Book Title: Traveller Inceptio
Author: Rob Shackleford
The title of the book ‘ Traveller Inceptio ‘ is unique and interesting.
The cover image of the book is a close image of a knife with some engravings on it. There is no particular inference of the story looking at the image.
The story begins with the main character Micheal traveling through a forest in a situation which is a thousand years ago from the present and in parallel a group of research students funded by the biggest MNC set their journey on R&D and work on towards creating something incredible and end up creating a time machine accidentally. These people then travel 1000 years back and then we already have Michael there. Following this the tale is all about how much ever the science-and-technology is developed, it can’t help us out of dangerous situations which are either or not due to nature and how power-hungry people can destroy everything.
The initial chapters have surprised me with a good and bad feeling, and as I was looking for the same excitement in the coming chapters, I found the story doing a roller coaster ride of characters, their details and too much explanation of some unwanted yet important situations. For instance, it’s a known thing how does mating happen between a man and a woman. But in the book with this subject, I felt it’s unnecessary to get into many details of the act. Likewise, the most annoying thing is dedicating a whole chapter about ‘ peeing ‘. Yes! You read it right. It was absolutely yucky.
Reader’s disclaimer is a must for a good story but not up to the mark writing.
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What I like:
1. The concept of time travel which runs through the story is interesting
2. Two parallel storylines are very well maintained
3. The suspense in the story is retained till the end of the story and its acts as a cliff hanger
4. The research did by the author is commendable
5. The essence of a new world is quite innovative
What I didn’t like:
1. Inconsistent subplots in the present time story are found
2. Too many details in some incidents explained which are not required
3. If only editing was serious, the length of the book could have decreased.
4. Though there is suspense, too many details in the story at places diluted it.
All the characters are plotted well. But it was hard getting connected to the characters. Though the creation is good, they were not impressive nor attractive. They just existed.
The narration after certain no.of chapters felt interesting. Till the initial 50 chapters or so, the book was lagging and somewhat boring. Too many chapters made it an exhaustive narration.
Language & Grammar:
The language is fine with error-free grammar.
My Final Verdict:
Exhaustive yet a good read.
Book Title: 3/5
Language & Grammar: 3/5
Final Rating: 3/5
*Reviewed by Swapna Peri
This review was first published in Storizen Magazine May 2019 Issue