Official Review: Inertia by A. R. Rivera

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Official Review: Inertia by A. R. Rivera

Post by zaynab_m » 21 Nov 2015, 14:27

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Inertia" by A. R. Rivera.]
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Inertia is the first book in A. R. Rivera's sci-fi trilogy, Threestones. It revolves around the life of G, a man in his thirties. He was named after his father, Gerry Springer; G isn't particularly in love with his real name, hence he calls himself G. Inertia is told in the first person: in the beginning, it is narrated by Gerry, while the middle and ending is told by G.
(Note: When I say G, I mean the son; Gerry is the father.)

Gerry Springer knew he was about to die; he knew when, and where. However, he wanted to save his son, wanted to make sure his G made the right choice.
G is in his thirties; one would think a man of that age would have something to show for himself. Not G. G had no house, no family apart from his father, no job and a car that cost too much to repair. One day when G is on the bus on the way to a job interview, he witnesses a strange man get onto the vehicle. Shortly after his arrival, the bus meets with an accident which G is sure will be fatal for all. But just before G slams into the wall, the stranger saves him by moving in front. G blacks out. Upon waking he finds himself transported to the year 1996, when he was a teenage lad with acne, when his whole family was intact. He feels hopeful; maybe he can change the tragic incident that caused his family to fall apart, his life to shatter. G knows he has travelled back in time, but as some days pass in 1996, he notices some details are different from how he remembered them. He attributes this to simply, a weak memory on his part. After some weeks, when G is unsuccessful in finding his way out of this bizarre world, he meets with the unusual stranger who had saved his life on the bus. He introduces himself as Daemon. While not giving many concrete and satisfactory answers to G's many questions, Daemon did manage to get G out of yet another quandary. G thinks he has found himself an ally; little did he know how wrong he was.

I absolutely loved Inertia, and fell in love with Rivera's writing style the minute I began the book. Inertia is one of the best books of its genre I have read in a long time, and it is sufficient to say, the book and author are now on my favourites list! The novel was a riveting and nail-biting one, that had me engrossed and perched at the edge of my seat from the beginning. Various sentences in the book which the reader wasn't meant to understand until the end, such as "I can't give him the stones...they're buried too far away." contributed to the immense suspense and thriller this book provides. First of all, the cover and title were what intrigued me before I knew anything about the book. I love one-word titles and have a sort of weakness for them; they don't say much, keeping you in suspense, yet give the general gist of the book.

The book started out well, with captivating opening lines which hooked the reader from the first page. I must admit, this book had me burning the midnight oil on more nights than one; it was simply irresistible to put it down! The story was well written, with near impeccable grammar, spelling and punctuation. The vocabulary used throughout the book was vast, while every now and then, the author used mild (not entirely inappropriate) slang. Good adjectives, idioms and metaphors were used, proving the author has a command over the English language. Rivera's ability to portray and convey her character's emotions and feelings was incredible. She has a great way of describing emotions, making the story seem real and the people in them, relatable. The plot shows that the author certainly has a vivid imagination. G and Abi's relationship provide entertaining yet suspenseful twists. The book was quite comical, with satirical humor, and I found myself laughing out loud in quite a few places. For example, "I was gonna take the bus but Jeanine insisted. One of the perks of being an old fart."The sentence structure throughout was good, with a combination of simple, compound and complex sentences. The simple sentences were not over-used, and were used for a dramatic effect.

However, I did feel that some sentences were unnecessarily long and winding, and I would lose track until I reached the end. I then had to go back and reread those sentences to make head or tail of them. I also (occasionally) felt that, during the narration of the story, there was a lack of contractions (like isn't instead of is not) that didn't let the narration feel naturally flowing. There were a few punctuation and spelling mistakes/typos, the occasional incorrect use of articles (like "a" and "the"), and some general grammar mistakes like the repetition of a word in the same sentence. A round of editing and proofreading should do the trick, though. Another thing wrong with this book was the descriptions, which I thought were inconsistent. Some people and places were described extremely well, down to the mere subtleties, painting a detailed picture in the mind of the reader. Others were not described so well. A perfect example of this is Ahmed, G's former boss. Close to nothing was said about his appearance. Granted, he wasn't the most important character, but some basis on which to imagine him, and other people, would have aided the reader in enjoying the book more. The author did a good job of describing setting and characters' appearance in many places, but she could have done better the rest of the time. At some places, a person's feet were described in more detail than other people were described at all; 45 words just for 'em feet! However, I must say that what was happening in the book, the events and incidents, were told extremely well.

