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The Singularity Wheel – Michael S. Fedison

31 May

A quick mention to avoid the blurb if you haven’t read the first book The Eye-Dancers, it is best to start there, if you carry on you may pick up minor spoilers that could potentially ruin the full enjoyment of your reading experience.

Five years ago, Monica Tisdale, the “ghost girl,” invaded their dreams and led them through the void. Now she is back, more desperate and more powerful than ever.

For Mitchell Brant, Joe Marma, Ryan Swinton, and Marc Kuslanski, the intervening five years have seen them advance to the cusp of their senior year in high school. They have girlfriend troubles, job stresses, future careers to consider. They don’t have the time, or the inclination, to be whisked away to Monica’s world again.

But when Monica calls on them to leap into the abyss and bridge the gap between dimensions, she will not take no for an answer. She has tapped into the deepest pools of her mysterious powers, leading to consequences as unforeseen as they are disastrous. For Monica, the multiverse, the concept of a limitless number of parallel selves and parallel worlds, has become all too real. And all too terrifying.

Through it all, she knows that Mitchell and his friends are the only ones who can save her.

If she doesn’t kill them first.

This cover is one of the most eye-catching of the year, that I have come across to date. Everything from the font, to the space spade symbol is really classy, not that a book should be judged by its cover.  It’s been all change in the intervening five years since the children returned home, and having grown into teenagers with all the associated problems, this new story takes on a more mature aspect.  As you would expect with more grown up protagonists, the peril stakes have also risen, which is always a good thing.

After a few chapters, reminding us of the characters and bringing them up to date with their lives, the story really gets going.  This time around there is less detail focussing on the world which is to be expected to avoid repetition, although the reader still feels that nostalgic, comfortable connection. I do like those little details, and exploring the town of Colbyville was one of the highlights of The Eye-Dancers, for me.

Having to spend less time on set up does allow the characters to get more page time.   Mitchell and Joe’s stories, I found less interesting this time around, although a good job is done giving each character their own arc, I was most invested in Ryan’s story, his character has more spotlight this time around.  I felt the main story line was given parity with the character development storylines which is interesting but the focus on characters is the book’s main strength.

The story seemed to wrap up a little too soon, I was expecting seperate plot threads to come together and in that sense I was initially surprised but on reflection it does something different with its structure and I decided I liked it.  Thinking about it afterwards, it makes sense to mix things up and give the reader a less predictable experience, keeping them a little off-balance. All in all good this is a good read but I did miss the prevalence of those little details that came with the first book.  The atmosphere of the slightly strange, almost dreamlike quality remains the same and ensures that whatever your tastes, this is a book you can lose yourself in.

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18 responses to “The Singularity Wheel – Michael S. Fedison

  1. shadowoperator

    31/05/2018 at 04:08

    I’m pretty sure that I recommended “The Eye-Dancers” to my 15-year-old nephew on the basis of your review, so I suppose I’ll also be recommending to him “The Singularity Wheel.” If he can drag himself away from “The Walking Dead,” that is!

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    • Ste J

      31/05/2018 at 06:58

      I never got into The Walking Dead, I tried twice but failed, which is perfectly fine as it frees up time to do better things. Thank you for recommending from my review, that makes me happy, this one is worth passing on too, especially with his age, it should resonate with him thanks to the various issue based topics, not to mention the story as well.

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  2. Jill Weatherholt

    31/05/2018 at 04:55

    Nice review, Ste J. That is a very interesting cover!

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    • Ste J

      31/05/2018 at 07:00

      I love the cover, I know a lot of people prefer e-books today but the cover is one example of why print books will always be around. Who wouldn’t love to have it to hand to show off. I know I would.

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  3. The Eye-Dancers

    31/05/2018 at 19:58

    Thanks so much! Much appreciated.:) The struggle for an indie author is always to get the work “out there” and into the hands of as many readers as possible. I really appreciate your support and reviews of both books! It kind of makes my day, actually.:) Thanks again!

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    • Ste J

      01/06/2018 at 07:50

      It’s always a pleasure to provide support and to put books and authors out there. With thibgs getting tougher with Amazon’s squeezing on reviews then the more I can help, the better.

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  4. Elizabeth Melton Parsons

    31/05/2018 at 21:13

    Not sure if you remember, but I left a review for The Eye Dancers quite a while ago on my blog. Loved the story. Bet this one will be just as good. 🙂

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    • Ste J

      01/06/2018 at 07:55

      The Eye-Dancers was an enjoyable read so if you liked that one then you will be right up your street again. I love a series with a consistent world and atmosphere, and reading these one does feel like catching up with an old friend.

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  5. Clare Pooley

    03/06/2018 at 07:41

    Nice review, Ste J!

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  6. Cody McCullough

    04/06/2018 at 08:47

    Sounds like a good read. I’ll have to pick-up The Eye Dancers and then give The Singularity Wheel a whirl.

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    • Ste J

      05/06/2018 at 07:14

      There was something reminiscent of Stephen King in the quality of description in The Eye-Dancers which really helped draw me into the world. You won’t be disappointed.

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  7. Resa

    06/06/2018 at 04:18

    Michael must be thrilled with this review!
    The cover is totally fab!! 😀

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    • Ste J

      06/06/2018 at 07:11

      He is indeed, I am happy to do my bit to get the word out there and celebrate independent authors too.

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  8. Christy B

    06/07/2018 at 08:42

    I’m reading it right now so I only read chunks of the review… I didn’t want to come across any spoiler material 😉

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    • Ste J

      06/07/2018 at 18:27

      I try and avoid spoilers as much as possible and am mostly successful but a wise move to avoid more than a skim read, just in case, nothing is worse than uncovering something that diminishes the power of the first time read.

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