Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Twinmaker by Sean Williams
You can be Improved....
In a near-future world in which technology can transport you anywhere instantly, can a coded note enable you to change your body—to become taller, stronger, more beautiful? Clair is pretty sure the offer is too good to be true. But her best friend, Libby, is determined to give it a try, longing for a new, improved version of herself.
What starts as Libby’s dream turns into Clair’s nightmare when Libby falls foul of a deadly trap. With the help of Jesse, the school freak, and a mysterious—but powerful—stranger called Q, Clair’s attempt to protect Libby leads her to an unimagined world of conspiracies and cover-ups. Soon her own life is at risk, and Clair is chased across the world in a desperate race against time.
Action and danger fuel Sean Williams’ tale of technology, identity, and the lengths to which one girl will go to save her best friend.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
So far in 2019, I've been in a bit of a reading slump. I definitely have not read as much as I usually do. The things that I have read have been just okay. I've been averaging a lot of three star reads. Recently, I remembered that I have the Twinmaker trilogy on my tbr, and decided to try the first book to see if it would get me out of my reading slump. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it at all.
I found the first book in the trilogy, Twinmaker, to be confusing. The book doesn't have much world building in it. It drops you off in a place, and kind of expects you to understand what was happening, which I didn't like at all. I wish that things, especially the d-mat process and Improvement, would have been explained a lot better. As it was, I just couldn't grasp the concept of it, which is what the whole book was based on. It made for a terrible reading experience.
I also didn't like the writing style that the author had. Certain scenes felt like a jumbled mess at times. The pacing was all over the place. It felt like certain parts of the book dragged on and on, whereas the more important stuff went by so quickly that I could barely understand what was going on. In fact, the only reason why this book is getting two stars from me is because I enjoyed Q. I thought that she was an interesting character, and was the only one I really felt a connection with in the book.
Unfortunately, Twinmaker just wasn't for me. I didn't like the way things were explained, or the choppy writing style. Due to that, I won't be continuing the series, even though I own the rest of the books. I plan on donating my copies to Goodwill where someone else might be able to get some enjoyment out of them. I'm not sure if I will try any of the author's others books, or series. At this point, I want to say no. However, there is a possibility that I will pick up one of his Star Wars books sometime in the future, as I have been wanting to read all of the Star Wars books that have been published.
I give Twinmaker: 2/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.