Just finished. Alright, so it ended slightly better than I had at first envisioned, but I've still got to say that it's one of my least favorites for 2010. It just seemed so...blah. Like there was so much focus on the gore, that no story actually developed. I felt like the storyline was floundering the entire time, and in the end it just gave up and drowned.
Oh, and if I heard that line one more time:
"It opened its mouth and screamed."
"It threw back its head and screamed."
"And it screamed."
"And they all screamed."
"For ice cream."
I mean, really, it got very old, very fast. The characters...these were the only ones I was interested in from the beginning:
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Nickter, Ra'at, Frode and Tulkh. Nickter disappeared way too quickly, and I was upset Ra'at was killed so early and so easily. I was also rather disappointed that they killed off Tulkh in the end. Another aggravating thing: Lussk. Where in the world did he come from in the end?
I think the major failing point in the book for me was how contrived appearances were. It was just like, "They were here, and then they were there, but then some of them were over there." It's like names were just tossed around a handful of times so you knew that you were dealing with the same character, but their actual purpose in the story wasn't developed enough to be meaningful. Another bad thing: Where the characters were was never well described. I felt like, most of the time, I had no idea where I was. When I read, I picture the characters in their current situation. But because of the vague explanations concerning location throughout most of the book, all I could ever picture was snow, and maybe a couple of rocks. This made for a very confusing mish-mash of timelines, cause I was never sure where everyone was and when.
Anyway, I thought it was disappointing, and I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. I've read scary books before that knocked my socks off and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, fingernails being nearly bitten off. But neither Death Troopers or Red Harvest was able to accomplish this, and it's rather disappointing.
With a very similar storyline to Death Troopers, the Halo Evolutions story, The Mona Lisa, did what Death Troopers could not. I believe The Mona Lisa came first, which almost makes Death Troopers seem like a copycat, considering their numerous similarities. But that aside, The Mona Lisa had me cringing in terror most of the way through. So...I suppose I'm just sad that Schreiber was unable to do the same.
"It's not about the legacy you leave, it's about the life you live." ~Mara Jade Skywalker