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Where’s the plot? (Spoilers)
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2019
Very original story. However, it is way too long and a lot of the things (such as the “little people”, and the “voice”) are not only never explained but would not have made a difference if they never existed. These and so many other things amount for nothing in the plot.
I guess it’s all about a big metaphor but it wasn’t clear to me.
The writing is ok. I didn’t feel anything for the characters. Some things sound very clunky but probably has something to do with the translation (such as the continue use of the phrase “an increase in the number of moons” which sounds really weird).
Many times the writing is extremely redundant. For example, I get it that Tengo had a hard time with his dad, but the author has to constantly remind us that fact in such cliche and cringy ways which feels so forced. Many of this things were also just things repeated over and over again with no additional information.
Very original story. Probably could’ve been done, in my opinion, in less than 200 pages as opposed to 900+. Bland characters, clunky writing, and massive plot holes.