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The Legend Of Ellie Quin (2013)

by Alex Scarrow(Favorite Author)
3.79 of 5 Votes: 1
0957516002 (ISBN13: 9780957516007)
Ellie Quin
review 1: Easy reading young adult sci-fi, great for reading on the train.My only complaint with this book was that it seemed to be over before it had begun when the story was only just kicking off, even for the first book in a series!There isn't much novel or unique about the (futuristic) world the novel is set in, but the setup is done well and I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.Reading time: 1 hour, 39 mins (for 232 'pages', seriously short, glad I got this via Kindle Lending Library, rather than paying for it...).
review 2: Very disappointing. I was so confident I was going to love this book because I adore the TimeRiders series and I'm baffled by the fact Alex Scarrow could go from TimeRiders to this.The Legend of Ellie Quin is about a far
... morem girl running away from home and heading to the big city, New Haven. This takes place a thousand years into the future and on another planet. Ellie also turns out to be some mad man's bio-weapon, though not much explained about this. Like I said, I was so confident I was going to love this I bought The Legend of Ellie Quin and The World According to Ellie Quin for £5 each off Amazon in paperback! It was only half way through reading this that I realized how much I regret doing that. It was also less than half way through that I decided to just skim the rest of the book and be done with it.The book begins with a wikipedia-like article discussing the legend that is Ellie Quin even farther in the future and the rather funny comments that followed (the kind of comments you'd find in any article on the internet). I though it was a good way to begin the book but it mostly serves an an info-dumper throughout the rest of the book.The writing was also a problem. I can't be bothered looking through to find examples, but I did find more than enough grammar errors to guess that an editor did not look through the book. Secondly, I wasn't excited about the slang used: 'dreg' 'freg' 'crud' ect. Characterization and world-building was rather weak - not enough to make me want to read on. The characters lacked the personality and development needed to become fleshed out. We are given the dull details about the O2 industry and some other stuff, but the world-building doesn't go beyond that.This book did nothing to convince me to read the rest of the series which is a shamed because I really wanted to at least like it and I already bought the second book! However, I feel like I'd be mercilessly killing a wounded animal if I continue with the Ellie Quin series. less
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Great book but too short.
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