I usually never stick a book back on my shelf without finishing it, even if I am not the biggest fan of the story. What if the book takes a fantastic and unexpected turn at the end and I totally missed out on it by putting it away too early? It wasn’t until mid-2017 that I finally came to the realization that there are way too many books in the world to finish the ones that I am not jiving with, and so, I finally made a DNF shelf for my Goodreads.
Since the end of the year is fast approaching (and to be honest, I am petering out on reading in general), I thought it would be an appropriate time to go through the few books that I just couldn’t quite finish.
The Dark Intercept is a pretty unique concept nestled inside something that really isn’t unique at all. The Earth is dying/dead, so to save humanity, the rich and powerful have built a New Earth that hovers in Regular Earth’s atmosphere (I don’t think the science was explained, and if it was I totally missed it) and while this concept was kind of cool (albeit not super original) for some reason I just could not get into it.
The uniqueness of the story lies in the namesake of the book – the Intercept. A powerful, all-controlling piece of tech that keeps humanity in line by controlling them via their emotions. About to commit a crime? Nope, instead the Intercept seizes control of your mind and floods your brain with your worst memories, triggered by your strongest emotions it has logged over the years.
I try not to pick apart books, but something really bothered me about this. What about socio-paths? What about the people who don’t feel anything at all? Everyone lives in fear of the Intercept, yet somehow, or for some reason, people still try to commit crimes?
I think the best way to describe this book would be a ‘starter sci-fi’: i.e. if you really haven’t explored the sci-fi genre that much, maybe this is a decent book to get whet your appetite..
Because to be honest, it wasn’t just the genericness and plainness of the story that caused me to set it down to just never be picked up again. The writing was a tad juvenile and all over the place for me. But! Everyone is different. It could totally be a story that grips YOU and doesn’t let go.
Thank you to Tor Teen though for sending this my way!
I bought this on a whim at Barnes and Noble because I admit, I am a huge Michael Cricton nerd. But. What was this book?! It was like a sci-fi western I think, and after 100 pages I wasn’t quite sure the plot and it was moving so slowly that I just had to call it quits.
Most of the time, I think we can all agree that if a book is published post the author’s death, maybe there is a reason it was never published in the first place. (With the exception of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo of course).
The Dragon’s Price:
I was looking for a fun, short book to read in between the insanity of September releases this year, and I thought that it would be hard to go wrong if I picked up a book about dragons.
I read 150 pages, and honestly, this book was an utter mess. Let me just quickly yell out all the things that bothered me in the first third of the book:
The main character is called Suicide Sorrow? Really? I am not easily offended and that did not sit well with me.
Also the barbarians are dark-skinned and the main character is unloved but is also a special snowflake and I just could NOT with all these tropes.
I thought this was going to be about dragons but then the dragon is vanquished in 100 pages?! Um, no.
Not interested, sorry.
If you are looking for a silly sci-fi read akin to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but maybe with a bit more science, may I recommend to you the Expeditionary Force books?
Spec Ops is book 2 in this series and I actually really enjoyed them! I listened to the audiobooks which I think was both a blessing and a curse, and ultimately led me to stick Spec Ops on my DNF shelf.
While I found RC Bray, the narrator, to be particularly amazing, I feel like the Expeditionary Force novels would have benefited immensely from a proper editor. The story definitely needed some general trimming, as the main plot was kind of lost among all these minor subplots, and honestly the book was just way too long.
So, overall, not too many books went unfinished this past year! But I think I learned an important lesson: the world keeps spinning if you don’t finish a book you don’t like. Life goes on my friends!
Any books you haven’t finished this year? Let me know in the comments!