Official Review: Crater's Edge by Lucy Andrews

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Official Review: Crater's Edge by Lucy Andrews

Post by Ever_Reading » 31 Jan 2019, 10:57

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Crater's Edge" by Lucy Andrews.]
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Even though the world’s population is increasing, the earth stays the same size. What will happen when we finally run out of space? Crater’s Edge by Lucy Andrews offers a possible answer. This science fiction takes place on Trainor, in 2235. Trainor is just one of the planets Earth has colonized. Trainor is divided into two time zones, the Ea-Zone and the U-Zone. To maximize space, people from these zones share the city of Central, but at different times. When U-Zoners are sleeping Earlians occupy Central to work and carry out errands, vice versa. A third zone, Three Craters, is currently under construction. However, there are unexplained power failures and other strange events taking place there. Chief Engineer Kalen Trinneer, of the Ea-Zone, has been summoned to go and assess the issues. What seems like a simple assignment soon turns into a rollercoaster ride filled with unanswered questions, corruption, romance, hallucinations, and near-death experiences.

I found Crater’s Edge interesting from beginning to end. Andrews kept me on the edge of my seat for all the 385 pages of the book. There is no shortage of plot twists and heart-pounding scenes. The worldbuilding in the book is gradual and well done. I found descriptions of places and actions easy to picture. It truly felt as though I was transported to a different planet and time, which is always a huge positive in my books.

The book contains, albeit indirectly, new-age ideas and symbols. As I'm not a fan of that, I found those parts weird to read. However, they did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. The novel was also impeccably edited. I found only one error towards the end of the book: ‘bring’ is used instead of ‘being.’

Unfortunately, I disliked the characters. They aren’t as interesting as the setting and most of them have few or no redeeming qualities. Kalen Trinneer, the protagonist, has no problem sleeping with other women while he’s in a committed relationship. Halle, Kalen’s main love interest, is controlling and insecure. Then there’s Sera, the geologist Trinneer works with at Three Craters. At first, she is portrayed as emotionally tough and fiercely independent. Yet, at the first sign of danger, she crumbles and becomes irritatingly whiny. She is in tears for pretty much the final half of the book. Most of the other characters are male, rude and quite intolerant of female presence. I would have appreciated more diversity, both in terms of gender and race, as a large majority of the characters are white males.

Therefore, I rate Craters’ Edge 3 out of 4 stars. Although the book was thrilling to read, the characterization fell short for me. The book ends on a cliff hanger, which is another factor that prevents me from giving it a perfect rating. I felt the ending left too many loose ends for comfort. Despite these issues, I recommend Crater’s Edge to fans of science fiction and mystery. The book is perfect for those who like plot-driven narratives.

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Post by DogoMulla » 04 Feb 2019, 04:06

Lucy Andrews prophesy of Trainor in 2235 seems far-fetched. Then again, what do we know of Earth in 2019? Your review is short and precise. That's how a good review should be. Congrats.

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Post by kandscreeley » 04 Feb 2019, 08:39

Well, I love the premise of this book. I want to see this world that the two time zones share. Sadly, I'm not a fan of the fact that the characters are just so underwhelming. That really would break the book for me I think. Thanks anyway!
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Post by Cecilia_L » 04 Feb 2019, 12:19

I find it really hard to get through a book when I can't connect with the characters. Thanks for your honest review.

