By: Christopher Paolini
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: TOR Books
To be honest, I don’t remember the last time I read good science fiction and I love sci fi. I also never read the Inheritance Cycle, so I didn’t know what to expect from this book or Christopher Paolini’s writing. When I finished this book, I was not sure how I felt about it. I do love sci-fi movies/TV programs, so science fiction is not an issue. I am convinced that it was just this particular book that was not as good as what I heard about it.
NO SPOILERS. I thought about for awhile after I finished it. All I can say is that it was below average. I’m glad I didn’t buy it and was able to borrow the ebook from my library. The writing was average, nothing stood out. There wasn’t one point where I thought it was beautifully written. I found it too derivative of many other science fiction movies I’ve watched or other books I’ve read. Too often I found myself thinking, this part sounds very familiar and it’s just like this book or that movie/TV show. I know this has been done before. There were few original ideas that were decent, not anything “amazing” where it stood out. It plodded along and was boring at many times in the narrative.
I wasn’t invested in the characters. I didn’t feel they were developed enough. When something bad happened, I didn’t feel the emotion from the writing. They felt wooden and stereotypes. It was a long book and some of it was repetitive and I found it hard not to skip over some parts. Looking back, I almost don’t even know what the point of it all was.
It wasn’t on par with so many other science fiction books I have read.
I will say that I still might give the next book a try. I have read series where the second book is a major improvement over the first. Also, the cover is really stuning.