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What really annoyed me about this novel was the use of slang by supposedly highly educated characters. The continual use of "wanna" and "gonna" became so grating, I did not finish the book. I'm not a Science Fiction fan but if a text is convincing and characters are "filled out" then the genre matters less. The idea of employing a mixture of communications rather than direct dialogue was quite cleverly done. Such a shame that Neuvel failed to match the language to the characters! The novel would probably appeal to younger readers.
15 June 2017
I found this novel more suited to a young reader. The use of "gunna" and "wanna" by supposedly well educated characters was more than a bit annoying! The concept of using various genres of communication instead of dialogue was quite good. However, the characters were one dimensional as were the settings. Not worth the price set for the text!