Hard Pass

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I love sci-fi, and I’ve read a lot of it, but this is rough. From the very beginning, I was cringing. The names of people and places all have multiple names. It’s distracting. Then, the author uses “they” for everyone. It makes following the dialogue unnecessarily difficult. Gender neutrality is fine, but use people’s names. Add to that the grammar mistakes, and I struggled to get past chapter one.

I kept going, but it wasn’t worth my time. The story is fine, and it did smooth out a bit. However, the characters are not compelling, especially the main character, Ellie. I wanted to like her, but I really didn’t care what happened to her. The story dragged on and on. I couldn’t wait until it was over. I kept reading, because I thought the final standoff might add a bit of excitement. It doesn’t. There’s no epic battle. There’s no wow moment. The guy just dies. Yawn. What a let down.

There are much better sci-fi books. Go find one.