Book Review: Exodus Code

Torchwood: Exodus Code

It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. People being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there’s not much of Torchwood left. Captain Jack has tracked the problem to its source: a village in Peru, where he’s uncovered evidence of alien involvement. Back in Cardiff, Gwen Cooper has discovered something lurking inside the Torchwood software – something alien and somehow connected to Jack. If the world is to be restored, she has to warn him – but she’s quickly becoming a victim of the madness, too!

So the blurb of this book sounded quite good. A bit dystopian-esque, where the world is sort of infected by something, and it’s down to Jack to discover what. It is my first Torchwood book, but I have watched the series’ on tv and absolutely love it. This is one of the first Torchwood books I have seen written by John Barrowman, so I thought I’d give it a try!

My first critique is that I just found it so confusing. It jumps about so much, I found myself several times looking back to check who/where/when the events were supposed to be happening. Also, for most of the book there is hardly any action, and I think the action in the finale is wrapped up pretty quickly.

There was a big lack of main characters in this novel too, which I was disappointed about. Obviously we follow Jack, but Gwen goes crazy so is out of the picture. Rhys and Andy pop up now and again, but do not really have a main role. Thus there are lots of insignificant people mentioned in the book, which just aids to confuse and bore me.

Overall I think this book just didn’t grab my attention. There wasn’t anything exciting or new, nothing that made me want to keep reading aside from John Barrowman as Jack!

Sadly I think I just better stick to the TV show.

Letterbox Love #4

Letterbox Love is a meme hosted by Lynsey of Narratively Speaking whereby book lovers can exhibit the books they received this week.

This week I have received 2 library books; both ones that I ordered a while ago. It seems for every book I take back I have 2 to collect!

Exodus Code‘ by John and Carole Barrowman is my first Torchwood novel. This seems to be pretty standalone, and the blurb sounded good so I thought I would read it, and see if it inspires me to read other Torchwood books.

I am currently reading ‘Grace Under Pressure’ as its the only library copy in my authority and someone else is waiting for it, so I thought I’d better read it next! I think it is interesting insight into the life of a mum whose child has a disability. Look out for my review in the next couple of days!

So that’s my tiny mailbag this week! What did you receive this week? Have you read either book and do you think it should be at the top or the bottom of my to read pile?