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Theo, after communicating with aliens from another planet, believes both his world and their world is in danger. He must fix it. To do so, he needs access to a forbidden area on his world called the Crystal Cavern. The only way to gain access is by petitioning the Council. How does he make them understand the gravity of the situation when it sounds like he's insane? In his quest to save the world, he also uncovers a conspiracy within the government. Will he be able to do what needs to be done to save both planets?
I found the premise of Theocrates and the Crystal Cavern quite interesting and unique in its own right. Though it's a typical "one ordinary man must find a way to save the world despite opposition," the author, Bryan DeWeese, makes the story his own. The technology used is fascinating and different, quickly becoming one of my favorite parts of the book. I love exploring other worlds through someone else's eyes.
The book is fast-paced, which helps the reader jump right into the action. In addition, the mystery of the Crystal Cavern drew me in immediately. What is it and why was it forbidden in the first place? How did it hold the key to saving the planets? A good hook like this at the beginning keeps the reader coming back for more, and I admit that I just wanted to keep reading.
The issues, though, came to light quickly. The book isn't professionally edited. There are random capitalizations throughout, homonyms are used mistakenly, and characters' names aren't always consistent. It was disappointing as I was quite impressed with the plot.
Furthermore, the start of the book was somewhat confusing. Theo refers to others and saving worlds without actually detailing the problem. It was an odd introduction that wasn't cleared up until about eight pages into the story. After the rocky start, the story flows smoothly. Therefore, I can't fault the author too much.
Lastly, I thought there were aspects of the plot that were underutilized. I can't say much more without giving anything away, but the aliens that Theo talks to are from a specific period. Mr. DeWeese could have played this up but didn't. Still, this is the first in the Theocrates of Terexia series. Thus, giving the author the benefit of the doubt, I bet this will come up in the future.
Because of the number of grammatical errors, I must rate Theocrates and the Crystal Cavern 3 out of 4 stars. The errors were numerous and distracting, but my love for the story saved this one from a lower rating. Even with the editing, I recommend this to anyone that enjoys mysterious, yet interesting, technology with a nobody who must save the world. If you can't look past errors, you might want to skip this one. I will be on the lookout for book number two.
Theocrates and the Crystal Cavern
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