Thursday, February 6, 2014

DNF Books Review: White Space, by Ilsa J. Bick

I gave up on White Space at about 30% into it. Here's why.

I was confused. And you are supposed to be confused, I get that. But weird things keep happening. We jump from character to character, setting to setting, and none of it makes sense. It's as if the world has been turned on its end.

Things happen to a bunch of characters, but we don't get any back story, so I really didn't care. Monster gets this what? I don't even know who he is. I must admit, that a little back story for a couple characters did come out, but not enough to make me connect with their story.

I want to know what's going on, I really do, but I can't just continue to read about random events that appear to have nothing to do with each other, and get nothing in return. I need some crumbs. White Space is also the first book in a series, so that concerns me too. I'm afraid I'll get all the way to the end (560 pages!!) and still nothing will be resolved.

This makes me sad, because I want you to understand that I've read a lot of Bick's work and have been impressed. White Space reminds me the most of Draw the Dark, which is a very unusual book, but I liked it a lot! I absolutely LOVED The Sin-Eater's Confession. And, I thoroughly enjoyed The Ashes Trilogy as well as Drowning Instinct. So, if you are like me and White Space wasn't for you, please don't give up on Bick. She's a great author. I just got impatient with White Space.

Also, if you finished White Space, and you think I really need to stick it out because awesome things happen and everything is explained and makes sense, then please leave me a comment so I can decide to finish it.

Published by EgmontUSA, February 11, 2014
eBook obtained from Edelweiss
163 (of 560) pages

Rating: DNF

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  1. I've seen lots of bad ratings and DNFs on Goodreads as well. On the other hand, the few who liked this book actually LOVED it. I still wanna give this one a chance, because I don't know, I guess the weirder the better for me LOL. (It might take me a while to buy new books this year though. Money's an issue right now).
    On second thoughts, occasionaly weird books can be a problem for me, though VERY rarely. I read "More Than This" and still don't know what to make of it. (I looked into your archive and saw you are puzzled about it too!).

  2. I actually dnf'd this book as well. I just could not get into it at all, but like you I have thoroughly enjoyed her other works.

  3. I doubt that I would make it through the series of seemingly unrelated events either. Sorry it wasn't alll you hoped.

  4. Hm. I love Bick, too, and DRAW THE DARK is probably my favorite of hers. I've heard not so good things about WHITE SPACE, but I'm still going to give it a try. I don't like being confused though, so we'll see how it goes ...


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