Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Fall by Magus Tor (Numbered, #4) - Book Review - Indie

4.5/5 Stars

Cross of the past, key of the future...


Edition: Kindle
Pages: 175 (Roughly.)
Chapters: 12 (Plus an epilogue.)
Publisher: Magus Tor Books and Games

Book Links: Goodreads
                      Author's Website


Viva la revolucion!

Fall, the final entry in the Numbered series, coalesces the threads built in its predecessors and ignites them! The revolution has started, and the battle for equality rises hard and fast. If you're looking for a series full of fun, space travel and dystopian goodness, then look no further.

I mean, Fall isn't perfect, but it's engaging and exciting, using adventure and aesthetics to please the reader. I would've liked more action, but you can't have it all.

Add in some solid writing and a smooth pace, and you have a wonderful experience just waiting for you.

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

With the old President now dead, elections are underway to appoint a new one.
And everyone has Jonathon Hansen pegged to be the winner.
What they don't know is his plans; plans they aren't going to like.
Jonathon and his new wife Aurelia plan to overthrow the current regime, aiming to replace it with a fairer, more equal one.
For the Elite members of society, this is a nightmare.
Only one thing is for certain: A revolution is coming...

Plot - 4/5 Stars

So, as you can probably guess, Fall focuses on the revolution the series has been building towards. It's a fantastic plot that manages to be both satisfying and complex. The way Magus creates the series' world and weaves the threads of war is riveting. With a few surprises scattered along the way, the reader can look forward to an unrelenting forward momentum.

I would have liked more epic battles and action. Considering it's the Resistance versus the Elite, most of the actual fighting is done in the background. Another con I found is the sheer amount of happy coincidences. Things sometimes just go too well for our group, it just feels too easy.

The adventure aspects continue to be a highlight, and the author uses them to their fullest effect. The visuals are insane and the locations really give you the sense of variety.

If you love strategies and the mechanics of war, then Magus has you covered. In lieu of big battles, the planning is tons of fun.

And, once everything reaches a resolution, we get a nifty little epilogue to give us the now standard look into the future. 

Pace - 4.5/5 Stars

My only drawback is, again, the lack of any real danger or action. The story follows a steady pace, and while it does get your adrenaline flowing, you don't quite reach the stars in the way you expect to. All in all, though, everything moves forward at a brisk pace.

Characters - 4/5 Stars

The author does a great job with the cast in this entry. There isn't much development, with the cast resolute in their ways of thinking and acting, but they're solid. I love the way Magus splits up his characters into different groups with different missions, keeping things on edge and exciting. The tension of not knowing what's happening with other main characters is awesome.

The romantic elements, while sweet, don't quite hit the mark. They're too cheesy, reflected in the dialogue, and with a war waging around the cast, the romance doesn't even make a dent.

Writing - 5/5 Stars

I didn't find any glaring problems, not that I really looked (I was too busy enjoying myself). It can sometimes be a little passive in places, but otherwise, if you enjoyed the previous entries to the series, Magus keeps up the same level of quality with smooth sentence and paragraph structure.

Overall - 4.5/5 Stars

I think I might have said this before, but if you're looking for a series that mixes The Hunger Games with Star Trek, you could do worse than this one. 

Previous Instalment: Tree

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