Saturday, April 19, 2014

Book Review: Doubt

Doubt (Among Us, #1)
Doubt by Anne-Rae Vasquez
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I received a copy of Doubt through NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

The story of Doubt (Book 1 of the Among Us Trilogy) revolves around an extremely intelligent young man named Harry Doubt whose mother Bina disappeared while she was working for a non-profit called GN or Global Network. Harry's father, Aaron Doub, an employee of GN, died years earlier.

Harry is a genius and a very skilled programmer. He had developed a game called "Truth Seekers" when he was a very young boy and had even managed to get Google to buy the game from him. However, he had also created a much better version of the game which he plays along with many others.

When his mother goes missing, Harry decides to put some of the best "Truth Seekers" together in an attempt to find answers. And his search for answers have allowed him to come in contact with other young people who have had a parent go missing. Among his "team" of experts is Cristal, a very talented "Truth Seeker". But, aside from being young geniuses, the people in Harry's elite team also have very special skills and talents.

Doubt is a story that can be classified as a paranormal sci-fi mystery thriller. It is about Harry and his group of extremely intelligent and talented "Truth Seekers" trying to find answers to how their parents disappeared and why.

The story of Doubt is rather clipped. It is like the author is merely spewing out sentences. There is no smooth flow -- it is like one sentence after another "telling" the reader what is going on. It makes me feel like I am reading the work of someone who is either being rushed or has decided to clip out a lot of the meatier parts of the story.

The characters are not so well developed. The story is somewhat strange. At first it all appears like some major scientific cover-up. Then all of a sudden we have characters with extra special powers like reading minds or causing earthquakes, then there are supernatural creatures who are trying to save their world from humans. Everything would have been fine if the story and the flow were smoother and more developed; but they are not.

Doubt, for me, could have been so much better. I hope the sequel will be a whole lot better.

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