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"A fast-paced plot, likable characters, and creative world-building guarantee this volume will find a following."--School Library Journal
"Mia and Jules have chemistry and work well together, their partnership is entertaining and believable, and the villains and dangers are similarly plausible. A nerve-racking cliffhanger will leave readers eager for the second half of this planned duology."--Publishers Weekly
"A literally breathtaking archaeological expedition. Spooner and Kaufman prove once again that no one does high-stakes adventure shenanigans like they do."--E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- ASIN : B071SCTX6H
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (22 November 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2394 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 335 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1484758056
- Best Sellers Rank: 77,930 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Must say, the beginning was great, the middle, not so much. But OMG tge last 6 ir 7 chapters.
Can't wait for the second book.
I really never felt comfortable with the toggling viewpoints of the protagonists. There was way too much interior monologue (and too repetitive IMHO).
I was also not understanding the world for too long which made me constantly search for some grounding.
Finally the tech need for an energy source fell flat for me. The Earth has an infinite energy source in the sun, so unless that’s gone out there’s no need to search the galaxy for more (we’re switching to solar rapidly already!)
All in all I’d say the book is a bit of a clunker. Slow build up (with an unreasonable amount of repetition) combined with an unsatisfactory ending.
Amelia and Jules were fairly likable although not all that complex as individuals. They each had their own endearing quirks and charm but their backstories were pretty limited in that any reference to their past had only to do with their motivations of the now. There’s not much to know about each character besides their intentions and their current feelings, which made it kind of hard to tell what kind of people they would be outside of a dire situation.
And I have to admit I wasn’t all that invested in their romance. I understand that those who face the same danger are brought closer together simply based on their need to survive and rely on one another, but their connection just didn’t feel all that natural, and it kind of felt like their torrid romance was more the focus of the book rather than the actual plot of adventure and discovery. On nearly every page the two are thinking about the other and it gets boring real quick.
Speaking of boring, that’s what this book was: boring. All the way up until the exciting end, the story was really slow going. The authors spend half the time setting up the lore of this futuristic world but don’t really go into detail and give much explanation. The world-building is almost there but didn’t quite make it. Who are the Undying, really? And what’s with the space expedition that failed? I can’t really tell you.
And then the other half is spent on montaging past or accelerating through scenarios that SHOULD be suspenseful and adrenaline-inducing. Too often the puzzles were glossed over and the traps were repetitive and not all that interesting. The focus, as I said before, was too much on Mia and Jules’s ever-shifting relationship and their distrust of but yearning for one another.
The ending was the saving grace for this book. It was action-packed and thrilling and the very end (the very last paragraph) was actually a huge shock that makes me want to read more.
There are problems with this book, sure, but it’s by no means bad. It’s well written, the characters are cool and relatable, and the mystery of the Undying keeps you wondering. It’s just kind of boring, is all. I’ll read the next book and hopefully, there’s more action and excitement!