Pink Carbide by E.S. Wynn

book cover of Pink Carbide

This novel was okay. The futuristic setting seemed interesting, but the execution of the novel wasn’t the best. The dialogue of the foreign characters was really cringeworthy, with Cylea continually having “und” attributed to her instead of “and” (like, when I’m speaking Spanish, I never say “and” instead of “y”, you know?) and Jack speaking in the most hackneyed, clichéd Strine that no one’s ever spoken in over a hundred years, probably. The novel swapped between the minds of a few different characters, but not cleanly. And there was too much description and the action scenes dragged on for sooo long.

The worst conceit of this novel, though, is that so much of it revolved around this one mystery — why is there a sixty million dollar bounty on Cylea’s head? — and we never got an answer to this. I gather that maybe the answer comes later in the trilogy, but basically it means that the conclusion doesn’t really conclude much of anything, and is extremely unsatisfying. I can’t say I’m compelled to pick up the next instalment.


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