Direct quote: "I love the rotunda, specifically the large pillars that line it at the base; it is very strong-looking" the Chancellor said. ..Show More »/> Very strong looking, huh... perhaps the author could invest in a thesaurus?
I think part of the problem is that there is no inherent suspense... unlike a zombie outbreak, or even a traditional viral outbreak, this entire story occurs post-apocalypse and everyone left is already "immune"... so what are they running from? Oh right, "bad people".
The other part of the problem is that the author "tells" us everything. "Devan was scared" "The mayor was angry".
Oh, and the 3rd part of the problem is that the author wanted to impart some political message and/or morals and, since he couldn't add it to the story line, he had the characters have impromptu "show-and-tells" about their political/moral leanings: for example, while waiting to see if they were going to be found and killed, this type of convo starts up: Him "How about I guess your political background" Her: "Okay" Him: "You're Conservative and gun-carrying" Her: "why would you say that" Him:"because you're from the Dakotas and you married a Marine" Her: "you're wrong" Him: "I don't want to get into an argument"... and so on... These conversations add nothing to the suspense, story line or plot and don't even advance the characterizations...
But, actually, the reason why I didn't enjoy this novel is because nothing happens. A couple people go from A to B and a GREAT CONSPIRACY is uncovered. That's it. No rationale, no excitement, no resolution/justice and, honestly, nobody cares.
The narrator was barely okay - he didn't make weird noises or anything, but he certainly didn't add any excitement to the story. There's no gore or overt violence, no gun porn, no sex... there were two or three f-bombs which, while clearly not excessive, seemed very out of place since they were the only swear words used, and they were, literally, only used 2-3 times throughout the novel. It felt like the author added them for "emphasis" just because he thought they should be there, not because it was a natural place for someone to swear.
I won't be reading any more in this series... just not worth the time investment.
As a teen I read Robert Ludlum's books one after the other and could not wait for the next. Mr. Vance captures my mind and imagination in a similar w..Show More »ay. I find myself wondering how his characters will fare and "Hope" good will prevail!
The first two books in this series were amazing. It's not that the quality of writing fell off but I feel like the author just kind of threw in the to..Show More »wel in regards to the story itself.
Many people will be unhappy with this book due to the fact it doesn't end in a way pleasing to the average reader. That being said, my beef is more with the effort given to the storyline, not that it was such an abrupt ending. Vance did the equivalent to putting in your second string team when down late in a game...just kind of gave up on what could have been one of the best apocalyptic/dystopian fiction series to come out in along time.