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I bought Vibrations on a lark, and was surprised. It was an entertaining read. I was not anticipating enjoying it as much as I did. Vibrations is the traditional parallel world quest fantasy. Sam mysteriously travels to a new place and has to find a way home again. The main characters are suitably well rounded. And a few side characters are not. Still, the youngster in me who went to various martial arts classes four times a week for 15 years appreciated the many martial arts allusions and the creative magic system in the book. I will purchase the second one upon release.
Despite being an interesting and entertaining read, I found a few disappointing areas. There may be minor spoilers. As far as plot, it was pretty obvious from the beginning how Sam and the antagonist will resolve the plot conflict. However, the switch from the antagonist from being simply an obstructionist, to Sam needing to do a heist against the antagonist to steal information, to an all out battle with the antagonist was not very smoothly transitioned. It was plain that was were the plot was going but the psychological transition for the characters was abrupt. Concerning the style, there was a tendency for repetition of descriptions, particularly in character demeanor descriptions. Additionally, some of the dialogue was clunky and sounded like a old video game dialogue (mainly from a couple very minor characters).
Overall, Alex Beckham did a good job. I did not like some of his accents and articulations and they didn't seem consistent. But again, not a bad job. It does not help that his job was hindered a little by some audio mixing which made it apparent that some clips were recorded at different times and/or with different ambient noise.
Even with the issues mentioned, this book brought me back to the Narnia type of story where the accidental warrior stumbles into a new and strange situation and learns how to be a hero and discovers strength in oneself. But a scientific Narnia. I think this story needs a follow-up. I think there are interesting questions and maturity that can be uncovered.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The premise was interesting and most of the time the book was alright. I just have issues with the main character going from an untrained normal person to being so skilled at fighting in only a few months (while also learning 'magic') that he was able to deal with 5 trained fighters at the same time. That and he seemed to have the emotional maturity of a young teen, which was magnified by the reader.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful