Friday, 28 August 2015
Mini Review: When the Stars Align by Jeanette Grey
When I first read the synopsis for When the Stars Align, I knew it was something I wanted to read, and could not wait to crack this book open
When I began reading I did initially like the protagonist, Jo. She was strong and determined, and would not let anyone tell her what she could and couldn't do. This determination and perseverance landed her a coveted spot in a summer internship at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, doing research at the biggest radio telescope in the world. But after the brief introduction my opinion of Jo quickly changed.When Adam makes an appearance, I thought he would be someone who I would like, that he would be the good for Jo's bad. But as we get to know him I felt like he was just as bad as Jo.
For me Adam and Jo held no appeal for me, they came across as arrogant and wanting the focus on themselves. To make it harder for me to read, it took over half the book for anything really interesting to happen, which for me took far too long. I also expected a lot more astronomy stuff in this. If you are writing a book with the setting being the worlds biggest satellite dish, at least have some focus on this, rather than the scenic view and brief moments of them calculating things.
I really struggled to read this book, and I only kept reading expecting something good to happen, and for me the only part I liked the best was the final chapters. I finished this book feeling disappointed about the lack of astronomy, and the amount of time it takes to get anywhere.
When the Stars Align lacked a lot of things for me. I felt no appeal towards the protagonist, and it took far too long for anything interesting to happen. I feel like my time could have been better spent on anther book.