Pub Date: Dec 22 2013
The Cleansing certainly has an interesting take on the Apocalypse Novel. The aliens want the Earth back. Which is cool, but the book has a kind of meandering quality about it that takes over most of the book. There often seems like a lack of focus here. Some characters seem more important than others only to be replaced by those characters. I especially wasn’t too fond of the VERY late explanation as to what was REALLY going on. I feel like it might have made the earlier parts of the book more interesting. But my biggest complaint about this book is the ending. The book has it’s climax, I guess… Then it just stops. Book 1 of a series or not, I was a little put off by this. The “main characters,” don’t seem to have accomplished much and while they have made a tiny step toward their goal. The ending seemed more like a word count limit than an actual dramatic choice. As much as I did like most of the Cleansing, I don’t think I’ll be looking for book 2.