Book Review | Through The Triangle
Author: C P Stewart
I hate to write negative reviews. But, I can’t be dishonest, either.
The story at the center of Through The Triangle is a fun, creative one. It’s the execution that leaves me wanting. There are all sorts of issues in this novel that bugged me; grammar and punctuation (wow, the punctuation!) weren’t even the biggest problems, although they were plentiful. The dialogue was, at different times, unrealistic, unnecessary, boring, sophomoric, and silly. How about this observation: “It was a fly as large as his fist!” or “…none showed the least overt interest,” just to name a few. This one, though, is a real gem (as a man talks about his relationship with his wife to a fellow refugee): “As the project wound down, Lisa and I talked more often by cell phone because it was cheaper than landline, and we could communicate whenever we wanted.” Can someone explain to me how this is relevant to any conversation? No, you can’t. Of course, it’s relevant in that the listener was a refugee from 1965, so she didn’t know what a cell phone was…which means it was mentioned in the conversation for specifically that response, which also was unnecessary.
I also enjoyed how the dialogue of one of the characters, a Scot, was annoyingly written “phonetically,” so readers would get that he spoke with an accent. That is, of course, except for the times when the author apparently forgot and wrote his dialogue normally. How about this silliness: One of the characters, a 16-year-old, was reflecting on how he had let his brother down because he didn’t show up to help him move. Seriously, dude? You disappeared without a trace when you were transported almost 300 years into the future…do you think your brother was upset because you didn’t help him move furniture? That’s beyond ridiculous.
Or the fear and paranoia of one character, who was really a lifelong criminal who was a fugitive at the time he disappeared, 300 years ago. Out of the HANDFUL of people who he encounters in this new world? A police officer from his hometown of Pittsburgh…and the fugitive is worried he’ll be recognized. Sure…that’s likely. There were 270 million people in the U.S. when you disappeared; so now, out of the dozen or so that are in the vicinity, one happens to be a cop from your hometown. Uh huh.
This book had such potential…it’s a shame that these issues serve as stumbling blocks to truly enjoying it to its fullest. However, it was an easy read, and one that I was oddly compelled to finish, because it was such a different and interesting storyline.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*