October 27th 2015 is the night that everything changed. Seven strangers are drawn towards a typical British newsagent. A pair of trouble-making twins, a drunken fool, a curious girl and her kooky grandmother, a mysterious but handsome man and lastly, the shop keeper herself. However, what these strangers don’t know is that they have been called on by the extraordinary and they are capable of things that you can only dream of.
For those of you who don't know... they live among us, they always have. In their world magnificent creatures roam the skies and they live freely within their own… but that world is disrupted by something dark, and it casts a sinister shadow over the supernatural folk that threatens to distort the equilibrium.
Will they stop the darkness? Or will it be too late when the shrill scream of the First Signal is released.
The general concept for Equilibrium: The First Signal is a promising take on the urban fantasy classic of a magical society living hidden beside, or in this case, above, London; think Harry Potter meets the Marvel comics.
Unfortunately, the book itself failed to live up to the premise. The start of the book jumps around to introduce all the major players, giving it a rather choppy start. In addition, the technical aspect of the writing makes this a difficult read to remain absorbed in. From multiple grammar and spelling errors on literally every page to similes scattered through the story that are frankly unfortunate, the writing got in the way of the story in almost every way possible.
The characters were slightly stronger than the general writing, with possibly the most convincing aspect of the book lying in the back story, but the interactions between characters were lacking that crucial draw for me. It felt as if they would frankly all have benefited from some more work and a lot more depth. Add to that the unfortunate simile syndrome undermining the exchanges and I found that they failed to achieve the effect that was probably originally intended.
Overall, this was the second book all year I thought seriously about not finishing. I try really, really hard not to DNF books, but this one skirted very close. When something makes me wince on every page I turn, admitted editorial nut that I am, it makes it impossible for me to enjoy a read.
Note from The Design Dude: For all you self-published authors out there, I would suggest downloading a copy of the cover design for this book and saving it as a prime example of what NOT to do when designing your own book cover. The font is nearly illegible and the art/graphic is incomprehensible. It gives me no clue whatsoever as to the genre, story premise, characters or emotional tone of the book. There's nothing to make me stop to take a closer look as I'm browsing through Amazon. Sorry to be so harsh but the best thing I can say is that it's not the absolute worst book cover I've ever seen (although it's not far off either). You've been warned.
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