Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review #1451 The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer

Book Review #1451
The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer
Rating: one star (out of four)

Very bizarre. I loved the cover. It was haunting and intense. The initial reading of the premise from the back cover got me excited because it sounded like it was right up my alley. (Hello lost society and mysterious machines), but the story didn't live up to its potential. I was a little bit confused throughout the story because I couldn't figure out where it was going. But I was patient and willing to believe everything would be wrapped up in the end. I mean, it could have just been one of those books where all the threads are scattered through the story and it's only at the very end you realize how everything was tied together. This, however, was not like that. I never got an exact sense of what sort of book it was trying to be. I felt like it was straddling a few different styles and I so badly wanted to like it, but I just couldn't. The ending was unsatisfying and I felt sorry for some of the characters. I didn't understand the purpose. When everything had been said and done I was still sitting there trying to make sense of the story. Not something I'd recommend.

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