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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    Tedious, Disappointing

    The Ice Trilogy follows a group of spiritual beings trapped on earth attempting to find one another and reawaken their true form, their renewal beginning with the Tunguska Meteor falling in Siberia.

    While the narrative has many interesting ideas within it, the plot ambles about and repeatedly stalls. The second half the first book in the trilogy could easily been summed up as "We traveled around finding people until 1945."

    The next two books of the trilogy have no real structured plot, but rather tell their tale through shorts that sometimes tie together to form a greater whole. Unfortunately the vast majority of these are quick character sketches that all end the same way, with the character never to be seen again. Once it becomes apparent that the first few characters will never be reappear, it becomes progressively more difficult to care about those introduced (and then abandoned promptly) later. This becomes especially tedious because very few of these stories really involve the plot besides saying, "and then we found some more people."

    While Sorokin does have some very interesting ideas, they only occasionally appear and are never developed satisfyingly. Similarly, what little conflict does arise happens largely offstage and is typically solved by a character agreeing to take care of it. The few very well done and interesting action/horror scenes Sorokin presents are obnoxiously wiped away with, "but that was a dream."

    Finally, the climactic ending promised through the entire trilogy was disappointing and nonsensical.

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