Friday, October 4, 2013

Title:     Quantum Entanglement [Interchron, book 2]
Author:   Liesel K. Hill
Rating:   ★★★★

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

And so the Interchron series continues with Quantum Entanglement. The title alone boggles the mind, especially since I'm not very good with scientific concepts and what-not, but plow on through the book I did. Whether or not I truly enjoyed it is something I'm quite undecided about.

Five months after traveling to a post-apocalyptic future where collectives reign supreme and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper was returned to her own time until the threat to her life could be neutralized. She thought Marcus and the others would return for her within a few weeks, and now she’s beginning to worry. When travelers from the future finally show up to collect her, it’s not who she expected. With the return of her memories, she wants more than ever to see Marcus again, but a snake-like woman whose abilities are a perfect match for Maggie’s, an injured Traveler, and decades of civil unrest to wade through all stand in the way of their reunion. Meanwhile, Marcus and Karl traipse through the countryside, trying to neutralize Colin, who’s promised to brutalize and murder Maggie if he can get his hands on her. When a collective woman is left for dead, Marcus heals her, hoping she’ll be the key to killing Colin and bringing Maggie back. But she may prove as much a hindrance as a help. The team struggles to get their bearings, but things happen faster than they know. The collectives are coalescing, power is shifting, and the one called B is putting sinister plans into action. If the team can’t reunite and get a handle on the situation, their freedom and individuality—perhaps their very identity—will be ripped away before they can catch their breath.

I like a well-edited book. I'm not very finicky if there are a few grammatical errors the likes of has/had is/was, as long as the flow of my reading the book remains uninterrupted. However, a misplaced word here or there cuts me off from the book, and I hate it when that happens. Thankfully, I only went hmmm three times and continued on the journey with Maggie and Marcus.

Quantum Entanglement involves different time stops, both forward and backward, which kept me confused. Half of the time, I wasn't sure which timeframe they were in, and I kept wondering how in the world they would get to each other if both Maggie and Marcus keep moving through time, separately. In the end, Maggie does something so unexpected that I'm not sure why it didn't have magnanimous consequences, when doing "that" supposedly shocks the people involved. The ending felt anti-climactic. I mean, the villain, Justine, is supposedly this entity that Maggie cannot hope to beat and then just like that, Justine...melts.

I feel like the book is too short. There were so many concepts and things that happened whose explanations leave a lot to be desired. While "quantum entanglement" was attempted to be described in the book, I think that for ordinary readers who are not into science, this will just be a complicated theory in our minds. I suppose a few more pages to explain this should have been included, instead of just hinting that it will explained more in the next book. Leaving cliffhangers are good, but not if the book's title is not even justified!

As I mentioned in the first Interchron book, Persistence of Vision, the writing felt a bit raw. That feeling still came up about up to halfway through the book. I wasn't put off by that, though, because the plot is quite good. Moreover, by the next half of the book, it didn't feel as raw as before, which was a definite improvement. The cover of the book could also be improved. It's not too attractive, and if I saw this on a bookshelf at the bookstore, I don't think I'd pick it up, sorry.

LK Hill's Quantum Entanglement is good...but it still misses the mark. However, I think I'm going to want to read the third book still because I just want to know how the story ends. I have no beef about the plot, after all, and based on my experience, Liesel does improve with every book. Fingers crossed for the third book!

Have a nice day! :)