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I’m so sorry Brandon!
26 May 2019
I have to be one of the few dissenting opinions on this book. And it breaks my heart. I love Brandon Sanderson and in my eyes he can do no wrong... but this book just didn’t work for me. At all.
Let me start by saying in the interest of full disclosure that I’m not a big sci-fi fan. I much prefer fantasy which is why Brandon Sanderson is at the top of my list of all time favourite authors. The Mistborn series, Elantris, and of course the Stormlight chronicles are among the best fantasy books I have ever read (or listened to). But, my issue with this book isn’t really the sci-fi, space story aspect of it. I knew what I was buying when I clicked purchase so I can’t and won’t take issue with that. So, why the two star rating?
Sigh... it was just not ENOUGH. The characters, the plot, the teasing about a hidden back story about the early settlers on the planet, about her father, none of it really settled into something believable or that I could muster the enthusiasm to care about despite the hours I dedicated to it. For the first time since picking up a book by Sanderson I couldn’t care less about the main character and her story was both predictable and well, boring. Not helping the story was the endless, I mean endless(!) descriptions of the fighters and battles. It’s like Sanderson wanted to be a pilot when he was a boy and this was his chance to geek out about it and someone decided to publish it?
Regardless, I stuck with it through all that to get to an ending where magically, everything was wrapped up and a ‘great reveal’ happened in the last 20 minutes. It was like an afterthought that got tacked on without adding much to the story, frankly.
Maybe I’m the wrong age group for this one, it seems targeted at a younger audience. However I really enjoyed the calamity series which was for that audience and I found it to have sufficient depth and unexpected twists to keep my interest. Unfortunately, this one wasn’t enjoyable for me. But I’m still a fan and I’ll happily spend my money on the next book Brandon Sanderson publishes.