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    Today s weather was different because of the heavy rain last couple of weeks It was hot and I need something to enjoy in a hot day and I thought reading science fiction or something related to desert might help me fulfill my day Unfortunately, I end up eating in the nearby fast food while cursing myself because of my great disappointment Hey, the weather changed again and it rain so heavy and I have to walk in the flood My afternoon sucks and I can t sleep because of what happened.If you read the blurbs or the synopsis of the book online or in the book itself, you find it very interesting and in fact the cover is very attracting, and reminds me of a dystopia novel Attention, this book is not a dystopia novel this happened after the world collide and society is trying to rebuild again the peace while racist, kidding, I mean monsters that was called Roil is trying to destroy the peace again.Wait, I m not sure of the meaning of dystopia so I look for the definition online and saw Wiki s definition and it follows A dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian Ideas and works about dystopian societies often explore the concept of humans abusing technology and humans individually and collectively coping, or not being able to properly cope with technology that has progressed far rapidly than humanity s spiritual evolution Dystopian societies are often imagined as police states, with unlimited power over the citizens.Now I know, the book really is a dystopia novel and it happens that the Roil is getting stronger and wider in range Every living and every city is getting weaker and every second the chaos is getting brutal Now, only few survived and the survivor must fight with their own might to save the remaining evidence of life in the world Technology is getting better and getting weirder, they used to kill the monsters that produce a toxic that will transform life into Roil Some kind of zombies in contemporary novel, living deforms and blood turns to ashes.I don t like to talk much about the characters, characters of the book are very sensitive to discuss I guess, he made this thing special By the way, I have an issue with the protagonist Could you please explain to me how he became drug addict and what was the whole point of making him a drug addict Does it show that you are a drug addict too or was that the effect of the environment in the story I remembered James Frey s worst book, sorry for attaching not related stuff Words were very technologically advanced and my dictionary doesn t contain any of them I don t know how I understand some of the part, maybe because I use the root word and so on to decode things This is not a hard book to read, somehow, not enjoyable for me I don t like to push this book to other readers but I suggest science fiction, steampunk and fantasy lovers should read this The author also won different awards from Australia and I must confess that I was so intrigued I also read few reviews and snippets from the book and I m happy they enjoyed the book immensely and included praises that interests me and give me the chance to read it In the end, I end up dying with the other characters by choking because of too much chicken with special fat sauce I also manage to find the similarity of the book from the other published book of Angry Robot They have too many characters and some were legally out of this world and some spoiled because of too much attention Lastly, chapters of the book have different perspectives again and the good news is this is better compare to other Angry Robot s books I read but the story, I think I have to stop this freaking review Whoever died in the end, god bless and see you to heaven Hey, I want one of this Cool, I can t wait to own one if ever the nearby toy store sell that kind of stuff Steampunk is trending and I m getting excited to novels related to that genre Don t forget to include that gadget to the next book of yours I suggest steampunk gadgets Thanks to NetGalley and to Angry Robot who keep accepting my request and never read and accept my freaking reviews, or maybe they get irritated when they read them.Review posted on Old Fashioned Reader.Rating Roil by Trent Jamieson, 2 SweetsChallenges Book 241 for 2011


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    3.5 How does one go about saving the world Roil is the first part of a duology The Nightbound Land and as such it mostly sets up the stage for the second book I am going to rate it by how much it succeeds in doing that Credit where credit s due sort of a thing.The world, Shale, is a world with two moons and a dozen of independent city states Now almost all of those marvellous cities are disappearing under the onslaught of a strange spore bearing storm that transforms everything it comes in contact with A lot of people have died behind the Obsidian Curtain, in the Roil, but it seems something even worse is happening now The Roil seems sentient, smarter and faster It is as if someone or something is directing it The only thing that hurts it or anything that comes from it is the cold, but even that can t seem to last for long.Each chapter starts with what seems to be an extract from a history book, a diary or personal notes of prominent men of the time this story takes place then it shows