Read from July 20 to 24, 2016 — I own a copy , read count: 1
Synopsis: The global economy is in tatters not because of humanity’s faults but because of its accomplishment. The country of Shan Won, a small island state off the coast of China, has cured all of our ills, and like a black hole, a piercing singularity of perfection, it’s sucking the world dry of its stability and leadership and power.
Bookish Things: 160 pages. The cover ties in a little with the story, but it’s not the best fit.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.03.
You know when you have a great idea, and you’re really excited to explore that great idea, delve deep into it and have a poke around to see if it really is a great idea?! Well, sadly, I fear that Rudolf could have done a bit more digging and a bit more polishing of what he found.
The outline of the story is reasonable. In fact I’d argue that it’s a rather ingenious idea, but alas the way in which it was executed fell far, far below the mark.
The main character, Richard, is a useless imbecile. He’s not even funny when he thinks he’s being funny. He’s abrasive and immature and immediately put me off reading the story. The female characters also leave little to be desired, Mia is snarky and rude, Anna: a poster child for mental health issues managed poorly and don’t even get me started on Richard’s best friend…
The writing is stilted and repetitive to the nth degree. At several points in the book there’s about 15 lines that start with the same few words. The same ideas and concepts are hashed and rehashed and driven so far into the reader’s face it’s almost as invasive as having your eyes examined by an optometrist.
The way in which society crumbled in the book seemed rather explosive, but not so far outside of the realm of possible that it wasn’t believable, at least a little. If the writing were more palatable I might have allowed some of the other issues, but sadly all together this was a pretty average read. I’m quite glad it was a freebie.
I liked the idea, but loathed the execution of the book. I honestly couldn’t recommend it, unless you wanted editing practice.
A few things I noticed:
36-37% pay phone is hyphenated in one instance and not in another.
57% – We walk(talk) about waiting on the couch…
92% – I can’t breath(e) and I reach…