This book crawls at the beginning, you feel almost no attachment to the characters until mid-way through the book, and Douglas takes way too long to set up the battles.
That said, the second half starts to pick-up and my initial distaste was overridden "just enough" for me to look forward to the next book (which has already been published).
Wow, what a disappointment. I was not able to immerse any portion of my attention throughout this book.
I don't know the political story, but it definitely feels like Wilson forced this series into a trilogy as an afterthought due to the success of Spin.
The reviews for Vortex are a little better, but I'm still on the fence on whether or not to listen to it. The problem is, after the debacle that is Axis,...I simply don't care about Robert Wilson's universe.
While I completely agree with all of the previous comments, the thing that I most enjoyed about Sanderson's story was his discipline to contemplate, plan, and stick with a plot that was obviously outlined in detail before he began to write the series.
So many writers today write trilogies with a 'plan as you go' methodology, thus I often feel like a plot twist is just 'all too convenient' when it comes just in time for the main character's success.
I could tell that Sanderson gave a lot of thought to the entire scheme of the story including all of the twists and turns that he would take us through before he started to write the trilogy in earnest. For that I am very grateful!
Wow the Narrator has ruined this audio book for me. I been trying to listen to it piecemeal for weeks now, but Beierle is so monotone that I keep losing interest and have to backtrack every 15min or so. Subsequently the story feels just as bland.
I dunno, maybe I change my ratings when I'm FINALLY able to finish the listen.
Judging by reading the rest of these reviews, if you're Republican, you'll love it; and if your Liberal...you hate Republicans. I thought Liberals were suppose to be just that,...liberal!?
Political banter aside, the book was creative and slightly deviated enough from a typical scifi pipeline to hold my attention throughout. You DO however have to enjoy a novel that attempts to tell the who, why, when, and how's as much as plot. Some people like back stroy and outer scope development. Others want to get straight to the plot. Ringo clearly tries to appeal more to the former.
I'm not an engineer or astronomer, but a finance investor turned IT. I do enjoy 'space science' on a entertainment level, thus I really enjoyed the attempts at applied science. I was probably his perfect demographic.
Sidenote: The narrator did a great job balancing his voice with an array of charters, while still allowing for your imagination to dominate.
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