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Reviewed by Ivy
Author: Tim Lebbon
Publisher & Pages: Pyr, 229 pages
Audience: Young Adult
Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the world, protected by a military force known as Choppers. The rest of Britain believes that the city is now a toxic, uninhabited wasteland but Jack and his friends, some of whom lost family on what has become known as Doomsday — know that the reality is very different. At great risk, they have been gathering evidence about what is really happening in London and it is incredible. Because the handful of London’s survivors are changing. Developing strange, fantastic powers. Evolving. Upon discovering that his mother is still alive inside London, Jack, his sister, and their three friends sneak into a city in ruins. Vast swathes have been bombed flat. Choppers cruise the streets, looking for survivors to experiment upon. The toxic city is filled with wonders and dangers that will challenge Jack and his friends… and perhaps kill them but Jack knows that the truth must be revealed to the outside world or every survivor will die.
Highlight: There were well orchestrated action scenes.
Caution: The characters can be unresponsive to incidents at times.
Highlight: An interesting story full of strange beings.
Caution: Other countries presence has been discarded despite London’s destruction.
Review: London Eye is an intriguing take on a post apocalypse world, with curious characters and desperate people. After the devastating destruction of London and the civilisation within, families are split and people were injured. Yet, in the heart of London, ‘London’s Eye,’ the secrets of the terrorist attack begins to shed and strange wonders live amongst the ruins. The main characters of the story are young teenagers left in a world where they have to look after themselves, and the curiosity of what happened to their family and friends leads them into danger.
Leading with a good preface, the story failed to capture my attention due to the lack of character development and plot. Although the characters are consistent very few characters progressed and developed as a consequence to situations. These unrealistic responses to events make the characters unbelievable, and so the consistency of the character becomes questionable. In a world where survival is the priority relationships are difficult to bloom and continuously feed.
I have learnt a hard truth from this story. The truth is you would leave a friend behind in a dire situation as your life is put on the line. Despite being disappointing in some areas, the tension in certain situations and pacing was an extraordinary duo.
Many aspects of the author’s work were obvious and distracting. The third person perspective was confusing at times especially when the shift of focus changed from character to character. It did not give a real sense of the world within the story. Even the use of present tense did not contribute to the story as it was in constant disarray with the flashbacks. As London is the heart of the story the author seems to have forgotten the rest of the world and how they could have been involved. No mention of the other countries and their possible aid come into the story.
I would recommend this book to younger teens. It would be a great starter novel for those just getting into the Science Fiction. The characters and plot barely kept me reading, but the mystery of whether they would survive was what had me on the edge of my bed. The close calls and action scenes were well done and I will continue reading the series.
Star Rating: 2 Stars
Available in: Hardcover