I picked up a new mega long science fiction book from a well known author on Saturday and sat down last evening to languish in the sense of wonder.
Half an hour later the book was in the hall. Rejected. I felt disappointed and let down. The author had totally failed to deliver on the promise that he had made to me when I picked that book up.
As a writer I mulled over the reasons it had failed to capture my interest while washing up. As you do.
I know how hard it is to create a stonking huge book like this, so I am loathe to criticise the writer, and the book had some good reviews and quotes on the cover, so this has to be a VERY personal assessment so that I can learn and go forward with a better understanding of my own expectations.
Someone else may love this book.
By the end of the first chapter:
* I did not have one scrap of empathy or sympathy for the main character – I simply did not care about him or his world.
* I had no idea what he needed or wanted in his life, or what mattered to him. I had no clue what he feared most in life or what would happen if that event should occur.
* There was no energy in the writing. It was full of infodump and exposition and flat, even though several characters were involved in a dialogue for most of the chapter.
* There was no Inciting Incident/Trigger/Call to Action which would shock or encourage me into reading on. As a result, there was no Central Dramatic Question for the story to answer.