All that being said, this book is a truly remarkable piece of work. On balance, I think the merits of the book outweigh the negative aspects, which is why I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I firmly believe that this book has the potential to be something major out there, in the great world of fiction. In fact, I enjoyed it much more than I have some international bestsellers! I'm sure this book has the makings of a successful novel, that can be further refined with some slight effort. I am in no way doing justice to the book itself! I can't wait for the release of the sequel, either.
Inertia by A. R. Rivera is definitely an enticing, gripping and nail-biting read, that takes its readers on a thrilling journey. I would recommend this book the most to fans of fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, suspense and time-travel.

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Post by ARRivera » 01 Dec 2015, 08:54

I'm so glad that you enjoyed my book. As a writer, all you want is for people to read what you've written and love it as much as you do. So, thank you very very much.
About the typos; the file I uploaded was an advance review copy and not the final product. I should have mentioned it in the books description. It has had another round of copy editing since and all errors have been checked.
Thanks again.

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Post by zaynab_m » 03 Dec 2015, 09:21

ARRivera wrote:I'm so glad that you enjoyed my book. As a writer, all you want is for people to read what you've written and love it as much as you do. So, thank you very very much.
About the typos; the file I uploaded was an advance review copy and not the final product. I should have mentioned it in the books description. It has had another round of copy editing since and all errors have been checked.
Thanks again.

AR Rivera
You're very welcome :) I certainly loved your work; as I said, I'm not doing justice to the book at all! I hope it flourishes and is even more successful than it already is.
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Post by rachel_jacks » 03 Dec 2015, 09:31

You might not feel like you did the book justice (since you have actually read the book), but you definitely piqued my interest! Some of my favorite movies involve time travel and the idea that we can go back and change things (for better or for worse). I am a sucker for suspense/mysteries as well. This book seems like it is right up my alley!

I think you did a great job on your review. Your synopsis of the book told enough of the story that potential readers have an idea what it is about, but left them hanging with a twist. This book will definitely be added to my "to read" shelf!
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Post by bookowlie » 03 Dec 2015, 09:58

I enjoyed reading your review. Your love of the book really shines through. For me, the author's writing style is essential to a good book. The fact that you loved the writing style is so important.
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Post by zaynab_m » 05 Dec 2015, 02:40

rachel_jacks wrote:You might not feel like you did the book justice (since you have actually read the book), but you definitely piqued my interest! Some of my favorite movies involve time travel and the idea that we can go back and change things (for better or for worse). I am a sucker for suspense/mysteries as well. This book seems like it is right up my alley!

I think you did a great job on your review. Your synopsis of the book told enough of the story that potential readers have an idea what it is about, but left them hanging with a twist. This book will definitely be added to my "to read" shelf!
Thank you! Considering the fact that you're a fan of time travel, I'm positive you will not be disappointed when you read the book.
bookowlie wrote:I enjoyed reading your review. Your love of the book really shines through. For me, the author's writing style is essential to a good book. The fact that you loved the writing style is so important.
That is very true. I have read some books where the plot is riveting, but sadly, the whole story is destroyed because the author's writing style is not up to the mark.
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Post by f_the_merch » 10 Dec 2015, 09:18

Great review! The books sounds really intriguing.

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Post by zaynab_m » 10 Dec 2015, 09:24

f_the_merch wrote:Great review! The books sounds really intriguing.
Thank you. I'm sure you'll like Inertia should you decide to read it.
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Post by Amunala » 04 Feb 2018, 10:07

Gerry Springer knew he was about to die; he knew when, and where. However, he wanted to save his son.

Sounds like a masterpiece!
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Interesting science fiction story that made me appreciate the meaning of sacrifice and being unselfish. I rated the book 3 out of 4 stars and I particularly loved the onlinebook.org review of this book.

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Post by lavellan » 04 Feb 2018, 10:17

Thanks for your review! The book sounds very interesting, especially the time-traveling element. I'm curious to find out the true nature of Daemon.

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Post by Kat Berg » 04 Feb 2018, 10:17

I am not a huge fan of books with time travel in them, although it is apparent that the reviewer loved this book! I will probably take a pass on reading this one.

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Post by gali » 04 Feb 2018, 10:18

What an interesting premise! An old man knows he is about to die and makes plans to save his son before he goes. The son is then thrust into a parallel universe and all hell breaks through. The book has to be good if it had you burning the midnight oil. Hopefully the editing issues you mentioned are fixed by now. Thank you for the nice review! This sounds just the book for me!
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Post by Strangerthanfiction » 04 Feb 2018, 10:45

Great review. This book sounds like a total must read for me. I’m a huge fan of suspense thrillers, fantasy and sci-fi. This book seems to have all that and much more the premise is really a huge draw for me. I can’t wait to read this one. Congrats to the author on a fantastic review! Thanks so much for sharing.
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Post by BethieC » 04 Feb 2018, 10:47

Your review had me quickly searching for and downloading the book. You wrote it in a way that piqued my curiosity and made me want to find out what happens in the end. Keep up the good work! :)

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