what really happened during those years when the Roil tried to swallow the world with its new tricks.The story follows three characters and occasionally two or three Cadell, one of the cursed eight four thousand year old Old Men, who is released from his imprisonment by the father of another protagonist, a young addict David Cadell seems to be the only one capable of dealing with the Roil since the only thing that has any chance to beat it is the Engine of the World, a mythical Engine of the North the ancient saviour and scour of the world Cadell was one of its creators and he and the rest of them were punished for creating it.At first I thought I might not like David An addict as a true hero He threw up so many times in the beginning I was wondering if he was going to vomit through the whole story Fortunately, David turns out to be a very likeable protagonist.The third, who joined them much later in the book, is Margaret Penn She is the only survivor from Tate, a city in the Roil everyone thought was lost decades ago Tate fought and managed to live in the Roil itself We get to see its fall It would be harder to read about Tate s valiant attempt to fight that last fight if I knew how special the city was.Cadell, David and Margaret aren t the only ones whose point of view we see, though The Mayor of Mirrlees is one of those people who wishes to save humanity by sacrificing a huge portion of it The first victims of that particular fight fell in a political war David s father was one of those who were assassinated Then you have Medicine Paul, the Mayor s opposition.There is another strange thing about the story The author had this perfect villain in Mr Tope and didn t use him as much as he could.The whole plot of Roil could be summarized in a couple of sentences they flee from their enemies and then try to decide what to do about the Roil itself So there is a lot of travelling to and from places airships, a train, on foot and running As I said, this book seems to set the stage for the second one The greatest strength of the book lies in the world the author has created The machines and weaponry they use, means of transport, the Roil with its Witmoths that transform everything, various monsters from the Roil and the changes the characters see in them, the strange savage and bloodthirsty people of the Cuttlefolk, the Vergers and so on, are enough to make this story worth reading the annoying parts too.Even with all the bits and pieces that annoyed me one of them being Now she was frantic Her and the Roslyn Dawn both that one really bugged me , this is still a great book I wish I knew about the Old Men and that the author used Mr Tope s character .And that ending It takes the prize as the most abrupt, cut off in the middle of a sentence type of an ending ever.


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    The land of Shale is in trouble The Roil, a wave of darkness filled with unnatural monsters, is sweeping across the continent, engulfing everything it encounters Out of twelve cities, only four remain standing Humanity is fighting back in every way it can, but internal divisions between political factions increase the chaos, and and it seems like the end is nigh It s up to a drug addicted boy, a young woman out for revenge for the death of her parents, and a man who may be thousands of years old, to try and stop the inevitable.I m often intrigued by the books Angry Robot puts out, because they frequently seem to straddle two or genres They re hard to classify, and that alone often makes them interesting Roil is another great example of this, as it combines elements of fantasy, science fiction, steampunk and horror, all wrapped in what, based on the blurb, looks like a pulse raising apocalyptic adventure story I had high hopes for this one, but even though Roil has some positive aspects, I came away mostly disappointed.In a sign of things to come, the novel starts off with two scenes of high drama in the city of Mirleess, David Milde watches political opponents cut his father s throat, then has to go into hiding underground while suffering horrible drug withdrawals Meanwhile in the city of Tate, which has somehow survived inside the Roil, Margaret Penn learns that her famous parents have successfully field tested I bombs, a possible method to stop the Roil, just as the city s defenses finally begin to succumb to the relentless unnatural onslaught She flees, trying to make her way through the chaos of the Roil to safety.Most of the early parts of Roil consist of these high stakes, high drama scenes, but because the reader doesn t really have any background yet about the people or the world s history, it often feels like empty drama It all sounds tremendously important but just doesn t have much impact The first few chapters of this novel feel like watching one of those movie trailers that cram all the big explosions, mysterious characters and dramatic bits of dialogue of a two hour movie into a couple of minutes It s impressive, but it lacks the context that would give it real meaning Roil would have been served very well by setting up the situation and the characters a bit before throwing them all into the deep end of the pool, so the reader would have some empathy and understanding I actually stopped reading at one point to make sure this wasn t book two of