PositiveThe Nerd Daily... a wild ride from the start to the end. If you’re a fan of plot-driven books with lots of action, this is definitely it ... Paolini set up this world so well. I was entranced and needed to find out more about how Earth had changed and evolved as I kept reading. Technological advances are heavily involved in this book like travelling on ships by the speed of light and science-y goodness I can’t even begin to fully comprehend, that any science nerd will relish ... Kira was a great protagonist that had an interesting character development ... The highlight of this book was definitely the side characters, I loved learning more about them and having a great spaceship crew with banter and team chemistry ... The best and worst part of this book is the pacing. First off, the plot was written so well in that I had no idea what was going to happen next. I was always on the edge of my figurative seat, not knowing what else Paolini would throw at me in these pages. However, this book was like a science fiction novel incorporating the pacing of a K-Drama. At least for the first half of this book, it was a bit crazy how things would go from 0 to 100 then back down to 0. There were many peaks and high action moments with insane plot twists then suddenly sections that slowed down dramatically. It made it a little hard to get into the book because the pacing wasn’t consistent nor had a specific end goal to the plot until 50-60% in when things really got going. That being said, it did manage to keep my attention and keep me reading because I wanted to get to the next part and find out what happens ... At 880 pages, Paolini could have easily cut it in half and sold it separately ... What did strike me was the jarring writing style [[Paolini] sometimes switched to during visions/flashbacks. The style was so different and came off like he was trying to write in prose; with beautiful sentences and descriptions. Sure those excerpts added some flare but overall I wasn’t a fan of the change, it was too jarring for me but I understand its purpose as a whole for the story too ... really enjoyable but as an adult science fiction novel, it was also quite exhausting ... Highly recommended for science fiction lovers and even science fiction fantasy fans alike.
Yun Ko-Eun, Trans. by Lizzie Buehler
RaveThe Nerd Daily... a very complex and gripping thriller ... I loved this book. It took me by surprise because the plot had such a slow burn to it ... the way it ended was satisfying but the realism made it all the more terrifying too. It had a great mystery and I still don’t fully understand and don’t know if I’ll ever be able to interpret the true meaning out of the various symbols weaved throughout the story. It also amazes me as to how much this book managed to pack in, in under 200 pages of writing ... absolutely fantastic and thought-provoking writing as its best.