Monday, March 18, 2013

Review: Persistence of Vision by Liesel K. Hill

Title: Persistence of Vision (Interchron #1)
Author: Liesel K. Hill
Published: Jan 29, 2013
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Format: Ebook
Source: Author
ISBN: 1620247968


In a world where collective hives are enslaving the population and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper, and independent 21st Century woman, must find the strength to preserve the freedom of the future, but without the aid of her memories.

After experiencing a traumatic time loss, Maggie is plagued by a barrage of images she can't explain. When she's attacked by a creep with a spider's web tattoo, she is saved by Marcus, a man she's never met, but somehow remembers. He tells her that both he and her creepy attacker are from a future in which individuals are being murdered by collectives, and Marcus is part of the rebellion. The collectives have acquired time travel and they plan to enslave the human race throughout all of history. The flashes Maggie has been seeing are echoes of lost memories, and the information buried deep within them is instrumental in defeating the collective hives.

In order to preserve the individuality of mankind, Maggie must try to re-discover stolen memories, re-kindle friendships she has no recollection of, and wade through her feelings for the mysterious Marcus, all while dodging the tattooed assassins the collectives keep sending her way.

If Maggie can't fill the holes in her memory and find the answers to stop the collectives, the world both in her time and in all ages past and future will be doomed to enslavement in the grey, mediocre collectives. As the danger swirls around her and the collectives close in, Maggie realizes she must make a choice: stand out or fade away...

First of all, I would like to apologize to the gracious author, Liesel K. Hill. I was supposed to post during her blog tour, but due to some issues was unable to post. She was extremely cordial and didn't yell at me, which I was extremely happy about.

I am going to be blunt. I really wanted to love this book, but I didn't. I kind of liked it, but was nowhere near thrilled. There were too many characters, the dialogue was repetitive and there was not enough action. The romance between Marcus and Maggie just felt awkward. It took me forever to read this book because I felt no excitement to read it. I mean, the writing was good but lacked emotion. The whole point of the "team" was to destroy the collective but their lack of emotion made the book seem stale. None of the characters seemed to have any passion.

I did appreciate the idea behind the story, the time-traveling and special powers and unexplained memories. I wish the author would have delved into those aspects deeper. But for some reason this book just didn't click with me. It wasn't horrible though and lots of others gave it 5 star reviews, so please don't let me keep you from trying to read Persistence of Vision. It might be right up your alley. Who knows?

3 stars for Persistence of Vision.

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