a series As far as I know it isn t, but if ever a book could benefit from a prequel, this is it Strangely enough, there actually is some exposition early on, in the form of excerpts from fictional history books that analyze, from a future perspective, the events we re currently witnessing However, these aren t always helpful because the information tends to be vague and often focuses on the macro level, not on the characters we re dealing with in the story The very first excerpt, heading Chapter One, talks about political factions such as Engineers and Confluents, which doesn t make much sense when you first read it I m not crazy about info dumps as it is, but the ones in Roil are doubly annoying because they often don t help much and sometimes actually create confusion.Still, there are also many positives in those early chapters, if you re willing to go with the flow Especially the early scenes set in Tate, the final bastion of humanity in the Roil, are sometimes breathtaking The descriptions of the city s defenses are simply awe inspiring, and Trent Jamieson really manages to paint the picture so the reader can envision the situation perfectly Margaret s journey through the Roil is at times hair raising If only we d had a handful of chapters before the start of the novel to set everything up, those scenes would have had so much impact By the way, if you want a taste of Roil, Angry Robot has some sample chapters available here Check out Chapter 2 for Tate s city defenses, which I thought were some of the best parts of the novel The experience of reading Roil is doubly frustrating because there s actually a lot of really inventive world building going on You just have to work your way through a large chunk of the book to get to the point where you can really appreciate it The Engine of the World, the Old Men, the Cuttlefolk, the Aerokin, the Vastkind all these things are mentioned briefly here and there, but they only begin to form a coherent picture as you read further into the novel Roil is a book set in a period when everything is falling apart, but it focuses heavily on the falling apart bit and doesn t really describe what it is we re seeing the dissolution of until later Roil is a great book to reread, because a second look will allow you to catch some details of the novel s spectacular setting that are mostly meaningless the first time around However, I m afraid many readers won t even make it through one reading without getting too frustrated to continue, also because the pacing is uneven and the story at times seems directionless That s a shame, because despite all its shortcomings, there are some wonderful aspects to this novel.Roil s main strength is its inventive worldbuilding, but this is often overshadowed by its tendency towards the over dramatic and its unsuccessful start that fails to build empathy for the characters and understanding of the novel s setting I tried very hard to like this book, but even after two readings, it just didn t work for me This review appeared on www.tor.com on 8 30 2011 and on www.fantasyliterature.com on 9 6 2011.


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    is the impressive first installment in The Nightbound Land duology by Trent Jamieson, up and coming Australian author of the urban fantasy trilogy Death Works Jamieson s newest novel showcases a powerful imaginative streak, creating a darkly fascinating world and successfully combining elements of science fiction, fantasy, steampunk and horror.Roil is an apocalyptic tale set in a world called Shale, which lies on the brink of destruction by a seemingly unstoppable force known as the Roil The Roil manifests as a malignant heat and creature filled darkness, spreading across the land and engulfing everything in its path Of the twelve great metropolises that once stood, all but four have been consumed As if that wasn t bad enough, the Roil is not only expanding at an unprecedented rate, it also seems to be changing, taking on an intelligence of its own Humanity prepares to make its final stand However, the last chance of salvation may well lie with a drug addicted youth, a vengeful young woman and a mysterious 4000 year old man as they seek a mysterious machine from a bygone era, The Engine of the World.No time for half measures or polite introductionsOur initial introduction to the strange and perilous world of Shale is far from gentle Roil begins with our protagonist, David,witnessing the brutal murder of his father by political adversaries before he, himself, is forced to flee for his life The reader is thrown into the thick of the action and from then on the story progresses at a lightning fast place Cities fall and lives are destroyed in the blink of an eye.Personally, I found this helped create a sense of urgency and confusion which really complimented the overall tone of the novel and the events depicted throughout Like the reader, the characters are thrown into the deep end with little time to collect their thoughts Nevertheless, most of the negative reviews I ve seen cite this ungentle introduction as one of the aspects they disliked about the novel Undeniably, this will appeal to some readers than others, as will certain other aspects of the narrative.For instance, each chapter of Roil begins with an excerpt from future texts regarding Shale These