Not because it was bad, but because something happened she didn't expect. Right at the end. Now, I'm not going to give away spoilers here. But, it did get me thinking.
As I market COTFS, I have played heavily on the sci fi factor, on the in-depth research. On the twenty years it took me to gather everything I wanted in my head. The comparisons it has recieved with Indiana Jones and The Abyss movies. Even the those reviews that are positive, have pretty much focussed on what I would call the macro story.
But, at it's core, behind the bling, it is the story of a man and his pain. The loss of a loved one and how one deals, or does not deal, with it. It even goes on to consider the pain all humans feel. The feeling of loneliness and the need to find another. It's a story as old as the Greeks, who believed Zeus punished humanity by splitting us in twain, into men and women, leaving us to search for our other half forever.
Tess Burnside, my ARC reader, picked up on that. And while she loved the macro story, and expouded on what a great movie it would make, it was the personal story, the protagonists journey, that affected her most. Even though, he's initially arrogant and in your face. In Tess's own words: "Kelly Graham grows on you like a fungus." Nice.
So, perhaps I should focus more on that when talking about COTFS? Not everyone can relate to the science, or the action, or the semi-contentious religion vs science debate. But most everyone has felt loss in their life.
People like to feel it's okay to be broken - just like Kelly. And let me tell you: it is. How else would the light get in?
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