Just got done reading one of his books, and I rather liked it. It's my first Robin Cook book.
After reading this book, I'm convinced this guy needs to write the story for a future Star Trek movie, perhaps even the next one if they haven't already picked out a story.
I enjoyed the book, but there were plot holes that left me cringing. And a couple of the characters got on my nerves.
Over all the book seemed quite a bit rushed. There were places he could have taken the story, and it almost seemed like he was about to go down a certain avenue with the arching, but didn't. And the ending... I'll just say, it was... unfinished. Incomplete.
Now for the spoiler review.
As I gather this is Robin Cook's first attempt at stepping outside of the box in his usual storytelling. Plot synopsis courtesy of wikipedia:
Here's what I didn't like:
It becomes apparent by the end of the book, that Cook either really does intend for Interterra to be the perfect eutopia, or either forgot or rushed ahead of an apparent arch about how it's not.
There were problems that I saw that I was hoping were intentional problems that one of the characters would end up bringing up.
One was the worker clones. I don't know why I kept expecting them to be something more, maybe it's because I felt like the book kept hinting at it. But Robin Cook, it seems, was giving me mixed signals. It was the explanation that the Interterran resident, Sufa, gave of them:
It wasn't just the worker clone stuff though, it was little things about this so called perfect civilization that I was expecting to be a major part of the plot. Foolish me, I guess I just got done reading Jurassic Park and was expecting something along that line: a system with flaws that cause it to fail.
Incomplete Ending This is where I really felt Robin Cook's agent was hounding him to turn in what he wrote, and Robin Cook went, "Ah, crap! Better finish!" It wasn't the ending when the Interterrans send the escapees back in time, that was a good touch. Unfortunately that was the last page of the book and you're left going, but... what about... Suzanne....?
Yes! What the hell happened to Suzanne? Suzanne was the one who stayed behind. And we would've liked to know how that turned out, unfortunately we don't get that. She appears before the Council of Elders and is awaiting the progress of what is happening to her former colleagues. The last sentence that we ever get of Suzanne is: "She was totally confused."
Oooookay. Then we have the part of the story of what happens to the ones who escaped.
What?! What the hell happened to Suzanne? Okay, we can assume she ended up living amongst them. But a nice little "Epilogue" of some sort would have been nice.
If they ever make a movie, don't leave that out!
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