Narrated by Meg Price
A mix of a fantasy and a low-speed chase story. Angela Cagle tries to keep her son safe by running away with him.
- Don’t read the book blurb! It actually explains way too much.
- New cover is intriguing but makes it look like fantasy not scifi. Having heard the story, it definitely clashes with the vibe of the cover.
- 90% of the story’s about Bobbie and his mother being chased by Homeland security agents and the kid’s distraught, not-entirely-pleasant father. About 10% concerns what’s written on the book blurb. But it’s more fun if it unfolds organically.
- Characters 4/5: Lifelike and sympathetic. You love who you’re supposed to love and hate whom you’re supposed to hate. A few fall in a gray area. There were also a couple of characters whose involvement was so slim and rarely mentioned that it was hard to picture their relevance. (The mysterious man pulling strings for one.)
- Plot 3.5/5: The chase follows some logic. Only a few places of mystical intervention happen to get the players where they’re supposed to be. The Homeland Security agent’s involvement is a huge stretch, but at least it’s addressed a few times.
- Content Warnings: Contains a few curse words and at least one scene I’d consider too adult to label it a “clean” book. Also contains a scene or two of torture.
- Pacing 3/5: It could have unfolded much quicker. The scenes from Bobbie’s point of view, especially those in other lands will charm most people, but I found them distracting and pointless. Perhaps it’s just the fact that I don’t particularly have an affinity for any of the worlds he visited.
- Ending 5/5: Love the wrapup. It leaves room for more but gives one a sense of closure.
- The narration’s great.
Enjoyable if you can deal with the stuff in the content warnings.
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Want more real world scifi? Check out Ashlynn’s Dreams. (A genetically altered kid learns how to shape dreams.)