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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Tree by Magus Tor (Numbered, #3) - Book Review - Indie

4.5/5 Stars

Live to give, give to live...

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Edition: Kindle
Pages: 174 (Roughly.)
Chapters: 12
Publisher: Magus Tor Books and Games

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Review

Tree brings the series up a notch by bringing us back on track. The author swings around to the big plot started in Want, and, boy, is it thrilling. We also have some fantastic adventure, with varying locales that spark your imagination. It's so hard to categorise: On one hand it's a dystopian and sci-fi novel, with space travel and advanced technology; on the other, you have a compelling political campaign for equality, all leading to a very exciting revolution.

Things, are, going, down!

The cast is fifty/fifty, but they're by no means bad. I'll have to double check, but I think Tree's successor, Fall, is the final entry to the series, and I am psyched for it.

SPOILER WARNING

Synopsis (Not a copy from the book, but I always keep my interpretations close.)

The time has come.
With the President in the last few weeks of his life, Earth and Lunar City prepare themselves for an upcoming election.
Jonathon Hansen is almost guaranteed to win, but he's fighting a tricky battle.
As the leader for the Resistance, he wants to usher in change for the masses, and the Elite community might not be so keen.
Already assassins have descended to kill him, and almost kill Aurelia Cole in the process.
Aurelia stands behind Jonathon 100%, in deep belief for change.
But the hardest part is yet to come.
Forced to retreat back to Earth, Aurelia and co have the daunting mission of drumming up support, before another assassin comes hunting...

Plot - 4.5/5 Stars

I love the more focused feel of Tree. I adore this entry's predecessor, Tool, but it seems more like it went off on a tangent than follow the story set up in the first novel. But, we're back, back to political conspiracies and impending revolutions for the betterment of mankind. It's pretty awesome.

The recap is also a lot more clear and concise, so don't worry about having to remember every detail from the previous books, Magus has you covered. I'd still recommend reading them, though. They add a ton to the series' world as a whole, and are fantastic little gems in their own right.

We're treated to some nice shocking moments early on, which ramps up the immediacy and propels the plot forward. The danger is probably the best in the series, with the reader getting proper emotional responses to events, rather than indifference. 

The twists then take a break only to come back in the most unexpected ways: Aurelia's hidden heritage is revealed with the return of her parents; Jonathon finds out his FATHER wants him dead; and poor Nicholas loses a hand. No one can say Tree doesn't deliver.

Perhaps the best element of the novel, however, is the adventure. The wide variety and visual mastery that is this world's locations is just invigorating. 

We leave off on another sweet, but underwhelming ending, with total determination to grab the next entry.

Pace - 5/5 Stars

The adventure mixed with the action mixed with the writing all ensures a quick and quality read. Even the exposition is fine, worked into the dialogue to make it smoother. Let's just say that Mr Tor has the structure down, and it's a formula I don't want to see changed.

Characters - 4/5 Stars

The cast, overall, is fine. They're, as always, distinctive. But I don't know, I just don't connect with them as much as I'd like to. Sometimes they can seem more like caricatures than real characters. This sometimes shows through interactions and dialogue, which verge heavily on the cheesy. 

Aurelia split me during Tree. The stakes are supposed to be high, and yet, she doesn't seem to contribute anything. Everyone else is running about, setting things up, moving plans forward, and there's our main character walking in their shadows. I still like her, she's a strong member whose shining moment comes when she hacks of Nicholas's arm (love, love, love that scene).

Her parents make a reappearance and Magus brings them in on a high. They're fantastic: Useful and unique. The rest of the cast does a good job, but there's not much in the way of development for me to write about.

All in all, solid.

Writing - 4.5/5 Stars

Tree's writing is practically flawless, Mr Tor has done a remarkable job. Sentence structure is smooth and paragraphs fly by with how easy they are to read. Scenes are set clearly, suspense is handled expertly, and the overall plot is finally moved to the foreground.

Overall - 4.5/5 Stars

I am loving sci-fi at the moment; I'm gonna need more space-orientated fiction.


Previous Instalment: Tool
Next Instalment: Fall


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