This post is both late – because I had to flee my unheated house over the weekend – and short – because I was unable to force myself to finish reading the book.
Based on the fact I couldn’t finish the book, you can probably guess that I didn’t enjoy it. It’s a shame, because I got the feeling that there were a lot of ingredients that the author had at his disposal – not least the mixing of a steampunk era world with generation ship era technology – which could have been brought together to make a pleasing whole. They weren’t.
My dislike of this book can be narrowed down to two main problems:
1) Omniscient or inconsistent POV. The 3rd person POV dives in and out of each of the two main characters’ heads willy-nilly. Also, even when we’re staying in one of the character’s POV, that character will constantly refer to himself as ‘the detective’ or ‘the alien’. Just doesn’t work for me.
2) What is the point? I had no idea where the story was going. There were no outstanding questions that I felt a burning need to have answered, which is why I felt so at ease with simply tossing this book aside. After the first action set piece, they two main characters have to go somewhere to meet someone. Um, OK. It’s a pretty vague and unstructured plan. It’s not even like they’re really being chased or dodging pursuit. I could maybe get behind the idea of the detective needing to go to the city, but why is the alien hanging around? Pretty much because his spaceship nagged him to. The story fails to convince – on a number of levels.
Overall, I’d give this book 1 out of 5. I couldn’t even get past the 20% mark.