Gareth L Powell
Pub Date: Dec 31 2013
Parallel Worlds, Apocalyptic invasions, and mysteries of earth shattering proportions are all in a day’s work for Ack-Ac-Macaque and his friends. Unfortunately, this book is light on depth and heavy on action. Very often it seemed like the author assumed you hadn’t read the first book and were not exactly reading every word of this one either. Very often, I found information repeated in multiple places, multiple times. I was reminded constantly where Ack-Ac-Macaque came from and that the previous ship captain was dead. Also, the new character they introduced, William Cole had his own perspective chapters which did nothing for me whatsoever. His relevance to the story, especially by the end, had gone completely. The whole premise was such a bad side story that any attempt it was supposed to make to pull at the reader’s heart strings had long since devolved into an awkward, so what? It fascinated me that the author felt it necessary to keep coming up with William’s perspective when Victoria’s perspective alone seemed tiresome. The book wasn’t bad, it had some good action and good one liners from Ack-Ac-Macaque. But on the whole it was not as exciting as it should have been and everything seemed to work out somewhat predictably near the end. This is the kind of thing where you go big or go home. The author should have just gone home.