Ariel by Steven R. Boyett
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This is by no means a bad book. Only, I probably approached it incorrectly. The author does mention himself, in the edition I have, that it is probably best suited for 13-18 year olds. And that makes sense, it reads like a teenage book. A teenage book with quite a lot of violence and sex though.
So the fact that it is fairly easy to figure out how it going to end, that the setup is largely cliche might not mean so much in the end.
I did like some of the characters, and some of the pacing. Also, here’s a fantasy book that *have* been edited, thank bog. And the book does what it sets out to, a fairly simple "quest" for a young man to deal with his innocence and "virginity".
It is rather charmingly naive at places, for example, after the change, guns doesn’t work anymore. And why? Because the author don’t like them… I’ll admit that’s a reason which I find easier to swallow than many other.
All in all, a book I’d recommend to a teenager, provided they can handle sex and violence, but not for any advanced reading classes.
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