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Big letdown compared to Altered Carbon
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2018
The new streaming TV series rekindled my interest in Altered Carbon (which I read when it was first released) and after re-reading Altered Carbon, I jumped right into Broken Angels (which I never read). Unfortunately, I can't say that Broken Angels holds up as compared to the initial entry in the series. I plowed my way through it, but took effort. Unlike Altered Carbon, the Kovacs character comes across as being unlikeable, and much worse uninteresting. In fact, you get the feeling that he too is just plodding along with story, just like the reader. And unlike Altered Carbon, which had a "noir detective" feel with a "whodunit" element, there was nothing keeping me engaged other than the sheer willpower to say I got to the end. There are also way too many diversions, side steps, and elements that do not contribute to the outcome that just muddy up the story line.