Okay, I finished this a couple of days ago and I’m still not sure what to make of this book. Which is not the best start. I mean, obviously I didn’t love this book, or I’d just go straight to raving about it, but I could see some merit in it. So I feel a little torn about what exactly I’m gonna say in this review.
I think I will have to weigh this up as fairly as I can…
There’s no easy way to say this when you usually like an author’s work: I was bored stiff for half of this book. I had high hopes for this book, but in the end, it was just not very interesting. That was down to a number of things. Firstly, the main character and his (obsessive) descriptions of guns. Half the time I just wanted to yell: “I don’t care- get back to the action!!” But then the action sequences half the time did nothing for me and I wasn’t sure why that was… Until disaster struck in one of the later action sequences and I realised *I just did not care about any of the characters*. They were all just a little staid and a bit flat for my liking- none of them really felt like anything more than a 2D prop. Not only was I not enamoured by any of them, but I also did not buy their relationship with each other- particularly David and Megan’s relationship. I got that David was attracted to her, but I felt like Megan only warmed to him for the sake of the plot- and nothing else. Besides, she was never all that pleasant to him, so I couldn’t understand why he developed a crush on her- let alone full-blown love. It felt a little like (dare I say it) insta-love.
But… some of it- particularly the prologue, the final fight scene and the epilogue- were phenomenally written. In fact, I never had any doubt that Sanderson could write well, given his other books. Also, to be absolutely fair, the world building was pretty solid- nothing too incredible, but nothing disappointing in that. And the twists and turns right at the end of the book had me on the edge of my seat. For that alone, I was reminded why I had enjoyed Sanderson’s other writing, and I just wished the rest of the book could have been like that. I mean, there were some parts at the end that almost had me wanting to read more of the series- almost. And I’m afraid that’s the clincher in this case…
Ok so what’s the Final Judgement?
*Jury goes out to deliberate* *Jury returns*
Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin- you have been weighed and you have been found wanting!
That’s a dorky way of me saying it wasn’t good enough. Also, of sharing this amazing Rembrandt.
Rating: 2.5/5 bananas