30 June 2018
Part 2 of this series was an interesting book, but it was not as good as the first book. At times it seemed to drag, and get lost in itself, quoting large chunks of history to the reader to try and give some background to the story. Whilst the Author was trying to be clever, weaving actual history into the story, it become quite convoluted at times, almost confusing. Dan Brown has this way of bringing in those historical elements and making it a fascinating ride, a history lesson that is intriguing and clever, weaved together with the plot so that it captures you. Unfortunately, Riddle has not made the history as intriguing. Parts of it were clever, and alright, other parts, you got really lost in and wondered if it was ever going to end.
In this second part, we have moved forward in time and the world has been struck down by the Atlantis Plague. The world is divided into two main camps, the Imari, who seem to have no real issue with the Plague, are well armed, and are slowly dominating the world. Then there are the Orchid users, those that are not aligned with the Imari, and have found that Orchids slow (but don’t cure) the plague, although it is slowly working less and less. They do not have the resources of the Imari, and most of what they do have is focused on Orchid production to keep the plague at bay.
The story follows our main characters, David, Kate, Dorian and Martin, as well as a multitude of minor characters as they work through combating each other, one trying to find a cure, one trying to stop it. There is also an underlying set of major and minor plots for each of the characters, David trying to find Kate, Kate trying to work out who she is, Dorian trying to rule the world (it seems by killing everybody one person at a time, he has an interesting and very violent approach to world domination), whilst Martin is just trying to stay alive and help Kate.
In the middle of all of this, we do learn that the ‘Atlantians’ are real, and (without giving away spoilers), have been a major part in our history).
At times, this story has aspects of brilliance, with some wonderful world building, some amazing characters, and exceptional dialogue. The story seems to be flowing along at a lovely speed, building with intensity, and then it’s like someone else has taken over the wheel, and it loses control, and there are intense monologues from characters, pointless history lessons, and parts of story that you find that you just want to skip through, but if you do, unfortunately, you miss something vital, and have no idea what is going on, so you are forced to read through pages and pages of story that just won't stop…
This could have potentially been a great book, and it is disappointing given how much I enjoyed the first book, but it does not quite meet the mark. It does have some redeeming features, but I’m not sure it has enough to save it.
Of course, this is my point of view, judge for yourself. I will still go and read part 3, I am unfortunately one of those OCD people who can’t leave a series unfinished.