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Book Title: Miist|
The author of the book: Kamilla Reid
Date of issue: October 3rd 2015
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It's hard to know where to start except to say: This is a self-published book, and it shows. It seemed to start off strong, but looking back after reaching the end, the elements that would end up turning this into a 2-star read were there from the beginning. There are a lot of problems here, most of which (if not all) could be solved by an editor. It needs a red pen, and it needs the incorporation of some best practices. Ultimately, it reads like an early manuscript rather than a finished novel. My reviews don't usually follow a good, bad, and ugly format, but I think that might be the best way to tackle this one.
There are the bones of a really good authorial voice here. Reid does some really lovely things with the language of her novel; she has a knack for metaphor that creates vivid imagery and visceral understanding. That's probably the main reason I finished this book despite everything wrong with it.
. . . at the same time, I found myself rereading sentences frequently, because in the general conveyance of information through prose, it could be a bit of a slog. I wouldn't call it dense, but it just didn't have a good balance between conveying the worldbuilding through a narrative voice that's a part of this world and therefore already familiar with it (versus a narrator like Harry Potter to whom everything is as new and exciting to him as it is to the reader), and still making it accessible to a reader who is completely foreign to this world. Having made it to the end there are still a few things about the worldbuilding I don't fully understand. (Someone please explain to me what an Imitari is and what it looks like.) I truly appreciate the attempt to avoid exposition infodumps and to show rather than tell, but this just swings too far in the other direction. Something that also contributed is the non-stop worldbuilding, which often occurred at a pace I found frustrating, because you never got time to settle into the world that's being created. I wished numerous times that the author would just let it breathe a little and allow the characters and audience to live in it for a bit.
While we're still on narrative voice, a couple more problems: the tone is wildly inconsistent. I think Reid really enjoys incorporating humor into her storytelling, but the transitions into lightheartedness often come at the expense of the established tone of a scene rather than successfully offering a necessary release of tension. She fails to portray it as something the characters need to engage in to deal with their situations, and instead tries to force feelings on the reader through slapstick prose or action. Obviously this undermines the tension, rather than highlighting it with the characters' oblique acknowledgment of the tension they're facing through their own use of humor and lightheartedness.
I also just really disliked the use of third person omniscient. It's admittedly not my favorite point of view in general, but it can still be done well. This really, really doesn't do it well, since it only dips into POVs other than Root's for a sentence here or paragraph there, when the author should really be giving us these insights through Root's observations of other people's actions and words. This is just third person omniscient for the sake of not having to put in that work, and it's jarring every time.
Speaking of insight into the characters, this is where the promise of this book really fell apart to me. Root had the potential to be a really compelling heroine at the beginning of the novel; we get a very strong sense of her to start out with that kind of dwindled as the story went on. All of the main characters are introduced well and then tend to take a backseat to plot and action as the story goes on, so we get less of their unique voices and very little introspection or insight into how the events effect them. This in turn made it really hard to feel like any closeness was earned, because while they went through a lot together, we saw very little of exactly how those things brought them closer together based on their established dynamics and personalities.
And to bring it back down to minor nitpicks before I move on to the next section: So many ellipses. So many. I felt like I was drowning in them, while at the same time there was a veritable dearth of commas. If I was drowning in ellipses, I was gasping for commas.
There are some thoughtlessly problematic aspects here. To start out with, there's little to no diversity. It's difficult to be any more precise than that, because I think another general flaw of this book is that it barely describes people physically. Some important characters aren't given physical descriptions at all, and the ones that did (including our heroine Root) are only described in one or two traits that failed to give an overall picture in my imagination. I found this enormously frustrating in general, but when it comes to diversity, it means that there may be some non-white characters, but it's hard to even tell when we're given so little to work with. One exception to this lack of descriptiveness is when it comes to ugly characters; ugliness tends to be described in detail and is usually ascribed to evil or generally immoral characters. There are exceptions to this, but they're not great exceptions. One man has been deformed by the titular Miist while fighting on the right side of a war, so he's ugly through no fault of his own (so, still tied to morality, versus having characters who just happen to be unattractive but are still good). And we also have Hilly, who is immediately disliked by Root for her pretty girly girlness and then proven correct in her dislike by Hilly's lack of morality. I really hoped Root and Hilly might become friends in spite of Root's initial disdain and that this might also introduce a female character to the cast of characters closest to Root, but as of the end of this book the most significant people to her are still all male.
There are a lot more critiques I could make, both fundamental and nitpicky, but then I'd be doing the actual work of an editor and would need to charge someone. In essence, there's a lot of unrealized potential here. I won't be continuing the series like I thought I would, but I would be glad to see Kamilla Reid get picked up by a publisher who could help her address these weaknesses and craft something truly memorable out of her unique voice. The day that happens I'll be there to give her another shot.
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Read information about the authorKamilla was raised in a rambunctious family of redheads - a twin and the only left-hander in the family. She's been a storyteller her whole life, from prose to stage plays and musicals.
Kamilla can be reached at bonegrits.com
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