(4 / 5 stars)
Reviewed at Amazon on 29 August, 2014:
This second book was as full of twists and turns as the first.
I’ve realised that the thing I think is most unique to Riddle is his willingness to write his characters’ growth. That is, he lets them be wrong, and to speak with incomplete and/or inaccurate information. For me, it works better in this book than in the first, because we are primed to be aware that all may not be as it seems. It really is a bit like being on jury duty – sifting through a variety of truths to find the one thread of consistency. And it is the journey(s) in focus here, and the reader is not merely a passive observer but a co-thinker. All action and suspense – yes, I can imagine this work would be an awesome movie.
I very much like his way with words, and I am glad that enough of the story is wrapped up by the end of this instalment to satisfy me. I am not tempted to buy the third in the series, simply because I’m not that into sci fi, and that’s what the third appears to be more focused on. I’m not sure if deducting a star because I’M done is really fair, but that’s the reason.
The novels in this series are likely to appeal very much to readers who have enjoyed Frank Herbert’s Dune books and/or Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.
PS: But this is just one of apparently more than 2,700 reviews for this book at Amazon…