Monday, April 25, 2011
The Forgotten Echo by Jen Wylie
Nutshell: Jen Wylie starts out with an interesting concept--a young woman shot in a parking lot finds herself saved by an Immortal and converted into an Echo (a being existing outside what we would call the real world)--but fails to develop it in any detail. The hints of a larger story swirl around but fail to materialize. Two stars.
Review: First of all, I am a whore for fantasy. Set up any story with magical otherworldy beings and I'll go home with it. But this incredibly short story--I read it in less than half an hour--seems to be merely an outline, a summary in place of a story. The story races along but with no detail, and characterization is thrown by the wayside. Here's basically how Cassy thinks throughout: "I hate my Immortal! I'm going to find my Immortal! Why hasn't he called me? I'm scared he'll call me! I'm angry at him! I want to protect him!". It should have been called The Bipolar Echo. The entire thing just seemed high-schoolish.
This cost me 99 cents and I read it on Kindle for PC. The formatting was perfect, and I noted no editing errors within. The author's section at the end was a nice touch.
Rating: I wish I could recommend this book, but there are too many other, better books out there, even for a buck. Two stars.