I’ve had this in my drafts folders for weeks now. I was angry at you (and for you) Kent Wayne I really was angry at how the book ended. Now I’ve mellowed and decided discuss my own issues on a separate blog post because it’s not fair to take my frustrations out as it would seem on one writer, which I won’t. There is also swearing in this review to warn you. As I always say these are my opinions and make your own judgements by discovering it for yourself readers as you should in life. Find your own truth, don’t believe everything you’re told on face value.
My final reaction to the ending of this book was to swear (or curse if you prefer). I was feeling a build up, a fizz, a few threads were coming together, I was intrigued; something was happening. But it finished at the end of a chapter rather than the end of a book. I was so disappointed. I was angry. Do you know why? Because it was potentially going to put people off from reading the next book, it nearly did that to me.
I don’t know if you’ve ever been in the cinema watching a film and you notice it only reaches part way up the room and you only reach half way down to the screen and you never quite touch? No? Only me then. This happened to me years ago watching To Kill a King with Tim Roth and Dougray Scott and it’s stuck with me ever since as a measure of things.
Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter kind of did this to me too. There was quite a lot of background but I drifted in the world and I didn’t read it at every opportunity so I knuckled down. I wanted to give it a chance to make sure it wasn’t me. I enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed the internal struggle and the excellent social commentary. I felt for Atriya, for his confusion and growing repressed fear of just what the fuck is going on that turned to anger and the searching for something.
I mean take a read of the synopsis I’ve snaffled from Amazon.
In the late 21st century, humanity left Earth due to multiple resource shortcomings aggravated by an acceleration in climate change. They settled Echo, a planet that was nearly a carbon copy of Earth except for being devoid of all but the most basic life forms. Fast forward 1200 years later. Echo has endured over a thousand years of dark age. Corporations and government merged early on, becoming the oppressive authority known as the Regime. Military and police merged into the Department of Enforcement, their only mission to crush the huge network of rebels known as the Dissidents. Over half the planet is covered by decaying cityscapes and the elite live high above, removed and remote from the greater populace on the moon-city of Ascension. Hope lies in one man, a former Enforcer named Atriya. But before he can break the cycle of darkness and ignorance on Echo, he has to do it within himself.
Exciting eh and it is thick with layers it’s a true and solid other world full of piss and shit and real searching. But honestly it is pulled thin in this book, it left me dangling and wanting and if I were superstitious I would have my fingers crossed than when I give this series another chance, which it deserves, and when I click that buy button it won’t make me angry again but it will grow and pull me in. It will get it’s grimy Sci-Fi fingers around my ankle and yank me hard on to the mean streets where I don’t know where the best place is to get away from the Regime.
Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter by Kent Wayne. 08/08/2015 Publisher /