What did you think of the synopsis? Did it reveal too much plot or too little?
Everybookcounts – The synopsis sounds good but, after reading the book, it just left me confused. Is the man she trusts the least Toran? or is it Alon? I read the entire book and still struggle to make sense of the sinopsis so I guess that’s saying something.
Thatonenerdygirl – Also, I think that the fact that author says that the rotor’s breakdown is thanks to sabotage is inappropriate, Kali only suggests that might be the case after she falls down a hole (which happens 60+% into the book).
What did you think of the characters? Was there character development?
T – As I’ve stated in my review, they feel bland at first – Kali’s sassy, Stil’s hot, Toran’s religious, etc.- However, they do become more interesting as we get to know how they act around each other and how they think and feel. Still, I feel that they could have been more original from the start.
E – The characters weren’t bad. They weren’t espectacular either. There were descriptions of every character and attempted development but it was so confusing that I didn’t retain a thing. Only halfway through did I memorize who was who but the flashbacks mixed with the plot just introduced more characters, leaving me confused once more.
T – The moment I memorized their names, I didn’t remember how they looked. I think the author should have probably sprinkled some adjectives that would let us remember how the characters looked like.
What did you think of the plot?
E – The plot was okay. In the beginning nothing really happens, the characters just walk around while the reader is bombarded with flashbacks that have questionable relevance. Overall it was interesting, the whole idea of Keto and the collapsed colony but the execution could improve.
T – The beginning is an absolute mess. Firstly, the first scene’s a flashback that doesn’t really need to be there, it could have been introduced later on. When all that action ends, we (almost immediately) read a chunk of text about how they act when they hop into a new planet. It’s nice to give this information to the reader but it isn’t necessary, especially after such an action filled first chapter. So, all in all, the plot’s nice but there’s a lot that could have been cut out of the book.
Were there problems in the story?
T – I think that the fact that there was so much going on in the first chapters was definitely a problem. It made me less motivated to read and could have been avoided.
E – I agree. The beginning was a complete mess. I didn’t know any of the characters for a third of the book and, when I was finally getting less confused, a two-chapter flashback would throw me off again. Regarding the story, there were some questionable moments like, why didn’t Kali and Toran leave a trail behind them while exploring Keto if it was so important for them to get back to the spaceship? They had the fancy glasses that showed the way but technology can fail (like it did) and the crew should know that.
What do you think the author did right?
E – The ideas explored were interesting. The concept of the book was compelling, it made me really want to know what happened in Keto that killed everyone there.
T – I think that the fact that the author was able to make the book a lot less messy (after making it messy in the first place) is also something worth noting.
What do you think the author did wrong?
T – I don’t know if this counts but he named a city ‘Bruno’, something that really threw me off because, in my native language, it’s a proper name. I know a lot of people whose first name is Bruno, so, I thought Bruno was a person for most of the first chapter.
E – There was a list of characters and their jobs after the first chapter. After that list, the book is a complete mess regarding the characters. I think the list was completely unnecessary. The reader is not going to know all the characters after reading their name and their job so the list just adds to the confusion. The complete confusion of the first quarter of the book is something that the author definitely did wrong. I almost gave up the book entirely because I wasn’t getting any bit of enjoyment from it. Just confusion. After that first part, the characters split in groups of two that made it easier for me to get to know them but, before that, it was awful. Also, there could be more action while they’re in Keto. All the action comes from flashbacks and I can’t see how that benefits the book and the reader’s experience.
T – It’s almost like two completely different stories were stitched together, the flashbacks are conflict based whereas their time in Keto is a ‘I got lost in the mall but the mall’s a planet’ kind of thing. Also, why was there unnecessary romance? It didn’t fall ass first but it did leave head first.
What was your favorite quote?
E – ‘Truth is like an onion, he thought, to be peeled, layer by layer, with tears in your eyes.’
T – ‘The citation that came with [the medal] was a work of art — every word was true but the whole thing a lie.’
What was your opinion on the ending? Would you prefer if it had been different?
T – I rather liked it. It made a sequel necessary, however, it wasn’t like in ‘The Whizbang Machine’, where they get a bunch of new questions out of nowhere. Here, the questions built up. Also, the last scene was greatly written, it was interesting to see how Shinigami train and how deadly they actually are.
E – The ending wasn’t an ending. It clearly shows that there’s a sequel and that you’ll only get answers if you read it.
Do you have any questions about the book?
E – I was so confused with the paper thing. So, they use paper to store information? Wasn’t there a more efficient way? Where do they get the paper? There weren’t any trees in Keto so the first humans there brought a ton of paper from Earth and had it rationed for future generations?
Also, why did her glasses decalibrated when she fell in a hole? They knew they were going on unknown terrain, wouldn’t the scientists behind the mission equipment create stronger tools?
T – Out of everything that could be illegal, why is self-harm? I mean, yeah, it’s awful, but it isn’t like the ones who do it are actually sane and care about breaking the law.