Thistle (thistle_chaser) wrote,

Books 46 and 47 of 2019: Epoch Shift, The Journey (Animorphs #42) / 2019 book: Sky Child

Epoch Shift by Jake Lingwall
Traditional or self-published: Self-published
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

This sort of book is exciting neither to read nor to review. It wasn't awful, it wasn't good. Some of the characters were fine and believable, some of them completely not. The world setting was interesting enough that I kept reading the story. The story itself was fine. The editing was mostly okay. All in all it was far from good, but it was nearly as far from awful.

Set on another world, generations ago humanity escaped a dying Earth to live there. Probably the most interesting aspect of the book was that something in the world made humans share dreams -- one person in each cluster of humans would unconsciously share his or her dreams with the other each night. The rest of the plot was just conflict within a group of humans and between them and another group. I'm not sure if this was a YA book or not, but it sure felt like one. (Edit: Ah, Amazon says it is YA.)

The rest of the book was just... okay. The first half of the story was better than the second; believably was not just stretched, but by the end was pretty soundly stomped on. The romance in the book, while dull, was at least slow enough to be realistic.

The Journey (Animorphs #42) by "K. A. Applegate" (Emily Costello)
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Hated (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

This may have been the worst "filler ep" book in the entire series.

Anytime the Helmacron aliens (tiny aliens, under an inch tall but ultra violent and ever-insulting) show up, you know the story is going to be bad. This one was even worse than usual.

For no real reason at all, the Animorphs had to shrink down to the size of the Helmacron to fight them. But something went wrong and they all became even smaller.

Then they had a battle inside Marco.

During this time, Marco was bitten by a dog.

A pitbull.

A rabid pitbull.


The writing was even worse than usual. For example:

"l have been hit!" Ax.
"Cassie, watch out!" Tobias called.
"Aaaaahhhhh!" Cassie yelled.
"Aaaaahhhhh!" Jake yelled.
"Aaaaahhhhh!" Tobias yelled.

The sound effects and yells weren't even rewritten, just copy/pasted. The story was AWFUL. The writing was no better. This late in the series, it feels like such a waste to have a filler book. Nothing happened in this one, nothing lasting or important. It wasn't even entertaining to read.

Sky Child by T. M. Brenner (Author), Nicole Vesper (Editor)
Traditional or self-published: Self-published
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

It's pretty funny that this book listed an editor, because man did it really, really need editing. Endless commas misused. Such poor writing.

The story seemed to be set on another world(?). People were basically caveman-level evolved, though they had the worst names. (Named for common nouns, but somehow all the mean/bad people had been given evil, violent noun names at birth. Such a coincidence!) Dragons existed in the world. The writing was so bad, I gave up on it pretty quickly (5%).

Partial book credits:
Point reached in this books: 5%
Previous abandoned book total: 517%
New total: 522% (5 books)
Tags: #42), 2019 books, book review, book: epoch shift, book: sky child, book: the journey (animorphs
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