excerpts relate at least tangentially to the events depicted within the chapter, despite quite cleverly not giving too much of the story away This may be a little confusing or jarring to some readers Personally, I was a little uncertain at first, although I found I grew accustomed to these passages relatively quickly and came to enjoy the foreshadowing.A plethora of interesting viewpoint charactersMultiple events unfold at once throughout Roil and, as a result, there are a number of simultaneous narratives and frequent shifts between various points of view Initially, I felt a little detached from the characters as the viewpoint would change before I could get a good grasp on their personalities However, as the novel progressed I grew to relate to these imperfect individuals and found characterization to be one of the novel s strongest points.Jamieson s characters manage to remain relatable and believable even as their lives undergo complete upheaval and their world falls to pieces around them The protagonists all retain shades of moral ambiguity and even their most noble actions are frequently driven by selfish or morally suspect motivations David has nowhere else to go and would rather spend his remaining life spaced out on the drug Carnival than have any responsibility Margaret is driven by an insatiable desire for revenge and Cadell s motivations, like almost everything else about the Old Man, are shrouded in mystery Further, even the most ruthless antagonists, such as Stade, are not wholly evil, and truly believe they are doing what s best for humanity given the circumstances.A fascinating world of imagination and horrorFor me, one of the outstanding aspects of Roil was the setting Jamieson is undeniably imaginative and the creations with which he populates his world are refreshingly unpredictable and decidedly bizarre.In many way the civilizations depicted are technologically advanced, although much of this advancement seems to be tailored specifically to holding off the Roil One gets the impression that when faced with imminent destruction, development related to all but the most immediate concerns is stalled and some aspects of society may even regress Therefore, although we have advanced ice weapons and cold suits, most other aspects of the world are less advanced and embody what could be considered elements of steampunk.Many other fascinating concepts are introduced throughout Roil, including countless weird creatures and strange technologies The mythology of the Old Men in particular was quite intriguing Little is known about the Old Men, although the remnants of their once great civilization lie scattered across Shale In addition, they have strange powers and are as cold as ice to the touch, the very antithesis of the Roil s heat Despite the presence of so many intriguing creations, description remains relatively sparse throughout Roil as Jamieson invites the reader to use their own imagination While this keeps up the pace and adds to the authenticity of the setting and characterization the characters, after all, have grown up knowing what an aerokin looks like , it will probably suit some readers better than others.The horror elements throughout Roil are deliciously creepy and insidious Jamieson doesn t resort to graphic violence or severed limbs, instead creating a creepy ambiance that unnerved me in a way that excessive gore never could Some of the scariest moments are those in which he hints at untold horrors yet once again leaves the rest up to the reader s imagination Much terror lies in the unknown, after all.The plot ends at a logical resting point, although many plot lines are left unresolved and there is still much to discover about Jamieson s world If you re anything like me, you will be hankering for the next installment straight after you finish, so less patient readers may want to wait until the conclusion is closer to publication before starting this weird and wonderful duology.Why should you read this book Overall, despite the fact that Roil has some minor flaws, they did not detract from my enjoyment of the novel Those who like their fantasy complete with weird technologies, creepy monsters, and interesting characters need look no further Roil is a fun, absorbing, and action packed read that isn t to be missed.


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    4.5 Stars Roil by Trent Jamieson is a superb science fiction and steampunk novel that comes close to perfect marks from me.This book is made special by the world cheap by Jamieson It is a character in itself The world is slowly being overtaken and swallowed whole by the Roil The Roil is itself an entity but it also contains many horrific denizens Monstrous Wolves, flying leaves, and smokey moths are just a few to mention.The characters are just fine, I only wish that we would have been given backstory on the Old Men The plot is straight forward and action filled Jamieson gives us a sampling of steampunk machinery and weaponry The coolest thing about this story is in the coolant weaponry that is used to fight back the Roil and the creatures within.This book has all my liking It is science fiction and a bit post apocalyptic There are cool machines and people too Plus I love that it is part of a duology which is rare these days where series go on and on and on.Highly recommended.


