How would you go about saving the world?
The pacing was so strong and steady that I read this whole thing in one sitting. I simply couldn’t wait to find out what happened next, especially after once I’d figured out what was really at stake for the characters. Every moment was full of meaning. There weren’t any points when I was eager to move on to the next scene because all of them were so important.
The cast of characters was a little too large for something this size. While I liked all of the characters as individuals, there were times when it was a little confusing to keep track of what everyone was doing because of the short, fast-paced nature of this tale. It would have been helpful to know more about a smaller number of people.
One of the things I enjoyed the most about the plot was how the science fiction elements were included. They didn’t show up right away, so I briefly wondered how and when they would arrive. I was pleased by what Ms. Buckley did with them, though, and was fascinated by her explanation of how everything worked. It’s hard to discuss this without giving away spoilers, but it was well done.
While this story is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone work. I had no trouble figuring out what was going on even though I’ve only read some of the earlier episodes so far.
Coup De Grace is a good choice for anyone in the mood for something that moves along quickly.
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