Monday, May 4, 2015

#119 : D4 by Sherrie Cronin : Review

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GENRE: Fiction – Sci-Fi

NUMBER OF PAGES: 384

FORMAT:  Paperback

SERIES / STANDALONE: Series (46. Ascending #5)

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review Copy/ Guest Edit Copy

REVIEW:

D4 is the fifth installment in the Ascending Series. This book focuses on the skill of Ariel, the older daughter from the Zietman family. The story is set in financial backdrop where Ariel works for a firm that handles software and hardware for high frequency trading.

Though the book is fifth installment in series, it can be read as a standalone. The book does have references to other books in the series, but the writer has ensured to give it a context.

It is evident that the writer has done enough research about high frequency stock trading and its impact on the world economy. The fact that the story is set in a very remote place of the world, makes it more interesting.

Like the previous books in the series, the characters in this book also have a special paranormal skill, the skill to predict future based on contact (i.e. touch).  The writer beautifully showed variation in range of the particular skill. In sense, the future can be near future or say 1500 years ahead, making that difference apparent needs a lot of imagination.

Initially, I really didn’t like the characterization. I felt the writer could have spiced up the characters a bit more. As the story progressed, that completely changed.  That could be attributed to the story’s pace by itself, which was akin to a cosine wave (errr…..a pattern with lots of ups and downs.

The title and the cover deserve a special mention. All the books in the series have a single letter title which would be justified in the book either as a mathematic progression or a scientific term. This book was also no different from its predecessors. *no spoilers, read the book to know what ‘d4’ means*.  Amongst the entire books in the series so far, this book had the most attractive and brilliant cover. (Okay I am being partial there. I love the color blue and can’t get enough of it!)

The writing was simple and straightforward as usual. The part where the writer goes on to explain High Frequency trading requires a lot of attention form the readers, especially if they aren’t familiar with the concept of stocks and bonds.

RATING:

·        PLOT : 8/10

·        CHARACTERISATION : 7/10

·        NARRATION : 8/10

·        BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 4/10 (THE LOWER THE BETTER!)

·        OVER ALL RATING : 8.5/10

RECOMMENDED TO : Seasoned Fiction readers, Sci-Fi lovers








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  1. Interesting review of d4!

    I too thought it was an absolutely fantastic read, though I must admit that I disagree with you about the book cover which I think doesn't some up well the content of the novel. Well...we shouldn't judge a book by is cover!;)

    I thought that the character development was done really well - a lot of information is given over to each of them, and we also see how they change in various ways as the novel progresses.

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