It breaks my heart to rate this so low, as I typically love Landers. This is actually a 2.5 for me. I confess there were times when I just wanted it to end.
It’s a situation where there are caricatures, instead of characters. People who should be dynamic feel flat, including the much beloved couple from Starflight. They become side characters in this novel, and I barely recognized them. In fact, I only became sure it was actually them when I looked it up online to reconfirm it. They were so one-dimensional that nothing but their names seemed familiar.
I struggled to pay attention and push forward throughout this story. Something just went wrong here. I suspect this story did not go through as much rewriting and editing as it truly needed. There was some good stuff hidden between the mess and the blah, but it was not enough to hang a story on.
What sucks the most is that I adored this pair until they got their own story. Then they become boring, and their love story felt trite and full of clichés. I finished this book yesterday, and I can’t even remember how it ended.