The Ruins: A Dystopian Society in a Post-Apocalyptic World (The Ruins Series) Hardcover – April 1, 2021
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- ASIN : B091F5QT13
- Publisher : Independently published (April 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 302 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8731740326
- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.87 x 8.5 inches
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I had grown fond of a number of characters from the other series and really enjoying the direction of the new series.
Just got to the end of the book, and left on a cliff hanger so of course have just download the second one in this series.
I am a fan of dystopian genre and enjoying these series.
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I like it. I wanted to love it. The trouble is, unlike the 6 part trilogy we all read before, the story is a linear tale based on just three characters. So although the storyline is consistent with the main series, the story telling is more sluggish, plodding and much less exciting. There is palpable lack of tension to this tale.The promised "book 2" should have been combined with this and the writing edited to produce an exciting complete book and not just a few chapters of a story.
That said, the setting is as good as I hoped, the baddies are full of potential. Secrets are to be discovered. Horrors to be endured. By the end of book 1, the readers reward is that they have hopefully made it through the set up for the more satisfactory tale to come.
The cliff-hanger (or bridge-hanger) at the end will be, I suspect, a predictable let down. I'd name who it is except, the reader needs every bit of tension possible to help mitigate the plodding to this point, and this part might provide mild anxiety to someone trying to finish the "book" at 4:30 in the morning.
Due to the arrogance of self-editing authors, most people would have spotted the error at 13% in to the tale, where Flora says "my friend and I were the only ones in the ship" and then from there onwards, doesn't know the word "ship" until it is explained to her at 14% -
"Ship" Bray clarified.
"I've never heard that word before" Flora said, confused.
You're confused Flora? What about us readers?
I think I liked the setting more than I liked the actual story.
I will be ordering Book 2. It had better live up to expectations. Or I will invest no more.
Note to self - don't start a series until all the books are written. Much less frustrating......
It's well-written and fast-paced with a great sense of place and intriguing characters.