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    steampunk the new vampire urban fantasy I feel like there s been a huge outbreak of steampunk this year I guess it makes sense as a natural out growth of the huge boom in urban fantasy For the most part steampunk tends to be familiar to people than second world fantasy or space opera with no connection to the real world It is traditionally set in a Victorian or Old West environment with historical elements that make sense to mainstream readers and doesn t require vast amounts of information to understand I would point out that Roil by Trent Jamieson isn t that kind of steampunk.One of the real up and coming publishers Angry Robot Books, has definitely seen an uptick in steampunk novels Unfortunately, I hadn t found a title of their s that really called to me until I saw Roil Billed as steampunk in a second world fantasy setting, it reminded me of The Last Page, Anthony Huso s debut steampunk novel from Tor Ever since I read Huso s debut, I have been looking for something similar that captured his talent for world building but exceeded his uneven storystelling Roil did just that.In Shale, the Roil is spreading A black cloud of heat and madness has crept through the land, absorbing city after city Where the Roil goes, life ends Once there were 12 metropolises, now only 4 remain Only the cold can stop the Roil and it s getting hotter A young drug addict, an orphaned girl seeking vengeance, and an Old Man are all that stand between total darkness and the annihilation of humanity Armed with cold suits, ice rifles, and the mysticism of Old Men the three begin a journey north to the Engine of the World the only force capable of beating back the inexhaustible Roil.If it seems curious that I capitalized Old Men thus far, it should In Jamieson s world the Old Men are something akin to the Apostles of Christ if the Apostles had an insatiable hunger use your imagination and the ability to conjure ice at will In this bad analogy the Engine of the World would be Christ Throughout the novel who, and why, the Old Men are is of utmost interest It is clear from early on that the Old Men are a bastion against the Roil Where the Roil is hot as the sun, the Old Men are cold as hell.One of the most frustrating things with steampunk for me is the lack of fantasy Not in a genre sense, but in the sense of imagination I always find myself asking the question, if I wanted to read about Victorian England why am I reading a steampunk re imagining of it Jamieson has totally sloughed off this genre standard in creating an entire second world fantasy The Roil, the four metropolises, ice cannons, Engines of the World, and other epic sounding steampunk elements compose a beautifully dark, wholly imagined world that bears no resemblance to our own Jamieson populates his worlds as much with villains as with heroes I put quotes around villains because to be frank, I m not sure Roil has a villain It s clear Jamieson wants his reader to hate Stade, the leader of the city of Mirrlees He begins the novel by murdering his rivals in the street and doesn t get much friendlier from there The truth is, he s trying to do right by his people He sees the Roil as an inevitability and he wants to protect as many of his citizens as he can everyone else can kiss his ass Even the Roil itself, which is about as evil as it gets on the surface, is a force of nature than a malevolent force.Of course given that, it should be no surprise that Jamieson s heroes aren t particularly heroic David, a young man of privilege is addicted to a drug called Carnival heroinesque He is often concerned about scoring than he is about staying alive His companion, an Old Man named John Cadell, isn t all roses either In fact, he killed David s uncle a few years back He s feels bad about it though The list goes on and on If a novel s strength is judged on its characters, then Roil is She Hulk Not the Incredible Hulk mind you there isn t an iconic character in the bunch , but Jamieson has created a smorgasbord of captivating characters that bring everything to life.That said, Roil is not without some fault For all his exceptional world building and lush characterizations, Jamieson s narrative is decidedly standard to anyone who s read a surfeit of fantasy novels Yet so are many of the paragons of the genre Moreso than any genre, speculative fiction excels foremost through characters and setting A strong, original narrative is all well and good, but without fantasy a novel will fall flat On the strength of his setting and characters alone, I believe Jamieson has begun something that has the potential to be a standard bearer for Angry Robot and the steampunk subgenre And don t forget, Roil is the first in The Nightbound Land series I m sure Jamieson has a few twists and turns in store So get back to work Trent, I m ready for the sequel.Sidenote It s a real pain to write a review where one of the characters Roil is the same as the title of the novel Roil Just sayingRelease Information Roil is due for a U.S release on August 30, 2011 in Mass Market Paperback and Kindle.


