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2 out of 4 stars
Review by MarisaRose
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Dream psychology, past life regression, and the ethical implications of human trials are all explored in Alexandria. The scientific idea behind Roy’s story (the ability to view dreams) is both interesting and inventive. The author poses compelling questions about the ethical ramifications of viewing another’s dreams and the psychological impact of viewing your own dreams.
The major issue with this novel is that the story taking place in Alexandria doesn’t live up to the excitement found in the story set in the future. At the conclusion, the plot for the past story seemed half-baked and was made worse by some cringe worthy and out of place sex scenes. Moreover, the two stories don’t appear to be connected. Though a connection may come to light in the third book, the alternating plots proved to inhibit suspense because they appeared to be completely unrelated.
Overall the writing felt shallow at best. Though this is a three part series, the book is too short to fully develop the complex ideas and multiple storylines it takes on. Important plot developments are rushed and major revelations throughout the book aren’t portrayed as critical or shocking like one would expect. Similarly, the characters felt superficial and were mostly indistinguishable from one another.
The ingenuity that forms the framework for Alexandria, though exciting, lacks the detailed substance required to give this book a fully fleshed out feel; therefore, I rate Alexandria 2 out of 4 stars. Those who are fans of sci-fi stories that explore future technologies and their ethical aftermaths may find this book enjoyable. However, I would recommend starting with the first book in the series, Antioch. Lastly, the book contains mature content and thus should only be read by an appropriate audience.
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Donnavila Marie01 wrote:This is what I do not understand with some books. The inserted sexual activities which are not actually helpful in the story.
I agree; if not done well in line with the story they end up being more a distraction and take away from the more interesting aspects of a book. Thanks for stopping by!
― Ernest Hemingway
kandscreeley wrote:I agree with what was stated as well. It's like the author just has to throw that in there even if it doesn't fit within the story. Too bad this book wasn't done better. It sounds like it has potential.
Definitely a lot of potential! Just too bad things weren't fully fleshed out or better connected.
bookowlie wrote:Nice, insightful review! It's a shame the book had a rushed plot and complex ideas that weren't fully developed, since the premise sounds interesting.
Thank you for the kind words The premise really does have potential!
kimmyschemy06 wrote:I'm so interested in 'dream psychology and past life regression' so I find the premise of the book very promising. Too bad, though, about the overall execution. Great job on the review.
Thank you @kimmyschemy06 for the kind words! I too am fascinated by dream psychology as well. The author makes some interesting points about future research into the subject but I just wish the idea had been better developed!
Kitkat3 wrote:Sounds like this book had a lot of potential. It's too bad that there were so many problems with it. Good job on the review and your constructive criticism.
Thank you for the kind words
bobRas wrote:Do you believe one would have to read the first part of the series to understand it, or is it somewhat self-contained?
Hi @bobRas , I had no problem understanding the premise of this one by the end, but I would recommend starting with the first one as this book jumps right into the action without any real recap at the beginning.
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