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Didn't reach its potential
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2012
Seraphim has an original premise and a lot of interesting ideas. It started out well, and I really wanted to like it, but the more I read the more it began to feel like a chore. The book keeps introducing new concepts and strange powers/events, all of which are interesting, but keeps most of them very shallow. What really kept me reading was a desire to understand these elements, but by the end of the book hardly any are explained or expanded. The explanations that do exist are mostly in the form of last-minute info dumps. I was also disappointed in some of the characters' reactions to the events-in particular the parents' calm acceptance of what happened to Amy early on (I won't go into detail to avoid a spoiler). Overall, I think the author has an incredible imagination and great concepts, but needs to narrow his focus and cover a few ideas in greater depth.