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    Back in Grade 7, we studied short stories and storytelling We covered Freitag s Pyramid introduction, inciting force, rising action, crisis climax, denouement, and resolution We studied The Most Dangerous Game, and we listed the different types of conflict man vs man, man vs himself, man vs nature, etc It s a simplistic way to analyze literature, but it does provide a good foundation to build upon in later years, once you have the ability to make nuanced observations I still remember it this day, and drew upon it as I considered how to first cover short stories with my sixth form students And, reading Roil, all I can think about is man versus nature The eponymous phenomenon that threatens the twelve cities of Shale is a fierce manifestation of nature, a rejection of the mechanical hubris that humans in this world have used to remake it for their purposes.This isn t the most straightforward of books to follow In both setting and style, it reminds me a little of China Mi ville s work Trent Jamieson doesn t quite replicate Mi ville s truly wondrous sense of the weird, but he comes close Roil is a good case study for the debate of where to demarcate the line between fantasy and science fiction, and it demonstrates that sensible people will eventually conclude it s difficult, nigh impossible, to draw such a line The atmosphere of this book is decidedly fantasy, in a dark, swashbuckling sense The technology is almost steampunk, with fantastic airships and moving carriages and cannons and guns that shoot ice Oh, and trains Good, old fashioned trains And a world controlling Engine.The Engine of the World is one of the most interesting parts of this book, even if it doesn t get that much page time It ostensibly is the reason the Roil has not expanded as much or as fast as it could have The Engine which seems to be some kind of dimensional gateway on its best days held it in check in the past Now the Roil is on the march again, and the remaining cities of Shale are desperate enough to contemplate using it But the only one who might be able to do so, the only sane architect of the Engine left alive, has escaped their custody.I didn t have the easiest time getting to know the main characters Truth be told, I m not sure I know them even now Their names spring to mind easily enough, but if you asked me about their parentage, their motivations, their story arcs, I d be hard pressed to discuss them at any length Roil is one of those works that skilfully disposes of exposition, preferring to establish its world through hints in dialogue, epigraphs, and the occasional epistolary evidence It makes for a intriguing story I d really like to spend time in this world and get to know its people But I didn t get too close to them this time.Hence, I find it difficult to really highlight any specific part of the book There is no subplot that jumped out at me, no moment of redemption that moved me to tears, no triumph that inspired a cheer or laughter Half the time I wasn t sure what was going on, and the other half of the time I knew what was going on but didn t necessarily understand its importance For me, the most intriguing mystery was what Cadell wanted to do to the Engine of the World and how it would help them beat the Roil The fact that David picks up Cadell s mantle to complete the mission, with very little exposition explaining what was going on, doesn t clear much up.Jamieson s world of Shale is one that intrigues me I d like to learn But he doesn t give me enough to go on, enough to make me care about the insane conflict we land in the middle of at the beginning of Roil It s one thing to come up with an intense story featuring zombie like creatures and a world spanning phenomenon that wants to eat your cities it s another to present that story in such a way as to sustain the reader s interest In the end, Roil just didn t leave much of an impression on me, as this somewhat over generalized review probably demonstrates.


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    3.5 5 egalley thanks to Angry Robot Interesting premise isn t it And totally wrong.I had to literally fight my way through the book Don t get me wrong, this is a good book, interesting, original, leaves plenty to work with for your imagination But my God, would it have hurt to give us a little bit of prologue or some sort of world description instead of just throwing us into the deep end and let us swim or sink It took me 5 chapters to understand the structure The quote in the beginning of each chapter is from the future and it s relevant to what happens to the characters in the present.In the south last defence of civilisation, city of Tate succumbs to Roil, a chaotic mass of creatures with one consciousness, that came out from the core of the planet Roil can t stand the cold, which is the only weapon of the last human cities against its invasion Margaret, the only daughter of Tate engineers manages to get out of the dying city and heads off up north.In the north David, an addict and a son of one of the leaders of the opposition to the current tyrant watches his father die from the hands of Vergers, some sort of genetically modified human hunters His father s friends arrange his passage away from the city with the help of one of the Old Men, half mad and very strange Cadell.Cadell has got his own agenda He is one of the first Engineers who built the Engine of the World, but they played too much with it, civilisation crumbled to what it is now and the Engineers were cursed with virtual immortality, madness and perpetual cannibalistic hunger for human flesh.Cadell wants to see the extent of damage the Roil has done and get to The Engine to switch on the cold and destroy the Roil.The book is full of confusing power struggles, multiple POV s, battles, gadgets, pursuits and even has a magnificent airships fight It took me half a book to get into it, and if you get that far it was all worth it, ladies and gentlemen In the end I had questions than answers, and I would really want to get a bit clear structure and less different POV s in the book two Overall, not bad Not bad at all.


