Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Exodus Code [TORCHWOOD]

Set after the events of Miracle Day, this novel by John Barrowman and his sister Carole understandably leaves most of the focus on Jack, with Gwen and Rhys getting second billing.  The novel concerns an impending apocalypse caused by a complicated backstory involving earth's spirit fed up with environmental degradation, but suffice it to say, the plot just isn't very good and most of the story elements don't hang together.  There's also an odd back-and-forth structure in terms of chronology that doesn't add anything but confusion.  The characterization is fine and I didn't notice any glaring problems with how Jack is depicted, but there's just not enough here to warrant a purchase.  I'm additionally annoyed by the publisher thinking they are clever and adding a blank page after each chapter; with 73 extremely-short chapters, that means about a 1/5 of this 366 page book is blank pages!

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