Friday, August 28, 2015
Dangerous, by Shannon Hale
I love Shannon Hale's fantasy books -- the Bayern series and the Princess Academy books are great -- but she really doesn't know what to do with science fiction. She's not a science geek and whenever this book tries to get into the hard science it falls into absurdity. And meanwhile, while trying to provide a plausible scientific background for the story, Hale lets the plot slip away. Most of the story makes little or no sense.
No where is the story less incomprehensible than in the "love story" between Maisie and Wilder -- a coupling that is at best like the more obnoxious elements of Rory and Logan's relationship in Gilmour Girls (sorry, if you were a fan!). How can we possibly believe that she is lusting after the guy who tried to kill her family twenty pages ago? And, if that's really how she feels, how can we feign interest in someone so shallow? Yes, it's silly (and Hale is trying to go for silly), but it's also an ungodly mess!