Kit Reed “Where” (Tor, 2015)
This is another of those Tor releases where it turns out that I just have an excerpt. Sigh. So what I have is the first few chapters.
The basic concept here – everyone on a small island is transported somewhere else—is pretty cool, if not terribly original. But I feel like the writing lets me down. Rather than overcoming a rather middle of the road plot (it feels like something from an old SF novel that is just outside my memory), the writing brings down the concept, making it feel more like a special limited series coming to CBS (“Under the Dome” anyone?).
To make matters worse, I just don’t care about any of the characters. Either blow me away with your writing & weirdness, or make me care about the characters. Unfortunately neither happens here.
Since the only way I know to judge this is “do I want to read the rest”, I’m going to wait to catch the mini series.