“This novel suffers from kitchen sink syndrome: so many good things thrown together so that the whole suffers: too many adjectives, too many points of view, too much explanation of the world building. I kept reading because I wanted to know about Ash, unfortunately that meant reading through pages of gratuitous torture. It seems to serve the purpose of showing that that bad buy is really really bad, but it strained credibility and wasn't in my opinion essential to the story about Ash's coming of age. I just don't believe that the atmosphere of an entire planet could be poisoned by people aboard a space ship. Where did they get that much gas? Overall I was put off by the lack of plausibility in both plot and world-building. This may appear to be science fiction but the plot relies so much on fate, dreams, omens, and alchemical elements(fire, earth, air, water), that it's pure fantasy. This for me made the omniscient narrator particularly irritating. He or she would jump in with explanations which slow the story down and don't make sense. I haven't thrown the book across the room but then I haven't finished reading it either.”
Lizzie N wrote this review Friday, August 16, 2013.