by M. Black
I received this free digital copy from Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
In a distant future only known as year 61 of MAQS, the quiet utopian district of Cherni contains the perfect system. Everyone is assigned a duty, and life is harmonious directed by the chief quantum computer: MAQS.
But Masha Mikhailov is not convinced of MAQS’ sincerity, and is determined to escape. Aided by her best friend Esfir, Masha’s plans take a surprising turn when she is assigned to marry the Keeper, Kazimir.
With both time and options running out, can Masha find her way out… or be forever trapped in the “perfect” life designated for her by the powerful AI?
This story actually had a pretty interesting concept… that took 95% of the book to actually reveal. This book does not really give you any clues about what is going on in the story or where it’s leading up to, which made the entire unveiling of the climax totally and completely anticlimactic. Not only that, but because the concept is kept so secret throughout the entire book, I wasn’t interested to keep reading. It was like, every time an interesting idea would pop up, it would be shot down immediately before it even had time to flourish and take root my mind. ie I lost interest soooo fast in this story.
Speaking of the concept, this is a futuristic dystopian world. As such, there is a lot of unexplained items going on for the world and society. Unfortunately, though, most of the items in this book were literally never explained. Or worse yet, the ‘explanation’ for everything was just science. Science in its most arbitrary, undescribed sense that is so abstract people can’t even fathom what it could truly be or whether it’s even realistic for the plot. As a scientist, I found this extremely frustrating. Not to mention, ‘science’ was literally the answer to just about everything in the book and the characters were just supposed to accept it, which only added to the unbelievable quality of the story.
There was a ton of unnecessary monologue and inner thoughts from the main character. Like literally SOOOO much. It was about 70% of the book and I gave up reading it all around 35% of the way through because it was so boring and useless to the story. This story, without the constant run of blah would probably only be about 100 pages. Most of the story is filler, like there wasn’t actually enough going on so it had to be filled in to make it novel length.
The worst part about Masha’s constant thoughts is that half the things she says, never even come up again, making them useless information for the reader. Honestly, they almost felt like a distraction technique after a while.
Wow. What a useless, obvious filler character. Esfir is supposed to be Masha’s best friend/partner-in-crime, but he literally doesn’t ever do anything. I mean, yeah, he does stuff. But whenever anything important comes up in the book, like a scene that offers information, he literally disappears from the scene until Masha is done talking/discovering something. Aka he is a ghost character thrown into the book for no reason.