Fate of Chiron – isn’t what I expected at all

Posted: December 2, 2014 in 3 Star Reviews, Fiction, Sci-Fi
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3 of 5 Dream-Induced Stars – Fate of Chiron by C.J. Anderson.

This is a very short story, at just 25 pages. It seems like this author’s stories are getting shorter and shorter. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just being billed as “book 3 of the ruinland series”. Well, it’s not a goddamn book.

Frankly, none of this series qualify as books. If you put all three stories together in one volume, they would barely qualify as a one full novel for fuck’s sake. But I understand why she’s publishing them this way. Number 1, she’ll probably make more money selling it as a series. Number 2, it’s easier to crank out a short story every month or so, then it is to actually write several novels. So, I get it.

All that being said, this story confused the shit out of me. I mean, I understood the story, I just didn’t understand any of the WHY. Why’d she write this story about Chiron? Why didn’t she continue the story where the 2nd one left off? I mean, the 2nd story left us at kind of a cliffhanger. We assumed that Chiron was dead, and we were glad for it! How and why is the little girl still alive enough to actually find Chiron? I mean she nearly dies several times, even with him trying his best to keep her safe. How the hell did she last long enough on her own to end up finding him in the first place? And if she’s wearing an air tight bio-suit, how did she end up almost drowning?

For such a short story, there’s a lot of unanswered questions.

And don’t even get me started on the whole Christian angle. The first two stories seemed to be very much against religion, taking every opportunity to show the reader how religion is destroying the world. This is a viewpoint that I happen to very much agree with. But then, in this story, she takes the opposite approach. Going on about how god is so wonderful, how he made us, and how we should be happy to die and go up to heaven, and all that happy happy, joy joy goo.

If this was a stand alone story, that viewpoint wouldn’t have bothered me at all, but after reading all about how, in this world, Religion is obviously evil. And then, to read this story, telling me about how great god is and all that, I just don’t get the WHY? What’s the point in the opposite view?

Now, I don’t expect to find answers these questions. I’m just frustrated because I love the world this author has created, and I hate to see Ruinland ruined. Not that this story has ruined it at all, but it doesn’t make me want to continue the series. Because, I don’t want to witness the whole idea deteriorating into a wasteland of agnostic horseshit.

Enter Ruinland, the first story in this series, is still FREE for Kindle at Amazon. It’s also a bit longer, at 79 pages, and is my favorite of the series, so far.

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