For the first FIVE hours, the book is a relentless wholesale blowout of 'FLASH' 'BANG' 'WHIZ' 'BOOM', with very little in plot progression. You merely..Show More » get to meet the enemy, and watch them get relentlessly blown to smithereens. FOR. FIVE. HOURS. And you never get the enemy's POV, or any insidious dialogue. They really read as these flat lifeless targets, for the good guy mutants to squish in fancy ways.
It introduces all the characters in that first round like members in a game show. You get their introduction, you learn their plight, and then you get to know them. It felt like I was being encouraged to form an emotional response for these characters before understanding them. The deliberately sparse revelations of the plot-line paired with the free-flowing interruptions of the character's personal emotional responses to said revelations was nerve-wracking. And the characters in this book aren't subtle mutations, we're talking blue people who heal with their brain, and fly. Extremely unlikely mutants, like the x-men.
A lot of the cultural concerns addressed in this novel are outdated from the Cold War, and a lot of the national view points are portrayed terribly wrongly (the Germans ALL liking WWII? My gran said there were curfews, patrols, and then one of your neighbors would disappear. There wasn't a brochure for what was happening.) I honestly began the book thinking it was based in a 1930's alternate history, the level of information granted is so palsy, until a guy whipped out a cell phone. I had trouble identifying or liking any of the characters, except for the burn victim.
I truly enjoyed this book; it’s so well written that I really don’t know what’s going to happen next. The battle action & violence does pick up as the..Show More » Thulians and other foes push their own agendas. Plus it catches up on old friends & foes, as well as introduces new characters.