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I really liked the first three chapters of this book. They are the realistic part, where we learn about the three main characters and what they were like before their world went sideways. Paul, the hero, is well-rounded and empathetic. His conscience and his good intentions appeal to us; we like him and sympathize with him immediately, and worry about the character flaws that are dangerous to him. And what’s there not to like about Annie, a Purple Heart-recipient Iraqi War survivor and single mother, trying to bring up her autistic son, Zack?

Then comes Chapter 4, and the world explodes. Unreality thunders in with a rush of black-clad soldiers with helicopters and guns. And also with Porter the Envoy, a little grey man with wing-tipped shoes and a walking stick, who can instantaneously heal broken ankles and travel to any spot in The Commons, a place very like Purgatory. Very upsetting. The story has started.

Unfortunately, now I have to give my little lecture called “A Novel is Not a Video Game.” The next thirty chapters are like levels in a video game: the characters are split up, and we drop in on each one in turn as he or she accomplishes the next level of the game.

There are two difficulties with this format. The first is the fragmentation. Every time we switch to a new character in a new level, we are thrown out of our connection with the story as we try desperately to remember where that character was the last time we saw him or her, what happened there and what state he or she is in as the new level begins.

The second problem is the lack of emotional build. Each separate level has its own tension and climax, but once we move to the next level, we go through the whole thing again. After a while, no matter how creative and wild the settings are, it begins to resemble a treadmill, and all we want to do is get off.

To give this author his due, the various scenes and challenges that the characters must surmount are creative and imaginative, and the characters solve their problems in ways that are true to each individual character. The final solution, when it comes, is satisfying and appropriate.

I just wish it wasn’t so much like a video game.










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