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Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

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    Good, but could have been better...

    I am not much for historical novels. While a delight for some, the intricacies of days past do not enhance literature for me. The interesting thing about this novel, set in 1911, is that the year has almost no bearing on the story itself. Lanterns are carried and medical equipment is nothing like the beeping plastic robots of today, but other than a tidbit here and there historical setting has no almost bearing on this book.

    I didn't dislike this book, but I couldn't fall in love with it either. The story foundation was solid, but poorly-developed and shallow. Not because the author was unskilled, but perhaps because he limited himself too much. Another 100 or even 200 pages and this novel could have been so much more...with all those pages being dedicated to more details about Jason's late father, life in Cracked Wheel "before," Germaine Frost's medical/scientific background and development, and of course the relationship between Ruth and Jason. Those details would have changed this book from a child tugging at your aprons to a force that knocks you off your feet.

    Easy to read and decently structured, I do give it 3/5 stars. The jump from 3 to 5 stars could have been done so effortlessly (in my opinion) with this groundwork having been laid. The lost potential is truly what drags it down for me.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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