“Senlin, a mild-mannered school teacher, is drawn to the Tower of Babel by the grandiose promises of a guidebook. The ancient and immense Tower seems the perfect destination for a honeymoon. But soon after arriving, Senlin loses his young wife, Marya, in the crowd.
Senlin’s search for Marya carries him through slums and theaters, prisons and ballrooms. He must survive betrayal, assassination, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find Marya, Senlin will have to do more than survive. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.”
*I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. This book came out on January 16th, 2018. All opinions stated are my own.*
Oh this book.
Anyone who is subscribed to my YouTube channel (which you can find here!) and has seen some of my more recent reading vlogs may already know most of my opinions on this book. I didn’t like this book. At all. And that is putting it lightly. I really didn’t like this book.
I’ll be completely honest, I asked for an ARC from NetGalley because I liked the cover. Did the premise sound interesting? Yes. Was the inside of the book just as pretty as the cover? NO. Absolutely not.
Starting off with the characters. I really didn’t like our main character Senlin. He seemed like a jerk. I couldn’t connect with him at all. He was just too uninteresting for me. He did things that I didn’t appreciate. Just too many problems.
As far as the romance aspects of this book, I did like how there was barely any besides the one between Senlin and his wife. But there was other characters that Senlin seemed to be in relationships with as he is trying to find his missing wife. That, my friends, is cheating. I didn’t appreciate that at all. You are newly married and just because your wife has gone missing doesn’t mean you have the right to cheat on her during that period of time. It drove me nuts.
Then going into the plot, oh my god I was so bored. It started off strong but quickly went downhill. This “missing person” plot did not worked out in this book’s favor. There were too many things going. Too many characters to keep track of. Women were treated like crap. I had so many problems to even list.
Overall, I was disappointed by this book. I really did expect to like it. But the negatives outwayed any positives that I might have had about this book. It was full of tropes and negative stereotypes. This is a high-rated book on Goodreads and I can see the appeal that many might have toward this book. I did like the author’s writing style so I will be checking out other books by him in the future. As far as this series however, I will not be continuing with it.