Ascent by Luke Walker: A Review

DNF: Honestly, this book was not for me. I found that it started well, as the reader was thrown into the middle of the action, but I could not get past the middle which seemed to drag out with no real end in sight.

The story: a group of adults are stuck in a building following a possible explosion and are faced with their demons.

I liked the premise of this book, but it unfortunately did not deliver for me. I felt that once the characters were stuck in the building, the events were repetitive and their individual demons didn’t exactly attack them in very different ways. Their conversations were the same time and again; we have to get out of here – but my son! – let’s sit and think about a plan…

After the group went outside and saw the people outside, and realised their fate, I found it difficult to continue and pushed on an extra 80 pages. This part really threw the book off track for me, and I got increasingly bored as no clues were found. The most interesting part is when one of the women realised who Rod’s demon is, which I’m sure got explored later on, but when it was quickly dismissed for the time being, I felt that something had been missed.

Things I liked:

The descriptions and use of language; this book is very well written. I liked the premise of the narrative and feel as though if I had pushed through it may have clicked and I might have started to enjoy it. I did like the characters and the suggestion of a connection between them all, but until the arid revelation, there has been nothing bringing this to fruition other than the coincidental dates of their terrors.

I just couldn’t keep going with the slow plot and lack of discovery or explanation.

Thank you to Luke Walker for sending me a free copy in return for an honest review.

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