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Post by jeminah28 » 05 Feb 2019, 08:12

The first paragraph captures my interest. It makes me remember the movie of "The City of Ember". Nice review.
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Post by Ever_Reading » 05 Feb 2019, 13:54

DogoMulla wrote:
04 Feb 2019, 04:06
Lucy Andrews prophesy of Trainor in 2235 seems far-fetched. Then again, what do we know of Earth in 2019? Your review is short and precise. That's how a good review should be. Congrats.
I couldn't agree more. But, I guess with any SF/futuristic novel the author always has to take some sort of gamble. Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate them. :wink:
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Post by Ever_Reading » 06 Feb 2019, 13:22

kandscreeley wrote:
04 Feb 2019, 08:39
Well, I love the premise of this book. I want to see this world that the two time zones share. Sadly, I'm not a fan of the fact that the characters are just so underwhelming. That really would break the book for me I think. Thanks anyway!
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Post by Ever_Reading » 06 Feb 2019, 13:24

jeminah28 wrote:
05 Feb 2019, 08:12
The first paragraph captures my interest. It makes me remember the movie of "The City of Ember". Nice review.
Awwww, City of Ember! One of my favourites. I should reread it sometime soon. Thanks for your comment! :D
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Post by Ever_Reading » 06 Feb 2019, 13:26

Cecilia_L wrote:
04 Feb 2019, 12:19
I find it really hard to get through a book when I can't connect with the characters. Thanks for your honest review.
I'm glad I'm not the only one with that issue. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment!
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Post by Bianka Walter » 06 Feb 2019, 15:25

This seems like a cool premise. What a pity the characters fell flat!
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Post by briellejee » 07 Feb 2019, 01:22

I passed this book up while searching for a review. The new age science fiction didn't really capture my interest. However, I'm glad that you enjoyed the setting and the technology. Bummer that the characters are not well-developed and seemed unlikable. Characters are what I look firstly in a book, so I guess I still have to pass this one up. Thanks for this honest review! :)
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Post by aolayide » 07 Feb 2019, 12:06

This book sounds thrilling when it provides an imaginable fictional story about the Earth being divided into two time zones. It sounds like an interesting book and it makes me wonder if people living in different time zones will ever meet? Anyways, thank you for your honest review of the loss of connection between the reader and the characters. Good review!

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Post by Ever_Reading » 07 Feb 2019, 23:53

Bianka Walter wrote:
06 Feb 2019, 15:25
This seems like a cool premise. What a pity the characters fell flat!
I really enjoyed your review :)
It definitely is I'm glad you did. :D Thank you very much for dropping by!
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Post by Ever_Reading » 07 Feb 2019, 23:55

briellejee wrote:
07 Feb 2019, 01:22
I passed this book up while searching for a review. The new age science fiction didn't really capture my interest. However, I'm glad that you enjoyed the setting and the technology. Bummer that the characters are not well-developed and seemed unlikable. Characters are what I look firstly in a book, so I guess I still have to pass this one up. Thanks for this honest review! :)
I personally did not like the characters, maybe other people would. They just weren't to my liking. I hope you check the book out. Thank you for dropping by and commenting. :wink:
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Post by Ever_Reading » 08 Feb 2019, 00:03

Ever_Reading wrote:
31 Jan 2019, 10:57
[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Crater's Edge" by Lucy Andrews.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Even though the world’s population is increasing, the earth stays the same size. What will happen when we finally run out of space? Crater’s Edge by Lucy Andrews offers a possible answer. This science fiction takes place on Trainor, in 2235. Trainor is just one of the planets Earth has colonized. Trainor is divided into two time zones, the Ea-Zone and the U-Zone. To maximize space, people from these zones share the city of Central, but at different times. When U-Zoners are sleeping Earlians occupy Central to work and carry out errands, vice versa. A third zone, Three Craters, is currently under construction. However, there are unexplained power failures and other strange events taking place there. Chief Engineer Kalen Trinneer, of the Ea-Zone, has been summoned to go and assess the issues. What seems like a simple assignment soon turns into a rollercoaster ride filled with unanswered questions, corruption, romance, hallucinations, and near-death experiences.
Please note: I have realised that my review contains two errors. One, the planet's name is 'Taidor' and not 'Trainor.' Two, there is only a city being built at Three-Caters, i.e. Three-Craters is not a different zone altogether. I apologise to the author and anyone who comes across this review for the confusion. :oops:
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