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Cliched Route 1 thriller with dated tropes

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-19

I was immensely disappointed by this book. The performance was pretty good but could not hide the pedestrian and predictable nature of the story.

The story is thriller by numbers, with mostly predictable twists and characters completely 2 dimensional and dated (the tiger Chinese mum with a cleaver, the stuck up expenses fiddling peer ex politician, the boorish bloodthirsty innately misogynist sexist and racist soldier).

If you’re looking for something completely forgettable which helps such tired tropes survive then buy this, otherwise I’d move on.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

A good but not great Laundry files story let down by poor production quality

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-17

The change of lead character from previous books is a welcome and fresh perspective. The story has many of the familiar Laundry tropes although it’s fairly predictable.

The biggest disappointment for me was the poor production QA. I like the narrators voice, it fits the character but it was marred by a significant number of mistakes which Hachette QA really should have picked up, including a change in gender for the lead character at one point.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Gripping Modern Sci Fi

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-13

What made the experience of listening to Dark Eden the most enjoyable?

It's a fresh take on the genre, starting with a previously considered idea of a population abandoned following an exploration from earth but looking at the development in a manner similar to classics like Lord of the Flies

What other book might you compare Dark Eden to, and why?

Lord of the Flies or Earthsearch

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, good narration bringing characters to life.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

My Lord we're flying in space

Any additional comments?

Chris Beckett is an exciting writer well worth keeping an eye on. I'm looking forward to more.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful