Title: The Wishing Stone
Author: Tegon Maus
Publication Date: August 10, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction / Technothriller
Amazon Link: Here
During that last summer, as if in punishment for being happy, Kate was diagnosed with cervical cancer.
The last time we used the wishing stone was at the hospital the morning she died.
On that day, all three of us made a silent wish, certain the others had wished the same. Kate died that afternoon and I never thought about it again. It was the last time I believed in magic, in love or in the existence of God.
Then, after three miserable lonely years, the unthinkable, a second chance… Warwick.
I’m going to try to be quite brief with this review: I didn’t like this book as much as I liked Machines of the Little People. It had a lot less of the whimsy that the first book had, and the characters seemed suddenly a little less deep and a little more archetypal. While I liked that Roger was no longer the typical mad scientist, plenty others took his place, and the plot twist regarding him was too sudden a u-turn to be good. There was no build-up or suggestion. Additionally, Ben being in Warwick meant some of the adventure left the story: besides more harmful depictions of diseases such as dissociative identity disorder, not much actually happened.
However, it didn’t suck, as per se: it had its ups and downs, some good dialogue on Ben’s part and some plot twists that actually were surprising in a good way. It wasn’t even a full star behind the other book: it just left me with a sense of disappointment. I’d hoped that the writing style would improve, and I was wrong.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, as part of the Wishing Stone Web Tour.