To Each This World
by Julie E. Czerneda
The inhabitants of New Earth, the first Earth colony and home to Earth‘s surviving humanity, formed an alliance with the Kmet, an alien race. They receive news about the location of some of their own colony ships, sent out 200 years previously. Humans and aliens set out to find those colonists. Bad things happen. The true state of the human-alien partnership comes under question during the course of their expedition.
The writing style took some getting used to. Colloquial speech in writing, grammar be damned.
The pacing of this book was too slow, it took me forever to get past the first third of the story. Nearly gave up. There was a lot of idling. But I was also intrigued. Struggled onto the halfway point, still thinking about abandoning it. Muddled on. An low-and-behold, it got good! Great even! The action at the end made me happy. A bit too little, too late though. I appreciate all that world-building and set-up and character development, but I also wish the first half of the book had been half as long!
I cried at the end. Twice! I can‘t give it less than 4 stars, if I cry, right? Despite everything—what a slog.
Henry reminded me of Bren Cameron, just with less dress sense. The sandals were charming though. All of Henry was charming, really. Killian grew on me. And oh my goodness, those PIPs were adorable! And Flip! Loved him. It? Yes, the willy-bits were funny, too. And yes, I would get a sequel, despite the slog. I loved the construction of the portals. More portal mechanics would have been nice.
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher or author through NetGalley. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.
2 thoughts on “Great story, but odd writing style and pacing”
That’s unfortunate that the beginning was a bit of a slog. I hope the book doesn’t lose too many readers because of it, since it sounds like the ending was worth it.
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The ending was worth it. However, I have come across three other readers that had issues with the style and the pacing. The writing style made is sometimes hard to understand the dialogue. So I guess you have to really be into the story to make it through these almost 700 pages.