Review: The Mirrored Heavens by David J. Williams
First, I’d like to point out the quote on the cover above. It’s not the same quote I’ve seen on covers around the web. “Explodes out the gate like a sonic boom and never stops…” That’s a pretty perfect description. The entire book really was a non-stop action sequence.
What I liked: The pacing and voice were dynamic and refreshing. Very short sentences. Present tense. Shifting POV between four super charged characters. Slick hand offs between POV.
The problem: 95% of the book was non-stop edge of your seat action, with the small pauses to reveal bits of the counter-terrorism plot. I actually found myself rather numb for most of the novel. It was that repetitive. I wanted to see more of the Space Elevator. I wanted to see the rewritten memories explored more.
I REALLY wanted to like this book, and it’ll stay on my shelf as an example of present tense done right. I hear this is set to be a trilogy, and despite my lukewarm reaction to this book, I find myself tempted to see how the series fleshes out. If you’re going to read the book, I’d highly recommend spending some time on the website first, as it really fleshes out a lot of the descriptive stuff that’s missing in the novel itself. And I’d suggest reading the timeline that’s in the appendix first as well.
And one last thanks to Graeme for running the contest and sending me the book.