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A Book Review - Acacia, by David Anthony Durham - fenryng
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A Book Review - Acacia, by David Anthony Durham

                 

This was a book of ups and downs for me.

                The idea of an entire country that is addicted was an interesting idea.  When I learned the nature of the addiction, I remembered thinking to myself that there are worse things than dreams.

                Whenever I dream and I am aware of it, I see if I can control it, or I try to become a dispassionate observer.  I find it ironic and amusing that I can sense myself  trying to do this at the time, despite the fact that I can only remember the vaguest fragments when I wake up.

                It is shown that this addiction is bad despite the initial beneficent nature that I thought.

                First, any state of being that becomes preferential to sober and unclouded reality is to be avoided.

                Second, the children of the country are the price.  The children are paid to a secretive organization, which in turn hands the children over to another, even lesser known entity.

                When the people of another country invade the land of dreamers, they do so in a two-pronged attack.

                The invaders employ a species that is depicted as such a military force unto themselves that fighting them would be a dauntless task.

                But the invaders also use a biological weapon, which is something that I cannot recall having ever encountered before in such a manner.  I suspect that I have come across something of a similar nature prior to this, but I cannot recall in what book.

                The invaders make short work of the country that they are most interested in, and then the timeline for the main characters jumps forward a decade or so.

                The author does a good enough job at this so that it works to my satisfaction. 

                The four main characters have spread all over the continent, and have grown up in the time frame that elapsed.

                The locations and storylines of the characters varied in how interesting I found them.  Sometimes the locations depicted were more interesting to me than the character in that area.  Sometimes the opposite was true.

                One of the constant problems that I had with the book had nothing to do with the story at all.  But I kept finding similarities between this story and George’s.

                I did not want to keep doing comparisons.  I consider it unfair to not judge an author’s work on anything other than their own merit.  But I kept coming back to this problem.

                The death of one major character threw me for enough of a loop to make me wonder where the story is going to go.

                There are also questions that I had from the start that have yet to be answered.

                I am keeping in mind that this is the first book of a trilogy.  I am hoping that the story improves, because by the end of this book, my emotional content was one of indifference.     

 


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