It's not often that a book tackles such a broad range of time, but Panicles manages to tell a tale spanning 40 years quickly and efficiently, easily keeping the characters consistent even as they age through the years. Indeed, with so many characters, many other books would become indecipherable, but not so with Panicles. The storylines are clear and concise, and the characters never step on each other's narrative toes, despite multiple POV jumps. I especially loved Emily and Matthew, and wish a little more time could have been spent with them.
Panicles is refreshing in its restraint. Despite recounting some life-altering moments, it never bogs itself down with treating those moments as exceptional. Instead, they all feel like the inevitable next step in each character's journey. At first, this seemed a bit jarring. Something monumental would be revealed, only to be wrapped up in just a chapter or two, often leaving me wondering what else could possibly happen to top that. The truth is, that not everything got "topped" because that's not how life works, and instead of creating something bigger for his characters, Robbins instead revels in them dealing with the consequences.
Overall, Panicles is an easy recommendation for its breezy pace and strong characters.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3356 KB
- Print Length: 253 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1 edition (4 November 2019)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07WK9Y61P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 11 customer ratings