and/or free ebooks is a complete lack of editing. It keeps us from immersing ourselves in the stories, constantly distracting us at best and forcing us to decode at worst. Into the Mist is an oasis in that desert of tedium! I can't emphasize enough how refreshing it was to read this book. Mr. Finegan restored my failing faith in the literacy level of modern authors.
The only reason one star is missing is because I felt at times the characters were somewhat underdeveloped, inconsistent, or juvenile. Few stories are perfect, and these problems were really quite minor when compared to the work of other new authors in the genre. This is just one person's opinion, and I believe the moments of brilliance and the quality of the writing far outweighed these minor inconsistencies.
I'm looking forward to re-reading this book with high hopes I will have the pleasure of editing this review later to add the last star. :)
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)