This was a tragic waste of a fine concept. Maybe I was tried too soon to follow up with anything after reading the brilliant Blindsight, but Flash Forward is a complete failure in execution. After such a promising start I quickly was bored to death with every single character and every story line which, by the way, had very little to do with finding out what the heck IS the Flashforward and who did it.
That's a good question. I'll probably listen to the Clarkesworld and LightSpeed podcasts to get replenished with excellent Sci-Fi.
I'm sure he's doing the best he can with what he was given.
All of it.
I loved the TV series and was annoyed when the show was canceled- leaving the story at a dramatic cliff hanger. The book takes the story from a different vantage point but it's still a great story!
I tried to like the story, I really did. But Lloyd's insistence that the visions were of an immutable future (and this was brought up again and again, ad nausium) kept pulling me out. I mean, anyone at that level ought to have some familiarity with feedback loops and control systems. I'm glad the author didn't make the timeline fixed in the story, but I just couldn't buy into Lloyd's character. Sure, the timeline absolutely would be fixed if it were a closed system, but given the feedback from the visions divergences would have started happening immediately.
In addition to that, there were several extremely over-dramatic scenes that just had me rolling my eyes and looking forward to moving on. It's not bad, but not good enough that I would recommend it to anyone.
Though there are some interesting scientific concepts, overall this book is terribly written. It is shocking to me this author has won awards.
The writing style is clumsy, repetitive, and awkward. The characters are entirely unlikeable and unbelievable.
I feel I should note this book is nothing like the tv series...so don't be like me and buy it because you think you can find out the ending.
Sarah on goodreads wrote the most apt review of this book I can imagine, I suggest reading that as it is infinitely more worth your time than this book.
Also re: narration, the accents really pushed this book over the top (and not In a good way) for me. It makes it even harder to relate to the characters.
I rarely quit a book before the end but I just couldn't persevere on this one.
Full of mundane trivialities and endless descriptions of boring details.
This could have been an interesting story. Could have been. It started out interesting but, then the science fiction stopped along with most of the action. A couple of hours from the end I could not wait for it to get over.
The writing was terribly one dimensional. Every character was boring. I didn't care what happened to a single character.
Many have criticized the science. Well, that didn't bother me so much. It was just a boring story that left me in a depressed mood at the end.
Who will like this? If you LOVE the idea of time travel so much that you read ANYTHING that has anything to do with it, you may enjoy it. (I thought I was one-guess not).
**SPOILER**Or you may enjoy it if life has no meaning apart from man's definition of meaning and the idea of man (only the elect few mind you) becoming "immortal" with no greater will than his own.
Performance was solid. You just can't do much with bad writing and intellectually lazy philosophy.
Didn't like the characters nor the yellow fever. The flash forward idea was clever. I enjoyed how that led to people connecting over shared visions.
I think the sense that there was something going on, and that it needed to be resolved is the main reason that had me finish the book in less than 30 hours. I wasn't on edge, but I just couldn't put it down.
The ending is pretty neat.
The idea is really nice, and when I first read the book's description, I was afraid that the writer wouldn't be able to live up to the full potential of the premise of the book. I decided to give it a shot because of the good reviews, and it was definitely worth it!
Psychology and Biology nerd. Chemistry enthusiast. Fan of good research-based science books, comedies and crime.
An interesting concept, followed through interestingly. The story has some philosophical moments, done if which I found a bit frustrating, but mostly a good story.