Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2018
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. I did thoroughly enjoy the first half of the book, and was intrigued by the premise. The idea of a home for the children who had gone on otherworldly adventures was unique and interesting, and I enjoyed hearing about the various worlds, though the concept was often over-explained - there were a lot of lengthy speeches from characters which drove at the same key points, and a lot of the world's mechanics were told in flat exposition rather than shown. But those were minor concerns.

But it really fell flat for me in the second half, which felt extremely rushed. There was a murder plot that seemed to come out of nowhere and take over the entire premise of the book, and never fully felt authentic. The resolution didn't make sense to me, either. A new key character was introduced halfway through, seemingly out of nowhere. Sometimes characters would speak in scenes and I couldn't remember them ever having arrived to join the conversation. The climax and ending felt so hurried that I was unable to enjoy it. The payoff was lacking. I also didn't realize when I bought the book that it was really a novella - which is fine, but, for the price point, was a disappointment. I wanted to love it, but sadly didn't.
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