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I liked the story, and it was paced well. The problem is that almost none of the characters were like able. That does hold true to the fact that danger brings out the best and the worst in people and the characters are well fleshed out. I just found myself reading because I wanted to know how it ended and not actually rooting for any particular character - I never got emotionally invested in them. This story is however a good display of a fantastic imagination and was an exciting read.
The romance subplots could really be cut out. It is nice to see people make connections while in dire situations, but it is so unrealistic that it breaks immersion and makes me cringe.
And speaking about cringing, why is everyone angry? Every single character in the book was angry at least once, and for a couple anger was the natural state. They were so angry they were seething with it, and Sigler had to keep telling us they were angry, lest we forget.
From my criticism above don't think that everything about this book was awful. The monsters were really unnerving. I can see where Sigler may have gotten his inspiration from, looking at some gifs on the web. And I do have to appreciate the fact that he was willing to kill of his characters. Usually you assume a sub set of characters would be safe from death, but not in this book. If someone has to die, Sigler isn't concerned what role they had in the narrative, they die.
If you only take one thing away from my review let it be this, this book is mediocre but it is also one of Sigler's first books. Having read his later creations I can say he improved by a mile. So if you somewhat liked this book, pick up his later works without fear over them not being enjoyable.
Oh & I think this is the story (of what he's written so far) is the best suited to a film adaptation, one that I'd love to see.
- Plot- or character-driven? Plot
- Strong character development? No
- Loveable characters? No
- Diverse cast of characters? Yes
- Flaws of characters a main focus? No
jstatt's review against another edition
- Plot- or character-driven? A mix
- Strong character development? Yes
- Loveable characters? Yes
- Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
- Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
I would say it's medium to fast paced with a few places where it dragged, but overall it was a really, really good thriller. Kept me interested and tense for basically the entire book. The characters were well written and easy to get invested in.
Highly recommend reading this if you're looking for a good sci-fi thriller.
8/10, will definitely read the sequel.
Graphic: Violence, Torture, Blood, Gun violence, and Murder
Moderate: Rape, Death of parent, Injury/Injury detail, and Child abuse
Minor: Cursing and Fire/Fire injury