Girl Gone Nova by Pauline Baird Jones
TBR Reading Challenge 2012: Personal challenge-- This book was originally added to my to-read list June 10, 2010.
SFR Reading Challenge 2012: book 10 of 15 for Moon Challenge
Girl Gone Nova
is quite a roller-coaster ride! What stands out for me, both now and as
I read it, was what you don't know about what is going on. The catch is
that you know you don't know the what and why. It's like
walking on a familiar path but in the fog. You feel both sure and unsure
of where you're going and it keeps you alert.
Jones has written a complex puzzle of a plot, mixing time and space
travel, advanced technology such as nanoagents, and good old-fashion
military space opera. This book is the second of a series, and reading
the first book, The Key,
is recommended for complete understanding of some major plot points.
It's not absolutely necessary, but some things the reader is assumed to
know and understand, so it's helpful to have read it.
plotting is masterful. I enjoyed trying to guess what was actually going
on and how the author was going to resolve it all. When time-travel is
thrown in the mix, things can get complicated quickly and making a
coherent story out of it can be a challenge. For the most part, Ms.
Jones succeeds, although the ending got a bit muddled. The resolution
was more complicated than necessary and ended up detracting from the
story overall for me. One less trip through time would
have been better. The last trip was confusing and oddly unsatisfying,
bringing up more questions than it answered.
and Hel were both unique, and Ms. Jones succeeds in developing their
characters slowly and satisfyingly throughout the book. Her secondary
characters were also interesting and often well-defined.
other caveat is that the book dragged in places due to too much
internal musing by the characters. Granted, the musing was usually
entertaining and even enlightening, but just because something is good
doesn't mean it adds to the story. The internal musing too often came in
the middle of key scenes and slowed down the action. Removing some
paragraphs, or even removing some sentences from some paragraphs could
have tightened up the flow of the book.
Overall recommended for SFR lovers. I've already downloaded the next two books in the series and look forward to reading them.