Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
drop by drop (Morgan Llywelyn)
Title: drop by drop
Author: Morgan Llywelyn
Publication Date: TODAY!! (hardback/ebook)
Well mateys. I have to admit that this was just an okay read. This book takes place in a small town in the U.S. with a varied cast of quirky if somewhat two-dimensional characters. Their problem is that plastics all over the world begin to melt and humanity has to deal with the consequences. No one knows what started “The Change” but the townsfolk love to speculate.
The small town seems to have relatively little problems overall with losing all the plastic. Part of the problem with this book is that the stakes seem so low and the town adapts in surprisingly good fashion. This just seemed unrealistic. In addition, the core group that ye follow is always poorly debating what caused the Change. It got old after a bit.
I did enjoy the character interactions and it was a quick read but in general I felt that the execution of the premise was lackluster. Too many old folk around who can do things like make horse-drawn carriages. Too much focus on townsfolk interpersonal relationships. Not really enough description of the plastic problem and the true impact losing it would have on the world.
A pleasant, if forgettable read but I will certainly not be reading any more of the series. Unfortunate because I liked the concept.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Macmillian-Tor/Forge!
Goodreads’ website has this to say about the novel:
In this first book in the Step By Step trilogy, global catastrophe occurs as all plastic mysteriously liquefies. All the small components making many technologies possible―Navigation systems, communications, medical equipment―fail.
In Sycamore River, citizens find their lives disrupted as everything they’ve depended on melts around them, with sometimes fatal results. All they can rely upon is themselves.
And this is only the beginning . . .
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