Review: Acts Of Vanishing

Acts of VanishingActs of Vanishing by Fredrik T. Olsson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an outstanding concept. It will make an amazing movie. And, without giving a single thing away, I will be attached to one character (it’s obvious who once you read it – the one I just can’t name or I will spoil everything) forever.

The start was brilliant – so filled with action and questions and a drive to find out answers.

But the rest was a struggle of a read. Don’t get me wrong – I have no regrets having read it and I recommend it highly. Do not just sit back and wait for the movie (because this better be a movie! are you listening JJ Abrams?). You must read it. But it was filled with confusions.

The confusion at the opening of every scene was probably by design – it’s a bit of fun wondering whose perspective we’re in now, waiting a couple of paragraphs to find out. But the occasional head-hopping, a few sudden unexplained changes in character strength and power, huge dead-end red herring plot sub-sections, the constant reversal of motivation and reaction (so many effects were put before their causes that I couldn’t get involved with character motivations – if a character jumps at what they see, panics, runs, almost dies trying to get away, I would like to know what they saw so I can associate with them, not after them), and the often mix-ups between present tense and flashback were frustrating. All in all, this was like listening to someone narrating a movie to me. There was also the odd gaping hole that can’t be explained away as a convenient ‘mosquito bite’ – like why were the conversations in the limo never overheard despite it being the perfect vehicle and knowing who these people all reported to?

But, now I’ve got that frustration out of the way, please believe me when I say this is interesting and compelling. In hindsight (as all great things are so obvious in hindsight) why hasn’t this ever been thought of before? We came incredibly close, a long time ago, with another outstanding movie, but I can’t name that either, or I will give everything away.

This is a breathtaking, stupendous story, one that I can’t recommend highly enough. Sorry for the rant, but it really is.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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