I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this one. The premise intrigued me. An item to enable god-like powers in a YA setting. Definitely stole my attention.
The writing itself is sharp. I think this easily could’ve had another hundred or so pages tacked onto it, but I think Van Pelt’s writing decisions suited his novel(la) quite well. There isn’t a huge cast of characters, and I think there could’ve been more, (or simply more description for each that we do see) but I also see the smaller cast as a benefit. This isn’t trying to force itself off as a brick-breaker Science fiction epic. It’s a complete story, with relatively little room to expand into further novels. Yes there is some cliff to hang off of, but as readers, we are given a decent choice if we even want to dangle off the cliff.
I did catch more than a few typographical errors, but they were not prevalent enough to detract from my experience.
Overall I’d say that the concept was this novel(la)’s strongest suit. I wish we had gotten more relationship development between our two protagonists. I’m not asking for a romance, (although the implication was present) but I would’ve liked to see more of the friendship between the two.
Pandora’s Gun shoots four cyclops dogs, out of five.
As of December 4th, 2015, I am reading a novel by James Van Pelt titled, Pandora’s Gun.
The blurb from Goodreads:
What would you do if you controlled powers that were once attributed to gods? What if what you had heard was right: sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic? High school student Peter Van Meer finds an impossible treasure that seems too good to be true. Now, he must work with his two best friends to unlock its secrets before it threatens to spill out its unknown dangers into the world. Chased by the police, the FBI, and men in blue suits, they soon realize that Peter’s discovery is much, much more than they bargained for.
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