I wouldn't recommend this book. The characters behave in odd and illogical ways even within the context of the story. This really holds the story back which otherwise has an interesting premise.
Very good differentiation of characters.
Fantasy books or any book can have three basic strengths or weaknesses.
I'm sad to say this book fails on all three. That is not to say that this book is exceptionally bad, but as an avid reader of fantasy books I desire something more than merely adequate.
1) This really is the worse offence. The characters in this book really don't have much depth, they behave in predictable clearly made-up ways and they are pretty blant. The hero is a basic goody boy without any complex feelings or personality traits. His "teacher" is much the same.
2) World is really simple. Like many fantasy books the world shows none of the complex social and economical systems present in realistic and believable fantasy worlds. On top of that the author even does a poor job describing the world as-is in a rich and engaging way.
3) The story isn't to good either, unfortunately. It's a pretty basic good vs evil story. Little nuance is presented. Everything progresses in predictable ways.
Maybe it seems I am being overly harsh here, this books isn't really unique in it's flaws. In fact these are pretty common in fantasy books. Most of the time I don't review these disappointing books, but ever so often my disappointment builds up and gets released. I guess this book is the unfortunate recipient of it, not that it is undeserved.
In summary, listen to this if you don't have high standards, maybe it is enjoyable then, otherwise don't bother.
Sad. Intriguing. Action.
Yes, the end, nicely done.
This is obviously a post-apocalypse genre book. However the world is not entirely typical for the genre, besides the author manages to keep the world largely a mystery which I like, keeps you guessing and speculating. The story is largely a journey through a sort of urban wasteland where interesting dangers, friends and foes are met. I feel this is a major strength of the book, where some books set-up a typical good vs. evil scenario this book manages to feel like something that could have actually happened to real people. As such it is not a heroes journey even though the title suggest it.
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