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Friday, January 24, 2014

Book Review: The Waking Engine

Cloud Atlas meets Dune in this unique take on life after death. The world building is on an epic scale, worlds upon worlds, within worlds actually. I haven't read anything this complex and well developed in a long time. It's the kind of book you can read over and over and catch new things each time. I love that about it. The writing is an excellent blend of description and dialogue that keeps it flowing along nicely. 

But, where I loved Cloud Atlas and the Dune series deeply, this one didn't quite hit the love stage for me. The characters failed to pull me in. I just couldn't find sympathy for them. Perhaps it is the oddity of the world, in that they cannot die and have no respect for life, but I think it was more than that. It is tough to put my finger on, just one of those things that didn't hook me as well as I would have liked it to. Unfortunately for me, it's one of those truly important things, which was why it earned three stars instead of five. Regardless, as every reader is different, I would still recommend this book as it is a sweeping epic of a very original idea. 

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