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    When David s father is killed before his eyes he believes his world is ending Unfortunately, not only is David s personal world ending, it s also ending for everyone else the Roil is coming.Margaret is the only child of famous inventors The Roil has laid siege to their city for thirty years, and it s through their inventiveness that the city survives But their big experiment goes horribly wrong.Cadell finds David alone on the street and saves him from a fate similar to his father s Cadell is an Old Man, born thousands of years before, cursed with sanity and an unquenchable hunger He may be the only person able and willing to save the remaining cities of Shale from the Roil.Medicine Paul is a victim of his own political scheming, and in order to survive must make a deal with the enemy.ROIL by Trent Jamieson at first blush seems like your standard end of the world fantasy novel Instead we get dark fantasy with steampunk and zombie apocalypse flavor he does his best to break those cliches and create something fresh in a fantasy horror mash up For the most part he succeedsand in other ways falls disappointingly short.Jamieson gets points for inventiveness He sets up a world in turmoil, where city states dot the landscape Despite decades of knowing about the Roil, their own political infighting results in a people woefully unprepared for the Roil s sudden aggression Cities fall People die They seem incapable of saving themselves Add to this a varied cast of experience, naivete, and suffering, and we get an interesting world that s exciting and creative.ROIL is narrated in limited third person, with occasional scenes in omniscient this writing indecision will tell you right there that the author still has some things to learn about his craft despite other published works We have the four main characters, but Jamieson includes other scattered viewpoints, such as a random creature or bug or the soon to be deceased sometimes switching around within the same scene This lack of consistency affects clarity throughout and I found these side viewpoints among which I include the confusing chapter headers to be irrelevant to the story itself, if somewhat flavorful to the setting At the least they are distracting At the worst pointless filler that affect pace and reader patience when time could have been better spent on detailing a world and its history without the info dumps.It didn t help either that it took almost the entire book to feel a connection with the characters Don t get me wrong, they are well drawn, but they re difficult to like David is addicted to Carnival and lives in a stupor the mysterious Cadell drags him along for reasons that makes no sense as the boy is a burden Margaret must escape the fall of Tate, but can t grieve so goes through the motions of moving on but with a chip on her shoulder Medicine Pauleven by the end I m not really clear on the purpose of his story line.ROIL moves full tilt I like a quick paced story, but ROIL often suffers from too quick transitions between main characters this makes scenes short and difficult to settle into a character s situation or personality and affects flow detrimentally It also means that the setting and characters lack the establishing details necessary for readers to visualise the world itself The world was interesting, and Jamieson would spend time on some lovely descriptions, but at other times gloss over important information Again a lack of consistency.Ultimately ROIL suffers from movie to book syndrome only without the movie It would probably translate well on a movie screen, but without a consistent narrative of clues that include setting, description, and viewpoint, this is a book of ideas without what it needs for a successful delivery By the abrupt ending I had grown frustrated because I didn t get what I needed to love the characters and care about their plight.Recommended Age This book will appeal to teenage boys 14 parents should be aware that a main character is addicted to recreational drugs, but not without consequencesLanguage Maybe a dozen instances in the entire bookViolence Death and blood throughout, but not excessively gruesomeSex Barely referencedI purchased the Kindle edition 2.99, down from the 7 I bought it for several months ago I m not sure about the print edition, but it had than its fair share of formatting and editing errors.


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    After reading some other reviews, I was a tad anxious that the alleged infodumps and character switching would put me off Roil What I actually found was the opposite.The world of Shale was a world I might have dreamed, and then been unable to find the words so I m pleased that Jamieson found a way to pin it down It all made perfect, poetic sense to me Yes, the archetypes we all know and love are here, but they are beautifully done, in a Fellowship of the Ring meets Dune kind of way, with an overhanging, Clive Barkerish sense of malice view spoiler Margaret s flight from Tate reminded me a little of Lan Mandragoran and the swallowing of Malkier by the Blight, but it also reminded me of the evening news I didn t expect to find commentary on global warming and refugees in an action packed steampunk adventure I enjoyed it.I did not enjoy what happened to Agatha Or the stationmaster s children Bad Trent hide spoiler


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