A Review of Refraction, by Christopher Hinz

A Review of Refraction, by Christopher Hinz

Special thanks to Netgalley & the book publisher, for allowing me to read and review this book, in exchange for my honest opinion. And extra thanks to the publisher for sending me an ePub copy after not finding the available pdf unreadable, for my old eyes. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I finished the book last night… and over all, I liked it. But I don’t really have a lot to say. It’s not quite my typical reading – I steer more towards science fiction. I would say this book is a a crime/mystery, primarily, with a side dish of supernatural. 

It was definitely unique, which is great. I haven’t read anything quite like it. So, top points for creativity of the details. It is extremely complex, with a lot of moving parts. In the beginning, it an be a bit of a challenge to try and keep it all straight in your head. 

Trigger warnings for: abductions, torture, abuse, rape, murder, conspiracy theories, Covert government operations, child experimentation.

**** Mild spoilers ahead*** 

Likes:

  • Characters had enough detail they all came alive in my mind. And the supernatural 6, had enough detail to set them apart, and tell us why they were different. 
  • The book was well written, and the plot was extremely complex, and seemed to tie up all it’s threads. 

Mixed Bag:

  • I had no idea where this story was going for several chapters, having not read the book blurb recently enough to know what I was getting in to. And the way this story starts, it takes a long time to feel like you know what’s happening.. Generally. 
  • The Chunkies. How… quaint? But why? I was hoping for more details on these things – the who, what, when, where, why of it. There was a fair amount of description, and variation between the person actualizing them. But I never felt like I got to understand exactly why they happened, or what they were, or even really their actual purpose – on the ‘true story level’ of it all. (*There is quite a lot of detail, (it does cover much of this superficially.) and they are used in several very creative ways, so it isn’t lacking in that sense.)

Dislikes:

  • Narrated by an unseen voice, and it is OVERLOADED with ‘telling’. So, so , so much telling. This book told me everything. I did not enjoy this format. 
  • Over-run with frilly language – way too much. It gets extremely tiring. The waitress didn’t come take their orders, ‘the Waitress with a ruddy face, and a no-nonsense attitude, came and took their order.’ 
  • I didn’t really connect with this story, or care much about the characters, and was happy when I finished reading it. 
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