Top critical review
An engaging read, I suppose, but nothing special
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 26, 2022
I enjoy a book that has characters I can relate to and care about. That is accomplished here. It kept me engaged until the end.
That said, the brutality in the prison got tiresome after a while. They're mean...we get it. The idea of a decadent, dying society that can no longer fix the technological wonders they have was clever.
Maybe he could have saved some of the subplots for other books. Stefan's got mind powers he uses once and that's about it. He's contributed to a book on how to save the world that causes mobs - sometimes the book's existence is important, other times not at all. There is an evil man in the next cell, but what makes him so evil is never explained. Just needed another bad guy. Oh, and web children, and an underworld. It's just all a bit much.
Still, it is a diverting read - it is a pretty good book. Just a dark mood and a bit too much going on.