Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price

18079705Flight of the Silvers (Silvers #1)

Daniel Price

February 2014 Blue Rider Press

ISBN: 9780399164989

 

 

 

Goodreads Summary:

Without warning, the world comes to an end for Hannah and Amanda Given. The sky looms frigid white. The electricity falters. Airplanes everywhere crash to the ground. But the Givens are saved by mysterious strangers, three fearsome and beautiful beings who force a plain silver bracelet onto each sister’s wrist. Within moments, the sky comes down in a crushing sheet of light and everything around them is gone.

Shielded from the devastation by their silver adornments, the Givens suddenly find themselves elsewhere, a strange new Earth where restaurants move through the air like flying saucers and the fabric of time is manipulated by common household appliances.

Soon Hannah and Amanda are joined by four other survivors from their world—a mordant cartoonist, a shy teenage girl, a brilliant young Australian, and a troubled ex-prodigy. Hunted by enemies they never knew they had and afflicted with temporal abilities they never wanted, the sisters and their companions begin a cross-country journey to find the one man who can save them—before time runs out.

Review:

Stopped reading 6/10/17
I read a little over half the book, but also gave up after about that, also. It took me roughly two weeks to get to page 330, which is far below my speed reading capabilities. There are sections that are fantastically paced, but also some that feel like I’m mentally slogging through quicksand.
Liked:
Character development: the main characters are well though out and multifaceted. They are all likable and unlikable at different points.

World building (setting, “rules,” social hierarchy): I think most of this was pretty clear. There’s a parallel Earth that had the same history until the early 20th Century, then a big event happened that changed the development of this alternate Earth. Their understanding of Time and how to manipulate it are more advanced, the United States is a lot more insular, and while there are many similarities, there are some different social issues and concerns than we have.

References to other works (intentional or not): There are definitely some similarities to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The Silvers are saved from a cataclysmic event that destroys their version of Earth by mysterious people who look human, but don’t quite act human. They also need a certain object (silver bracelets in this case) to be saved and transported to safety. There’s pop culture references throughout that are like inside jokes for the group, as many of them don’t exist in this alternative Earth.

Disliked:
My biggest and main dislike is the plot itself. Honestly, I think that at 300+ pages in to a 550ish page novel, I should have a better understanding of Why. Why was this specific group of people saved? What is their purpose? What is the main goal they’re supposed to be working toward? What do the Pelletiers want? Why should I finish reading this? Obviously, that last question is still unanswered.

I’m pretty sure I chose to read this because of the upcoming sequel (The Song of the Orphans), however I doubt I’ll read that now that I’ve stalled out on this.

Review: Dexter Is Dead by Jeff Lindsay

Dexter Is DeadGoodreads description:

Dexter Morgan has burned the candle at both ends for many years. Blood spatter analyst . . . husband . . . father . . . serial killer. And now, for the first time, his world has truly collapsed. Dexter is arrested on charges of murder. He has lost everything—including his wife, his kids, and the loyalty of his sister. Now completely alone, Dexter faces a murder charge (for a crime . . . ironically . . . he did not actually commit). His only chance for freedom lies with his brother, Brian, who has a dark plan to prove Dexter’s innocence. But the stakes are deadly, and the epic showdown that lies in Dexter’s path may lead, once and for all, to his demise. 
     Jeff Lindsay’s trademark devilish wit and cutting satire have never been sharper. Dexter Is Dead marks the end of a beloved series, but is also Dexter’s most satisfying and suspenseful outing yet.

First, I should say I received a digital copy of this book through Edelweiss for an honest review.

I was actually pretty disappointed in this book. It seems as if it, and the previous book, Dexter’s Final Cut, could really have been just one book. They both seemed disappointing on their own, yet I have a feeling that they would have both benefited from some cutting (heh, heh) and merging.

The book starts with Dexter being almost as obtuse as he had been in Dexter’s Final Cut. He had clearly lost his clever wits by this time and it took a few weeks in jail for them to start coming back. Even then, he was ignoring the instinctive warnings from his inner demon, aka his Dark Passenger; forgetting to keep track of little bits here and there; and pretty much dependent on his brother, Brian, to look after keeping him from going back to jail and helping get him out of trouble. The witty, devious Dexter that we were first introduced to in Darkly Dreaming Dexter was no more. In his place was a mostly pathetic man. He even describes himself as such.

Dexter said it himself, he expected to go out in a blaze of glory or manage to be able to sail off into the sunset. He didn’t expect to just kind of fizzle out. Sadly, that’s what happened to him.

I suggest reading this if you’ve read the other books. I wouldn’t suggest it if you haven’t read any of the others, even if you’ve watched the show. Speaking of, if the ending of the TV series made you throw a shoe at your TV (or at least want to), then I can at least put to rest your fears that this is as bad as that. Comparatively, it is a much better end for Dexter than the TV show gave us.